What are the penalties associated with having more than one drunk driving offenses? Will I have to pay a fine? Will I be going to jail or prison for this offense? Residents of Seattle facing multiple DUIs may ask these questions and many others. A man who was recently charged with his alleged 7th drunk driving offense may be asking these questions as well.
Police say that the man was pulled over after an officer spotted an inspection sticker violation. According to police, the officer noticed an open 30-pack of beer in the bed of the man's truck. Police say that the man failed a field sobriety test and was charged with drunk driving. The man was also charged with having an open container and a seat belt violation.
In Seattle, drunk driving convictions can carry significant penalties, depending on how many and what prior offenses a defendant may have. Penalties could include fines, jail time and a permanent criminal record. A defendant who has been convicted of three major traffic offenses in seven years may have their license suspended.
A person facing a drunk driving charge may have several defenses that apply to their case. For example, in Seattle, police may request a voluntary field sobriety test to ensure that the driver may safely drive. The Seattle police must make the driver aware of their right to refuse this test. If the police fail to notify the driver of their right, the results of the field sobriety test may be challenged.
A drunk driving conviction may tarnish a person's reputation within the community in which they reside. Defendants facing a drunk driving charge should be aware of their rights and the possible defenses. It is also important to remember that every defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
Source: The Republican, "State police charge 47-year-old Holyoke resident Peter Liaszenik with drunken driving - 7th offense after vehicle stop in Springfield," George Graham, Nov. 28, 2012