When you are charged with driving under the influence, or DUI, in the state of Washington you may face a number of different consequences that affect the quality of your life. For this reason, it’s important to have a skilled Washington DUI attorney in your corner to ensure that you have the best possible chance of avoiding a conviction or reducing your sentence.
About DUI Offenses in Washington
In the state of Washington, you will be charged with a DUI offense if authorities believe you have been operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Washington defines “under the influence” as a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher for adults or 0.02 or higher for minors. You may also be charged with a DUI offense if your behavior demonstrates evidence of the influence of drugs or alcohol, regardless of your BAC.
Penalties for a misdemeanor DUI charge in Washington may include:
- Drivers license suspension or revocation
- Electric home monitoring for up to 150 days
- Up to 364 days in jail (Felony DUIs may carry lengthier prison sentences)
- A fine of up to $5,000
- Alcohol/drug education course
- Mandatory substance abuse treatment
- Court-ordered ignition interlock device
The severity of your sentence will depend on the specifics of your offense, as well as your criminal history. For example, if you have past DUI convictions, you will most likely incur a harsher sentence.
Do I Need an Attorney?
If you have been charged with a DUI offense in Washington, it’s best to consult a qualified DUI Attorney as soon as possible. An attorney who has experience in this practice area will be able to explain Washington law as it applies to your case and help you make the best decisions as you move forward. If your case goes to trial, your attorney will help you collect evidence, prepare your defense and represent yourself in court. If you are convicted, your attorney may also be able to help you negotiate a lighter sentence.
Scott Staab is one of Spokane’s Top DUI Lawyers. If you have been charged with a DUI, Attorney Scott Staab can help you fight the charges and protect your rights. Contact Staab Law PLLC today to discuss your case, learn more about our services or schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!