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More Problems with the Draeger Alcotest 9510 Breath Machine

Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

Washington state’s new breath test machine the Draeger Alcotest 9510 uses two sensors to measure alcohol content in a breath sample: An infrared beam that measures how much light goes through the breath, and a fuel cell that measures the electrical… read more

It’s the Source Code, Stupid!

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

The source code behind a police breathalyzer widely used in multiple states – and millions of drunk driving arrests – is under fire. It’s the latest case of technology and the real world colliding – one that revolves around source code, calibration of… read more

Terry Stop? What’s a Terry Stop?

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

Most people know that as a general rule, a police officer cannot search you or your vehicle without probable cause, according to article I, section 7 of the Washington State Constitution. But there are exceptions to this warrant requirement. In fact… read more

Problems with Proving Impairment by Machine

Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

There are several ways a person may be found guilty of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Washington. First, when a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was .08 or above within two hours of driving. Also, when it’s shown their ability to drive was… read more

Assault Charge-You Can Beat It

Posted Friday, May 25, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

An Assault charge can be frightening and potentially life-changing if not handled properly and effectively. My past clients charged with assault involved words or more at a bar, a heated argument with a spouse or an altercation with a neighbor. The crime… read more

Privacy Rights and Car Rental Agreements-U.S. Supreme Court Hands Down a Win for Privacy

Posted Monday, May 14, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled that some who rents a car does not automatically have diminished privacy rights if their name isn’t on the rental agreement. The unanimous opinion is a victory for privacy rights advocates who were concerned that police… read more

Some Commonly Asked Questions about Traffic Tickets

Posted Friday, May 11, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

How long does a ticket stay on your record in Washington? Traffic tickets stay on your record for 3 years for insurance purposes and cannot be removed. This is called your 3–year driving abstract. This information is available to the court for 7… read more

You’ve Been Arrested for a DUI-Now What?

Posted Friday, May 11, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

Many folks charged with Driving Under the Influence or DUI have confided in me that they absolutely did not feel impaired while they were diving home and cannot understand why they might have provided a breath test over the legal limit after being… read more

Draeger Breath Machine a "Flawed Device," Says Report

Posted Friday, May 11, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

The State of Washington, like most other states uses a breath test machine to determine whether a person has exceeded the legal blood-alcohol limit of .08 within two hours of driving. For years, the state used what is called the DataMaster Breath Machine… read more

Boating Season is Here!

Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

This means that while out on the water, you are subject to the Boating Under the Influence laws if you drink and operate a maritime vessel. Boating Under the Influence or BUI’s are gross-misdemeanors, which means you face between 0-364 days in jail and up… read more

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