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.

As a 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 following apply:

  • 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.


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