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Criminal Defense Attorney Gets Rapper Too Short A Good Package Deal

Criminal Defense Attorney Gets Rapper Too Short A Good Package Deal

Last week, rapper Too Short was probably feeling pretty good after he and his criminal defense lawyer wrapped up his case by pleading guilty to a DUI charge and in return Short’s other six criminal charges were dropped.

Back in March, Too Short was pulled over by police for suspicion of DUI, during the DUI field tests Too Short tried to run from officers.  Short was caught within seconds, cuffed, and placed into the squad car.  While in route to the LA police station, officers allegedly discovered Ecstasy in the back of their car, claiming it fell out of Short’s pockets.  Too Short denied it was ever in his possession.

Short was charged with seven different charges including; DUI with DUI breath test over .08, resisting arrest, and possession of MDMA (Ecstasy).

Short’s criminal defense attorney negotiated a good package deal for the rapper; Short plead no contest to the DUI charge and all of his other charges were dismissed.  He was sentenced to 3 years of probation, fines, and attendance of DUI alcohol education classes.  Short’s deal was even sweeter considering he avoided jail time all together even with prior DUI’s on his criminal record.

Here in Washington State, if an individual has a prior DUI on their criminal record and pleads guilty to a second DUI they would at least spend 1 day in jail.  See the prior blog What are the penalties for a 2nd DUI Conviction? – Criminal Defense Attorney, David O to see Washington State consequences for a 2nd DUI.


Written by S.O

DUI – We Deserve Better Than an Estimate

DUI – We Deserve Better Than an Estimate

Driving Under the Influence is considered a crime yet we allow our individual rights, liberty, reputation, and driving privileges to be adversely affected from a mere estimate of our blood alcohol concentration.  A breath test is simply an estimate of our blood alcohol concentration.  And at times, a breath test can create a false positive.  Meaning a breath test device can have a positive test for alcohol consumption even when an individual had not consumed any alcohol.

Blood tests are the most accurate measurement of blood alcohol concentration.  Officers throughout Washington state have been trained in obtaining blood samples on individuals investigated for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).  In fact, the Implied Consent Warning Statute, RCW 46.20.308 (1) states:

Any person who operates a motor vehicle within this state is deemed to have given consent, subject to the provisions of RCW 46.61.506, to a test or tests of his or her breath or blood for the purpose of determining the alcohol concentration or presence of any drug in his or her breath or blood if arrested for any offense where, at the time of the arrest, the arresting officer has reasonable grounds to believe the person had been driving or was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or was in violation of RCW 46.61.503. Neither consent nor this section precludes a police officer from obtaining a search warrant for a person’s breath or blood. 

This statute gives authority to any officer to obtain a blood sample whether an individual submits to a breath test or not.

DUI fatalities and accidents are horrible.  I do not wish for any person to be harmed by a drunken driver.  However, with that said, I’m not willing to accept people getting wrongfully convicted for driving under the influence based on an estimate.

There is an easy solution.  Don’t allow breath tests to be used and require blood samples in every DUI investigation.  The state has the means to obtain blood samples, therefore, this is not some outrageous notion with no realistic practical means.

We deserve better than an estimate of our blood alcohol concentration.  Especially when this estimate can create false positive readings from a laundry list of factors.  We deserve better and should demand for only accurate evidence to be used against us when being accused of DUI.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and would like us to evaluate your case don’t hesitate to contact us immediately for a free consultation.

Washington State Patrol Increasing DUI Patrol During 4th of July Weekend

Washington State Patrol Increasing DUI Patrol During 4th of July Weekend

Over the long weekend of the 4th of July, Washington State Patrol will be revving up their DUI (driving under the influence) patrols in order to reduce accidents and fatalities.  According to the WSP, “Summer represents one of the highest travel periods and the start of the ‘100 deadliest days on the roads.  Half of all traffic deaths in Washington involve an impaired driver.”  “Impaired drivers” includes drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs.

County deputies, local city police, and coast guard will also be on increased DUI patrol over the 4th.

The criminal defense attorneys of David O Defense wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!  If arrested for DUI over the weekend, don’t hesitate, give David O Defense a call for a free consultation with a top rated Seattle defense lawyer.