The consequences of a DUI can be harsh. Depending on your criminal history and level of intoxication you could be looking at driver's license suspension, fines and jail time. A 58-year-old Washington man pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday to felony DUI. The man got a deal that cut his prison time almost in half.
According to the report, the man had been driving 50 mph in a 70 mph zone on the interstate. He was pulled over by a Washington State Patrol Trooper who said that the man slowed down to 35 mph when the trooper tried to slow down and get behind him. The trooper had to brake suddenly.
The man's eyes were watery, bloodshot and droopy, according to the documents. He was given a blood alcohol test that registered a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent. This was the defendant's fifth DUI.
A standard sentence for a fifth DUI is four to five years in prison. Because the other offenses took place more than 20 years ago and because man was cooperative and agreed to resolve the case early, he received a sentence of two years and five months in prison.
The deputy prosecutor suggested that the man get treatment while in custody and advised him to "make the most of your time over there. Get yourself sober so you don't have any further driving problems."
If you are facing drunk driving charges it's important that you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your interests and fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed altogether.
Source: Tri-City Herald, "Spokane man gets prison time for DUI cut in half," Paula Horton, May 16, 2012