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DUI Dethrones Miss Washington USA

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Jan 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Another high-profile Seattle resident has suffered a major life setback after being convicted of driving under the influence. Stormy Keffeler, who was crowned Miss Washington USA in October, had to give up her crown earlier this month.

According to reports, Keffeler was pulled over by police in early April while driving a car which had two flat tires. Her blood alcohol level was subsequently tested to be almost three times the state's legal limit of .08. In September, Keffeler chose to plead guilty to DUI and served two days in jail in December.

After winning the competition, Miss Washington USA officials discovered that Keffeler failed to disclose her DUI conviction on her pageant paperwork. Keffeler told ABC News:

“The paperwork says, ‘Have you ever been convicted of a felony?' And when I contacted my lawyer, he told me that it was a misdemeanor.”

Even though Keffeler's crime likely was indeed a misdemeanor, the pageant's co-director, Maureen Francisco, said that all contestants vow not to participate in illegal activity. Francisco told KIRO-TV:

"There was nothing disclosed on her paperwork. You have to disclose everything -- if you have any nudity, if you've ever had a felony, you disclose every piece of information."

It's possible that Keffeler could have tried to push back her court date another couple months so she could truthfully say prior to the pageant that she had not engaged in activity which had been ruled in court to be illegal. But it might have been difficult to delay her court proceedings until after she had served as Miss Washington USA (her reign would have ended in October of this year). Therefore, because of the strict pageant rules, she would have had to resign her position as the state's representative in the Miss USA pageant anyway because of her lack of disclosure of “every piece of information.”

Keffeler's story serves as a stark reminder of the non-criminal consequences a DUI can have on a person's life. That's why it's important to engage the services of a qualified DUI defense lawyer (like Keffeler did) – because if there's a chance that the DUI charge can be dismissed or reduced, your attorney will know how to make it happen.

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Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney

Highly rated by former clients, who praise his warm, knowledgeable courtside manner and his fierce determination to reduce or eliminate charges. An accomplished speaker, author, and leader in DUI defense statewide Kevin is well respected by judges, prosecutors, and other attorneys across the State of Washington for his expertise, integrity, and knowledge in the complicated forensic science area of impaired driving allegations.

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