Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the most common violations in Seattle, as well as in the rest of the United States. While a first offense may yield minimal penalties, an accident causing substantial physical harm to other people is often considered a vehicular assault and can have much more severe penalties.
This may be the case for a woman who is facing charges after she allegedly hit another car on Cambridge Street in Seattle, Washington. At approximately 2 a.m., the woman was driving her van on 17th Avenue when she reportedly failed to yield to a stop sign and struck another vehicle. The occupants of that vehicle sustained serious injuries and were taken to a nearby medical center.
According to the authorities, the passengers of the woman's van fled but were subsequently caught by responding officers. The woman was taken into custody and charged with DUI and vehicular assault.
In Washington, a DUI charge becomes a Class B felony when vehicular assault is involved. Other circumstances that warrant a felony are four or more prior offenses within a 10-year period, if the driver is a juvenile and if vehicular homicide occurred. Having a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent or above for individuals 21 years and older is considered a violation
Regardless of the charges, Seattle residents can face overwhelming odds. Among them are employment difficulties and the distinct possibility that the person's reputation will be ruined because of a criminal record.
It is essential that the accused person get the right information in order to prepare the best possible defense. The right defense strategy can make a big difference in the ultimate result of a case.
Source: King5, "Two critical after West Seattle suspected DUI crash," June 23, 2013