Spokane DUI Lawyers
Standing Up for the Accused Since 1996
Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is treated very seriously in Washington courts. If you are convicted, you may face an array of penalties, including the loss of your driving privileges. Furthermore, you will have a permanent criminal record which can affect future matters such as renting an apartment, getting a job, or obtaining educational aid. That is why it is imperative that you turn to a trusted attorney who can analyze your case, search for legal and technical errors, and fight for the best possible outcome in court.
At Phelps & Associates, we have a long history of proven results in criminal matters. Our Spokane DUI attorneys and case managers will all be working on your behalf. We know the statutes, the procedures, and how to combat charges with thorough investigation and the application of the law. We can use all of our legal skills and experience in your case.
Contact us to discuss your case and legal options today.
DUI Laws in Washington
In Washington, you can be arrested and charged with DUI in the following ways:
- Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measures .08 percent or higher
- Your blood THC (marijuana) level measures 5.0 milliliter or above
- Your driving abilities are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs as witnessed by law enforcement
- You were in physical control of a vehicle while impaired by drugs/alcohol (behind the wheel with the keys in the ignition even if the vehicle was not in motion)
For commercial drivers, the legal BAC limit is .04 percent or higher. For those under 21, it is .02 percent or higher.
Any substance that impairs your driving ability can lead to a DUI arrest, including prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter drugs such as sleep aids, allergy medicines, and more.
Washington DUI Penalties
Aside from potential jail time, heavy fines, and probation, your driver’s license will be suspended within 60 days from the date you if your arrest. The suspension can last anywhere from 90 days to several years, depending on the circumstances of your case. You will have 7 days from the date of your arrest to request a hearing with the Department of Licensing to challenge the suspension.
DUI penalties include jail time, fines, fees, surcharges, community service, and the installation and maintenance of ignition interlock devices.
First Offense DUI
The penalties for a first offense DUI are as follows:
- Fines between $350 and $5,000
- Between 1 and 364 days in jail
- Driver's License Suspension for 90 days
Second Offense DUI
- Fines between $500 and $5,000
- Between 30 and 364 days in jail
- Driver's License Suspension for 2 years
Third Offense DUI
- Fines between $1,000 and $5,000
- Between 90 and 364 days in jail
- Driver's License Suspension for 3 years
- 6 months in sobriety program
Hire Our Experienced Legal Team at Phelps & Associates for a Strong Defense
Defenses for DUI do exist and can be applied to your case, but you will need a knowledgeable legal team on your side. Our firm knows how to pursue your best interests and will work toward achieving a positive outcome.
Call (509) 620-0606 to speak with our Spokane DUI attorney about your case.
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