Last weekend, while free on $75,000 bond pending an appeal for his 12th DUI conviction, a man (Dwight David Benson) crashed into the rear-end of another vehicle while apparently under the influence of alcohol. Mr. Benson could not recite the alphabet, and could not touch his fingers to his nose. Mr. Benson was arrested for: (1) investigation of driving under the influence, and (2) driving on a suspended license. Thereafter, Mr. Benson was taken to a police station and while there he refused to take a breath test. On Thursday the Honorable Judge Bonner, of the Seattle Municipal Court, revoked the $75,000 bond and had Mr. Benson led away in handcuffs.
Mr. Benson’s record of drinking and driving goes back to at least 1984, when he was first convicted in Seattle for driving under the influence. Allegedly, Mr. Benson has 18 convictions that are either reckless or alcohol-related in nature, and he allegedly has more than a dozen other convictions for driving on a suspended or invalid license.
Due to the fact Mr. Benson has more than four DUI-related convictions in the past ten years, Washington law requires that this weekend’s incident be handled as a felony; and if Mr. Benson is ultimately convicted, he could be sentenced to confinement in prison.
Because of the significant implications a DUI arrest and/or conviction can have, it is imperative that a person charged with DUI in Washington State immediately retain a qualified Seattle DUI lawyer or a qualified Bellevue DUI lawyer. In many instances, a qualified Seattle DUI lawyer can significantly reduce the impact that a DUI charge will have on an individual’s life. The right Seattle DUI attorney will be worth his/her weight in gold when protecting a person’s rights, freedom and future. The Seattle DUI attorneys that make up the litigation team of SQ Attorneys are dedicated to defending those accused of drunk driving. They have the experience, knowledge and resources to successfully defend your case. Unlike other law firms that practice in many areas of the law, SQ Attorneys is focused on criminal defense representation with an emphasis on DUI defense in Western Washington.
If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI defense attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.