Back in my younger days Halloween was always a good excuse to have a party especially when it landed on a Friday like this year. Costumes, the upcoming weekend, and alcohol make for a bad combination. So I know how it goes during this time of year. However there will be extra DUI emphasis patrols in the Seattle area so please use good judgment and don’t consume a single drop of alcohol and drive.
I know I harp on this all the time but there is really no such thing as a legal limit anymore when it comes to DUIs, especially in the Seattle area. Hopefully the more times I blog about this, people will come to understand this craziness. Nowadays if you have a single drink you’re at risk to get arrested for a DUI, especially in Seattle. Where the police don’t seem to care if you’re under the “legal limit,” and certainly the Prosecutors don’t care because they will file a DUI charge regardless of what the breath test results are. They will find a way to charge you with a DUI.
So don’t put yourself in that position. Heck in the past year I have represented several people charged with DUI here in Seattle that have been far under the legal limit. One person was even at a 0.022, which is ridiculous they got charged with a DUI but that is another story. And I tell people all the time this is just how it is here in Seattle. It really is unfortunate that a few bad apples in the past few years have made it so people can’t have a single drink and then drive home. But that is just the reality of the current DUI laws in Seattle. Nevertheless this is the new norm now so beware and exercise good judgement.
From all of us at Leyba Defense PLLC have a happy and safe Halloween!
About the author: Matthew Leyba is the owner of Leyba Defense PLLC, a DUI law firm located in Seattle. He is rated a perfect 10 out of 10 by Avvo.com, and has been named on of Seattle’s best DUI lawyers by the Seattle Met Magazine’s annual “Best of” issue.