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Month: October 2012

DUI CHARGE IN OAK HARBOR, SEATTLE, ISLAND COUNTY WHEN NOT DRIVING?

Oak Harbor, Seattle, Whidbey Island DUI/DWI lawyer and/or Seattle, Oak Harbor, Island County Drunk Driving Attorney discusses the DUI Corpus Delicti Rule.

Many DUI cases arise after an motor vehicle accident. In such cases oftentimes no one, including the officer, witnesses the accused actually driving or behind the wheel. Consider, the case where an officer responds to a report of an accident, arrives on the scene, interviews a bystander (the officer concludes he is the driver immediately) found near the vehicle involved in the crash, sees the bystander uninjured, the bystander tells the officer that he was driving, the officer administered standardized field sobriety tests, and then the bystander is charged with DUI. There is no other conclusive evidence that person was driving aside from his incriminating statements.

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