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Research indicates that the State of Washington and the City of Seattle boast the toughest DUI laws in the USA. These cases are cited as receiving the most frequent administrative/ in court activity as well.

Recent institution of 0.08 percent as the driving while impaired designation has resulted in a deluge of detrimental consequences even for residents with no previous criminal record. With or without submission to breath testing procedures, mandatory drivers license suspension is highly possible. Even with no prior conviction, a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge can result in a 90-day suspension following voluntary breath testing and one year for those who refuse to submit to testing.

In addition to those above, a financial responsibility clause comes into play. More commonly known as an SR-22, this can be required for a 3-year period regardless of whether the case is dismissed or receives a favorable outcome. Washington’s Department of Licensing has the power to institute a 7-year background check for the purpose of bringing any prior DUI or DWI issues to light.

Retaining the services of a qualified Seattle DUI attorney is highly advised even in the early stage of your case in light of documentation that must be filed beginning with submission of a Drivers Hearing Request form that must be filed within 20 days of receipt of the pending charge. This filing must include a $375 fee payment.

As of January 1, 2009, the state instituted an Ignition-Lock option that involves a $60 per month fee plus installation costs. This process requires the driver to blow into a breath analyzer prior to starting the engine and at intervals during vehicle operation. Eligibility for this option requires pre-requisite filing of SR-22 paperwork. Under this option, employers of drivers using non-company owned vehicles must request sanction by the Department of Licensing.

Proof of the severity of consequences is evident in the fact that a 1st Offense carries a mandatory 1-year incarceration and up to a $5,000 fine. Mandatory appearance in court occurs within 1 to 14 days following arrest. Even at 0.08 percent and with no prior infraction, 1-day jail time, a lesser fine, probation and license suspension is most often handed down in court. If deemed advisable during adjudication, the minimum time for ankle-bracelet wearing is 15 days. In either case, probation conditions must be precisely adhered to and will be monitored by the Washington DUI Probation Office.

Caitlyn Jenner May Face Vehicular Manslaughter Charges

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department will be presenting to prosecutors evidence that may lead to a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against Caitlyn Jenner, who was part of a deadly chain crash on Pacific Coast Highway in February.

Sheriff’s Det. Richard Curry said Thursday that Jenner was driving at an unsafe speed Feb. 7 when her Cadillac Escalade rear-ended Kim Howe’s Lexus, sending it into oncoming traffic, ultimately leading to the 69-year-old driver’s death.

Caitlyn was hauling an off-road vehicle on a trailer and had to suddenly slow as the vehicle in front of her stopped. She was obeying the speed limit, however, she was moving too fast for road conditions that day. Kim Howe died at the scene after Jenner hit her car and forced her into the path of a Hummer approaching in the opposite direction.

Los Angeles County district attorney will review the investigator’s report and ultimately decide whether Jenner will face a misdemeanor manslaughter charge. A single misdemeanor manslaughter charge usually carries a sentence in jail for a year, however legal experts agree a jail term would be highly unlikely.

Jenner has called the crash a “devastating tragedy,” saying, “I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them.”

If you or a loved one have been in an accident and are seeking answers, a legal consultation with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney may be exactly what you need in order to claim entitled compensation.

Seattle Police Department Arrests 29-year-old Man After Killing Cyclist in Seattle

Wednesday night in a three-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 5 near Boeing Access Road, troopers said.

The collision happened just before 11 p.m. At one point, traffic was completely blocked on southbound I-5. It cleared around 2 a.m. Thursday.

Drivers of the SUV and blue passenger vehicle were arrested for vehicular homicide. A warrant for blood was obtained for both subjects. It appears that road rage along with impairment were contributing factors, trooper Chris Webb said.

Washington State patrol says the driver who caused the crash was driving under the influence; he was among the injured. He is a 21-year-old from Centralia. His passenger, a 23-year-old female from Centralia, was killed.

Multiple DUI Related Accidents Take Place In Seattle

If you are stopped by the Washington State Patrol and charged with a DUI that is an arrest that will cost the DUI driver approximately $10,000 and will make a tremendous impact on your life. If you have been involved in a Seattle DUI accident, and there are injuries or even death, this is a life-altering event both for the driver and everyone else involved. In a case like this, the DUI driver should contact a Seattle DUI attorney or criminal defense attorney immediately. The longer one waits, the more vague details get, so it is imperative to schedule a free consultation today.

DUI Related Accidents

Outside Seattle near Tumwater, early Saturday morning, a DUI accident occurred on I-5 killing one person and injuring others. The accident took place before six a.m. when there was a collision between the two cars in the northbound lanes near milepost 100, reports Trooper Guy Gill. The report didn’t mention the BAC level, but because someone died, the driver is charged with vehicular homicide.

The next night in Seattle, three vehicles were involved in a crash with similar horrific results. There was one death, and three injuries reported according to KIRO-TV news. The accident also occurred on I-5, and State Troopers reported that the driver was a 21-year-old male under the influence. In his car was a 23-year-old female passenger who was DOA.

The DUI driver also injured three other passengers, but both drivers, one driving an SUV and the other in a blue passenger vehicle were arrested for vehicular homicide because the cause of this tragic accident is suspected to be road rage. Washington Statute 46.61.520 states that vehicular homicide will be charged if the person injured dies within three years of the accident, if the driver was found under the influence of alcohol or drugs and was driving recklessly.

A person driving under the influence finds it harder to make quick decisions, and the choices they do make will not be safe ones. When under the influence, it is more prevalent for that person, male or female, to speed, weave through traffic, run stop signs, become distracted and operate the vehicle recklessly. If you have been involved in a dangerous situation like either of these while under the influence, don’t try to handle anything by yourself. Contact our Seattle DUI attorney’s at Dellino Law Group and learn your rights about this crash today.

Southern Californian Man Dies After Base Jumping Attempt

Newport Beach resident dies after a parachute accident during a base jump.

Ian Flanders, a 37-year-old base jumper and wing flier, was performing a jump from about 950 feet while visiting Turkey for a base jumping event when the lines from his parachute became tangled around his legs. He died upon impact when he hit the water.

Flanders had performed numerous base jumps before the fatal accident, his last jump was supposed to be easy, according to Schultz.

Donald Schultz, a friend of Flanders and former base jumper, was stunned by Flanders’ death.

“It’s literally like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. It’s a huge shock for the entire community,” Schultz said.

“It’s like going and racing a NASCAR race and crashing on the way home,” Schultz said

Flanders’ death was the 264th base jumper death on record.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident are unsure what to do, contact our California Personal Injury Attorneys today for a free legal consultation to learn whether you are entitled to compensation.

Death Occurred During 6-Man Crash in Los Angeles

The collision involving six vehicles and left one car in flames occurred around 3:45 a.m. on the eastbound 10 near the La Brea Avenue off-ramps, California Highway Patrol’s incident log stated.

One person was killed in the crash, according to CHP. The victim’s identity has not been released.

There was no immediate indication of other injuries suffered in the crash from authorities.

A SigAlert was issued by CHP around 4:25 a.m., and all lanes on the eastbound roadway were initially closed for an undetermined amount of time.

For several hours, traffic was being diverted through the La Brea collector, a single far right lane separated by a divider that leads to the north and southbound exits, and can also be used to access the 10 from the on ramp. Since the lane originates on the freeway, it allows vehicles already on the roadway to either exit or continue on the eastbound 10.

An estimated time for the closures was not immediately provided, but by 5:50 a.m., video from the scene showed that the far left lane of the eastbound freeway had been reopened. At the time, the remaining three lanes were still closed, and the crash scene had yet to be cleared the SigAlert was canceled and the freeway was fully reopened.

By 7:45 a.m., the SigAlert was canceled, and the freeway was officially reopened.

The cause of the crash was under investigation but has yet to be announced.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an accident and are unsure how to continue, contact our California Personal Injury Attorneys for a free legal consultation to determine whether you are entitled to compensation.  Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers have helped numerous clients recover compensation after being involved in a Los Angeles area accident.

Fatal Accident In Rialto Leaves Six People Dead And Others Injured

Early Sunday morning around 4:00 a.m., 21-year-old Olivia Carolee Culbreath was driving a  said an older woman who opened the door at Culbreath’s home in Fontana. “We are just devastated for everyone else involved.”

Witnesses told investigators Culbreath was driving more than 100 miles an hour when her Camaro collided head-on with a 1998 Ford Explorer, which then hit a 2006 Ford Freestyle, according to the CHP.

Four members of the same family were riding in the Explorer, according to the coroner’s office: Gregorio Mejia-Martinez and Leticia Ibarra, their daughter, Jessica Mejia, and Jessica’s grandmother, Ester Delgado. Because of how severe the accident was, cars and people were intertwined with metal.

Gregorio Mejia-Martinez and Ester Delgado died on scene, while Leticia Ibarra and Jessica Mejia died later at a hospital, the coroner’s office stated. All four had apparently been ejected from the Explorer, according to a CHP statement that described the collision and information from the coroner’s office.

If you are involved in a Rialto car accident, contact our experienced car accident lawyers today for a free no-obligation legal consultation.  Our California personal injury law firm has recovered millions of dollars for our clients, and we are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients.

2 Dead During A Motorcycle Race In California

On Sunday, July 19th, at the World Superbike race at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Two Spanish racers were killed in a 5-man collision. Race organizers MotoAmerica identified the deceased as 35-year-old Bernat Martinez and 27-year-old Daniel Rivas Fernandez. Both were taken to hospitals, where they later died.

The deaths occurred Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey County sheriff’s spokesman Cmdr. John Thornburg said.  The track spokesman David Hart stated four other riders were treated then released. Their names were not given.

It was not immediately clear what led to the crash, Hart said, adding that Laguna Seca will conduct an investigation.

If you or a loved one have been in a motorcycle accident and are unsure what to do, contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer today to learn if you are entitled to compensation today.  An accident attorney that has experience handling your type of accident is very important when it comes to recovering the best possible settlement.


Highway 18 San Bernadino Crash Kills 1

A young man died and a 14-year-old boy suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision involving a tractor-trailer and a white Volkswagen sedan on Palmdale Road on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

San Bernardino County Fire Department and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials responded to the collision in the area of Palmdale and Cobalt roads around 4:30 p.m. Christopher Sosa, the white sedan owner was found dead at the scene. His 14-year-old passenger suffered critical injuries and was airlifted from Palmdale Road, east of Cobalt Road to Loma Linda University Medical Center. A witness at the scene stated the boy complained of leg pain and had abrasions on his face.

Sheriff’s officials believe that the white Volkswagon Passat was traveling eastbound on Palmdale Road speeding, cutting off several people and veering in and out of traffic. As the Passat approached Cobalt Road, Christopher Sosa veered across the center divider and into oncoming traffic. He was unable to merge back into eastbound lanes, Sosa struck a tractor-trailer head-on and collided with two other vehicles.

Sheriff’s officials said in a statement that deputies investigating the scene Thursday night met with drivers who were not obeying the road closure signs and markers. Seven vehicles allegedly drove around the closure markers and the drivers were cited. If you or a loved one have been in an accident and do not know what to do next, contact our personal injury attorneys in San Bernardino for a free legal consultation today.


San Bernardino Street Race Ends In Head-On Collision Killing 1 & Injuring Others

A young man is now dead, and three others are injured after a race with his brother ended in a fatal car accident in San Bernardino Wednesday night. San Bernardino Police stated that two brothers were allegedly racing a 1992 Mitsubishi GT on Highland Avenue when the driver lost control and crashed head-on with a 2011 Toyota Corolla.

The driver of the Mitsubishi was later identified by the county coroner as 19-year-old Mark Jimenez of San Bernardino.  Officials stated that Jimenez was killed on impact, but his brother not a single injury from the accident.  Three other occupying the Mitsubishi were transported to a local medical center where they were treated for injuries sustained in the accident.

The driver of the Corolla was identified 23-year-old Francisca Vargas of San Bernardino and had sustained critical injuries.  It’s tragic that young Mark Jimenez lost his life that day, his family and friends gathered where the crash took in a memorial service.  Car accidents not only just affect the driver or occupants of the vehicle, but other innocent live can be affected.  If you have been involved in a car accident and not sure what to do, contact our car accident attorneys in San Bernardino today.  We also represent clients in the following cities: