An Overview of Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
The penalties associated with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Washington State can be very burdensome, and can have a devastating impact on an individual’s personal and professional life. Punishment for DUI/ DWI/ Physical Control can include:
- Loss or suspension of driving privileges within the state;
- Ignition Interlock Device (up to 10 years)
- Exorbitant fines and court costs, fees and assessments;
- Lengthy Jail time;
- Community service;
- Alcohol, drug and/or mental health treatment (up to two years);
- Blemished criminal record/ driving record (DUI’s are noted on driving history for life);
- Probation for up to five years.
Because of all the extremely harsh consequences associated with a Washington State Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction it is of paramount importance that an individual immediately seek the assistance of an experienced and qualified Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible after being cited for Driving Under the Influence Washington. A qualified Seattle DUI lawyer can assist in getting the best possible result when faced with the stigma of a DUI. Washington State DUI laws are complex and the guidance of a skilled, experienced and qualified Seattle DUI attorney can make all the difference in the world. The Criminal Defense Team of SQ Attorneys, King County, Washington, has the skill, experience and qualifications necessary to achieve what those cited for DUI conceive – success without limits.
Elements of Drunk Driving
Few of us realize how truly important driving is to our everyday lives. We rely on driving to go to work, run errands, socialize, and go on vacations. In short, a DUI conviction can impede one’s lifestyle. An Under the Influence charge in Washington may seem straightforward, but unfortunately it is not. The Washington State drunk driving/ DUI elements consist of either: (1) having a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater within two hours of driving, or (2) driving while under the influence of or otherwise affected by intoxicating liquor and/or drugs; the offense must occur on a specific date and in a specific place within the State of Washington. The Washington State being in Physical Control of a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence elements consist of: (1) being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle in the State of Washington, and either (2) having a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater within two hours after being in physical control of the motor vehicle, or (3) being under the influence of or affected by alcohol/ drug; the offense must occur on a specific date and in a specific place within the State of Washington. If you, or a loved one is facing a DUI in Washington State, The Criminal Defense Team of SQ Attorneys can help. They are skilled, experienced Seattle criminal defense lawyers that can protect you from unreasonable convictions, and help you get your life back in order.