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July 4th and Summertime DUI Emphasis Patrols

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jun 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Washington State Patrol announced that they are stepping up drunk driving patrols starting in the beginning of July. The summertime months are notorious for drunk driving and July 4th is a holiday season that typically involves alcohol consumption. As a result, the WSP will be out in force during that time looking for suspected drunk drivers.

The WSP typically announces DUI emphasis patrols during times associated with drunk driving. For example, there are usually DUI emphasis patrols from Thanksgiving to the New Year's and also during sporting events like the Super Bowl. The WSP announces these emphasis patrols and campaigns in advance as their goal is to prevent drunk driving and not rack up as many arrests as possible. For example, the hope is that many drivers will think twice before drinking and driving if they are aware of a DUI emphasis patrol.

However, in many cases, the WSP and local law enforcement agencies may be overzealous in nabbing suspected drunk drivers. Negligent, careless, and distracted driving do not equate to drunk driving. So you may be wrongly charged with the crime even if you are sober.

Contact a King County DUI Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with drunk driving during the July 4th holiday season or any other time and believe that you have been wrongly charged, you will want to consult with an experienced DUI defense attorney. You are innocent until proven guilty, and an attorney at Cowan Kirk Gaston Wolff can help you fight your charge. Schedule a consultation to discuss your case by calling 1-866-822-1230.

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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