Beware of Driving Under the Influence in Washington

alcohol beside car keyCrime is handled differently in various parts of the country. Lawyers need to be accepted to the state bar so they can practice in a specific state they desire. If you’re charged with a crime in the western district of Washington, for instance, you need to contact a criminal defense law firm in Kent, Lynnwood, or Marysville specifically.

Driving Under the Influence

One of the most common instances of a crime is driving under the influence (DUI). A person arrested for DUI in Washington can face criminal penalties as well as administrative penalties. Whether you are on drugs or had alcohol, the penalties can be harsh — with fines, the suspension of your driver’s license, and jail time. DUI is determined when the driver is pulled over.

If there is an adequate basis for suspicion, an officer will make you take a breathalyzer test. Blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) in excess of — 0.08% for drivers 21 years old and over, 0.02% for those younger than 21, and 0.04% if driving a commercial vehicle — are proof that can get you arrested. The punishment for DUI depends on the severity of the BAC. It’s also possible to receive penalties even if the driver is below the BAC legal limit. The penalties can also vary depending on the number of times you have committed the offense.

Other than Alcohol

Beside the above BAC legal limit, the driver may also be charged for the following legal limits: blood THC (marijuana) level of 5.0 ml or more, under the influence or affected by an intoxicating liquor or drug, and under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol. The definition of a “drug” is not restricted to illegal narcotics.

It can include medications that can impair judgment and reflexes like cold medicines and sedatives, painkillers and sleeping agents, or any other drug that can induce an intoxicating effect. The legality of the drug is not deemed an adequate defense. Most of these drugs have consumer warnings against driving and the use of heavy equipment.

Driving under the influence is a big no-no wherever you go in the country. If you’re in Washington, however, do take note of the information above.