It seems like every state enforces different DUI laws or legislation, which can make things confusing if you are arrested for a DUI. Washington DUI laws are some of the strictest in the country, which makes things even trickier. You may not know exactly why you have been arrested, what the process entails, or the potential consequences from an arrest or conviction.
In Washington, blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least 0.08% is enough to be charged with a DUI. You can still be arrested on suspicion of a DUI without taking a sobriety test. Police will likely ask you to complete a breath test to determine your BAC level when you arrive at the station, though you’re at liberty to refuse them. However, your refusal can be used against you in court, so, it is best to consult with your attorney before either consenting or declining a BAC test.
DUIs also include drug use. If you have been found to have operated a vehicle while under the influence of illegal drugs, or when you’re over the recommended limit on prescription drugs, you may also be guilty of a DUI offense.
Your Rights When Arrested
When you are arrested, you retain rights that by law must be respected. For example, you have the right to consult with an attorney prior to questioning and have the attorney present during questioning. The attorney is there to stand by you throughout the questioning process. An experienced DUI lawyer will know what to do to support you en route to the best outcome, including how to proceed with the questioning and how to form a defense.
In Washington, laws are hard on first-time offenders and jail time is possible, even for those without a criminal record, making it imperative to be represented adequately. With this understanding of basic DUI legislation, you can take steps to avoid being arrested in the first place and know that an attorney will support you through the process.
DUI (Driving Under Influence), DOL.wa.gov
Washington DUI Laws, DUIConsequences.com