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Sheriff deputy's daughter may face drunk driving charge

In Washington and elsewhere, parents do their best to instill good decision-making in their child. But sometimes a parent's best intentions cannot prevent their children from learning the hard way. That may be the case for a King County Sheriff's deputy whose daughter recently may have been involved in a drunk driving accident.

The daughter, according to authorities, drove her pickup truck the wrong way on I-5, striking an oncoming SUV that could not avoid the daughter's truck. The collision totaled the SUV and left its 50-year-old driver injured. Because of the injuries, authorities transported the man to the hospital for treatment. Fortunately, none of the SUV's passengers, other than the driver, were injured. Neither was the daughter.

But despite avoiding physical injuries, the accident may have legal consequences for the daughter, including a drunk driving charge, because authorities suspect her of driving under the influence.

Washington residents accused of drunk driving should take the charge seriously. The state of Washington certainly does. For instance, if convicted of a DUI, Washingtonians may be subject to jail time and sentenced to pay hefty fines. They might also lose their driver's licenses and have to comply with various conditions that depend upon one's level of intoxication and criminal history.

Given those repercussions, Washingtonians should wage an aggressive DUI defense. That means knowing both what elements the government must prove in order to get a conviction and how to attack the government's case. For example, if the government waits too long to collect a breath or blood sample, it may not be admissible in court to show the person was per se under the influence.

Source: komonews.com, "Deputy's daughter causes crash driving wrong way on I-5," Nov. 17, 2013

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