Monday, August 26, 2013

Extra DUI patrols this weekend in Seattle

Every major Holiday seems to bring extra DUI emphasis patrols.  This weekend is no different.  The end of summer is usually considered the labor day weekend, and with that come summer ending parties and gatherings and the start of college football.  Both the Seattle Police Department and every other major law enforcement agency are trying to capitalize on people making poor decisions as part of their "Drive hammered get nailed" DUI campaign. 

There will be extra DUI emphasis patrols in all major counties in Washington State.  Including King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties.  Additionally all municipal law enforcement agencies will be ramping up their weekend patrols.

As a Seattle DUI Attorney my advice is not to drink and drive.  Don't even have a drop of alcohol and get behind the wheel.  There is no such thing as a "legal limit" anymore and police are cracking down more and more than ever before.  It's not worth the risk.  Additionally the Prosecutors office is no longer offering reductions even on first time offenses unless there is a complete legal issue that could result in the case being dismissed or a major piece of evidence suppressed.  This includes DUI cases that are under the legal limit. 

However should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being investigated for DUI.  Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.  Before you answer any questions.  Before you agree to take any field sobriety tests.  And before you agree to take any breath test.  Ask to speak with a DUI Attorney and contact my office in Seattle.  You can't talk yourself out of a DUI, so you might as well start to protect yourself and limit any evidence that may be used against you in the criminal case.  

Matthew Leyba is a Seattle criminal defense attorney who focuses his practice on DUI defense in Western Washington and it's surrounding areas.

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