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State Representative Roger Goodman Accused of Driving Stoned

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Mar 01, 2013 | 0 Comments

As a state representative and chairman of the House Public Safety Committee which oversees DUI laws, Roger Goodman has played an instrumental role in toughening Washington DUI laws. The representative even once won MADD's “legislator of the year” award, reports the Sammamish Review.

However, the representative is now making news for a different reason. Documents revealed during his divorce proceedings apparently have Goodman driving stoned.  While recreational marijuana use is now legal, this occurred prior to Initiative 502 taking effect. .

Goodman's estranged wife says that Goodman repeatedly drove stoned and "with willful disregard for our children's safety." The wife's statements were made under penalty of perjury and she describes one incident where Goodman had the kids strapped into the car ready to go to the beach as he emerged from the side of the couple's home "reeking of marijuana,” reports the Sammamish Review.

For his part, Goodman denied most of the allegations despite some emails submitted into evidence which purportedly have him admitting driving stoned.

Under current laws, someone who has smoked pot is considered to have violated the law if their driving is impaired or if they test for a THC level above five nanograms.

It should be emphasized hat the allegations against Representative Goodman stem from a divorce dispute and no criminal charges have been filed against him.

However, if you are currently facing a DUI charge for alcohol or marijuana use in the Seattle or King County areas, you should contact an experienced DUI attorney to represent your interests. Driving under the influence of marijuana laws are very new, and you will want an attorney w

Contact the DUI defense attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense at 425-284-2000 to schedule a free consultation today.

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Aaron J. Wolff

A former DUI prosecutor, Aaron Wolff has over 16 years of experience in representing people accused of DUI and is recognized as one of the leading defense lawyers in Washington State. His relentless and passionate advocacy has lead to superb ratings and outstanding reviews from former clients.

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