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Sobering Drunk Driving Statistics

There are few decisions that one can make which are as needlessly dangerous as choosing to drink and drive. Alcohol consumption impairs a person's ability to think clearly and compromises physical control of the body. This is a disastrous combination in a person who is behind the wheel of an automobile, and it jeopardizes the safety of the driver and other motorists and individuals who are on or near the roadway. Driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law and rightfully so. It is important to remember, however, that being arrested for DUI is not the same as being convicted.

If you are facing a trial for DUI, it is important that you work with a skilled and experienced attorney who understands that the legal notion of being “innocent until proven guilty” applies to all people. You deserve a compassionate and committed defense. Contact the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Law Firm at 866-822-1230 for more information.

Looking at the Numbers

Countless public service advertisements and dramatizations have been created to help convey the message that drunk driving is dangerous. This appeal to the emotions of viewers or listeners does not necessarily capture the extent of the problem, however. To help cast the matter into a clearer perspective, consider the following statistics as reported by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration:

  • In 2008, 11,173 people were killed in accidents where intoxication was a factor; this equates to approximately four fatalities for every three hours
  • In 2006, more than 1,460,000 people were arrested for DUI
  • Approximately 1/3 of DUI arrests involve persons who are repeat offenders

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Let us help you to ensure that your rights are properly protected in a DUI trial. You may have made a mistake, but there also may be a misunderstanding of the facts. Contact the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Law Firm at 866-822-1230 for a free initial consultation.

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Cowan Kirk is known throughout Washington and the nation for representing all of its clients with commitment, creativity and compassion. We recognize how devastating a DUI charge can be, particularly when our clients learn how incredibly tough Washington's DUI laws have become, even for a first-time offender.

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If you need a DUI defense attorney in Seattle, Bellevue, or King County, contact us today to find out why respect for our clients, a passion for justice, and our commitment to winning have earned each of us the highest honor a member of the bar can receive from our colleagues – their referrals.