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The police failed to read Miranda rights and implicit consent warnings as required in WA. in DUI arrest.

Bremerton, WA |

My friend has been arrested in DUI case. An assault 3, arises out of the DUI arrest. However, the prosecutor is only charging with her the Assault 3. The police did not read her , her Miranda right and the implicit consent warning required in WA. She consequently refused to take the test. Now she has to go to a Hearing with the DOL to fight license suspension. Can she use the police failure to read her those rights as a defense?

Thank you Michael. Indeed the arresting police officer wrote in his report "did not perform " on the pages that says constitutional rights and Implied consent warnings. This is consistent with my friend allegations that the police officer did not read her any of the two rights as required .

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Miranda is not usually a complete defense to a DUI arrest though it can muck it up. Implied Consent is very different. Failure to give implied consent can be a complete defense in a suspension hearing, but typically you will find law enforcement will simply lie about it making it a credibility contest. But I would not hang your hat on Miranda.


Mr. Michaels is correct that the implied consent issue is the more important issue for the DOL hearing. However, your friend needs an attorney who can represent her in both her felony and administrative hearings. She should contact my office for her free consultation right away. 425-424-9401.


That is a fairly common set of facts. Remember that the public defender does not represent her at the DOL hearing. She has 20 days from the day of the arrest to request a DOL hearing, or it is waived and she will be revoked for at least a year. Lack of implied consent is a compelling issue, but she will usually have a higher chance of winning if an attorney represents her.