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.
A Washington man was arrested recently on suspicion of drunk driving. Police say that a man riding a bicycle suffered serious injuries after being hit by the defendant, who was driving an SUV. According to Washington State police, the man driving the SUV was taken into custody after being suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. The cyclist was taken to a local hospital for his injuries.
In Seattle, a person convicted of drunk driving charges faces stiff consequences. A defendant convicted of a DUI charge faces possible jail or prison time, fines, installation of an ignition interlock system and suspension or revocation of the defendant's driver's license. A DUI charge may also apply to cases involving the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, regardless of whether the drug is an illegal substance or one prescribed by a doctor.
It is important to remember that all defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty and all defendants deserve a fair trial. Particularly when a vehicle driver gets into an accident where a bicyclist or pedestrian is involved, blame and additional scrutiny may automatically shift to the driver. It is therefore particularly important for individuals facing DUI charges to consider working with a defense attorney who will stand up for the defendant's rights in court.
Source: KIRO TV, "DUI arrest made in Monroe crash that seriously injured cyclist," Feb. 6, 2013