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Carin's Washington Drivers License .14 DUI Case Result (Department of Licensing v. Carin)


Description:  According to the officer's report Carin failed to stop at a stop sign and failed to stop as soon as the officer illuminated his emergency lights.  The officer reports that Carin had troubles with her license registration and insurance.  He noted standard signs and symptoms of alcohol consumption but used weak language in the police report that we were able to use during the hearing to argue that the officer lacked probable cause to arrest Carin.  She did admit to drinking one margarita and a beer.  She refused to provide any field sobriety evidence. At the precinct Carin provided two breath samples: .142 and .133.

The hearing officer dismissed the case and ruled that there was "insufficient probable cause for arrest:  faint odor, fair speech, good coordination, orderly clothes, cooperative attitude, fair speech.  Waid v. State, 43 Wn App 32 (1986)."

---The names have been changed to protect the innocent.  We choose a fictitious name to represent a real person.

Practice area(s): DUI / DWI

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