Tuesday, May 20, 2014

DUI suspect in Spokane arrested for DUI following plea to vehicular asault

In a case of you would have to see it to believe it.  A man in Spokane, WA recently was arrested for DUI on the same day he pleaded guilty to vehicular assault.  Yes you read that correctly.  A man in Spokane, WA was out on $93,000 bond until his sentencing on the vehicular assault case, when he decided he had to booze it up one last time and got arrested for DUI and hit and run.  

This has to be one of the most stupid things I have ever read.  I understand people make mistakes.  Trust me, nobody understands more than I do.  Im a DUI Attorney in Seattle, so I understand.  But when you enter a guilty plea to a vehicular assault charge, you're out on bail pending sentencing, and then you decide it's a good idea to get drunk and then drive.  I'm sorry but that is just pure stupidity.  

Because of that guys actions.  The plea he entered is in jeopardy.  He will probably get the high end of whatever is sentencing range.  His bond will most likely be remanded and he will remain in custody until his sentencing.  Oh and his new DUI.  I'm pretty sure regardless of the facts his bail will be extremely high, plus he can forget about getting any deals on that case.  

Whenever I have a client in this position.  Where they are either out on bail pending sentencing, or they are free on their own personal recognizance pending sentencing I tell them one thing.  And one thing only.  Stay out of trouble.  If you have to stay in your house the entire time then do it.  If you feel compelled to drink stay home.  Heck I have even told a client if they cannot following my advice and they are going to go out and drink call me and I will either pay for a cab or come and pick them up.  You wouldn't believe the decisions some people make because of this disease.  

Anyway here is a link to the article if you want to check it out.  Spokane man gets DUI.   

About the author:  Matthew Leyba is a DUI Lawyer in Seattle.  If you're facing a DUI Arrest and looking for a DUI Attorney then give me a call.  I have been repeatedly recognized as one of the best DUI Attorneys in Seattle by the Seattle Met Magazine.  I'm also rated a perfect 10 out of 10 by Avvo.com, a lawyer rating service.  You can read more about me here.   

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