Magnuson Lowell Blog
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Click it or ticket. Drive hammered, get nailed. Over the last decade or longer, Washington State Patrol and the courts have been cracking down on drunk driving. Rightfully so, in Washington hundreds of drivers and passengers dies every year, while thousands die every year nationally due to alcohol-impaired driving. Campaigns brought by Washington law enforcement have done their best to get the word out that drunk driving will no longer be tolerated. Washington courts have followed suit.
Police have the authority to pull over drivers in Washington if they notice errant driving. From swerving, to speeding, to driving to slowly, officers have lenient discretion in many circumstances to ensure our roads are safe. Judges are now required to follow specific guidelines for sentencing and must implement minimum sentence for even a first DUI. Here are ten facts you should know to dissuade you or others from driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
DUIs in Washington are complicated and require both care and patience. The courts and the prosecution are taking these offenses seriously. Everyone deserves a proper defense. Working with a qualified and experienced attorney can ensure you have the best opportunity for an optimal outcome. The attorneys at Magnuson Lowell, PS will work cooperatively with you and the prosecution to determine if pretrial resolution makes sense or whether trial is in your best interests.