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Cinco de Mayo: 5 Facts About DUIs

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | May 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. However, the holiday is now widely celebrated in America as a time to drink and hang out with friends. As we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, here are five important facts you should know about drunk driving:

  1. You don't need a 0.08 blood alcohol level to be arrested for a DUI. While it's true that you are presumed drunk if you drive with a blood alcohol level above 0.08, you should know that you can still be arrested and charged with a DUI even with a much lower blood alcohol content. Generally, if your driving is impaired by alcohol, you can be charged with a DUI regardless of your blood alcohol level.
  2. Holidays are not a time off for police. You should not count on law enforcement being off the streets during the holidays. In fact, the opposite is true. Law enforcement personnel know that holidays are peak times for drunk driving and step up their efforts to catch DUIs during these times.
  3. You can be penalized even if you're not impaired. If you are stopped for a DUI, you could face serious consequences even if you are sober. For example, if you refuse a blood alcohol test, you could face a license suspension under the state's implied consent law regardless of whether you are impaired.
  4. It's not legal to drive high. There has been a lot of confusion over recent laws legalizing recreational marijuana use. It is legal in certain circumstances to smoke marijuana recreationally. However, it is still illegal to drive impaired while under the influence of marijuana.
  5. A King County DUI attorney can help. You will need an experienced advocate if you are charged with a DUI. You could face serious criminal penalties including jail time and an attorney can advise you on your options and possibly seeking a plea deal.

Schedule a Consultation With a King County DUI Attorney

To learn more about how a DUI attorney can help you, contact Cowan Kirk Gaston Wolff at 1-866-822-1230 to discuss the specifics of your case.

About the Author

William Kirk, Partner

Bill Kirk has been named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics Magazine every year since 2003. He currently serves on the Board of Regents to the National College for DUI Defense and is the President of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice. Bill is one of only two attorneys in this state to pass the National College's Board Certification Exam.


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