The truth is that a lot of folks will be on the roads following the Seahawks/49ers game that shouldn't be driving. It's a lot easier to take the risk and drive home intoxicated than it is to look for a ride or ditch your car and pony up the money for a cab.
However, you should be aware that the split-second decision to drive drunk can have a lifetime impact. For example, you could face felony criminal charges if you hurt someone. In addition, even a first-time DUI offender could face a mandatory minimum jail sentence, fines, and be required to pay the costs to install an ignition interlock device.
Washington Ignition Interlock Requirement
Individuals who are convicted of drunk driving in Washington State will be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. Ignition interlock devices are devices that are installed into the dashboard of the offender's vehicle. Before the driver can start the car, that person is required to blow into the device to ensure that he or she did not drink. If the device detects a blood alcohol level above 0.025, the vehicle will not start. As you can see, the driver usually cannot even have a single drink and still be able to start the vehicle.
Even after the driver starts the vehicle, the device will prompt the driver to blow into the device. This is to ensure that the driver does not start the vehicle and then drink and drive.
Ignition interlock devices can be very expensive to install and maintain. In addition, they can be very burdensome. This is especially true if you have to drive for work or drive a company vehicle.
Contact a Seattle DUI Attorney
If you have been charged with drunk driving in the Seattle or King County areas, you will want to work with an experienced attorney. The penalties for a DUI are very severe including the ignition interlock device requirement. To learn how an attorney at Wolff Criminal Defense can assist you, contact us at 425-284-2000.