DUI Attorneys in Seattle
Lawyers Experienced in Washington DUI Laws
Driving under the influence (DUI) is arguably the most serious misdemeanor charge in the state of Washington. If you are arrested for DUI, it is important to seek legal advice from a qualified attorney. At Hart Jarvis Murray Chang PLLC, our DUI lawyers in Seattle have extensive experience representing clients charged with DUI and other serious driving-related crimes.
Consequences of a DUI Conviction
The evolution of DUI law in the state of Washington has resulted in a maze of direct and collateral consequences for those charged and convicted of the offense. These laws can be confusing, making it important to consult with an experienced attorney to learn more about the administrative and criminal penalties associated with driving while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
The conditions and penalties stemming from a DUI conviction may include:
- A jail sentence
- Electric home monitoring (EHM) and/or Alcohol intake monitoring
- Participation in a treatment program and classes
- License suspension, revocation, and insurance consequences
- Mandatory installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
The amount of monetary fines, length of sentence, and license suspension or revocation vary based upon whether this was a first or subsequent offense. Refusing a test of your breath or blood will also increase the criminal and administrative penalties you face. It is important to understand that an arrest for DUI will also carry administrative consequences for your driving privilege. This may be so even if you are not ultimately convicted criminally. For this reason, it is important to contact an experienced DUI attorney as soon as you are arrested.
Forming a Strong Defense
The potential defenses and possible resolutions to a DUI or related charge will be nuanced. An attorney familiar with Washington's DUI laws can help you navigate through this maze of possibilities. Our DUI attorneys in Seattle have extensive experience handling DUI cases. We thoroughly evaluate your case and the circumstances of your arrest to determine the most appropriate defense and strategy for your situation.