Defending DUI and Driving Offenses
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense in the state of Washington. DUI consequences can include jail time, heavy financial penalties, and loss of driving privileges.
If you have been charged with DUI, regardless of your blood or breath test results, you need to have your case evaluated by an experienced DUI defense attorney.
Let’s examine a few DUI offenses:
First-offense DUI: You can be detained in jail from 24 hours to a year, with fines up to $5,000 and license suspension up to a year.
Second-offense DUI Charges: You can be detained in jail from 30 days to a year, with fines up to $5,000 and license suspension up to 2.5 years.
Third-offense DUI Charges: You can be detained in jail from 90 days to a year, with fines up to $5,000 and license suspension up to 4 years.
Fourth or More is considered a Felony DUI: You can be detained in jail up to 5 years, with fines up to $10,000 and license suspension over 4 years.
Underage DUI: Alleged juvenile DUI offenders face unique challenges when facing such charges. We are prepared to respond to those challenges.
DUI involving drugs, Prescription drugs, marijuana, and illegal substances carry the same penalties as DUI involving alcohol.
DUI involving an accident causing property damage, injury and/or death requires a knowledgeable, experienced attorney. This is as serious as it gets, involving the possibility of state prison, so it is crucial to hire a diligent and skilled lawyer.
Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have the same negative consequences as driving a vehicle while intoxicated.
*For some offenders, participation in electronic home monitoring or Washington's "24/7 Sobriety Program" are options in lieu of jail time.
There are numerous defenses to DUI charges, many of which have nothing to do with your alleged blood alcohol content.
For example, if the police were lacking reasonable suspicion when they pulled you over or failed to follow proper procedure when administering the blood or breath tests, your case could be dismissed. Gravis DUI attorneys will closely examine the maintenance records of the machine used to test your breath or blood, and should we find any irregularities with the equipment, we can utilize that information to the fullest extent possible.
DUI cases can be difficult because many of the state’s trial witnesses are police officers who have received training and have experience testifying in court. Because many DUI cases need to go to trial, you should have a seasoned, reputable DUI defense attorney who knows what to expect at court. Avoid charges, a suspended license, and lost time by contacting us, local DUI lawyers.
The Yakima Gravis Law team of criminal defense attorneys are your DUI defense experts.