Posts tagged DUI lawyer in Washington State

Seattle Mom Arrested for DUI – Prescription Drug Use

Here in Washington State not only can you be arrested for alcohol related DUI (driving under the influence)  but you can also be arrested for drug induced DUI.  “Drug” includes the illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine and also legal or medically prescribed drugs, such as marijuana, codeine, percocet, and so many more.  If an individual is impaired by the use of any type of drug than it is illegal to drive.

Recently in the Seattle news, a 34-year-old mother was arrested for drug induced DUI.  On Monday night, June 17th,  this mother was in a 7 Eleven parking lot when she backed her pickup truck into a parked van.  When Seattle police arrived at the scene, they noted the mother was unsteady on her feet, swaying, and staggering.  She was asked to take the DUI field sobriety test which she allegedly failed miserably.

Police found 2 newly prescribed drug bottles on the floor of the mother’s truck of which many pills were missing.  To make matters worse, law enforcement found her 2-year-old in the back of her pickup truck poorly fastened in his car seat.  The woman was arrested for DUI, child endangerment, and negligent driving.

Drug induced DUI penalties are the same as alcohol related DUI penalties.  DUI charges are serious and consequences are harsh; fines, loss of driver’s license, jail time, etc.  It is important to choose a qualified DUI defense attorney to defend one’s rights.

Call David O Defense if you have been charged with a drug related DUI case.  The consultation is free but the peace of mind provided after is invaluable.


Written by S.O

Washington State University – Blood Alcohol Levels and How it Effects the Body

Having basic knowledge on how alcohol effects the body is a valuable tool;  1) it may aid in the self assessment of one’s ability to drive safely after consuming alcohol, 2) it may help decipher if someone else has the ability to drive safely after consuming alcohol, 3) and it may help one’s awareness on how alcohol is effecting their body and enable them to make better decisions to slow or stop alcohol consumption to avoid dangerous situations.

Blood Alcohol Level 0.01 – 0.03
Mild relaxation; slight loosening of inhibitions; slight loss of social discomfort; mild intensification of mood.  If driving and pulled over by police in Washington State, the risk of being charged with a DUI at this BAC level is very low.  An individual would most likely have the physical control to pass the DUI field sobriety tests at this level.

Blood Alcohol Level 0.04 – 0.06
Small buzz; slight sedation; feelings of warmth & relaxation; loss of shyness; emotion and behavior can become exaggerated; fine motor skills decline; reaction time slows.  There may be only minimal awareness of these effects.  Driving is a risky choice.  At this BAC level, Washington State police could charge an individual with DUI (even though they are under the legal Washington State BAC level of 0.08) if their driving was impaired.

Blood Alcohol Level 0.07 – 0.09
Fuzzy thinking; motor skills clearly impaired; speech may be noticeable impaired; slight and hearing acuity are reduced; judgement ability is slowed and reduced.  Ability to decide about further drinking is impaired and ability to evaluate and respond to sexual situations is diminished.  If pulled over by Washington State police, an individual would most likely be charged with a DUI at this BAC level and may or may not fail the DUI field sobriety tests.

Blood Alcohol Level 0.10 – 0.20
Emotions unstable; perceptions, thinking, judgement, reaction time are significantly impaired.  An individual would be charged with a DUI at this BAC level and would have increased risk of failing the DUI field sobriety tests.

Blood Alcohol Level 0.25 – 0.30
Confusion, disorientation, dizziness, exaggerated emotions.  All sense perceptions distorted. Numb.  Sever risk of injury.  An individual would be charged with a DUI by Washington State police officers at this BAC level.  An individual would most likely fail the DUI field sobriety tests at this BAC level.

Blood Alcohol Level 0.30 – 0.40
Stupor; motor functions severely impaired; unable to stand/walk.  Vomiting, incontinence are high risk.  Loss of pain awareness.  Impaired consciousness.  Risk of death.  An individual would have a very hard time operating a vehicle at this BAC level and would be charged with DUI if pulled over by police officers.  Additionally, the individual would not physically be able to complete the DUI field sobriety tests at this BAC level and thus they would fail the DUI field tests.

Blood Alcohol Level 0.40 +
High risk of impaired circulation, respiration or heart rhythm.  Coma and death due to anesthesia of brain areas and nervous system functioning are very possible.

Information on how blood alcohol levels effects the body was derived from Washington State University’s website, go to for more information on this topic.


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