Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is prohibited in Washington and across the nation. A driver facing DUI charges may be subject to stiff penalties upon conviction. This serves as a lesson to deter impaired drivers. A person accused of DUI, however, has the right to contest all allegations, to a defense and to prevent life-altering consequences such as driver's license revocation, weighty fines or jail time.
A statewide campaign, known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," nabbed 1,420 suspected drunk drivers in Washington. The campaign recently ran for a couple of weeks. In King County alone, 292 suspected impaired drivers were arrested.
In line with the high volume of DUI arrests that occurred throughout the state of Washington, the suspected drunk drivers will need to present a defense or face serious consequences. After being convicted on DUI charges, a driver will most likely suffer a loss of driving privileges unless the driver requests a hearing to contest the suspension.
In addition, the defense may question the procedures followed by the police officers who conducted the traffic stop. The defense may also contest the accuracy of field sobriety tests, blood draws and breath testing which could prove that the suspected drunk driver was not legally intoxicated and, therefore, innocent of the charges. Any one of these potential defenses may prevent the accused from having a license suspended or revoked, as well as preventing other penalties.
A strong defense may be necessary to prevent a DUI conviction that carries tough penalties such as driver's license suspension, fines or time in jail. Here in Seattle and King County, those accused of DUI may wish to consult with a knowledgeable legal professional to discuss the case and find ways to defend against the charges.
Source: Q13fox.com, "Statewide campaign against drunk-driving sees more than 1,000 arrests," Sep. 5, 2013