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Representation for Drunk Driving Charges in WA

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.

Discuss your case in a FREE consultation with our Seattle DUI attorneys today. We are available 24/7.

Penalties You May Face in WA for DUI Conviction

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)

License Suspension for Seattle DUI

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 defense 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.

How Our Seattle DUI Attorneys Can Fight Your Charges

As our client, you will work directly with a skilled 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 lawyers who can provide emergency legal counsel around the clock. Call any time at (206) 569-8995.

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"When my daughter got into DUI trouble, I was forced to find a defense attorney for her. In the giant 'Lawyer Lotto' game, I was extremely fortunate to have won Albert for the task.

Despite my daughter's nearly debilitating fear of the consequences (I wish she'd had these fears BEFORE the DUIs), Albert went out of his way to try to calm her without minimizing the seriousness of the situation.

It was clear that Albert's compassion for his clients is a unique treasure in the legal community. Not only that, he was instrumental in negotiating a completely satisfactory outcome to the whole situation."

- Former Client
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