Monday, October 14, 2013

Another DUI Prosecutor arrested on a DUI case

Another DUI Prosecutor has been arrested for a DUI in Washington State.  Last week I blogged about a Prosecutor who pleaded guilty in their own DUI case.  Not to embarrass that particular Prosecutor due to the arrest, but to show what someone experienced and knowledgeable in DUI law would do when it comes to the field sobriety tests and the breath test.  Decline them.  

The purpose of this post regarding this recent DUI Prosecutor facing a DUI charge is not to embarrass, or even show what they did regarding the tests, but to show you a DUI arrest can happen to anyone.

I'm a DUI Attorney in Seattle for a couple of reasons.  First DUI Defense is an area of the law I thoroughly enjoy.  It has the criminal aspect which usually invokes constitutional issues that I dig, but it also has a scientific component that I find challenging.  Secondly I enjoy trial work.  You don't litigage over 100 jury trials unless you love going to trial, and DUI defense affords me that opportunity.  Lastly a DUI arrest can happen to anyone.  Unlike other criminal cases, most people charged with a first DUI are generally very good people who happen to make a mistake, not a hardened criminal.   

Which brings me to my point.  This DUI Prosecutor made a mistake.  Obviously they are more familiar with the DUI laws than the general public.  So maybe they should have known better and known there is no such thing as a legal limit when it comes to drinking and driving.  But nevertheless they made a mistake and now they are facing a DUI charge.  They are now in the position of the very people they Prosecute that has to be tough situation to be in.  Again my point is if a DUI Prosecutor can get arrested for a DUI, than anyone can.  It doesn't mean they are a bad person, they just simply made a mistake.

And by mistake I don't mean anything egregious by that.  Sometimes people just have a glass or two of wine at dinner, a beer watching a football game and they don't realize they are at the legal limit or even below it and they get arrested for a DUI.  Heck sometimes people are seated inside their vehicle waiting for a cab and they don't realize this is potentially illegal and they get arrested for a Physical Control.  People make mistakes sometimes not even realizing what they are doing is illegal.     

About the author: Matthew Leyba is a DUI Lawyer in Bellevue.  His practice focuses on representing those charged with DUI and other traffic offenses.  He has been rated as a Top DUI Attorney in Seattle by Avvo, and is named a Rising Star in DUI Defense by Seattle Met Magazine, an honor less than 2.5% of all Attorneys receive. 

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