Alcohol is Not the Only Cause for DUI

Washington’s DUI law can be found at RCW 46.61.502 and reads in part, “[a] person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state … (c) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug, or (d) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, and any drug.” Thus, there are four ways that a person can be “under the influence” in Washington State, by Alcohol, Marijuana, any drug, or a combination of any one of the three.

One of the three – drugs – is what caused a man to be recently charged with vehicular assault, hit and run and reckless endangerment after he allegedly sped on I-5 with his two young daughters (6 and 4) in the back seat while he was alleged high on Methamphetamine and naked from the waist down. It is alleged that he was going 100 MPH on I-5 and struck two vehicles; one vehicle almost lost control and flipped before hitting a barrier. According to reports, the man was not only naked from the waist down but also was allegedly wearing a woman’s blouse over two prosthetic breasts attached to his chest. The car contained woman’s underwear and a nearly full bottle of urine near the man’s feet. Apparently, Meth is pretty powerful stuff, and can cause people to not only do strange things but dangerous things as well.

This latest incident comes after several recent DUI related injury and/or fatality accidents in the Seattle metropolitan area. DUI enforcement has thus greatly increased in the area. Now more than ever, one cited for DUI is well advised to hire a qualified Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible. Driving Under the Influence allegations in Washington State are extremely serious, and can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer. The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle DUI defense lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances.

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