Many Washingtonians periodically enjoy a social drink or two with friend. This behavior is most oftentimes harmless, but when a drink or two turns into more, sometimes many more, bad things can happen, especially when the drinker decides to drive. The consequences could include getting in an accident or facing a drunk driving charge.
That may have been the case in a recent one-car accident on state Highway 14. According to reports, a 40-year-old woman was driving eastbound in a 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. While driving, she allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, crossing the center line and crashing into an embankment on the westbound shoulder. Following the accident, the woman was taken to a hospital, treated and then released.
Later, authorities cited her on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants. Reports, however, did not indicate what the woman's blood alcohol content (BAC) level was at the time of the alleged incident.
As the woman has likely begun to realize, the state of Washington treats drunk driving accidents very seriously. As a result, a drunk driving charge can lead to jail time, hefty fines and a criminal record that can hinder a person's future work prospects for years, even decades, to come.
Due to the serious consequences involved in a DUI charge, Washington residents may benefit from discussing their case with an experienced legal professional who specializes in drunk driving defense. This legal professional will be able to identify and exploit weaknesses in the prosecution's case. Those weaknesses will vary from case to case, but often involve procedural and constitutional violations that could lead to the suppression of evidence and reduced or dismissed criminal charges.
Source: The Columbian, "WSP: Intoxicated driver crashes east of Washougal," Emily Gillespie, Feb. 3, 2014