Washington Vehicular Homicide and Assault Pages Added

By Garth O'Brien | December 8, 2009 
Filed Under Washington DUI

Washington Vehicular HomicideWe just published two pages for the Washington Vehicular Homicide and Washington Vehicular Assault crimes. These are felony crimes that typically result in the death of a person or serious injury of a person respectively while operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. Some of these incidents are caused by individuals that are extermely intoxicated while driving their car.

However, you only need to be at the DUI legal limit to be charged which is 0.08 in Washington State. Some individuals might barely “feel” the effects of their alcohol consumption at this level, but they are legally culpable for their actions. Just think a few hard alcoholic drinks at dinner and you vehicle hydroplanes on the drive home. You hit the curb and run over a pedestrian that dies from their injuries. It does not matter the water on the roadway caused you to hydroplane. All that matters is someone died because of your operation of a motor vehicle while being under the influence.

Here is the very best advice a DUI defense attorney can provide, “Do not drink and drive.” Not have two drinks or one drink. Just do not drink alcohol before driving period because do you even truly know when you are at the legal limit? How much is too much to drink? Even the trusty “One Drink Per Hour” rule is a dicey estimation.

If you have been arrested for DUI, Vehicular Homicide or Vehicular Assault then contact us immediately for a free legal consultation so we can protect your legal rights.

DUI Blog Comments

2 Responses to “Washington Vehicular Homicide and Assault Pages Added”

  1. Harrisburg DUI Lawyer on December 9th, 2009 9:40 am

    But its not illegal to drink and then drive is it? It only becomes a crime if you drink so much as to impair you to whatever degree is necessary in your state or that you are a specific BAC level, right? Just wondering if having one standard drink or even two is illegal in your state?

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    -Justin J. McShane, Esquire-Harrisburg DUI Lawyer

  2. Garth O'Brien on December 9th, 2009 10:52 am

    Justin,

    You are correct, but if you really want to avoid a DUI, Vehicular Homicide or Vehicular Assault charge the best and only way is to NOT drink before driving.

    As a DUI defense colleague I am sure a majority of your 0.08 clients had no clue they were near impairment. The layperson has a serious lack of knowledge and experience with the relationship of alcohol consumption and the definition of DUI. Then compound that with terrible government sponsored DUI advertising campaigns and this is why we are needed in the courtroom.

    If people just did not drink before driving then the problem is solved. It is a privilege to drive; not a right.