Driving home from a family function, a work event, or other weekend activity can leave anyone who has had a drink vulnerable to DUI charges. A Snohomish County judge who presides over drunken-driving cases may now be facing DUI charges after he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. According to reports, the judge was stopped by the Washington State Patrol on the Bothell-Everett Highway late in August.
The arresting officer alleged that he observed a vehicle drifting outside its late and that the driver was going 53 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer pulled over the judge and indicated that he noticed that the judge smelled alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his face looked flushed. A second officer was called to the scene and indicated the judge's speech was slurred. He also noticed the smell of alcohol, according to his reports.
Even before you are arrested, law enforcement officials will be collecting evidence to be used against you in a DUI case. Speeding, swerving over traffic lines, and physical manifestations of drunkenness, including the smell of alcohol and bloodshot eyes, could be used against you. Despite police allegations and reports, you do have the right to challenge evidence presented by law enforcement officials. An experienced attorney can review police claims and determine if blood alcohol and field sobriety tests were properly administered.
State Patrol records showed that the judge refused a field-sobriety and breath test. The judge claims that he drank one beer with his fellow judge before the arrest. Any driver pulled over on suspicion of DUI has the right to refuse a breath test, however they are subject to a two-year license suspension.
Source: Associated Press, "Snohomish County judge may face DUI charges," Sept. 3, 2012