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Not all DUIs are the same

Posted by Raymond Ejarque | Jul 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Not all DUIs are the same. There are many factors that can affect how a driving under the influence charge may be treated.

For example, a DUI that occurs on federal land (such as a national park) won't follow the same process as one that occurs on state land.

Another factor is what type of substance caused the DUI. While all 50 states have the same legal limit for alcohol, offenses for other substances rarely have any legal limit. In those cases, the prosecution will be attempting to prove that your ability to drive was impaired by whatever substance was involved, rather than simply showing that you were over a “legal limit.”

DUI laws can also vary depending on what type of vehicle was involved and the state laws affecting those vehicles. Often, more unusual vehicles will be treated differently than a conventional motor vehicle. These “unusual” vehicles may include ATVs, bicycles, golf carts, and snowmobiles, among others. Certain types of vehicles may also fall under more specialized laws, such as Boating Under the Influence (BUI), which applies to various watercraft.

The information in this blog provides no legal advice and is no way a substitute for speaking with an attorney. To speak with an attorney about your case, please contact Law Office of Raymond W. Ejarque for free and private consultation 206-621-1554.

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Raymond Ejarque

Raymond Ejarque has practiced law since his admission to the Washington State Bar in June of 1994. He started his career in public interest law helping migrant farm workers and indigents in Texas and Washington State.  Later he worked in Criminal defense as a public defender in Seattle for many y...


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