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Lawmakers Consider Sobriety Checkpoints in Washington

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

New drunk driving laws are typically prompted by tragedy and that appears to be the case with the recent deaths of two pedestrians who were plowed into by a repeat drunk driver.

Mark Mullan was busted for three DUIs in just the past few months. He was required to have an ignition interlock device installed into his car, but he ignored these orders. Instead, he allegedly had several drinks and hopped behind the wheels of his truck leading to tragedy.

The ignition interlock requirement failed to save the two pedestrians killed in the accident. That's because someone who ignores the mandate to install the device cannot be stopped from drunk driving.

Now concerned parties are kicking around other ideas that could stop potential drunk drivers like Mullan including considering sobriety checkpoints, reports Q13 Fox.

The Washington state Supreme Court reportedly looked into sobriety checkpoints during the late 1980s and found that such checkpoints that stop cars randomly violated the constitution because they invaded an individual's privacy rights.

However, as a way around these privacy concerns, some individuals are bringing up publicizing sobriety checkpoints ahead of time. By letting drivers know that there will be a checkpoint in that area at a certain time, the drivers would arguably have a reduced expectation of privacy.

Authorities in the Seattle and King County areas are on edge regarding drunk drivers in the wake of the recent tragedy. Someone arrested for the crime should be aware that they face very serious charges. However, you should also remember that you have certain rights and are innocent until proven guilty.

If you have been charged with a DUI in these areas, you will want to work with an experienced attorney. Contact the attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense. We can go over your options and defenses and ensure that you do not fight your fight alone.

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Aaron J. Wolff

A former DUI prosecutor, Aaron Wolff has over 18 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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