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Backup Seahawks Quarterback Waived After Seattle Area DUI Arrest

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Jun 06, 2013 | 0 Comments

Josh Portis Seattle Area DUI
Much has been made about the severe impact that a conviction of a Seattle area driving under the influence charge can have on a person's life. In Washington State, DUI offenders must pay hefty fines and court fees, serve time in jail, surrender their driver's license for a period of time, and/or have an ignition interlock device placed on their vehicle. But what some people don't take into account are the ramifications of even being arrested for DUI.

A high-profile example in northwest Washington is Josh Portis, a backup quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. In April, Portis signed a two-year contract with the team that would pay him almost half a million dollars in 2013. But on May 5, Portis was pulled over on May 5 for driving 80 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone on I-90. Washington State Patrol officers reported that they smelled alcohol in the car and observed Portis's "watery, bloodshot eyes." Portis later was tested twice for DUI - and blew results of .092 and .078. The legal limit in Washington is .08 - which might have given Portis a chance to claim his innocence in court.

But in a case of possibly winning the battle but definitely losing the war, Portis was released by the Seahawks on May 21, just one day after his DUI charge became public. (The team did not specifically state the reason for Portis's release.)

So even though the justice system views Portis as innocent until proven guilty, he still lost his high-paying job just for being arrested. And it's hard to fathom that an acquittal would allow him to regain his spot on the Seahawks team.

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