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You Know You Drank Too Much Alcohol If…

Have you ever been out with friends and you swore to yourself you would only throw back a few beers or only enjoy one or two frosty beverages. You may have entered the evening with the best intentions to limit your alcohol intake, but the night was young and the party was hot so you had a few more drinks. Now your wondering if you’ve gone overboard and perhaps you enjoyed too many finely crafted brews. Well, wonder no more, if you have any of the following symptoms or find yourself in one of the following situations than you know you drank too much alcohol.

You know you drank too much alcohol if…

  • you think you’re good at singing and know all the words to every song
  • you believe your dance moves are the best anyone has ever seen
  • your mascara has run down your face, past your lips
  • you keep introducing yourself to the same person over and over again
  • you’re hugging everyone; the hugs keep rolling out even to strangers
  • you’re missing a shoe or high heel
  • you’ve fallen off your bar stool for a second time
  • you’ve eaten so much, you should hold a world record eating title
  • you pet someone’s fur coat thinking it’s a dog
  • the next morning you see left over fast-food bags in your car

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You know you’ve drank too much alcohol if..

  • you try to do high kicks or run sprints
  • you wake up to a police officer knocking on your car window
  • you have double vision and you believe every person has a twin
  • the next day your friend sends you a picture of yourself sleeping in a restaurant booth
  • you challenge someone to a breakdance competition and you don’t breakdance
  • you find your own jokes to be super funny
  • at a later date you find a video of yourself dancing on the bar top
  • you think you know the meaning of life
  • you think your nose is a musical instrument
  • you fall asleep standing…

And the list can go on and on!

 

Please Note:  This list is for fun and for laughs, by no means should it be used to evaluate how intoxicated an individual is.  Nor should it be taken seriously!

 

The Signs an Officer is Looking for when they pull someone over for a Possible DUI

When a law enforcement officer pulls a person over for a possible DUI (driving under the influence) they will be watching that person closely. Specifically, the officer will be observing that person’s behavior and physical actions to determine if that person is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Here are some common signs a trained officer will look for when they first pull someone over for a possible DUI.

  • Difficulty rolling down the window or difficulty exiting the vehicle
  • A red colored or flushed face
  • Bloodshot, watery, red, or glossy eyes
  • Clothing soiled or out of sorts
  • An odor of alcohol comes from the car or from the person’s breath
  • Slurred speech
  • Has a difficult time finding a driver’s license or proof of insurance
  • Attempts to hide something in car while an officer approaches
  • Cannot answer questions in a timely manner
  • Has an inappropriate response to questions
  • Lack of knowledge of time or current whereabouts
  • Does not or cannot follow directions
  • Uses their vehicle for support while standing
  • Sways back and forth while standing
  • Cannot walk straight or keep balance when walking
  • Angry, aggressive or inappropriate attitude

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Typically, if a law enforcement officer observes some of these signs, they will continue to investigate that individual for DUI by asking them to take the DUI field sobriety tests. The field sobriety tests are voluntary tests, and the attorneys at David O Defense always advise NOT to take the field tests. The test are difficult and if a person decides to try the tests, they will fail. Even a sober athletic person would have some difficulty passing the tests.

An officer will also ask the individual to blow into a portable breath test to get a reading on their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This is also a voluntary test. The DUI defense attorneys at David O Defense always advise NOT to take this test as well.

When under investigation for a possible DUI, a person should politely tell the officer that they want to contact their DUI attorney immediately. An experienced DUI attorney will be able to provide guidance through the situation.

If you don’t have a DUI attorney’s phone number programed in your phone, make sure you put David O Defense in your contacts, 206-459-6392. The attorneys at David O Defense are experienced DUI lawyers and are available if you ever need help!

Defense Attorney, David O, Answers Your DUI Questions and More – Part 1

business manI’ve been a criminal defense attorney for many years now and I have met with many clients.  Through client conversations and meetings I’ve noticed that clients tend to ask the same questions…  So I thought it would be a good idea to blog about these frequently asked DUI questions and other frequently asked questions and I will provide my answers.  Hopefully this Q&A is helpful!

Frequently Asked DUI Questions and More – Part 1

Q.  What is your legal fee for a DUI?

A.  I do not have a set fee for a DUI.  Because each DUI case and each individual charged with a DUI are unique I prefer to meet in person for a free consultation where I can discuss the circumstances of the case and  criminal history.  After getting to know more about the person and their case, I know how much work and time it will take to achieve the best possible case resolution and I can provide a flat legal fee quote.  On average I charge a flat legal fee of $4000 – $6000 for a DUI.

 

Q.  What is your legal fee for other criminal charges?

A.  I do not have set legal fees.  I prefer to talk with each individual charged with a crime, find out more about them and their case and then I can determine their cost for legal representation.

 

Q.  What is the penalty for a first time DUI offense?

A.  It depends on your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) result when you blew into the DUI breathalyzer or had blood drawn or if you refused to provide a BAC sample:

BAC result less than .15 = 1-364 days in jail or 15 days of EHM (electric home monitoring), $941-$5,000 fine, ignition interlock device for 1 year, and 90 day license suspension.

BAC result more than .15 or refusal = 2-364 days in jail or 30 days of EHM, $1,196-$5,000 fine, ignition interlock device for 1 year, and license revocation for 1 year if BAC result was more than .15 or license revocation for 2 years if BAC was refused.

 

Q.  Can you guarantee my case will get dismissed?

A.  No, I cannot guarantee your case will be dismissed and no other attorney should tell you that they can guarantee your case will be dismissed during the early stages of your case.  DUI cases and other criminal cases take a lot of work to negotiate, investigate, and sometimes going through trial before a resolution can be reached.  I cannot guarantee your case will be dismissed but my goal for each and every client is to work hard to achieve the best possible case outcome.

 

Q.  How should I dress for court?

A.  I tell clients they should dress as if they were going to church.  For men, slacks or nice jeans with a button down or collared shirt is appropriate.  Men do not need to wear a suit unless they would like to.  For women, a conservative dress, slacks or nice jeans with a blouse works well.  Dressing appropriately, shows the judge that you are taking the case seriously and that you are being respectful while in the judge’s presence.

That’s the end of Frequently Asked DUI Questions and More – Part 1. Hope it’s been helpful!  Link to Part 2.

David O Defense
2211 Elliott Avenue, Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98121
Tel: 206.459.6392
Fax: 888.615.0237
Email: david@davidodefense.com

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