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DUI Arrest-The Impact on Driving

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

As a DUI attorney, I know the potential impact on your employment if convicted or even charged with a DUI. Most people need to drive to get to work, school, errands, or just visiting friends. If you are arrested for a DUI, you face two potential license actions: (1) an administrative suspension by the Department of Licensing and (2) by court action if you are subsequently convicted of DUI .

Most drivers are eligible for an ignition interlock license that will allow you to drive during your suspension period if your vehicle is equipped with an ignition interlock device and have an “SR22” insurance policy.

One exception to the ignition interlock device requirement is for vehicles owned, leased or rented by a person’s employer and driven at the direction of the employer as a requirement of employment during working hours. However, this exception does not apply to those renting vehicles for work purposes when travelling on business or a real estate agent driving his/her personal vehicle to show houses to a client.

Another issue clients can face is renting a vehicle when traveling for work due to the hole punched in your license by the arresting officer. Remember, when arrested for DUI with a breath test of .08 or higher or a refusal, the department of licensing issues a license suspension or revocation that becomes effective 60 days later. The hole punched in your license signifies that your license will expire (and be suspended or revoked) effective 60 days after the arrest. Although your privilege to drive remains valid during this 60 day period, this hole makes the license look invalid and car rental companies may choose not to rent vehicles to such individuals. This can be quite an unpleasant surprise to the unsuspecting business traveler who has been arrested for DUI (not convicted or charged) and whose license has a hole punched in it.

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Yoga Moves Can’t be Copyrighted, says Court

Posted Friday, October 9, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

A federal appeals court decided this week that Yoga poses may not receive copyright protection. The case was brought by Bikram Choudhury, an Indian yoga guru who popularized “hot yoga” in the U.S. He argued that a yoga studio violated his copyright to a sequence of poses and two breathing exercises he developed and described in a 1979 book. However, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said yoga poses are not protected by copyright law.

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Debate Competition: Inmates v. Harvard? Inmates Win!

Posted Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

Inmates from the Eastern New York Correctional Facility recently defeated the prestigious Harvard debate team as part of the Bard Prison Initiative, a program run by Bard College to provide college education to qualifying prisoners.

But this isn’t the first victory for these inmates. The prison debate club previously defeated a nationally ranked team from the University of Vermont as well as the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.

Then, the prison club invited the Harvard College Debating Union to a match and took the honors.

In the match with Harvard, inmates had to defend a point of view with which they fiercely disagreed, a common practice in debate competition.

The Harvard club seemed to take the loss gracefully.

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Former Tibetan Monk Turned Developer Faces Feds

Posted Thursday, September 24, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

Local developer Lobsang Dargey raised money for his commercial projects from Chinese nationals who wanted permanent U.S. residency visas under a controversial program.

The EB-5 program allows wealthy foreigners to invest a minimum of $500,000 in a commercial enterprise that creates at least 10 full-time jobs. They receive in exchange a permanent-residency visa, also known as a green card.

Dargey raised at least $125 million from would-be immigrant investors with the EB-5 program, but SEC officials alleged the former Tibetan Buddhist monk siphoned off $17.6 million for his own use. In a civil fraud suit, Dargey allegedly diverted millions to spend on a $2.5 million Bellevue home, other real-estate investments and gambling at 14 casinos across the West.

Authorities are trying to seize Dargey’s Bellevue home and a $6.5 million Shoreline commercial property they allege were improperly bought with immigrant investors’ funds. A temporary injunction freezing the assets of Dargey and his firms was issued by a federal judge.

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State Auditor Troy Kelley Faces New Charges

Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

Embattled State Auditor Troy Kelley pled not guilty to new charges alleging that while in office he laundered money and evaded the Internal Revenue Service. These new charges relate to the Auditor’s business dealings and tax filings.

Earlier this year, Kelley was indicted on 10 counts charging him with theft for keeping millions in fees paid by clients of Post Closing Department, a business Kelley owned before being elected auditor.

Federal prosecutors also seized $908,000 that Kelley had paid to a Seattle law firm as a retainer for his former lawyer, alleging that money is illegal proceeds from the now-defunct real estate reconveyance company.

Kelley was elected auditor in 2012 and has taken a leave of absence while charges are pending.

Trial is currently set for March, 2016.

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