• Is the new breath test machine in Seattle?

    Not yet. See Seattle Times Story of the Washington State Patrol (WSP) Breath Test Machine upgrade. It has been in the works for quite awhile. BAC Upgrade The new breath test machine Dräger Alcotest 9510 is so far in Island Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. At a cost of $9,500.00 a piece we will finally leave behind 1980-1990’s technology. Whether it is more trustworthy – only time will tell. I can imagine the WSP would like to get the kinks worked out before entering the largest county. Although, I expect it will come to King County within a year or two.

    Dräger Alcotest® 9510

    Dräger Alcotest® 9510

  • Should I request an attorney before I take the breath test?

    Absolutely. Upon arrest for DUI, you should ask to speak with an attorney immediately or as soon as possible. Do not make any statements to the police. There is an attorney (public defender) on call for that purpose. The officer will help you get in touch with them.