Seattle DUI Attorney
DUI Defense in and around the Seattle Area
Being arrested and charged for drunk driving or drug-impaired driving can
be a frightening and confusing experience. For those who have never been
in trouble with the law, it can be especially nerve-wracking. You may
not understand how the criminal justice system works, what all of the
implications of your charges may be, or how to proceed to best handle
the situation. At such a difficult time, being proactive is important;
your best plan of action is to retain the services of an attorney who
is both knowledgeable and skilled in DUI defense.
Seattle criminal defense attorney, Anne Wakefield is available 24/7 to help you when you need it most. She
recommends that you contact Wakefield Penny, PLLC to arrange to speak
with an attorney as soon as possible. The earlier you involve a competent
attorney in your case, the more time there is to devise an effective defense
strategy. With the right plan of attack, we can help protect your rights
and work towards achieving the most positive outcome possible.
Information Regarding DUIs in Washington State
In the state of Washington, you can be charged with a DUI if any of the
- You can be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) on a breathalyzer test measures
.08 percent or above.
- If you demonstrate an impaired ability to operate a motor vehicle as evidenced
by law enforcement.
- If you are under 21, you can be charged with DUI with a BAC of .02 percent.
- Commercial drivers can be charged if they measure .04 percent on such a test.
What Are the Penalties of a DUI Conviction?
The penalties you face include a minimum mandatory jail sentence of 24
hours, fines between $350 and $5,000, a license suspension of up to 90
days, possible installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle,
as well as alcohol or drug education or treatment.
If you are convicted, you will have a permanent criminal record which can
negatively affect your future. Your insurance rates will most probably
increase and you will be required to pay reinstatement fees to restore
your driver's license. Second or subsequent DUI charges will result
in more severe penalties as will DUI charges based on a BAC of .15 or higher.
How Can a Seattle DUI Defense Attorney Help?
Having an attorney in your corner who is familiar with DUI defense cases
is important. These cases are often complicated, involving scientific,
technical, and legal factors. Anne has effectively defended many clients
throughout the Seattle area and will work vigorously to help minimize
the impact that such charges may have on your finances, freedom, and future.
Contact the Seattle DUI lawyer at the firm if you are facing any type of DUI charge today.