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Representation for DUI in Washington

If you are facing a charge for drunk driving in Washington, it is important that you get the representation you need during this time. Should you choose to entrust your case to Guadagno Law Group, you can feel confident in your choice. Using our experience as former prosecutors, we may be able to prove the faultiness of the breathalyzer test you took or that the police stop that led to your DUI charge was unlawful in the first place.

At Guadagno Law Group, we have successfully handled thousands of criminal cases in Seattle, WA and in the surrounding King County area over the last 14+ years. Among these cases have been countless clients who were facing DUI charges. Our team can employ various case strategies and tailor them to fit your needs.

Don't face your DUI charges alone. Discuss your case in a FREE consultation with our Seattle DUI attorneys today.

DUI Penalties in WA

The risks and consequences associated with a drunk driving arrest, charge, or conviction could be potentially life-changing. In the state of Washington, a person who is found to be driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher can be charged with DUI.

If you are charged with drunk driving in King County, you could face any of the following penalties:

  • Fines
  • Jail time
  • Driver's license suspension
  • Community service
  • Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID)

Administrative Penalties of a DUI

An administrative penalty is imposed by the Washington State Department of Licensing and is triggered by the arrest, even if it does not lead to a conviction. For a first-time offender, administrative penalties could include:

  • A 90-day administrative license suspension if the driver’s BAC is .08% or more
  • One-year administrative license suspension if the driver refuses chemical testing

Additionally, if convicted, a first-time DUI offender will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle for at least a year.

First Time DUI Penalties

First-time DUI offenders will also face criminal penalties following a conviction. These penalties include:

  • For motorists with a BAC under .15%: One to 364 days in jail, at least 15 days of electronic home monitoring, or 90 days in a 24/7 sobriety program, in addition to fines and fees up to $5,200 and a 90-day license suspension.
  • For motorists with a BAC of .15% or more: Two to 364 days in jail, at least 30 days of electric home monitoring, or 120 days in a 24/7 sobriety program, in addition to fines and fees up to $5,200 and a one-year license suspension.

License Suspension for Seattle DUI

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DUI is a very serious criminal charge, so it should come as no surprise that a conviction can lead to a suspension of your driving privileges. However, many people are unaware of the extent of this suspension, along with the fact that your license can be suspended even if the charges are dismissed.

If you’ve been arrested under suspicion of DUI, your driver’s license will automatically be suspended for a period of at least 90 days, and potentially 2 years. Furthermore, this suspension doesn’t even kick in until 60 days after the date of the arrest, meaning you will be dealing with the consequences for years to come.

After a DUI arrest, it’s vital to act fast. You do have 20 days after the arrest to request a hearing, in which an examiner will look at your case and decide whether or not to uphold the suspension. Representation from a Seattle DUI attorney can go a long way in helping the examiner rule in your favor. If they do, your license will not be suspended unless you are convicted.

  • First DUI Conviction: Regardless of the outcome of your license hearing, your driving privileges will be suspended if you are actually convicted of DUI. For a first-time offense, this suspension can last up to a year, and will typically be for 90 days at minimum.
  • Second or Subsequent DUI Conviction: If you are arrested for a second or third DUI in Seattle, the license suspension is just one of many penalties that will become far more serious. For a third DUI conviction, your license can be suspended for up to four years!

Is There Anything I Can Do to Stop the Suspension?

Hiring a quality Seattle DUI lawyer is the most important thing you can do to prevent or at least mitigate the suspension. By aggressively defending you against the DUI charges, your attorney can often work to get the charges dismissed altogether, or can often help you plea down to reduced charges. If you are convicted, you may be able to apply for a restricted “Ignition Interlock Driver License,” which allows you to drive a vehicle which has an ignition interlock device installed within.

Wondering how to proceed after being pulled over for drunk driving? You need to speak with our Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible.

A DUI’s Impact on Your Future

A DUI does not only come with possible jail time, fines and fees, license suspension, and other penalties, but it often comes with repercussions that can continue to affect you long after you have paid the legal price. Those who are convicted of a DUI will now have a criminal record, which means potential employers might not want to hire you due to your criminal record. If you have a job at the time of your conviction, that employer might not keep you on, or you might not be able to remain a student at the university you attend. If you were receiving scholarship money or plan on applying for financial aid, a DUI can also impact your eligibility for receiving these benefits. It is important that you speak with a Seattle DUI lawyer to fight the possible negative impact from a driving under the influence conviction.

How Our Seattle DUI Attorneys Can Fight Your Charges

As our client, you will work directly with a skilled Seattle DUI lawyer who can provide you with exceptional DUI defense at an affordable rate. We are never too busy to provide the personalized attention our clients need and deserve.

In fact, not only do we respond to all client inquires within 24 hours, but we also have on-call Seattle DUI lawyers who can provide emergency legal counsel around the clock. Call any time at (206) 569-8995.

Facing DUI charges? Call our Seattle DUI attorney any time at (206) 569-8995.

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