It is interesting that two judges from our nation’s highest court don’t believe the current idea of total incarceration is working for our criminal justice system, as noted in an article recently published by the Wall Street Journal. It is true that alternative sentencing options can and do work and need continued exploration.
For the second consecutive year, criminal defense attorney J. Brendan Kidd has been named as a Top Lawyer in DUI & DWI defense by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine. Brendan holds a Superb rating on Avvo, an attorney rating website the magazine uses to determine the best lawyers in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene region.
Utah’s recent bill lowering the blood alcohol limit from 0.08 to 0.05 is another example of overreaching legislation creating an even more arbitrary “per se” crime that has little to no bearing on whether someone is actually impaired. With the implementation of House Bill 155, Utah will have the strictest drinking and driving law in the U.S.
Interesting article from the Inlander showing justice and rehabilitation can have many different definitions.
The Washington State Supreme Court recently reversed the Division 2 Court of Appeals ruling in State v. Robison. In doing so, the DUI warning requirements that law enforcement must provide to a suspect prior to administering a BAC test have been relaxed. In this particular case, the defendant was arrested for DUI and read the
Few realize that driving while sleep-deprived can be just as hazardous as driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. The Spokesman-Review reports a recent study completed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows the crash risk associated with having four hours of sleep or less is comparable to a driver with a blood alcohol level
Attorney Brendan Kidd recently presented on the topic of DUI’s and Department of Licensing administrative hearings at the annual criminal law continuing legal education (CLE) seminar for the Spokane Bar Association. Brendan has had the honor of speaking at this CLE for the past three years, with this being the second year in this particular area
Spokane County prosecutor Larry Haskell has announced his office will take a tougher stance on DUI sentences, even if it is the defendant’s first offense. The new policies Haskell implemented August 1, 2016 no longer allows for plea deals with reduced charges if the driver has had an offense in the last seven years. Additionally, first