Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Top reasons to hire DUI Attorney Matthew Leyba

I know, I know this isn't supposed to be some kind of sales pitch marketing blog but a blog where any and all DUI topics are discussed.  However as the owner of the law firm sometimes I just have to do this in order to run my business.  As much as I don't like it please forgive :)

So without further adieu here are the top reasons why you should hire Leyba Defense PLLC if you or someone you know gets arrested for a DUI in King County.

Leyba Defense PLLC exclusively represents people charged with DUI

If you google DUI Attorney you will literally see hundreds of Attorneys out their claiming they practice in this area of law.  And they might, but they also focus on business law, family law, personal injury, etc.  DUI Defense is just a side practice for them and therefore they do not have the necessary experience that comes with exclusively focusing and studying one area of law.  Think about it.  If you needed heart surgery would you go to a general physician or would you go to a heart surgeon.  The same thing applies for Attorneys.   

Leyba Defense PLLC limits the number of clients he represents

Leyba Defense PLLC was founded on the principle that we would run a small practice focusing entirely on the clients and to effectively do this we have to limit the number of clients we represent.  Obviously we still have to make money to run the business, but we are not like so many other DUI firms out there that try to get as much clients as possible to make as much money as possible.  We have a certain number of clients that we represent.  If you come to us and we are at that number then unfortunately we will not take the case.  It's the firms motto and that is why we are able to get such good results for our clients.  Less clients equals more time to spend individually on each case which equals better results.  It's simple math.  

Leyba Defense PLLC has a high success rate in defending DUIs

If you check out our website we have a pie chart detailing the last 100 DUI cases we have represented and what the results were.  Many of the cases have either been reduced to negligent driving 1, reckless driving, or in some cases even dismissed.  The proof is in the pudding and we are the only firm around that post every results we get for our clients.  Good and bad.  Some so called DUI firms out there will post a DUI dismissal or a DUI not guilty, but there is a reason they only show you 2 out of the last how ever many cases they have defended.  Anybody can get a good result once in a while, but the best DUI Attorneys sustain that success over time.  Now every case is different and not every case gets reduced or dismissed.  But most of the time Leyba Defense PLLC is able to work out a plea bargain that is in our clients best interests.

So there you go.  The top reasons why Leyba Defense PLLC is the right firm to represent anybody charged with a DUI in the Seattle area.  

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About the author:  Matthew Leyba is the owner of Leyba Defense PLLC, a DUI law firm located in Seattle.  He has been named one of the best DUI Attorneys in Seattle by the Seattle Met Magazine.  He is also rated a 10 out of 10 by Avvo.com

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Funding shortage causes WA low income drivers to lose IIDs

If you get convicted of a DUI in Washington State you will be required to have an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you drive.  The time frame varies depending on the number of prior times a driver has been required to have an IID.  But it can range from 1 year to 10 years.  The Washington State legislature created a program to allow low income drivers to get reduced rates on IIDs that are subsidized from other drivers paying for the ignition interlock license.  Unfortunately this may be coming to an end.

The funding has dried up unexpectedly due to the money for the program somehow getting funneled into another program for prison inmate treatment.  How it worked was if a driver was convicted of a first time DUI then they would be required to get an ignition interlock device.  They would have to apply for what is called an ignition interlock license in order to drive during that one year.  The license itself costs $20 a month to maintain.  That $20 went into a pot that was reserved for those drivers who could not afford the IID due to their financial situation.  

Because of the loss of these monies it is being reported that over 2000 drivers are going to lose their ability to maintain the ignition interlock license because they will not be able to afford the ignition interlock device.  At that time they will be faced with two options.  Either not drive or choose to drive in violation of the mandatory sentence.

Unfortunately this seems to be nothing more than politics.  It is a little surprising since DUI cases have been such a hot button issue for the past few years.  With many law makers crying about increasing the penalties and keeping drivers off the road following a DUI arrest.  Well these very law makers are the ones who screwed over the very people they are trying to protect by losing this money set aside for this program.  I guess it just shows you votes are more important to them than the actual issues they are "crying" about.

Here is the link to the news article where I saw this if you're interesting in reading.    

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About the author:  Matthew Leyba is a DUI lawyer in Seattle, WA.  His practice focuses on representing those charged with DUI and other related offenses.  He has been name one of Seattle's Best DUI Lawyers Rising Star multiple times by the Seattle Met Magazine.  He is also rated a 10/10 by Avvo.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Star Wars type alcohol DUI laser device coming to a City near you...Maybe

A new fangled Star Wars type laser device used to detect alcohol vapor has been created by Scientists in Poland.  This is some pretty crazy yet fascinating technology that has been developed.  Essentially its a laser device that can detect alcohol vapor like that which has been exhaled by someone who's been drinking.  Now the kicker is supposedly it can be detected inside a moving vehicle as it passes by the handheld device. 

This device is in the very early stages of development.  I guess it was successfully tested by aiming the laser at a car as it was passing by.  The car's interior had been filled up with alcohol vapor, my guess is probably a whole lot of this stuff.  Although I'm not quite sure what the alcohol vapor was but it was supposed to simulate someone's breath after they had been drinking.  

My guess is something like this is far off from ever being implemented by law enforcement.  The article I read about it pointed out several issues that have not been figured.  

First it doesn't appear the device could differentiate from a driver and a passenger.  Imagine getting pulled over for a DUI by this thing and the driver is stone cold sober and acting as the designated driver.  You think some 4th amendment issues there, probably.

Secondly there was some countermeasures that could be implemented.  For example opening the windows, or having tinted windows the laser could get through.  Additionally what if somebody was smoking or there was some other kind of vapor inside.  How could this laser get through.

As I stated, I highly doubt something like this gets implemented in the near future.  However you never know.  In the jurisdiction I practice, Seattle, WA DUI's are becoming more and more targeted.  It's just not people over the legal limit, but anyone who has any kind of alcohol in their system are being stopped, detained, and arrested.  

I know I sound like a broken record but it is not a good idea to drive in Seattle, WA if you have had anything to drink.  It won't matter to the Seattle Police nor the City of Seattle Prosecutor's office if you're under the legal limit.  They will still come after you so don't take the risk. 

If you're interested in reading more about this crazy laser device, here you go

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About the author:  Matthew Leyba is a practicing DUI Attorney in Seattle, WA.  He has been named on of the best Seattle DUI Attorneys numerous times by the Seattle Met Magazine.  Additionally he is rated a perfect 10 out of 10 by Avvo.com