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Arrested for DUI in Washington State?

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There is nothing more terrifying than finding yourself in handcuffs for DUI. If you have been charged with DUI, you need to seek the help of an experienced Snohomish County DUI defense lawyer. I, Mark W. Garka, established the Law Office of Mark W. Garka, PLLC on the belief that many accused individuals are wrongfully arrested for DUI. My goal is to help you obtain the most positive outcome possible.

Learn more about your rights and options on my Frequently Asked Questions page.

Did the police officer make any of these mistakes when stopping you?

Washington State police don't want you to know about the mistakes they often make during a Washington State DUI stop.

  • Stopping a vehicle on the basis of an anonymous call. An officer cannot rely on a phone call to stop you, if he does not have a name and address for the caller.
  • Following a driver into his residence without an invitation or without enough information to justify the entry. Your home is protected under the fourth amendment.
  • Basing an arrest on the statements of the driver alone. The officer must have independent evidence to corroborate these statements. This often arises when he has not seen you in physical control of your car.
  • Detaining a driver longer than is reasonable to investigate. The constitution does not allow officers to hold you without limit.
  • Stopping a vehicle without an articulable suspicion. An officer cannot stop you just because he thinks you are suspicious.
  • Stopping a vehicle because it stops in the middle of the street or it is driving too slow. Unless there is a specific traffic ordinance you are violating, such as impeding traffic, it is not lawful for an officer to stop you.
  • Weaving within a lane. The statute only requires you to drive as nearly as is practicable within a single lane. Some cases hold that one weave into the shoulder is not enough reason for a stop.
  • Stopping a vehicle based on a misperceived violation of a law. The officer must be right about his interpretation of the law.
  • Stopping a vehicle for an improper sign. Street signs and lane markings must comply with the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
  • Failing to follow the rules of the Washington State Administrative Code and DataMaster operation manual. These failures may invalidate any alcohol testing.
  • Stopping at an improper roadblock.
  • Stopping a vehicle just to check the driver's license and registration. There must be an actual traffic violation or an articulable suspicion of a crime.
  • Stopping a vehicle without being able to identify it as the one actually committing a traffic infraction. Officers must be able to convince the Court that they stopped the right car.
  • Stopping a vehicle for no reason at all. It's done. Officers usually do not show up in Court on these.
  • Blocking a vehicle's exit without justification. Officers may not restrict a driver's freedom to leave without a reason.

Challenging Incriminating DUI Evidence in Bothell, WA & Local Areas

With my help, we can file motions to suppress incriminating evidence, such as field sobriety test results and witness testimonials. I am also qualified to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFTS) by NHTSA standards, which means I know exactly how these tests are conducted and its flaws. This can prove to be instrumental when challenging any evidence brought against you.

No matter how hopeless your case may seem, don't give up hope. With so much on the line, you owe it to yourself to at least attempt to defend yourself from such a serious charge. I will do everything in my power to help you walk away from this experience with a clean record.

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