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When is a "turn signal" actually required?

Posted Thursday, January 2, 2020 by Andrew Charles Huff

Must a driver always use a turn signal when making a turn or changing lanes when the applicable statute says “when required?” This was the issue before the State Supreme Court regarding a statute governing when a driver must use a turn signal… read more

Alcohol Breath Test Technology Under Attack

Posted Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

One regular tool police use to investigate DUI cases is the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) device, the small handheld device that officer have driver blow into to estimate the BAC. In Washington, a driver does not have to submit to a roadside breath test… read more

Draeger AlcoTest Breath Machine’s Accuracy Called Into Question

Posted Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

Many of the alcohol breath test machines used by police on DUI cases can often be unreliable, according to a recent New York Times investigation. The investigation found these machines showing skewed results with alarming frequency, even though they are… read more

Appeals Court: Backpack Must Be Actually “Possessed” To Be Searched

Posted Thursday, October 31, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

Can police search a person’s backpack if actual “possession” was not established? Not so, says Washington’s Court of Appeals. An interesting case involving young Ms Alexander sitting in a field with friends marked by a ‘No Trespass” sign. Police arrive to… read more

Sorry Officer, You Can’t Sit There

Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

Can a defendant get a fair trial if a corrections officer is allowed to stand next to the witness chair while defendant is testifying? This was the issue following a guilty verdict by a jury of James Gorman-Lykken after the defendant testified but did so… read more

How I Fight and Win Traffic Tickets

Posted Thursday, August 8, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

This question is one I’m asked by clients, friends, and colleagues who don’t practice traffic defense and my answer is always the same…a thousand different ways. When I first review the discovery documents of any case, I look at the face of the ticket to… read more

Boating Under the Influence-This is a Crime

Posted Thursday, August 1, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

Summer time in Washington means more boats out on the water…and many times this includes enjoying an alcoholic beverage while on the waves. But like driving a car, if you are stopped for Boating Under the Influence you will face gross-misdemeanor charges… read more

DUI and License Suspensions

Posted Friday, July 19, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

A charge of Driving Under the Influence or even a simple traffic ticket can potentially put your driver’s license at risk if you don’t take proper action. The Department of Licensing (DOL) process is confusing and complex with hard deadlines. You can face… read more

DUI Blood Test Results-How to Fight Them

Posted Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

Since the state of Washington legalized the personal use of marijuana, I have seen a steady rise in arrest for those suspected of smoking too much weed and driving a vehicle. Whether or not you are at the legal limit of 5 ngs of THC, you can most likely… read more

Traffic Ticket in Pierce County? Here’s What To Do

Posted Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

I regularly represent folks who have received speeding and other traffic tickets in the Tacoma and unincorporated Pierce County area. This is an active area for law enforcement to regularly stop drivers and issue tickets for speeding, failure to stop, not… read more

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