No state in the entire nation tolerates drunk driving. Law enforcement agencies make DUI arrests at random checkpoints or based on reports of drivers who exhibit signs of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Tough drunk driving laws aim to prevent drunk driving accidents, which all too often result in serious injuries and fatalities. In addition, a DUI conviction may lead to a license suspension, incarceration, fines and other serious penalties, all of which can greatly affect a person's life.
On January 9, 2013, a 22-year-old driver reportedly crashed his pickup into a car on I-5 in Seattle, Washington, inflicting serious injuries on four people inside the vehicle. Based on court documents, the pickup truck driver's blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was 0.14 percent. The driver has been charged with one count of reckless endangerment and three counts of vehicular assault. The alleged drunk driver will be arraigned next month in King County Superior Court.
Drivers who face drunk driving charges may need legal representation and a strong defense in court. An attorney may be able to challenge the accuracy of a breath test or cast doubt on the reliability of accounts given by witnesses in an alleged drunk driving accident. Sometimes an aggressive approach is needed in drunk driving cases in order to avoid a conviction.
Navigating the legal process alone is extremely difficult, especially when facing numerous charges. Instead, individuals accused of drunk driving may want to seek out legal representatives with extensive knowledge and experience pertaining to drunk driving laws who can protect their clients' rights.
Source: Kirotv.com, "Only on Kiro 7: Repeat DUI Suspect Charged with Vehicular Accident," Amy Clancy, Aug. 21, 2013