In a case out of North Dakota, a mother of two boys who were killed by a drunk driver last year was herself cited for a DUI, reports the Grand Forks Herald.
The mother, 30-year-old Sandra Hernandez, apparently lost control of her car over the weekend and rolled her vehicle in a single-car accident. Hernandez was lucky to escape injury; however, the woman was charged with a misdemeanor DUI.
The arrest comes as an especially great surprise as Hernandez had just publicly advocated and testified for stronger DUI penalties in North Dakota. Just days before the DUI arrest, Hernandez had stood behind the North Dakota governor as he signed the bill with the tougher DUI penalties.
Last year, Hernandez's two young sons were killed when a drunk driver drove his pickup truck off the road and struck a tent where the two boys were sleeping. Partially due to this incident, North Dakota lawmakers drafted a bill that raised DUI fines and increased penalties for repeat DUI offenders.
As Washington state continues to debate strengthening its own DUI laws, the case out of North Dakota serves as a good reminder that anyone can be arrested for a DUI simply if they make a bad decision and get behind of the wheels drunk. And with potentially increased penalties for the charge, someone could face significant jail time and monetary fines for the charge.
If you are charged with a DUI in the Seattle or King County area, you will want to work with an experienced DUI attorney. While anyone can be arrested for a DUI, you are still entitled to a strong advocate and competent legal representation.
Contact the attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense at 425-284-2000 to learn how we can help you.