Flashing lights, getting pulled over and being asked by a police officer to get out of the car are not the only concerns a defendant accused of drunk driving may have. If a defendant is convicted of a DUI charge, he or she may face penalties that could change their lives forever. Recently, Washington State police say a woman was arrested for drunk driving twice in eight hours.
According to police, a woman who was released from police custody after being charged with a DUI was arrested again for drunk driving by police about eight hours later. Police say that after the woman had her blood drawn for a blood alcohol test for her first offense, the woman was released. Approximately eight hours later, the woman, who was then driving another vehicle, was pulled over for driving erratically. She again was taken to a hospital to have a blood alcohol test, based on suspicions that the woman was driving under the influence of drugs. After the women's second alleged offense, Washington State police took the woman to the county jail.
There are two types of samples that may be used to determine an individual's blood alcohol content level. The most commonly used techniques are breath analysis and blood screening. Breath analysis often involves a breathalyzer machine, which analyzes an individual's alcohol content when an individual blows into the machine. Blood tests are often seen as the most invasive of the samples police may obtain from an individual. Blood draws are not always administered and may be used in more limited circumstances, such as where drug use is suspected.
In preventing penalties associated with a drunk driving conviction, individuals who have had too much to drink should consider getting a ride from a sober driver. However, it is important to remember that every defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. As a result, if an individual is charged with DUI or a related crime, he or she should take every step to build a strong defense against the charges.
Source: KIRO Radio, "DUI deju vu: Drunk driving suspect busted twice in eight hours," Tim Haeck, March 6, 2013