The Tacoma News Tribune is reporting on a .073 DUI driver that was pulled over on the way to HempFest. He had two prior DUIs, no Ignition Interlock, and was found with marijuana.
Most people don’t realize that even with a .073 blood-alcohol content you can still be charged with a DUI. You do not have to be above the .08 limit to get a DUI in Washington state. What amazes me is that this driver, with two priors, and marijuana in his system was only arrested for Negligent Driving (a lesser form of DUI).
However – this isn’t where it ends for him. The prosecutor’s office still has the ability to charge anything they want to. They can charge DUI or Negligent Driving. My guess is DUI. The third offense mandatory penalties are astronomical.
If you have found yourself in a similar situation, do not rely on what the officer tells you. Call a DUI attorney immediately. Seattle area DUI attorney Jonathan Dichter travels to King, Snohomish, Pierce, Whatcom, and other counties. He offers free consultations, and will happily talk to you about your multiple DUI cases, or your low BAC case.
Don’t assume you’ll be fine. Get the professional assistance you need to handle your DUI the right way!