Seattle First Offense DUI Lawyers
Understanding Washington’s DUI Laws for First Time Offenders
Washington's DUI laws are some of the toughest in the country, including those for a first-time offender. If you've been charged with such an offense, it should not be taken lightly. By working with our experienced Seattle first offense DUI lawyers, we can analyze your case from start to finish and work aggressively to secure you the best possible outcome. Having spent many years as active criminal attorneys, we have the experience you need to fight your charges. Our promise to return your calls within 24 hours is just one of the many ways that we put you first and provide personalized service.
At Guadagno Law, PLLC, we believe in giving you our dedicated attention until your case is complete.
Washington’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limit
According to Washington's laws, a person's blood alcohol content (BAC) is considered illegal at 0.08 percent or higher. The number of drinks it takes to get to this level varies from person to person, but it is always better to err on the side of caution if you're unsure. For those who are under 21, the legal BAC is a mere 0.02 percent and DUI penalties still apply. If you are found driving with a BAC higher than 0.08 in Washington, the severity of your charges will vary.
What are the Penalties For a First-Time DUI Offense?
However, you could be penalized with the following:
- A minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of 1 year in jail
- Up to $5,000 in fines
- License suspension for at least 90 days and up to 1 year
- Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID)
It is also important to note that refusing to take a chemical test will result in an automatic license suspension for one year. A DUI conviction can be expensive, as the fees associated with installation and continued use of an IID typically run at $50-$100 per month.
Should I Get a Lawyer for My First DUI in Seattle, WA?
Anyone accused of drunk driving is facing serious charges that has a long-standing and harsh effect on their future. Facing such charges on your own can be daunting. Without proper action, A DUI offense has the potential to affect much of your future, including your ability to find and maintain employment, obtain housing, and more. Our Seattle first offense DUI lawyers are prepared to do everything we can to beat or lower your charges.
There are several benefits to hiring our firm after a DUI arrest:
- Understanding of the law: We have knowledge of the law and can explain the charges against you and the potential consequences you may face. We can also help you understand the legal process and what to expect throughout the case.
- Protecting your rights: Our legal team can ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process. We can help you avoid self-incrimination and ensure that law enforcement officials follow proper procedures during the arrest and investigation.
- Negotiation: Our firm can negotiate with the prosecutor to try to reduce the charges or penalties you face. We may be able to secure a plea deal or find other ways to minimize the impact of the charges on your life.
- Evidence and witnesses: We can thoroughly investigate your arrest and help determine if there are weaknesses in the prosecutor's case. They can also work to find witnesses or evidence that may support your defense.
- Court representation: If your case goes to trial, our attorney can represent you in court and argue your case in front of a judge and jury. We can use their knowledge of the law and courtroom procedures to present the strongest possible defense on your behalf.
If you are on the fence about hiring an attorney for your charges, speak with our Seattle first offense DUI attorneys in a free consultation. We are dedicated to defending your rights, and choose to do so by offering unique and innovative strategies catered to your specific case. Even further, we offer payment plans and options that prevent your financial situation from preventing you from getting the important legal help you need.
Contact Guadagno Law, PLLC today and put us to work for you.
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