State legislators have continued to increase the punishments for all types of DUI offenses, and if you have been stopped by law enforcement and subsequently arrested and charged with DUI, you have real reason for concern. You could lose you legal right to drive, face jail time, and be forced to attend alcohol treatment programs and community service, as well as owing expensive fines. Many people who face charges of DUI, whether they are facing a first time offense, have multiple DUI convictions or are underage and facing
minor DUI charges, do not realize that they could fight back and there is a strong possibility of getting the charges dismissed. At Blair & Kim, PLLC, our Seattle criminal defense lawyer is a former prosecutor that has a deep insight into the
DUI process and how to best fight for a favorable case outcome. We understand
what you should and should not do when pulled over or in your case.
Penalties for Driving Drunk
Multiple offenses can lead to higher charges, however, even one conviction can result in damaging penalties. Those found guilty can be sentenced with a license suspension, jail time and more. A first offense carries jail time up to a year, electronic monitoring, fines up to $5,000, license suspension of 90 days of a year for a BAC level of .15 or more. A third offense can result in up to up to a year in jail, $5,000 in fines, an ignition interlock device, license suspension and Washington SR22 Insurance. Depending on the circumstances the charge may be considered a misdemeanor or felony. The sentencing may be increased when certain factors are involved, such as an extremely high BAC, speeding, causing an accident or other reasons. Those that are under the legal drinking age will be arrested and charged even if their BAC level is below the legal limit.
In some cases, after an in-depth review of the actual evidence in your case, we discover that there were serious rights violations, such as a lack of probable cause for the police stop. There may be errors in police procedure in the arrest, or the testing unit used could have a history of faulty readings, or the test administered incorrectly. Field sobriety tests are one of the most unscientific aspects of DUI charges, and it is vital that we review any results, as well as how they were administered before your case proceeds any further through the system. It is advised that you contact our firm at once if you have been arrested for any type of DUI charges.
We know the criminal justice process - from both sides. There are many cases in which a dismissed charge will be the result of our defense actions. It is important that you contact our firm at once if you have been arrested. Our legal team includes a former prosecutor who has handled over 15,000 cases. His insight into the criminal justice system and his extensive experience on both sides of the aisle is a great advantage. It allows him to quickly determine how to best address defending your rights, future and freedom in any level of DUI charge. The quality of your defense lawyer us the most crucial factor in a DUI charge. We urge you to contact our firm at once if you have been arrested. Our early involvement could lead to a full dismissal of charges or other advantage. You can also learn more about charges on our DUI FAQ page.
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