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Seafair Weekend & DUI Charges

Posted by Mark Garka | Aug 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

Seafair Weekend 2016 is nearly here, which means thousands of Seattle residents are ready to partake in the festivities, the air show, the powerboat races, and the live entertainment the festival provides the city every year. Like other big community events, Seafair Weekend also comes with its fair share of drinking, which means local law enforcement will also be the lookout for drunk drivers.

Navigating a DUI Arrest

No one ever wants to be in a position where police suspect they may be drunk driving, but it does happen. While this can be a nerve-wracking experience, it's also important to remember these ordeals can be properly navigated and that matters can be made much worse if complications arise.

If you are stopped by law enforcement, remember to:

  • Stay calm. It can be easy to feel like law enforcement is "out to get you," but just because you've been stopped by police does not mean they suspect criminal activity. Trying to explain away your behavior on the road only invites suspicion. Stay calm and provide the officer the information they need to complete the traffic stop.
  • Call an attorney. If you have been charged with a DUI, then time is of the essence. A proven Snohomish County DUI lawyer can help you deal with the legal and administrative ramifications of your charge and ensure that your rights and interests are advocated for every step of the way.

Of course, it is always advised that, if you plan on drinking, that you take measures to ensure that you stay off the road. Use a designated driver or download a ride-sharing app for your Seafair Weekend activities. If you or a loved one has, however, been arrested during Seafair Weekend, the Law Office of Mark W. Garka, PLLC is ready to assist you.

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About the Author

Mark Garka

Mark is a solo-practitioner who limits his practice to DUI Defense. During Law School, he worked in the Juvenile Division for the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and he also worked in the Corrections Division at the Attorney General's Office. After completing his degree, he clerked...


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