This may be a case where no news is good news.
Across the country, newspapers are reporting a spate of drunk driving arrests as revelers ringed in the new year.
However, for residents of Seattle and the King County areas, the news may be notable for what is not said. In fact, there have been few reports of any drunk driving arrests over the holidays. This was true even though the state just recently instituted a new law that allows for recreational marijuana use.
Does this mean that everyone on the roads were sober?
Of course not.
It could just mean that most drunk drivers were caught in fairly routine (i.e.; not newsworthy) ways. And it could also mean that efforts by law enforcement like the Target Zero Teams Project of roving DUI patrols and ignition interlock devices are working and keeping drunk drivers from getting behind the wheels.
Additionally, with plenty of tips floating around the Internet on how to avoid drunk driving, there really was no excuse to drive when impaired.
However, for those who were arrested for a New Year's DUI, they now face serious penalties. These penalties can range from jail, thousands in fines, license suspension, ignition interlock requirement, alcohol evaluation and more.
If you are busted for drunk driving in the Seattle or King County areas, you must immediately consult with an attorney. Contact the experienced DUI attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense. An experienced DUI lawyer can help you review your options and defenses and ensure that you do not fight your DUI battle alone.