New ruling that will impact drinking and driving cases in Washington State
A recent court ruling has made a new decision in drinking and driving cases and even scenarios. If under suspicion of drinking and driving, the Supreme Court decided under the State v. Mecham case, that prosecutors in DUI trials may “admit evidence that a defendant is guilty” just by declining a sobriety test when pulled over. This is seen as evidence of consciousness of guilt. The decision also noted that field sobriety test can only be administered when the stop was based off on reasonable suspicion and that the police had reasonable suspicion to believe that the driver was operating and driving the vehicle under the influence.
While this is a state wide issue, it will hopefully crack down on drinking and drinking cases and those.
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