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Driving a car in the US comes with a great deal of responsibility. Whether you drive a large pickup truck or a tiny hatchback, you agree to abide by an abundance of rules when you apply for your driver’s license. Yet after you start driving you notice traffic infractions taking place on a daily basis, […]


Sentences for criminal offenses in Washington are often severe as punishment serves four critical goals: deterrence, incapacitation, retribution, and rehabilitation. Regarding the majority of crimes, state laws allow judges to use discretion when determining a sentence, in addition to providing them guidelines to follow. However, with certain crimes, federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws require mandatory […]


Do you ever see police officers lurking in the shadows using a radar gun to clock oncoming traffic? Washington state is known for its abundance of speed traps. A speed trap is a short strip of highway or road in which police officers are on the lookout for speeding drivers. These traps are usually set […]


For most of us, a traffic stop is an unpleasant but otherwise straight-forward interaction that we face with law enforcement from time to time. We are usually pulled over for violations like speeding or failing to observe a standard traffic law, and after we receive the citation we go about our day without giving the […]


Washington DUI charges are quite serious and have the potential to alter your entire life. Nearly everyone knows that you can be charged with DUI for blowing 0.08 or above. All states observe the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08. If you take a breathalyzer test and measure 0.08 it is a “per se” violation […]


Every day in the US there are an average of 3,200 drunk driving arrests, yet Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reports that over 300,000 people drive drunk daily. Per year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 1.5 million people are arrested for DUI involving alcohol or drugs, meaning one out of every […]


Charges for DUI in Washington can affect your life even before a conviction occurs. If you’re actively looking for employment, an arrest for DUI can show up on a background check, limiting your chances of getting hired. In addition, your car insurance rates can skyrocket without an actual conviction taking place. If you have recently […]

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana, the state of Washington has seen a sharp uptick in arrests for marijuana DUIs. In 2012, the Washington State Patrol’s toxicology laboratory verified 988 THC-positive results from drivers suspected of DUI; then, in the year following the passage of legalization, that number jumped to 1362. This has led to […]

When we say Washington has some of the strictest DUI laws in the nation, we really mean it. According to, the Evergreen State ranks #14 for toughest DUI laws in the U.S. In addition to some severe penalties, our legislation carries a few unique qualities. In this post we’ll discover four key things that […]

While penalties for DUI offenses vary from state-to-state, DUI is illegal in all 50 states, and the legal limit is 0.08% whether you are in Alaska, Texas, or the Florida Keys. DUI penalties are harsh in Tacoma, Washington, even if it is considered a misdemeanor offense. Penalties are strict anywhere you go, which is why […]

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Tacoma, WA 98402

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