Two drunk drivers were reportedly involved in a car crash on Highway 240 in Kennewick according to the Washington State Patrol. A vehicle heading east on Highway 240 left the roadway and came to a stop in the westbound lane. The vehicle was then hit by another passenger vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle suffered injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. Two passengers and the other driver were reportedly uninjured. Both drivers were charged with DUI.
Washington State DUI Laws
In Washington state, charges for driving under the influence (DUI) can be found against a driver if any of the following are true.
- Blood alcohol level (BAC) is .08 or higher.
- For a commercial driver, a blood alcohol level cannot exceed .04.
- For a minor under the age of 21, a blood alcohol level cannot exceed .02.
- Blood THC (marijuana) level is 5.0 per millimeter or higher.
- Suspected of driving under the influence or affected by an intoxicating liquor or drug.
- Suspected of being under a combination of drugs and/or alcohol.
Keep in mind that “drugs” does not only mean illegal narcotics. Medications or prescribed drugs sold over-the-counter such as depression medications, pain killers or sleep agents, can also create an intoxicating effect. Possessing the medication legally is not a defense if it causes impairment.
Typical DUI Penalties in Washington
A few typical penalties for driving under the influence in Washington include the following.
- Fines, fees and surcharges
- Suspension of driver’s license
- Jail time
- Ignition interlock device
- Community service
Criminal Defense Attorney
Being charged with a DUI is criminal defense. To fight your case, you’ll need to look into hiring a criminal defense attorney. However, if you’ve been injured in an accident by a drunk driver, contact Parke Gordon Law Firm to handle your case.
Car Accident Attorneys and Auto Accident Lawyers in Tri-Cities, WA
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