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Bad decisions while driving can ruin the future

There are individuals in the Seattle area who might drive after having one too many drinks. They may not have realized that their legal blood alcohol limit was exceeded after their last drink. There are also people who may be under the legal limit, but due to police error, are wrongfully charged with driving under the influence. And then there are those who do nearly everything wrong.

Recently, a Pierce County man was pulled over after being spotted driving on the wrong side of the road. Upon the police approaching the car and questioning the man, he simply blurted, 'I'm drunk." After offering the police cash to let him go, the drive was given a breathalyzer test and arrested. A license check showed it to be under suspension.

There are at least five serious errors in the man's actions. First, he was driving with a suspended license. This action is a crime in and of itself, and even if he had been sober, it would have been grounds for arrest. Second, the man was operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of over .25, which is more than three times the legal limit. Third, the man inadvertently waived his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. By blurting out, 'I'm drunk," he made an unnecessary admission. Fourth, he added an attempted bribery charge to his indictment by offering money to the arresting officers. And, of course, his fifth error was driving on the wrong side of the roadway.

Though no one should drive while impaired, mistakes happen. More importantly, the police can also make errors while conducting field sobriety tests and operating the breathalyzer machine. Due to the severe penalties involved in a DUI case, it is always best for an accused person to retain a qualified attorney to challenge his or her drunk driving charges.

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