It is not uncommon for a driver to get pulled over once or twice in their lifetime. For some, they can get by with just a warning, but some drivers are not so fortunate. If an officer suspects that a driver is under the influence, the diver could face a traffic ticket, fines and even criminal penalties.
Readers of this blog know that the state legislature has considered several DUI bills this session. One recently died in the state House of Representatives, but another continues to make progress in the Senate.
Washington takes drinking and driving seriously. In the short-term, a DUI conviction can lead to fines, jail time, and driver's license suspension. In the long-term, the conviction leaves a permanent mark on a person's criminal record and, for some, can even result in immigration consequences.
The holiday season is over. For many Washingtonians that meant Santa came by with nice gifts and happy memories. Unfortunately, not every Washingtonian will fondly look back at this past holiday season. For these folks, the Grinch stole Christmas, giving out DUI charges in the process. If those charges become a DUI conviction, it can mean a year full of coal. That might be the case for two drivers who were swept up by the extra patrols the Washington State Patrol does during the holiday season.
During the holiday season, parties are in full swing and many Washingtonians like to enjoy a drink or two with family and friends. There is nothing wrong with celebrating but sometimes a drink or two can lead to a few more and so on. When that happens, party-goers who choose to drive may find themselves on the unhappy side of a felony DUI charge.
Self-driving cars may put a lot of lawyers and judges out a job,simply because the computers driving those cars do not drink or run red lights. Plus, computers have far quicker reflexes than humans. If those benefits come to pass, self-driving cars would significantly curtail felony DUIs, and with it, the need for judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys to litigate those charges.
In Washington, a first-time charge of driving under the influence may result in only a misdemeanor charge if there has been no crash, injuries or death. Charges will escalate to felony DUI, however, if an alleged drunken driver crashes or causes bodily harm or if the driver has been convicted of prior offenses. Felony DUI charges mean that the accused, if convicted, will be subject to stiff fines and possible jail or prison time.
For Seattle and King County drivers, being pulled over can be nerve-wracking. Drivers may feel threatened, intimidated and panicked. This can lead to making questionable decisions that the driver might eventually regret. Nevertheless, it's not too late to make the necessary amends to salvage one's reputation.
In a move to curtail DUI-related accidents, the Washington state Legislature has voted unanimously to pass a new bill seeking to impose stiffer penalties for drivers with prior offenses. The new legislation will now wait for the approval of the governor.
A 19-year-old Centralia woman recently walked away from a car accident early one morning and into a waiting police cruiser.