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DUI Related Offenses Under Washington State Law

Posted Monday, April 9, 2018 by Lizanne Padula.

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If you are arrested under suspicion of DUI in Washington State, you may ultimately be charged with DUI. Or, you may be charged with another DUI related offense, or even charged with DUI along with other related offenses. Alternatively, you may be able to plea DUI charges down to lesser criminal charges. For these reasons, it is important to know the various DUI related offenses under Washington State Law.

Negligent Driving in the first degree occurs when a person operates a motor vehicle in a manner that is both negligent and endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property, and exhibits the effects of having consumed liquor or marijuana or any drug that is intoxicating. RCW 46.61.5249.

Reckless Driving occurs when a person drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. RCW 46.61.500.

Reckless Endangerment occurs when a person recklessly engages in conduct (not amounting to a drive-by shooting) that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person. RCW 9a.36.050.

Vehicular Homicide occurs when a person causes the death of another while driving in a reckless manner, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or with disregard for the safety of others. The death must ensue within three years and as a proximate result of the injury caused by the driving. RCW 46.61.520.

Vehicular Assault occurs when a person operates a vehicle in a reckless manner, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or in a manner evidencing disregard for the safety of others and this driving results in substantial bodily harm to another person. RCW 46.61.522.

Other DUI related offenses under Washington State law include: Operating Commercial Motor Vehicle with Alcohol or THC in System (RCW 46.25.110), Operating Non-Highway Vehicle Under the Influence (RCW 46.09.470), Operating Snowmobile Under the Influence (RCW 46.10.490), Operating Aircraft Under the Influence (RCW 47.68.270), and Operating a Vessel Under the Influence (RCW 79A.60.040).

Every criminal case is unique. The criminal charges that will be filed are based upon what crimes the prosecutor believes he or she can prove based on the evidence the State has against you. An experienced DUI defense attorney will be able to evaluate the evidence against you and pinpoint the weaknesses in the Prosecution’s case that can be leveraged in negotiations.

Not every DUI can be beat, but we are able to eliminate or reduce most of them. Hiring an experienced DUI defense attorney can help you get the best possible outcome in your case. Come meet with us for a free consultation to explore how we can help you. Our attorneys have outstanding reputations. Lizanne Padula is a tireless negotiator and a tenacious litigator. Padula & Associates, LLC will fiercely advocate on your behalf. For more than 20 years we have proudly defended the rights of people in King County, Snohomish County, and Washington State.

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