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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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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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St. Patricks Day Weeknd – DUI Patrols are out there.

With the merriment of St. Patrick’s Day comes the unfortunate fact that many folks choose to drink and drive. Accidents, sometimes fatal occur. In response, the WSP and other police agencies usually step up their patrols.

Accidents and Injuries on the weekend of 3/17 each year has prompted the following actions:

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