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Thousands of vehicles impounded after DUI arrests

A driver may not be the only one who ends up behind bars for drunk driving. Three years ago Washington enacted a law that requires a car to be towed and impounded if the driver is arrested for a DUI. Apparently, 2014 is shaping up to be a year with an exceptional number of cars impounded.

Some individuals may be wondering why such an extreme law was enacted in the first place. The law was originally made in response to an alleged drunk driver who drove her vehicle after being arrested but not booked and caused a serious wreck. Unfortunately, this means that even those who have a friend who can come pick up their vehicle will still have it impounded.

Field sobriety tests aren't that great for determining a DUI

Unlike a Breathalyzer or blood test, field sobriety tests do not fall under the implied consent law in Washington. While some drivers may feel that refusing to comply with an officer's request to complete a field sobriety test might indicate guilt even if there is none, this is not necessarily always the case. Additionally, there is a fair amount of skepticism over whether these types of tests are even accurate for determining intoxication for a DUI charge. 

Even though the various field sobriety tests are somewhat standardized, an officer's interpretation of a driver's ability to complete them is not. These tests are highly subject to a police officer's personal opinion, and even two very minor mistakes may give some an adequate cause for arrest. The three different tests that comprise the field sobriety test are the walk and turn, the one-leg stand and the horizontal gaze.

Woman crashes car, faces drunk driving charges in Washington

People make mistakes all the time. Some mistakes have minimal consequences, although there are many bad choices which result in serious repercussions. One of these bad choices is deciding to drive a vehicle after drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. One woman is now facing drunk driving charges in Washington after a recent accident.

The 46-year-old was recently arrested after a Washington State Patrol trooper found the woman's car at approximately 8:10 a.m. in early October. The car had been disabled after crashing into a concrete barrier. The state trooper reported that the driver showed signs of impairment. Allegedly, the woman believed she had still been driving although the vehicle had two flat tires and was completely stopped.

Woman knocked out power line, arrested for DUI

As most people in Washington probably already know, a driver does not have to be involved in a wreck with another vehicle or cause anyone else harm in order to be charged with a DUI. A recent wreck that shut down a road for several hours actually only involved one vehicle, although police suspect that the driver may have been under the influence at the time of the wreck and charged her with DUI. The wreck also took out power to multiple homes.

Shortly before 10 p.m., police received a call notifying them of a downed power line. They were apparently told that a vehicle had struck a utility pole. Officers reported finding the utility pole actually snapped in half, with an SUV still at its base.

Can I appeal a Washington DUI conviction?

In some instances, you may be able to appeal a DUI conviction. However this option is not available to everyone who has been convicted of a DUI in Washington. There are certain criteria that must be met before determining whether an appeal is an appropriate course of action.

When asking the court to consider an appeal, it may be done on the grounds that errors occurred during the trial process. These errors may have wrongly influenced a jury's understanding of the case, resulting in a conviction that was not necessarily appropriate. Another ground that is commonly used is to ask for certain evidence to be suppressed. It should be noted that simply asking the court to consider an appeal is not the first step.

Understanding your DUI charge is crucial to success

Facing a DUI charge can come with a great deal of worry and anxiety. We understand how a conviction can affect your future, either career-wise or personal, and know how important it is to you to protect your good standing. However, an essential part of defending an individual from a DUI charge is understanding the basics that went into the allegation.

As most people in Washington likely already know, if you get pulled over for drunk driving, you will more than likely be asked to submit to chemical testing. This is usually done in the form of a Breathalyzer test that measures the blood alcohol concentration of a driver. However, a breath test that has not been calibrated properly has the potential to show faulty results for a driver who may have otherwise been below the legal limit of .08 percent BAC.

Teen arrested for outstanding DUI warrant in Washington

It is usually best to tackle one's problems head-on rather than trying to avoid, ignore or run away from them. This is particularly true with legal problems stemming from a DUI incident. It seems that one 18-year-old may have chosen to ignore his outstanding DUI warrant, which caused him to be arrested recently at a house party in Washington.

Apparently, the house party was being thrown by a 16-year-old boy who later called the police after the drunken party began to spin out of control. The boy reportedly became alarmed when teenagers who had allegedly been drinking began to destroy his parents' house as well as his neighbor's property. There may have been up to 70 teenagers and young adults from 11 different local high schools at the house party.

Driver accused of DUI after passenger tossed from vehicle

A Washington man was apparently injured after being thrown from the vehicle that he was riding in. Although, sadly, this may not appear uncommon for certain accidents, the circumstances surrounding the man's injury were perhaps anything but ordinary. Additionally, the driver of the vehicle was also arrested and charged with DUI.

After being notified of a possible injured passenger, police showed up to the scene shortly after 11 p.m. Police reported that they located a man who was unconscious and had suffered serious head injuries. Apparently, shortly before being tossed from the vehicle, the 24-year-old passenger had decided to seat himself in the open window of the vehicle, with his legs inside of the vehicle and the rest of his body out of it.

Refusing a breathalyzer for a DUI -- what you need to know

When a Washington driver receives his or her driver's license, the state considers that they have agreed to implied consent. Implied consent grants a police officer to request that a suspected drunk driver submit to chemical testing, such as a blood test or a Breathalyzer exam. If at the time of your DUI arrest you chose to refuse a Breathalyzer, you may be worried about what that can imply.

Nationwide, drivers suspected of drunk driving refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test about 25 percent of the time. However, often the consequences may be harsher for those who refused to submit to testing. This may be to force those who would otherwise refuse to submit to testing to comply, as in some instances the consequences for refusing may be worse than a possible DUI conviction.

Can my car be impounded for a DUI charge?

Impounding a vehicle may result from a myriad of causes. These can include anything from driving while your tags are expired to driving on a suspended license to being charged with drunk driving. While not every state requires that a vehicle be impounded for a DUI, Washington is one of 27 states that have laws related to vehicle impoundment for drunk driving.

To some, impounding an alleged drunk driver's vehicle may make sense. Nearly one third of people who are charged with a DUI have already faced at least one drunk driving accusation in the past. However, drunk drivers do not necessarily account for all of the risk on the road, and 18 percent of crashes that involve at least one fatality are caused by a driver who is not properly licensed.

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