Prior Convictions for DUI in Seattle
Are you facing a 2nd, 3rd or 4th DUI charge?
If you have an earlier conviction for DUI and are facing new charges, you are in serious legal trouble. Under state law, those who are considered repeat DUI offenders face exceptionally severe consequences should they be convicted again. If you have a prior conviction and are facing another charge, it is imperative that you act quickly and contact a Seattle criminal defense attorney to move forward with your defense. Our attorney moves forward with a process to identify the flaws and errors in the case and to identify the best course of action for your defense.
The Defense Process in DUI Charges in Seattle
The first step is to speak with you and get all the details about what happened when you were pulled over. We then get a copy of the "discovery". This is the police report that could include video and audio recordings. We visit the scene and interview the arresting officer and any other law enforcement personnel that were present, as well as any witnesses. Our attorney then meets with you again to determine the best course of action for the defense. Will it be possible to get the case dismissed? In many cases, after this analysis, we find enough to pursue a full dismissal. If not, how can we mitigate the impact on your life?
In cases of a 2nd, 3rd of more DUI prior convictions with a new charge, our review and evaluation of the evidence can be critical with regard to the final outcome of your case. As the penalties are extremely harsh for repeat offenders, your freedom is truly at stake. A 4th DUI offense within 10 years is filed as a Class C felony, with very serious consequences that will affect you for the rest of your life. For those who have had one prior conviction, they will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in any vehicle that they operate, once the period of license suspension is completed. For those who were arrested and found to have a BAC (blood alcohol concentration ) of less than .15 and has had two or three prior offenses within seven years can face imprisonment for not less than 90 days and up to 1 year, as well as 120 days of home monitoring. For higher BAC levels, the punishments are increased.
Don't take chances with your future freedom. Contact a Seattle DUI attorney immediately after your arrest if you have a prior conviction for DUI.