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David O Defense is rated an A+ by the BBB

Here at David O Defense, we work hard to maintain our great reputation as an honest, hard-working law firm. Along with honesty and hard work, we are compassionate and truly care about our clients. We are proud to announce that we have been recognized for our work and integrity by the Better Business Bureau. They have rated our business an A+, the best rating possible.

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For over 100 years the BBB has been helping consumers identify trustworthy businesses. The BBB sets stringent standards and monitor businesses for ethical practices and rates businesses according to their compliance to the high standards.

According to the BBB, “ratings represent the BBB’s opinion of how the business is likely to interact with its customers. The BBB rating is based on information BBB is able to obtain about the business, including complaints received from the public. BBB seeks and uses information directly from businesses and from public data sources.”

The BBB rating scale ranges from A+ (highest) to an F (lowest). Some businesses are not rated, which is indicated by an NR which stands for “No Rating” because there is insufficient information on the business.

During the rating process, the BBB considers these factors; 1) the business complaint history with the BBB, 2) the type of business and it’s compliance with the law and marketplace, 3) the length of time the business has been operating, 4) transparent business practices, 5) failure to honor commitments to the BBB, 6) compliance with government competency licensing, and lastly, 7) truthfulness and accuracy in business advertising.

David O Defense is honored to be recognized by the BBB for our continuous efforts to be an outstanding business with integrity. We work hard and it shows!

Here is what some of our clients say about our law firm’s work ethic;

“… He (David) respects his clients and is very easy to talk to. He will work hard on your case. Highly recommended!” – Chinh L.

“…They (David O Defense attorneys) have worked with me every step and never gave up, and didn’t let me either. He definitely helped me believe I could make it through this…” – Amanda N.

“…My case not only concluded successfully in my favor, but I also benefited by acquiring great advice and a new found relationship with a trustworthy and competent team of defense lawyers…” – Philip N.

Thank you to all that have taken the time to recognize our business, we truly appreciate it!! We look forward to continuing to work hard and help clients!

 

Talk to Your Teen about DUI and Driving Safety

October 18th-24th is National Teen Driver Safety Week, a campaign created by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The campaign is titled “5 TO DRIVE” and encourages parents to take the time to talk to their teenagers about 5 dangers of driving of which includes; driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, texting, speeding, seat belts, and extra passengers.

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Remember, “5 to Drive” – Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road.

  1.  No Cell Phones While Driving
  2. No Extra Passengers
  3. No Speeding
  4. No Alcohol
  5. No Driving or Riding Without a Seat Belt

The NHTSA states that, “Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the US. In fact, in 2013, there were 2,614 teen (15-19 year old) passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 130,000 were injured. Yet, a recent survey shows that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving.”

Parents, it’s an easy conversation to have with your kids, and very necessary!  It is very likely that teenagers have no idea of the consequences they could face if they do not follow the 5 TO DRIVE rules.

For instance; if a teenager or any individual under the age of 21 has ANY alcohol and they choose to drive, they could be arrested and charged with DUI.  In all 50 states a ZERO TOLERANCE policy is in place for minors, meaning a minor cannot consume any amount of alcohol and drive, not even a sip.  If a teenager/minor is charged with DUI and their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level was between .02-.07  the could face 0-90 days in jail, $0-$1,000 fine, required installation of an ignition interlock device for 1 year, and their license would be suspended for 90 days.  If their BAC level was .08 or above it would be considered an adult DUI and they would face steeper consequences if found guilty.

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Parents remember to take a few minutes to help keep your teenagers safe, tell them about safe driving,  5 TO DRIVE.  Also talk to your teen about DUI, not only about driving under the influence of alcohol but also being under the influences of drugs such as marijuana.  If you have any questions about teenage DUI of alcohol or drugs, visit the NHTSA website or call David O Defense attorneys at 206-459-6392 for legal help.

DUI Physical and Behavior Signs that Cops are Looking For

Every time a law enforcement officer pulls a driver over they will be closely watching that individual for any physical or behavior signs that may indicate DUI (driving under the influence) of alcohol and/or drugs.  Police officers are trained to look for these specific DUI physical and behavioral signs and will note these observed signs in their police report.

Here are the DUI physical and behavioral signs law enforcement officers look for prior to a DUI arrest:

  • Odor of alcohol and/or drugs coming from the vehicle.
  • Odor of alcohol and/or drugs coming from the driver’s breath.
  • Alcohol container or drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.
  • A flushed or red face.
  • Eyes that are watery, bloodshot, and/or glassy.
  • A messy appearance, soiled clothes, and/or messy hair.
  • Muffled or slurred speech.
  • Inability to understand the officer’s questions.
  • Inability to answer the officer’s questions.
  • An inappropriate attitude with the officer (aggressiveness, irritability, sobbing, and/or crying)
  • Difficulty retrieving their wallet, driver’s license, and/or car insurance.
  • Difficulty getting out of their vehicle.
  • Lack of balance and coordination.
  • Swaying while standing still.
  • Using their vehicle for support.
  • Inability to follow directions.
  • No knowledge of time, day, or current location.

If the officer observes some of these DUI physical and behavioral signs they will likely ask the driver to perform DUI field sobriety tests and to blow into the portable breathalyzer.  Both tests are voluntary, meaning the driver can choose to take the test or choose not to take the tests.  The attorneys at David O Defense always recommend REFUSING to take the DUI field sobriety tests or the portable breath test.  Learn more about refusing to take the field sobriety tests by reading our previous blog, “Will I Get in Trouble if I Refuse to Take the DUI Field Sobriety Tests?

If pulled over by a law enforcement officer and they suspect you are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, ask to speak with your attorney immediately.  Give the attorneys at David O Defense a call, 206-459-6392.

DUI and criminal defense lawyers, David O Defense, Seattle Washington

David O Defense
2211 Elliott Avenue, Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98121
Tel: 206.459.6392
Fax: 888.615.0237
Email: david@davidodefense.com

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