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HIGHLIGHTED CASE SUMMARY: LOST IN TRANSLATION – DUI CHARGES SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED

Posted by Michelle Dellino | Nov 04, 2015 | 0 Comments

Description: Client was charged with DUI in District Court with blood alcohol level above .15. Investigation revealed client was not properly advised of his rights and warnings by law enforcement. Client was an English speaker but English was his second language. He was not asked if English was his first language and was not offered an interpreter. This led to confusion over whether to consent to a breath test and whether to answer law enforcement questions.

Outcome:  DUI charges were reduced to Negligent Driving in the first degree. Client served no jail time and faced no license suspension.

Message:  According to Washington State law, when a person is arrested for DUI they must be properly advised of their rights and the Implied Consent Warnings “in words easily understood”. Individuals should be given the opportunity to receive their rights and warnings with the use of an interpreter to ensure complete understanding of the information being communicated.

As always, Dellino Law Group urges you to drink responsibly. Designate a sober driver or use alternate modes of getting home if you have been drinking. Understand how to avoid getting yourself into the position where you could be pulled over for a DUI and be prepared in the event that you are pulled over and have been drinking. Be aware that a DUI can have serious consequences on your future. You could be looking at driver's license suspension, large fines, jail time, and the long term impacts of a criminal record.

Please see our recent blog post about how to avoid getting a DUI in Washington State.  Please also see our post about fines and penalties for Washington State DUI convictions. We want you to be well prepared and sufficiently informed.

In the event you are being faced with DUI charges, don't face them alone. Our experienced DUI lawyers at Dellino Law Group will formulate the best possible legal strategy to have your DUI charges reduced or even dismissed if possible.  Please contact us today for a Free Consultation.

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Michelle Dellino

Michelle Dellino is the Managing Attorney of Dellino Law Group. She believes there is a solution to every problem. Her practice focuses primarily on complex family law matters including high asset dissolutions; high conflict cases; long term marriage dissolution; cases involving business owners, IT, and medical professionals; domestic violence family law; and preparing cohabitation, prenuptial, and postnuptial agreements. Favorite things include: multi-tasking, competition, travel, baseball, technology, a big view of the Olympic Mountains, and the outdoors. Primary dislikes include: Chinese food, passive aggression and apathy. Also: owned by trio of dachshunds, 2 cats & 1 big dog.

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