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Scott Moriarity’s Legal Blog

Speeding Ticket-Do I need an Attorney?

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Traffic Infractions | Comments Off

People ask me this question all the time and there is only one answer.  “Yes!” If you want to keep a speeding ticket off your driving record, yes you should hire a speeding ticket attorney.  When you are given a speeding ticket you are given three choices by the court.  The first is to pay the ticket and the ticket goes on your record.  The second is to ask for a mitigation hearing where you admit you did it and ask to lower the financial penalty.  Again, the speeding ticket will go on your record.  The third and only choice...

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Gun Restoration in Washington State.

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Not a day goes by where I don’t get a call from somebody who wants to have his or her gun rights restored.  So I thought I would address some of the basics. Getting your gun rights restored in Washington State can be frustrating and complicated.  Once your gun rights are taken away from you, they are not restored until you receive a Superior Court court order restoring your rights.  It doesn’t matter if your conviction was as an adult or a juvenile.  If you have a conviction vacated or taken off your record, that’s great,...

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Scott’s interview in The News Tribune about DUI laws.

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

I just gave an interview in The News Tribune about DUI and low BACs. http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/06/16/2641506/traffic-qa-duis-can-be-given-to.html

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DUI emphasis patrols.

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Tacoma and Pierce County DUI emphasis patrols are out for the Holiday season. A six-week emphasis patrol that will extend through the holidays kicks off Wednesday in Pierce County, and authorities are warning drivers not to drink and drive. This will be the first Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over patrol, which will put additional law enforcement officers on the road to make DUI arrests. It includes a focused patrol on Black Friday in East Pierce County. Participating agencies include Sumner, Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Tacoma, Fife, University Place,...

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False Positive DUI Breath Test

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in DUI Law | Comments Off

Here is an excellent summary of how a DUI Breath test can result in a false positive. An experience attorney can help find these type of legal problems in you case. Some people think that a driver who tested positive for alcohol on a roadside breathalyzer has to be drunk. Those machines never lie! Well think again, there are many variables that can influence a breathalyzer test and result in a false positive outcome. 1) The breathalyzer must be properly maintained and calibrated. An improperly maintained or calibrated breathalyzer casts doubt...

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DUI reduced to Reckless Driving

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in DUI Law | Comments Off

If you are charged with a DUI in Tacoma or Pierce County, its very important to know the difference between a Reckless Driving and a DUI. A successful DUI attorney will be able to get your DUI charge reduced to a lower charge such as a Reckless Driving. A DUI carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 1 day in jail, a mandatory fine, a mandatory license suspension of at least 90 days and ignition interlock for 1 year. A Reckless Driving has a mandatory 30 day license suspension, but none of the other mandatory punishments required by a DUI...

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Changes in DUI Law coming August 1st.

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in DUI Law, Traffic Infractions, Uncategorized | Comments Off

On August 1, 2012 there will be changes in Washington State’s DUI Laws.  If you are charged with a DUI in Tacoma, Pierce County or anywhere in Washington State you need to be aware of these driving under the influence changes. The most significant impact of the new DUI law deals with electronic home monitoring for repeat DUI offenders.  Starting August 1, the court will now have the authority to convert the mandatory imposition of home monitoring into more jail time.  The court can convert 15 days of EHM into 1 additional day of...

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187 DUIs in Tacoma, Pierce County and King County in 2 days

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in DUI Law, Traffic Infractions | Comments Off

DUI emphasis patrols are out in Tacoma, Pierce County and King County. Nearly 200 drunken drivers were arrested in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties over Cinco de Mayo weekend, the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force announced today. More than 70 law enforcement officers from 33 agencies participated in Target Zero patrols Friday and Saturday nights and arrested 187 people. They targeted streets where alcohol-related accidents have occurred in recent years in Tacoma, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn, Renton, Seattle, Bellevue,...

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DUI emphasis patrols out for Cinco de Mayo

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in DUI Law, Traffic Infractions | Comments Off

Additional law enforcement officers will patrol Pierce and King counties this Cinco de Mayo weekend in search of drunken drivers. The 33 agencies participating will also visit bars to ensure they are not serving drinks to overly intoxicated patrons. “We see too many crashes involving impaired drivers who did not plan a safe ride home,” said Chief John Cheesman, chairman of the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force. “If you know someone who plans to party with booze to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, ask them how they are...

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Department of Licensing and DUI

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in DUI Law | Comments Off

When you are arrested for a DUI in Tacoma or anywhere else in Washington, the arresting officer will notify the Department of Licensing.  If you blew above the legal limit of .08 or refused the breath test, the Department of Licensing will attempt to suspend your license.  You have a right to have an administrative hearing to challenge that suspension.  An experience DUI attorney can help you win that hearing and save your license. The suspension of your license by the department of licensing is completely different than your court case....

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