You are on the road going home leaving the restaurant in Seattle you had dinner with coworkers after getting off work. It’s not late, because being a holiday weekend you know there will be more police watching for drunk drivers on the road. It will be nice to get home and get to bed. You didn’t stay out late. You only had one drink. Or was it more? Can’t remember?
Up ahead you see a police car parked on the side of the road with an officer pointing a radar speed detector toward the flowing traffic. Fortunately you aren’t driving too fast and moving steadily in one lane just a tip under the speed limit. All is good. Normal. Nothing to worry about. You drive past the police car and the officer.
But the second police car you didn’t see was following you. The flashing lights go on and the sirens informs you to pull to the side of the road. Really me? Why? You comply, satisfied that you were driving normal. On the side of the road the officer comes up to your car. The conversation ends with an arrest for drunk driving. Perhaps it was two drinks. Or was it three? But you were driving normally? What happened? It was the tail light that was out. That’s what stopped you. Then the officer saw your eyes and made a discernment. A Breathalyzer test and sobriety test is followed by hand cuffs.
Seattle Washington has the strictest penalties for DUI or drunk driving ((http://www.ehow.com/how_8386915_out-dui-misdemeanor.html)) in the nation. A license suspension can be from 90 days up to a year. If a Breathalyzer test shows 0.08, then an automatic license suspension with fines is the penalty. A more aggravated situation depending on what was interpreted on the road can result in harsher penalties.
Of course you can refuse the Breathalyzer test, but if the walking sobriety test ((http://www.wikihow.com/Beat-a-Dui/Dwi-Case)) doesn’t satisfy the officer, then he is authorized without your permission to have a blood test taken. If the blood test shows being over the limit, then that along with the refusal of the Breathalyzer test results in a one year license suspension. Either way, if you are stopped and you have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher, you’ve lost your license, owe fines, and other penalties like jail time and community service may be sentenced. A blood alcohol content of 0.15 or higher elevates the penalties even further. Do you give up and accept the penalties? Is there nothing you can do? A DUI attorney in Seattle can help.
It is important to find an attorney after you get stopped for DUI ((http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dui)) for he/she can help reduce or eliminate the charges against you. The charges are based on the procedures conducted and the perceptions of the arresting police officer. Were those procedures followed in accordance to the law? Is there doubt for any reason that the Breathalyzer equipment was accurate? Was the conduct and perceptions of the arresting police officer appropriate?
A good DUI attorney in Seattle is knowledgeable of DUI laws and procedures and will look at the details of the events that occurred, decisions made, testimony of events, and arresting record with what is considered legal compliance. Any error in procedure, mechanical equipment, or conduct will be compared to what is considered legal practice for DUI. Years of experience will give DUI attorney in Seattle the opportunity to formulate the justification to reduce or eliminate the charges. A DUI offense can be reduced to reckless driving. Although not changed to a clean slate, at least you won’t be receiving the penalties for drunk driving. Seek an attorney. Hire a good, experienced, affordable DUI attorney in Seattle (http://seattle-duidefense.com/) who can help you with the proceedings.
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