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Over 100 DUI and Criminal Defense Legal Blogs

Over 100 DUI and Criminal Defense Legal Blogs

Here at David O Defense we are proud to announce that we have reached a new literary landmark by writing over 100 legal blogs!  In celebration of authoring so many literary DUI and criminal defense masterpieces we would like to revisit an oldie but goodie blog, “Know Your DUI Rights”.

Recognize this blog?  We hope you do, because the information in it is valuable and should be put into practice if ever needed.  It’s said repetition is one of the best techniques to anchor information into long-term memory, therefore we believe “Know Your DUI Rights” is worth repeating over and over.

Know Your DUI Rights


When questioned by law enforcement in Washington State about DUI make sure to exercise your rights.

1. Exercise your right to an attorney, either a private DUI attorney or a public defender.

2. Exercise your right to remain silent during the DUI questioning.

3. Do not consent to detention or search of any type of personal belongings, home, or vehicle.

4. Refuse to perform the DUI field sobriety tests!

5. Refuse to take the DUI portable breath test!

6. Do cooperate at the police station and take the DUI breath test or blood test, unless advised not to do so by your DUI attorney.


A special thank you to all those who have followed our blog, we hope you have found some of our writings informative and others entertaining!  We look forward to writing the next 100!


Written by DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney, David O

Co-Written by Sarah Ann

$27.00 Fine For Smoking Marijuana In Public

$27.00 Fine For Smoking Marijuana In Public

The city of Seattle is treating smoking marijuana in public at the same level as consuming alcohol in public, it is illegal and the Seattle police will issue a $27.00 fine to any individual found doing so.  The good news is… Seattle police MUST first issue any individual using marijuana in public a verbal warning.  If the individual fails to cooperate with the officers warning and fails to remove the marijuana from public view, then the officer may issue the $27.00 fine.  More good news… the $27.00 fine is an infraction similar to a parking ticket and is not a criminal infraction such as DUI (driving under the influence), thus being cited and fined with smoking marijuana in public will not end up on your criminal record!

For more information on the laws pertaining to smoking marijuana in Seattle or in the State of Washington see our previous blogs “How The Seattle Police Department Will Enforce Marijuana Laws” and “Washington State Laws – Marijuana 101” and continue to follow our blog for the latest and greatest legal news and happenings!


Written by SAO

Kanye West Pleads “No Contest” To Misdemeanor Assault Charge

Kanye West Pleads “No Contest” To Misdemeanor Assault Charge

Kanye West’s criminal defense attorney recently plead “no contest” to the assault charge filed against Kanye back in July of 2013 for attacking a photographer.  In return for pleading no contest, the LA City Attorney and judge decided to dismiss the attempted grand theft auto charge that had accompanied the assault charge, and allowed K.W. to enter into a deferred sentence.

For the deferred sentence of the assault charge, Kanye must complete two years of probation, meaning he must remain out of legal trouble for at least two years.  The “Yeezus” rap artist must also complete 24 private therapy sessions for anger management and 250 hours of community service.  Kanye was ordered to pay for all medical bills incurred by  photographer, Daniel Ramos, and he must pay for any photography equipment that was damaged during their altercation at the Los Angeles International Airport.

If 36 year-old Kanye fails to stay out of legal trouble or doesn’t comply with all of the judges orders, than Kanye will have revoked his deferred sentence.  When the deferred sentence is revoked the judge will impose a sentence, which would likely be jail time and additional fines for Kanye.

During the last court appearance, of which Kanye West was not present, Daniel Ramos and his defense attorney had an opportunity to address the court and judge.  Daniel spoke of the emotional and physical trauma he suffered during the scuffle and how it still haunts him.  He told the judge that Kanye should go to jail for the battery and that he felt the attack was an intentional ploy for Kanye to promote his new album “Yeezus” that released just one day before the incident.

Daniel Ramos is no stranger to quarreling with the stars, in 2007 Britney Spears lashed out and hit his car with her umbrella while he was taking photos.

Kanye and his defense attorney will have to reappear in court for a review hearing on July 17th to follow-up on his therapy sessions, community service hours, and will be given the specific restitution amount he will pay out to Daniel Ramos.


Written by SAO