DUI Laws

A charge of DUI, or driving under the influence is a serious matter, but particularly here in Washington state. Washington DUI law prescribes serious penalties for DUI offenders and you need a skilled and experienced attorney to help you fight the charges and protect your freedom to drive.

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A DUI is a charge that can happen to almost anyone. Whether you were driving home from a holiday party, a nice dinner or a night out, you probably didn’t think you were impaired or drunk. And you may very well be right. The truth is, police arrest people on suspicion of DUI all the time, with very little solid evidence. The police have a clear police of arrest first, ask questions later. And the so-called tests that supposedly determine sobriety have flaws a mile wide.

If you don’t think you were drunk, we believe you, and we’ve seen many clients in your exact situation. But now is the time where we have to fight to preserve your rights and freedom. And time is absolutely critical so that we can work to beat these charges and save your driver’s license.

Of course, some people also call our DUI law offices and want to admit that they were probably wrong to drive. We know how these mistakes happen; but unfortunately the law does not have sympathy for you.

So even if you think you are guilty, that doesn’t mean you deserve a harsh punishment for a mistake where no one got hurt. If you just want to work out a deal, we will fight to get you the minimal penalty allowed by law, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

Who Can Help Me with My DUI Charge?

When you are facing DUI charges in Washington you may already feel like you have been convicted, that everyone is against you. It is vital that you have someone looking out for your interests and playing on your team.

Our local attorneys have years of experience handling DUI charges in Washington criminal courts. More than likely we have handled a case very similar to yours. However, we are interested in hearing about your case and how things happened the night of your arrest.

We want to know the particulars. In cases like these, the particulars matter. How the arresting officer handled your field sobriety test, breath test, and overall arrest procedure can make or break the prosecution’s case against you. Call us and tell us the circumstances of your case and chances are we can help you get the results you deserve.

Washington DUI Laws

How the prosecutor charges you is based in state law. The law in Washington is similar to DUI laws around the country.

You may be charged with DUI if you drive a vehicle and are found to have a blood alcohol level of more than .08 or if you are under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and/or drugs.

Ref: RCW 46.61.502

Does this mean I can be charged with DUI without having submitted to a breathalyzer?

Yes! The police in Washington can use their best judgment when making a DUI arrest and will take into consideration several things. Your driving, behavior when pulled over, field sobriety tests, and breath test results are just some of the things that can be used. However, the officer is not required to use a breathalyzer as a sole means to an arrest.

Penalties for DUI in Washington State

What kind of sentence am I facing?

Your potential sentence depends on a number of factors. The most important of which, however, is if you have had any prior DUI convictions within the last seven years.

If you have not had any prior DUI convictions within the past seven years, you will face the following:

  • Up to one year in jail (mandatory 24 hour minimum jail sentence)
  • $350- $5,000 in fines
  • 90 day driver’s license suspension
  • Possible drug/alcohol education classes
  • Possible ignition interlock device

If you have not had any prior DUI convictions within the past seven years but your blood alcohol content was greater than 0.15 at the time of arrest or you refused to take the breath test at the time of arrest, you will face the following:

  • Up to one year in jail (mandatory 2 day minimum jail sentence)
  • $500- $5,000 in fines
  • 1 year drivers license revocation (2 years if breath test was refused)
  • Possible drug/alcohol education classes
  • Possible ignition interlock device

Ref: RCW 46.61

Also see my 2nd offense DUI penalties page.

Can I Get a WA DUI Charge Reduced?

Yes, in some cases if you are charged with DUI we may be able to get the charge lowered to Negligent Driving, a less severe offense with far less serious penalties.

Free Consultation on Washington State DUI Laws

A DUI conviction can stay on your driving record for 15 years. It can affect your insurance rates and your reputation, your ability to drive, earn a living, and even restrict your ability to travel into Canada, and more.

When you are facing charges as serious as these you should put your faith in a lawyer with experience and compassion. Find out if we are the attorneys for you, with no obligation. Call for a consultation on your case today.

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