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Seattle Seahawks QB Arrested for DUI

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | May 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

No, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback arrested was not Russell Wilson. Instead, backup quarterback Josh Portis was arrested for a suspected DUI, reports The Seattle TimesThe Seattle Times.

The arrest occurred on May 5 when Portis was clocked going 80 mph in a 60 mph zone while driving his Range Rover. After being stopped, the arresting officer reportedly noticed a "strong odor of intoxicants" on Portis as well as watery bloodshot eyes.

Portis took two breath tests and measured for blood alcohol levels of 0.092 and 0.08 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 in Washington State and Portis was charged with a gross misdemeanor. While only one of the blood alcohol tests support that Portis was drunk, the other evidence in the case including the odor, bloodshot eyes, and speeding may help support that he was drunk driving.

In a drunk driving case, prosecutors do not necessarily need a positive blood alcohol test to obtain a conviction. While a blood alcohol test can help, prosecutors can rely on all the surrounding evidence of the suspected DUI stop such as the defendant's driving and behavior.

On the other hand, you should also know that a blood alcohol test above 0.08 does not necessarily mean you will be found guilty of a DUI. Breathalyzer and other blood alcohol tests are not 100 percent accurate. And with the assistance of an experienced Seattle DUI attorney, you may be able to beat the charges regardless of what the blood alcohol test reads.

If you have any questions about a drunk driving arrest in the Seattle or King County areas, contact the Seattle DUI attorneys at Wolff Criminal DefenseWolff Criminal Defense for help on your case. You can contact us at 425-284-2000 to schedule a consultation.

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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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