If you are ever pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, you need to have a proper understanding of what to expect. Knowledge about correct police procedure can help you remain calm and easily identify potential violations of your rights. In addition, if your rights are violated, you need to know how to react to the situation without creating further legal problems for yourself.
If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence or related offenses, then you need to speak with a skilled and experienced attorney as soon as possible. Contact the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Law Firm at 866-822-1230 to begin working with an ally who is committed to protecting your rights.
Compulsory Blood Withdrawal
Field sobriety tests have been a standardized part of alcohol-related roadside stops for decades, and breathalyzer tests have also been part of the typical regimen for a similarly lengthy period of time. But complicated legal issues surrounding the right of law enforcement offers to procure a blood sample against a suspect's will have only begun to be settled in more recent years.
A split 2009 ruling issued by the Washington State Supreme Court in the case of City of Seattle v. St. John held that blood can be forcibly drawn as appropriate under a warrant. Unfortunately, this can occur even when a suspect has not been informed that his or her refusal to consent will have no bearing on whether blood is drawn.
There are times when, out of eagerness to make an arrest, police officers may not adhere to the procedural standards by which they are bound. Consequently, a case may be dismissed. To learn more, contact the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Law Firm at 866-822-1230.