Now not only our Washington State government, but also our national government is seeking to toughen DUI laws. A national safety board is seeking to kick off a national conversation about changing the very definition of drunk driving by recommending that states cut the blood alcohol level threshold to 0.05 from 0.08 percent. At the same time, a bipartisan bill to stiffen Washington State’s DUI penalties cleared its first legislative hurdle yesterday. The bill would add 10 days in jail to all minimum sentences for driving under the influence convictions, make drunk driving a felony on the fourth conviction and require ignition interlock devices be installed before repeat DUI offenders are released from jail after a DUI arrest. The bill (Bill 5912) would also prohibit deferred sentences in drunken driving cases, expand DUI courts and pilot a 24/7 alcohol-monitoring program as an alternative to prison. Undoubtedly some, if not all, of these changes to Washington DUI law are right around the corner.
Getting a DUI has never been more serious. Now more than ever it is imperative that a person charged with DUI in Washington State retain a qualified Seattle DUI attorney or a qualified Bellevue DUI lawyer in order to best minimize potential legal consequences and protect their rights and interests. The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified Seattle DUI lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those charged with DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the DUI allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible.
If you or a loved one is cited for, or charged with, DUI in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, Kitsap County, Thurston County or one of the following cities or towns: Algona, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Burien, Des Moines, Duvall, Edmonds, Enumclaw, Everett, Federal Way, fife, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Marysville, Medina, Mercer Island, Milton, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, New Castle, Normandy Park, North Bend, Olympia, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Sea Tac, Seattle, Shoreline, Snohomish, Sumner, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, and/or Woodinville, or any other city or town in Western Washington, call The Criminal Defense Team of SQ Attorneys at (206) 441-0900 for an initial free consultation.