Seattle Law Hawks - Everett DUI Attorney
DUI law firm providing proven DUI defense in all courts in the greater Seattle-Everett area.
Our firm handles all aspects of your DUI from the Washington State Department of Licensing DUI hearing (where anyone charged with DUI faces a license suspension of 90 days or more) to jury trial, and everything in between. Whether you have been arrested, charged or are simply the subject of an investigation, we can be your representation you for your DUI charges!
Scott Lawrence Attorney – Seattle Law Hawks- Everett, Washington
Well educated in DUI defense tactics. Mr. Lawrence obtained a law degree with a criminal practice certificate at the University of Oregon, School of Law. Trained specifically in DUI defense through Oregon Law’s hands-on DUI defense clinic, he began practicing DUI defense during law school and graduated with a firm grasp on DUI case strategy. Mr. Lawrence has been a DUI lawyer representing cases with passion ever since.
Can you get a DUI for driving high?
It goes without saying that driving while high on marijuana is a bad idea. It is also illegal in all 50 states. Arresting a person for driving while drunk (on alcohol) is relatively straight forward. Washington State has set a blood alcohol level of .08 as the breakpoint for determining intoxication. (However, a person can be convicted of drunk driving at lower levels.)
Marijuana is very different because the active ingredient, called THC, is stored in the fat cells of the body and may remain present for months after ingesting the drug. Blood levels of THC are not the best predictor of being “under the influence”.
Is driving high in Washington illegal?
Washington State has a blood limit of 5 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood. While blood levels of THC are not the best predictor of impairment it is very difficult to find a cut and dry test and Washington State has opted to use unreliable measurement.
How long after getting high can you drive?
Rule of thumb suggests that it can take 3 hours for blood levels to drop below this level and for some people even longer. Ingesting marijuana instead of smoking it increases the time even further. The longer you wait between ingesting marijuana and driving (or operating equipment) the better, for your safety, safety of others, and avoiding a DUI conviction.
Do I need an Everett DUI attorney that specializes in marijuana charges?No. The process of managing an alcohol charge is very similar to that of a marijuana charge. The charge is the same under either case: DUI/DWI.
Can I be convicted if my blood alcohol level is lower than the legal limit?
Being below the legal limit is not a guarantee of not being convicted if it can be proven that your body was impaired sufficiently. It is important to know the signs of impairment from marijuana. The signs of being under the influence of marijuana are numerous. Some of those signs impair the ability of people to drive responsibly. These signs include poor muscle and limb coordination, delayed reaction time and abilities, and distorted senses and even psychosis. While the amount of impairment from marijuana is typically much smaller than alcohol, the impact of a conviction is much the same.
When you need an Everett DUI Lawyer, you need Scott Lawrence
No matter where your infraction originated, we are there to represent you in court, including the following courts: Mill Creek, Woodway, Mukilteo, Bothell, Kirkland, Shoreline, Kenmore, Renton, Redmond, Bellevue, Seattle and more.