Cars & Crime

Distracted driving to vehicular homicide ... we'll be discussing how to provide the best defense for your clients who get in trouble in their cars.
When Oct 13, 2017
from 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Contact Name
Contact Phone 206-623-1302
Attendees Attendance at WACDL seminars is limited to WACDL members and those eligible for WACDL membership. Lawyers, law students, and non-lawyers are eligible for WACDL membership if they are not now engaged full or part-time in the prosecution or law enforcement investigation of criminal cases, and if they are not engaged in a full-time judicial function.
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We will be accepting registration at the door (it will be a little faster if you fill out the form from the flyer and bring it with you).


Program Chairs: Cooper Offenbecher & Paul Thompson

8:30 - 9:00Registration
9:00 – 9:45 DUI Legislative Update. Jason Lantz
9:45 – 10:30
Distracted Driving. Todd Maybrown
10:30 – 10:45
10:45 – 11:30   

Car Stops. Marla Zink

11:30 – 12:15

Dealing with DOL. Patricia Fulton

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch (on your own)
1:30 – 2:15 Vehicular Assault / Vehicular Homicide – Not a DUI. Diego Vargas
2:15 – 3:00
DUI Search Warrants. Kathy Kyle
3:00 – 3:15
3:15 – 4:00
Immigration Analysis and Consequences. Miguel Bocanegra
4:00 – 5:00
Ethics: The Late Night Phone Call. Dallas Cooney

CLE Credit

This program has been approved for 6.25 hours of Washington MCLE  credit, including 5.25 hours of law and legal credit and one hour of ethics credit.

OPD Approved Training

WACDL CLE programs are “approved trainings” for purposes of meeting the Washington State OPD requirement for attending at least 7 hours of training annually.


This program will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.  Driving and parking directions are here:


Miguel Bocanegra focuses on immigration law. He has a diverse practice representing individuals and companies in various stages of the immigrant and nonimmigrant process. His practice includes family-based petitions, removal defense, naturalization, immigrant, and nonimmigrant visas. He has presented CLEs on removal defense, employment based immigrant and nonimmigrant options and immigration fundamentals and has taught as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law.  He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.

Dallas Cooney focuses his practice on DUI defense and consulting on car accident injury matters. He has successfully litigated both civil and criminal cases in 14 counties throughout Eastern Washington. Dallas has taught DUI defense and Washington State Department of Licensing advocacy to attorneys in Spokane and throughout Washington State.  He is a graduate of the Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington and is a former trustee (2011 – 2016) of the Spokane County Bar Association.

Patricia Fulton devotes her practice to defending clients accused of crimes. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, and recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics yearly since 2012, Patricia has earned a reputation as an articulate and thoughtful advocate. She currently serves on the WACDL Board of Governors as president.  She is also actively involved in Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice and a member of the Washington Women Lawyers Judicial Evaluation Committee.

Kathleen Kyle is director of the Snohomish County Public Defenders Association.  She has worked in that office since 1998 and has defended juvenile and adult clients in the district and superior courts.

Jason Lantz is a DUI and criminal defense attorney based in Everett.  Mr. Lantz has a key leadership role as counsel in the fight against Washington State’s Breath Test Machine, the Draeger Alcotest 9510.  A member of the Sullivan Law Group since 2011, Mr. Lantz has distinguished himself throughout the state as an authoritative resource on DUI and Criminal Defense matters.  Mr. Lantz also maintains a successful appellate practice, regularly challenging rulings incorrect judicial rulings and obtaining vindication for his clients.  Recently, Mr. Lantz accepted a volunteer position on the WACDL Legislative Committee lobbying Olympia regarding impaired driving issues.

Todd Maybrown is a partner in the Seattle firm Allen, Hansen, Maybrown & Offenbecher.  He joined the firm in 1990 after serving as a law clerk for Barbara Jacobs Rothstein, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, for two years.  His practice focuses on the defense of complex criminal charges in the federal and state courts, including cases involving drug charges and allegations of racketeering, fraud, copyright infringement, and violations of environmental and securities laws.  Since 2000, he has been deemed as qualified by a committee of the Washington Supreme Court to represent capital defendants in trials, appeals and post-conviction cases.  Todd also has been qualified as “learned counsel” to represent defendants in federal capital trial.  Todd is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Washington Law School where he teaches in the Trial Advocacy Program and is the author of a supplement to the Washington Appellate Practice Deskbook entitled “Relationship of State Appellate Courts to Federal Courts.”  He was the 2007 recipient of WACDL’s William O. Douglas Award and served as WACDL’s president 2009 – 2010.  In 1997, he was awarded the Abolitionist Award from the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Diego Vargas has litigated more than 100 jury trials to verdict. His trial technique and courtroom presentation has earned him admiration from the judiciary, his peers and most importantly, his clients. As a result of hishard work and dedication to the aggressive defense of his clients, Washington Law & Politics magazine has repeatedly recognized Mr. Vargas as a "Rising Star" and “Super Lawyer”.  Mr. Vargas' experience includes:

  • Repeatedly named “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine.
  • Repeatedly named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics magazine
  • Instructor – "Defending DUIs" Seminar (Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice) 2002, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2014
  • Represented the only DUI defendant ever placed on the US Marshall’s 10 Most Wanted List.
  • Former Member National College for DUI Defense
  • Former Member Northwest Academy of DUI Defense
  • Former Member Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Former Member Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Featured speaker/instructor at dozens of legal education programs
  • Trial Attorney: 100+ trials litigated to verdict
  • Commentator regarding high profile trials for local media


Marla Zink joined the Washington Appellate Project in 2010, and handles appeals in both state and federal court. Marla previously worked as an associate attorney at K&L Gates and served as a law clerk to Judge Robert R. Beezer at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She serves on the board of directors of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children, is a past executive committee member of the King County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section, and has mentored young people through the Future of the Law Institute. In 2014, Marla won State v. Grisby in the Washington Supreme Court. Marla earned her B.A. at Columbia and her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center.

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