When a person is convicted of a drunk driving offense for the first time, he or she faces serious penalties that affect both present and future lives. However, a person convicted of four or more drunk driving offenses, which are considered felony DUIs in Washington, faces even heavier significant fines and a long-term sentence behind bars. Recently, a Washington man was arrested for driving under the influence.
Generally, driving under the influence, also known as DUI, involves the operation of a motor vehicle while an individual is under the influence of alcohol that is above the state's legal limit. In Washington, a person who operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08 or higher is generally considered driving under the influence of alcohol.
Attending a party to celebrate an event can mean much more than the party food spread and the conversations of the attendees. For some, having too much to drink at a party could lead to a decision that changes that person's life forever. Recently, Seattle police were on the lookout for individuals driving under the influence of alcohol on the day of the Super Bowl football game.
When a person is killed in a hit and run, the media may make a defendant's case more challenging. Unfortunately, public scrutiny may add another difficulty to the penalties the defendant already faces. In some cases, when a defendant is able to create an effective strategic defense plan, the penalties associated with a criminal offense, such as drunk driving or vehicular homicide, may be reduced. Recently, a defendant convicted of vehicular homicide had his prison time penalty shortened.