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Cannabis And Its Impairment Effects On The Driver

We live in a fairly controversial society. After all, alcohol and cigarettes are readily available on pretty much every corner and yet cannabis, or marijuana, is still deemed as something very dangerous, something unpredictable. It is even called the “gateway” drug.

Call it whatever you like, but it is far from being as dangerous and as detrimental as alcohol, though both substances do have a certain impact people’s ability to drive. While there are certain limitations on how much alcohol you are allowed to have in your system when operating a vehicle, there are practically no limitations on how much THC is fine and how much is not.

Well, recent scientific studies clearly demonstrated that both alcohol and cannabis have a very severe effect on how a driver perceives the road. And, while they are strong enough on their own, should you mix alcohol and marijuana, your road sense will be greatly affected and you will not be able to drive safely.

Furthermore, the very same studies also clearly indicated that cannabis, even if taken in small quantities, affects the perception of ‘novice’ smokers to a great extent, not more regular users, so presumably it is also a matter of tolerance.

However, one study showed that people with 13.1 nanograms per liter of THC in their system do have similar effects as 0.8% alcohol. Hence, the results of this study could be used as a means to adopt a mandatory limit on how much THC may be present in our system to drive safely.

The study was conducted within a simulated environment with 19 test subjects. They had to engage within the simulation so as to check how alcohol and marijuana and a combination of both would affect their judgment on the road. The 19th subject, though, was later excluded from the study, since he was a bad driver regardless of whether he was high, drunk, or sober.

While California does not have any specific numbers that would indicate how much cannabis is allowed in our bloodstream for legal purposes, it is apparent that new laws will be considered and adopted in the relatively near future.

It is obvious that cannabis affects driving skills and you really need to be careful and forget about driving while you are impaired. There are cases today when California law enforcement authorities are finding ways to prosecute drivers under the influence of cannabis.

Pavel Kleyner, ESQ
Kleyner Law Offices

Being Charged With DUI While Sleeping It Off In The Car

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense and it is punishable by law. However, what if you were not actually driving? Well, many people actually ask their legal representatives whether it is possible to be charged with DUI, even though they were not technically driving their vehicles. The simply answer to that question is – yes, it is very much possible. Nevertheless, it does depend on the circumstances and where you along with the keys from your car were located.

To make things a bit more understandable, let us simply review a couple of examples. For instance, a person walks out of a bar and really feels that he or she drank too much, hence, this individual decides to wait it over, to sober up a bit before driving. Hence, he or she gets in the car, on the front seat and falls asleep to the radio playing. The keys in this keys are in the ignition, but the engine may not be running.

Well, the next moment, out of nowhere, a law enforcement officers appears and is knocking on the window, asking that person to step out from the vehicle. Such cases are far from being rare and actually take place all the time. This is usually happening when the officer notices a single car in a parking lot, on the side of the road, with a person on the front seat, who has fallen asleep apparently. This makes the officers suspicious and they proceed to checking the situation out. And if there are reasons to believe that the person was actually under the influence of alcohol, the law enforcement officer will arrest him or her.

With that said, you will be surprised, but this may very well lead to being charged with misdemeanor DUI. But how is this even possible if you were not actually driving? Well, it is actually pretty simple – the trick is that the person was actually in physical control over the vehicle. That is right – if the intoxicated individual was sitting on the front seat and had keys in the ignition, technically, this may well imply that he or she was able to start the vehicle at any moment and while being under the influence of alcohol.

Furthermore, even if a person was sleeping the effects of alcohol off on the backseat, it does not necessarily make things any better, especially if the keys were in the ignition. The prosecutor may well argue that the individual was also capable of setting the car in motion quickly and therefore was in complete physical control over it. Still, even though it is also an arguable idea to sleep it off in the back of the car, it is far better than falling asleep on the front seat – that much is certain.

One way or the other, it is very important to keep in mind that it is all about the keys and where you put them. It is best to keep them in your pocket or your purse. You may also put them in the console or the glove compartment – anywhere is fine, as long as they are not in the ignition. The engine, of course, must not be running.

In the end, if you wish to avoid such a situation, it is best to make sure that you get a cab or have someone taking you home. These are the better options that will allow you to stay as far away from the legal trouble as possible.

Find more information about Seattle DUI laws here: https://www.seattleduiattorneys.net

DUI Tips That Can Save You from Imprisonment

If you need to avoid any unpleasant interactions with the law enforcement officers, who will arrest you due to reasons to believe that you were intoxicated while driving, it is best to stay away from alcohol if you are planning on driving. Yet, as we may clearly see from the official statistical data, the number of DUI accidents on the roads all over the nation is pretty high and continues to rise, so it is very clear that most people neglect this simple tip and continue drinking before driving.

Too many people these days simply do not understand how serious Seattle DUI charges may really be. We are not talking about a simple fine here – you may easily lose your driving privileges, thousands and thousands of dollars in fines and may easily end up in county jail or state prison. Well, even if those facts do not stop you, at the very least make sure that you are in control of the situation. Hence, if you intend to drink alcohol, make sure that you are eating plenty of food too and drinking simple water. That way, you will not get wasted and will remain in control over your actions. Otherwise, if you are not going to fill your stomach with some food and actual water, you may easily get totally wasted and your chances of getting into legal trouble will rocket up sky high.

Moreover, chances are, you will go to the bar with your friends and buddies and will get drunk there. Well, keep in mind that during weekends and holidays, the law enforcement authorities are practically living near those bars and similar establishments. They are fully aware that a lot of people will neglect the laws, will drink too much and then will get behind the wheel, which is unacceptable. Hence, if that is your plan, at the very least plan your exit before starting to drink and park your vehicle as far away from the bar itself as possible.

In the end, do not forget to memorize the exact route home. Getting lost on a highway, while driving under the influence of alcohol would be the very last thing that you will want to experience. Do your best and keep with the speed limit. Speeding will not just get you in trouble, especially if there is a DUI checkpoint nearby – speeding puts people’s lives at risk and may lead to a genuinely serious accident.

Finally, even though you may not believe everything you read and see on TV, the official statistical data clearly demonstrates that a lot of people are injured or killed in Seattle DUI accidents and other people go to jail for this. Hence, even if you are planning to go to a party, but you know that you are going to be driving home, it is best to have the guts to say no to alcohol consumption. Or you can always request Uber to avoid any complications in your life.

Pavel Kleyner, ESQ

Criminal Defense For Juvenile Offenders

Needless to say, we all live in a time of progressive technologies as well as various innovative solutions. The market these days is pretty much filled with all sorts of devices, gadgets and gizmos that are meant to significantly alleviate our day to day living. Furthermore, do not forget about the internet and all the possibilities that it is offering. For instance, social media and social networking websites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have long since turned into a genuinely invaluable part of the modern society.

With that said, teenagers these days are living in those online worlds and, regardless how well you may think you know your teen son or daughter, there is always a huge possibility that there are things that he or she does not want you to find out, like ever.

Hiring a Seattle criminal defense attorney for your teen son or daughter may seem absurd at first, but a number of criminal cases involving teenagers will prove that it is no joke.

A relatively recent example clearly demonstrates how dangerous some of the modern teenagers’ actions may end up being. An 18 year old girl was charged with manslaughter. This happened after she sent a text message to her close friend, encouraging him to commit suicide. Unfortunately, he did just that. In fact, in his text messages to her he was actually trying to reconsider, but it is apparent that namely her encouraging got him to make the final decision. So what should be the legal penalties for these kinds of actions?  What should the verdict be?

One way or the other, this example really demonstrates that there are plenty of cases when you will need to think about getting in touch with a qualified as well as genuinely experienced criminal defense attorney for teenagers at the earliest opportunity.

In case your teenage son or daughter were charged with Seattle criminal offense, it is of utmost importance to find the most reliable as well as genuinely effective criminal defense attorney at the earliest opportunity. Only a qualified as well as experienced criminal defense lawyer will have what it takes to explain how the law works and what you will need to prepare for in this particular case. Furthermore, do not forget that only a good attorney will be able to represent your teenage son or daughter during the trial, making sure that he or she is getting the best defense possible. Too many parents are concerned with plenty of things when it comes to their children – they are hiring professional tutors and trainers, but too often neglect the need to have a criminal defense attorney – a fully prepared one indeed.

No doubt, it is extremely difficult for any parent to learn that their children were charged with something criminal. After all, we, as parents, are used to think that our children are perfect and will never do anything wrong. Hence, why bother having a criminal defense attorney for teenagers, if your kid will never get into trouble, right? Well, this is where most of the parents are really wrong. Regardless of whether it is a serious felony or a small infraction, parents should always be 100% prepared for any kind of difficulties and legal problems that may arise because of those activities.

After all, your teenage son or daughter may not commit a crime intentionally – he or she may simply be unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Such cases are pretty common. At times, the police make mistakes, at times teenagers get nervous and say things they should not or carry things that they should not. One way or the other, these are already reasons enough to keep a qualified and experienced Seattle criminal attorney ready to help your kids in trouble.

Surely, social media and social networking websites, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are becoming more and more popular, especially among teenagers. Hence, parents may not be even aware that their children are creating absolutely different online personas – different from the personas that they are in real life that is.

Furthermore, do not forget that there are plenty of examples from real life that will prove to be challenging to deal with if you do not have any idea about the laws and legislation. For instances, let us say your teenage kid was asked to give his or her phone to the teacher in school, since the teacher has reasons to believe that the teenager was sending inappropriate messages or posting inappropriate images online. So what should the child do in this case? Well, this is why you need to consult a lawyer beforehand. Of course, you do not need to get an attorney degree, but having a bit of understanding of the laws and how these work will be very useful – that much is certain. In a situation like this, when the teenager is asked to handle the phone over for inspection, he or she will need to ask permission to call their parents first.

Finally, parents may also be held legally responsible for the crimes their children commit. Hence, you, as a parent, may even be sentenced to jail in case your child, let us say, drank alcohol and then committed a DUI in Seattle, resulting in some genuinely tragic consequences. Only a good Seattle DUI lawyer will be able to give you a hand in a situation like this. Call us at (855) 858-0853 or fill out online contact form now.

Pavel Kleyner, ESQ
Kleyner Law Offices

A Line Is Drawn On Sobriety Tests By The Supreme Court

As you may already know, summer is the most important time for the Supreme Court as this is the time when the Court is clearing its docket of cases of the preceding term. The current season was more eventful than the previous ones. First of all, we are talking about the unexpected passing of Antonin Scalia back in February, which resulted in four on four separated opinions. Despite all that, the court was able to come up with a number of decisions that will impact millions of Americans in a number of ways.

The Court has made a number of significant decisions that concern the criminal law. Namely, on the basis of several cases grouped under the name Birchfield v. North Dakota, the Court has managed to establish the overall limitations of the authority of the law enforcement representatives in determining if the driver is operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol or not.

In a five against three opinion that was authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the Court established that refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test in order to determine whether the driver is sober or not is in fact a crime. In case of a lawful arrest a person is required to submit him or herself to this test and should they refuse – this is going to be considered a crime. The Court considered that breathalyzer tests are far less intrusive than the blood tests. In the end, the decision had an impact on the conviction of William Bernard, Jr. – he was prosecuted for refusing to submit himself to the breathalyzer test in Minnesota.

In addition, in yet another case, the case of Danny Birchfield, who was prosecuted in North Dakota for refusing to submit himself to the blood test, the Court ruled out that blood tests are far more intrusive and, even though these are providing actual physical evidence to the law enforcement officers, they must not be obligatory, at least not unless there is another alternative. Hence, the warrant is required in order for the police officers to be able to administer the blood tests.

License Suspension for Refusing a Breathalyzer Test

Before the Supreme Court rules out these decision, 11 states, including North Dakota as well as Minnesota, went beyond the suspension driver’s licenses for people, who are refusing to submit themselves to the breathalyzer tests. Now that the decision was ruled out, it is apparent that more and more states are going to follow and one can expect rising number of breath tests and a significantly lessened number of blood tests indeed.

As you may already know, the California Vehicle Code is stating that any individual “lawfully arrested for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage… has the choice of whether the test shall be of his or her blood or breath and the officer shall advise the person that he or she has that choice.” Yet, now the Court has made a decision, which implies that no warrant is required for the administration of breath test and yet a warrant is needed for the administration of a blood test.

The above-mentioned options, the choices that are available for the drivers, who are suspected to be driving under the influence of alcohol, are now becoming obsolete. The warrant is no longer required for breath tests and yet the police needs one in order to administer a blood test. It is still unclear how it will function and how it will affect the above-mentioned paragraph from the Vehicle Code.

Moreover, it is completely unclear how this decision is going to affect the drivers who are operating their vehicles under the influence of drugs. That is right – people under the influence of illegal substances will need to give a blood sample in order to determine what they were on while driving. The breath test is not going to do any good in this case.

The Decision of The Supreme Court

Needless to say, the decisions of the Supreme Court members were also divided. While some of them were saying that neither form of testing should require a warrant, others claimed that the warrant is absolutely necessary for both blood and breath tests.

One way or the other, this decision I going to have a significant impact on the lives of the average Americans. Refusing to submit yourself to a breath test is no longer an option, since it could easily lead to criminal charges and it is the last thing anyone would ever want.

According to a relatively recent study, the number of people refusing to submit themselves to the breath tests equals approximatively 22%. Sure enough, with the approval of the above-mentioned decision, this number is going to decrease.

The decision is without a doubt a controversial one and it is somewhat difficult to say how it is going to work itself out in the future. After all, with the recent legalization of cannabis, the authorities will need to rethink the part about the blood tests. Either all the drivers will be divided into groups with different rights or a universal law will be established in order to help determine which drivers should and which should not be able to refuse the tests indeed.

Still, no matter what, in case you or your loved ones were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the above-mentioned Supreme Court decision does not necessarily imply that you need to forget about the most essential step. That is right – we are talking about getting in touch with a qualified as well as genuinely experienced legal representative at the earliest opportunity. Regardless of what the circumstances may be around the case, whether or not you were submitted to the test and so on, only a good attorney is going to have what it takes to help you get out from this nasty legal situations with minimal legal damages indeed.

Pavel Kleyner, ESQ
Kleyner Law Offices

Seattle House Parties And How To Avoid DUI Legal Issues After The Event

Needless to say, we all love our children and are therefore prepared to do just about anything in order to make them happy. We also want them to feel safe and are very much concerned about their overall safety as well as their wellbeing. It is completely natural – it is our parental instinct, but at the same time we realize that we cannot follow that instinct blindly all the time. Your teenage children also need to be sociable, they need to communicate with their friends and buddies.

With that said, when it comes to partying, a lot of parents consider it to be a good idea to throw in a house party. The logic is very simple – the teenagers will get to party and you as a parent will be there, knowing that your kids are safely at home and with their friends. Sounds like a plan, but a lot of people do not realize that even such house parties may end up in underage drinking. And some drunk teenagers might even get behind a wheel and get caught for underage DUI.

Hence, Seattle lawyers are warning the parents to keep an eye on the children and are providing you with some recommendations and tips on how to avoid any legal issues. You will not want your child to be charged with underage drinking and you will surely not want to be facing social host liability problems.

To begin with, it is important to understand what kind of penalties a person can expect for underage drinking. First of all, laws in Seattle are very clear – a person cannot be drinking alcohol until he or she reaches the age of 21. Of course, there are a few exceptions and penalties that are also regulated by the law.

If you are under 21 and you were caught drinking alcohol in a public place or your car, you could be charges with a disorderly persons offense. Hence, you will be facing a fine of up $500 and in addition will lose your driving privileges for up to 6 months. In case you are under the age of 17 at the time of the offense, you will lose your driving privileges until six months after you turn age 17.

In addition, do not forget that you, as a parent during the house party, could also be facing legal penalties. You may well be charged with a disorderly persons offense too, if you knowingly or purposefully serve or simply “make available” alcohol to an underage person. There are exceptions – firstly, in case you are the parent of the child, secondly if this is the part of a religious ritual and thirdly in case the child’s parent or guarding is present.

Hence, as you can now see, you may also become an offender in case there was alcohol served during a house party of your children in your house. You will need to follow some simple tips and recommendations in order to avoid those charges:

  • First of all, make sure to ask your child which of his or her friends are coming to the party and make sure that these teenagers do not have a reputation for drinking.
  • Do not allow the child to post open invitations via social networks – this may well attract unwanted individuals to the party.
  • Even though the child will not want you to be anywhere near the party, stay as close as possible and observe the actions of all the invited kids.
  • In case anyone appears to be drunk or sick, make sure to notify the parents as soon as possible.

Keep in mind that the above-mentioned charges must not be taken lightly – you could face fines, loss of driving privileges and even possible jail time, so make sure that you are following the simple rules in order to avoid those things from occurring. If you or your child were charged with a drunk driving offense, it is important to get in touch with a qualified as well as experienced attorney as soon as possible in order to make sure that the damage is minimized.

If you or someone you know were arrested for Underage DUI, Kleyner Law Offices will help. Please contact Seattle Drunk Driving Attorney immediately to review your case.

Funding for Federal Underage DUI Prevention Program Has Been cut in Seattle

Needless to say, drinking and getting behind the wheel afterwards is never a good idea. After all, drunk drivers pose a genuine threat and not only to themselves, but also to other drivers, their passengers and even the pedestrians. With that said, unfortunately, the official statistical data clearly indicates a significant increase in Seattle DUI related accidents all over the nation. Sadly, more and more underage drivers are to blame.

One way or the other, the law enforcement authorities are not all that forgiving when it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol. Regardless of whether it is a misdemeanor DUI or a felony one, the legal penalties are going to be severe and harsh indeed. We are not only talking about substantial fines (although it may take thousands of dollars from your pocket), there is also a possibility that you are going to lose your license. Of course, there is a chance to get it back, but you will have to initiate an administrative DMV hearing. In addition, do not forget that you may be sentenced to perform community service, you may also be required to install an ignition interlock device inside the vehicle. Furthermore, if it is a felony DUI, there is a chance that you will end up behind bars in county jail or state prison even.

It gets worse if the driver is an underage one. Underage drinking is a crime on its own and it is punishable by law – add DUI to that and you will get a genuine set of legal penalties. Nevertheless, regrettably, even these harsh penalties rarely stop underage drivers from getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

And recently it was decided that the funding for fighting underage DUI is going to be significantly cut down in Seattle. The authorities are hoping to save tax payers’ money and put them to other social necessities. While this may seem like a worthy attempt to save additional funds, a lot of people just underestimate the dangers that underage DUI poses for the society. After all, a lot of people are injured or even killed in those accidents that were provoked by the underage drivers, who were drinking and operating their vehicles. A lot of families lose their loved ones, their friends. It is a very disturbing tendency and the authorities should fight it with everything they got.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are protesting against the decision to cut down those funds. They are claiming that the tax payers are still going to invest their money into the issue, one way or another. They are going to be paying for medical bills, insurances and so on and those money will still end up being lost. Hence, MADD believes that it is best to invest the money directly into dealing with the issue.

The problem of underage DUI in Seattle is obviously taking a greater scale and this tendency must not be tolerated, so perhaps the authorities should consider another options as well as other solutions to this issues. It is possible that they will find more appropriate ways to save tax payers’ money without having to cut down the budget that may well help in saving a lot of innocent lives on the roads and highways of Seattle.

The issue is a very acute one and a controversial one as well. Some are claiming that the funding was still used in vain as no matter what the authorities were doing, young people are still more than willing to put the lives of other individuals in danger. Other are claiming that in case the funding will be cut, it will lead to even more detrimental consequences than right now. Of course, we will live and see, but for now it is obvious that people should be more educated on the matter and must not leave their lives and the lives of other individuals around them to mere chance that nothing serious is going to happen. DUI is a very serious offense and you should think about others whenever you are planning to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

Pavel Kleyner
Kleyner Law Offices

Arrested For DUI: Woman Was Driving a Car With a Tree Stuck In Grill

DUI crimes are quite common these days, which is very unfortunate. However, at times, those DUI crimes are quite bizarre and take some unique and disturbing forms. For instance, not that long ago, a woman was pulled over by the law enforcement officers and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Nothing special if not for a very important detail – there was a 15-foot tree in her car’s grill. The airbags were deployed, the woman smelled of alcohol and, of course, the police officers had no choice but to arrest her in line with the DUI charges.

With that said, in most cases, drunk drivers do not have trees stuck in their cars to alert the law enforcement authorities. This is why, when it comes to potential DUI offenders, the law enforcement officers have to determine how drunk they are on their own. The very thing that most police officers will do is the FST or Field Sobriety Tests. There is a number of field sobriety tests that will determine one’s balance, his divided attention and will genuinely demonstrate just how drunk a person really is. There are tests like one-leg stand, alphabet recitation, finger-to-nose, heel-to-toe and so on. In most cases, the law enforcement officers will use up a series of tests in order to determine whether or not a person is drunk right now.

Field Sobriety Test

Most often the law enforcement officers already made up their mind and give those field sobriety tests just to make sure that a person is drunk. Despite the fact that The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is very clear on the minimal testing and has some strict rules that the police officers must follow, in certain cases the policemen neglect to use them. In addition, people should understand that field sobriety tests are not obligatory, which means that even if you are going to refuse to submit yourself to them, you are not going to have to suffer any legal consequences. On the other hand, refusal to submit yourself to the chemical tests will lead to some serious legal penalties, so you should definitely keep that in mind.

The issue lies within the violation of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations, which clearly states that an individual must be observed by the law enforcement officer for 15 minutes prior to taking any kind tests. However, some of the police officers are way too eager to make an arrest and neglect this detail. Yet, if that is so, the case will not be as strong in court.

The law enforcement officers are also human beings, so you can use your right and politely decline to submit yourself to the tests. At times, the police officers will make a positive decision judging by the condition you are in. However, in most cases, the law enforcement officers will not be very eager to simply walk away from you.

The Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) test follows and it is meant to determine if you are driving under the influence of alcohol. This is also basically a breath test. However, before the arrest is made, you may refuse to submit yourself to the test. Nevertheless, in case you were already arrested for the DUI charges, you will not be able to neglect the BAC tests and will obligated to submit yourself to them by law. Furthermore, there is a notion of the “Implied Consent Law” – this is when the law enforcement officer has some solid reasons to believe that you are driving under the influence and you will need to take the tests one way or the other.

Moreover, you are going to have a choice – you can choose which test to take – the breath test or the blood test. Some people are afraid of needles or have special conditions that will not allow the officer to take blood tests and other people have asthma or similar conditions, which will not allow you to take the breath tests. However, breath tests are fairly accurate, although not 100% precise. The problem is – they do not estimate the BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) directly.

On the other hand – blood tests are the most accurate ones out there. Hence, in case you are certain that your BAC does not surpass the legal limitations, you should definitely go with the blood test. The blood sample will need to be stored in a special way, so your legal representative could eventually present it in court.

DUI Consequences

Even though there is no way the law enforcement officers could force you to take the chemical tests, it does not necessarily mean that you should refuse to submit to them. After all, upon refusal, regardless of the outcome of the case, your driving privileges will be suspended and you will have to deal with the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) in order to try and restore them.

The DUI charges are very serious, even if it is your first-time DUI and a misdemeanor one as well. Even the first-time DUI charges can be detrimental and here are some of the penalties you could be suffering from:

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Up to $1000 in fines
  • Up to 6 months of driver’s license suspension
  • In case the circumstance of the DUI offense are harsh, the judge may order you to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

A second-time DUI implies even worse legal penalties:

  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • Up to $1000 in fines
  • Up to q year of driver’s license suspension
  • In case the circumstance of the DUI offense are harsh, the judge may order you to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

One way or the other, in case you were charged with a DUI, you will need to hire a professional as well as genuinely experienced legal representative in order to ensure the best outcome possible. Call Kleyner law offices 24/7 at (855) 858-0853 or contact us  using contact form.

Pavel Kleyner, Esq.
Law Offices of Pavel Kleyner

Inforgraphics: Drunk Driving Or Distracted Driving – Which One Is The Worse?

Most people believe that driving under the influence of alcohol is the absolute worst thing that a driver could do. Well, to be completely honest, although drunk driving is detrimentally dangerous, there are other things that are just as likely to cause a car crash and a severe accident. We are, of course, talking about the distracted driving. In our age of progressive solutions, technology is constantly alleviating our day to day routines, but do not forget that it also can be dangerous, especially if you are using it while driving your car.

In order for you to better understand the dangers of distracted driving and to compare it to drunk driving, we have decided to provide you with some crucial facts taken from the official statistical data:

Inforgraphics - drunk driving or distracted driving

 

 

Seattle Felony DUI Charges And Possible Legal Defense Strategies

Seattle DUI attorneys, a necessary step towards a positive outcome for your DUI case.

If you or your loved ones were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or any kind of illegal substances, things could get quite stressful. It is completely understandable – after all, we know that the law enforcement authorities are not at all to forgiving when it comes to the DUI offenders. The number of DUI accidents on the roads of the nation is constantly rising, so the police and the Justice Department do their best to deal with the issue.

With that said, there are two main types of DUI offenses – misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanor DUI offenses are penalized in a less severe way and people who were charged with a misdemeanor DUI largely do not get in jail. Still, it does not necessarily mean that you will be able to avoid all the penalties – expensive fines, probation, community service, driver’s license suspension – these are all the punishments for a misdemeanor DUI.

Still, it gets far worse for the offenders who committed Seattle felony DUIs. And it is important to understand how a felony is different from a misdemeanor. Well, it is all about the damage that was done to a person or property. For instance, mild injuries, such as scratches and bruises will not qualify as felony DUIs, but if a person has broken bones, fractures or is hospitalized in critical condition, there is no doubt that the judge is going to treat the offense as a felony. And this is when things get a whole lot more serious. Felony is a harsh offense and people end up behind bars, having to spend years in county jail or state prison, depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime.

This is one of the many reasons why it is vital to make sure that you have a qualified Seattle DUI lawyer who knows all the dangerous DUI situations. A good Seattle DUI lawyer will know what kind of defense strategy to use in order to make sure that you get a reduced sentence or to get the case closed to begin with.

A qualified Seattle DUI attorney will know that the law enforcement officers had to have a good reason to pull you over. In case you were not breaking any rules, bot speeding, changing lanes frantically – then they had no right to pull your vehicle over. If that was so, the case is going to be immediately closed.

Furthermore, very often, the law enforcement officers paint victims of the DUI offenders in an all too colorful manner, whereas in truth these victims were not even nearly as injured. A professional Seattle DUI attorney is going to investigate every single aspect of the matter in order to help you get a fair trial. Chances are, there is good chance to avoid being penalized for a felony – a misdemeanor offense at best and you will not have to fear being imprisoned, which is a fairly more satisfying alternative.