On December 5, 1933, the United State Congress officially repealed the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution by enacting the Twenty-first Amendment thereby ending 14 years of Prohibition in the United States.
America was convinced that alcohol was evil and that drinking was destroying the American fabric and under the Eighteenth Amendment banned alcohol manufacturing and sales.
Well, as we know, alcohol sales have been reinstated for adults, and even Washington State has loosened its restrictive alcohol sales laws. See my post: Ready or Not, Washington State is Privatizing Alcohol Sales. http://washington-dui.com/wa-dui-blog/page/3/
This does not mean that we are an all out party state. For example, the Liquor Control Board has denied extending drinking hours in bars. See my post: http://washington-dui.com/wa-dui-blog/uncategorized/state-liquor-control-board-says-no-to-extended-drinking-hours/
Evidence has shown that in the Puget Sound we are responsible when it comes to drinking alcohol. As a matter of fact, we are seeing fewer King County WA DUIs. See my recent post: http://washington-dui.com/wa-dui-blog/uncategorized/fewer-dui-arrests-in-king-county/
Despite the encouraging changes, it really does seem, in my humble opinion, that in Washington State we are moving back towards prohibition. We are seeing stricter rules governing Washington State DUIs. For example, at an arraignment, a Judge may order abstinence from alcohol during the pendency of the case even if the accused has a Breath Alcohol Level (BrAC) lower than the presumptive level of impairment of .08.
On the other end of the process, at sentencing, even if a State Approved chemical dependency evaluation agency has determined that you do not have an alcohol problem, some judges order the defendant to abstain from alcohol from 2 to 5 years!
Bad headlines of people being killed or injured due to a DUI means that special interest groups, the Washington State Legislature, and Judges, run scared and we lose our rights. Drinking alcohol is a benefit for adults in this society. We need to be careful and responsible, but we need to be aware that we are losing the right to drink in Washington State!
Celebrate the Repeal of the Twenty-first Amendment, but be aware that neo-prohibitionists are trying to limit our right to enjoy an adult beverage.
If you find yourself in need of an attorney who limits his practice to defending those accused of being impaired while driving, feel free to contact my office to sit down and discuss dui consequences and how we can help. Contact us at: 425.422.5818 or email@example.com