Criminal Defense

Sullivan Law Group Attorney Jason Lantz testifies in Olympia on Safely Off the Roadway Defense

Jason Lantz, Attorney with the Sullivan Law Group, PLLC, recently testified in the Washington House of Representatives Public Safety Committee on a DUI and impaired driving bill. The proposed bill would have eliminated the safely off the roadway defense in physical control cases which have the same consequences as DUI cases.

Physical control is basically a DUI where the driver is found by the officer behind the wheel but the vehicle is parked or on the shoulder and not moving. For years, people accused of physical control have been able to explain to a jury, that although they were in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence, they were safely off the roadway. If the jury believed that the person was safely off the roadway, the jury would have to say not guilty.

The purpose of the safely off the roadway defense is to encourage DUI drivers to get off the road and park their vehicle. Although drivers in physical control, but safely off the roadway, can be arrested and charged, the safely off the roadway defense allows drivers to show a jury that they did the right thing. If the jury agrees, then they would say not guilty.

By eliminating the safely off the roadway defense, drivers would have lost the opportunity to show a jury that they did a right thing. Jason testified that this would eliminate the incentive for DUI drivers to do the right thing and get off the road. Legislators agreed and removed this language from the bill which saved the safely off the roadway defense.

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Sullivan Law Group Attorney Jason Lantz Testifies on DUI Bill in Olympia

Attorney Jason Lantz with the Sullivan Law Group, PLLC, represents the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on impaired driving issues in the Washington legislature. Every year, Jason attends a meeting convened by a Washington legislator to discuss impaired driving laws. Jason monitors all bills involving DUI cases and advocates for law changes that will protect Washington citizens’ constitutional rights and ensure a fair process. Through his work with the Washington legislature, Sullivan Law Group is ahead of the curve as far as the current state of the Washington law in DUI and impaired driving cases.

Most lawyers learn about law changes after they happen or become effective. Thanks to Jason’s work, Sullivan Law Group attorneys not only help change Washington law to protect Washington citizens’ rights, but also know when law changes are coming well before they happen. This benefits Sullivan Law Group clients because DUI and impaired driving laws change on a regular basis. By being on the cutting edge of the law, Sullivan Law Group attorneys are positioned to take advantage of helpful changes in DUI law and by planning for negative changes in law.

For example, Jason testified in support of an upcoming law change that would allow a person convicted with a second DUI within seven years to serve home detention instead of a significant amount of jail. This will allow people to keep their jobs which is to the benefit of people charged with DUI. It is also to the benefit of the community so that people convicted of DUI can continue to support themselves and their families. Of course, Sullivan Law Group attorneys always look for a way to dismiss cases or get the best possible deal; however, Jason recognized an opportunity to support a law change that would benefit certain clients. By knowing of this pending law change, Sullivan Law Group attorneys are able to plan cases to take advantage of helpful law changes.

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4th Degree Assault in Kirkland, Washington – Not Guilty!

Successful Criminal Defense Verdict

Law Office Brian Sullivan, PLLC Kirkland

Law Office Brian M. Sullivan, PLLC
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 284-5605

A Kirkland Municipal Court jury recently returned a verdict of not guilty for one of our client’s charged with Assault in the Fourth Degree.  Jason Lantz, Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Brian M. Sullivan, PLLC, spent hours investigating the case by interviewing witnesses and working with the client.  Thanks to motions brought by our firm, key evidence for the City of Kirkland was suppressed before  trial.  The City of Kirkland alleged our client assaulted someone in a fit of “road rage.”

Key Phrase Suppressed
Thanks to creative motion writing, the City was prohibited from using the phrase “road rage” at trial.  Thanks to the zealous advocacy by the Law Offices of Brian Sullivan with extensive criminal defense experience, a respected professional in the Kirkland community will not have an assault conviction on her record.

Law Office of Brian M. Sullivan, PLLC LogoThe Law Office of Brian M. Sullivan has offices in EverettLynnwood, and Kirkland, Washington with practice areas focussing on DUI Defense, Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Law. Each case is unique, so contact us today for a free consultation. You can connect with Brian M. Sullivan on Google +.

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Lynnwood, WA – DUI & Personal Injury Lawyer – OFFICE GRAND OPENING – Law Office of Brian M. Sullivan & Associates

7411 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036 – The Law Office of Brian M. Sullivan and Associates, is expanding.

This month, our 3rd office location is opening, right near the Edmonds and Lynnwood city line.  Initially, hours will be by appointment only.  But with the high demand our office has in Lynnwood Municipal, South District Court, and Edmonds Municipal Court, we expect to be open standard business hours within a few months.  Our flagship Everett office and Kirkland office both remain open M-F 8:30-5:30.

Attorney Brian Sullivan practices primarily in the DUI Defense and Personal Injury areas throughout NW Washington State.

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