In Washington, a DUI first offense may often be reduced to a lesser charge-if you have a knowledgeable DUI lawyer who can negotiate a favorable resolution of your case. Similarly, whether you can beat a DUI charge at trial often depends on the skill, talent, and experience of your lawyer.
However, if you plead guilty to DUI, or are convicted of DUI at trial, the penalties the judge imposes depend upon whether you took the test, refused the test, or for some reason, there is no test result.
If your breath or blood test was less than .15, or more than 5 ng of THC, or if you were impaired by any drug in your system, even if there was no test result (but you did not refuse the test), the penalties include:
If your breath or blood test was .15 or higher, or the test was refused, the penalties Include:
Aside from the penalties imposed by the court, there are other serious consequences that can result from a first DUI conviction. A DUI conviction can put a person's career and livelihood in jeopardy. Those who wish to travel to Canada will not be permitted to cross that border, and a DUI conviction could affect a person's ability to rent a car. A DUI conviction is a serious criminal offense that can never be vacated (expunged) from your criminal record, and will show up on a background check for the rest of your life. A person who has a commercial driver's license will lose their license for a year for a first offense DUI. Car insurance rates may increase, or the policy may be cancelled. Moreover, a DUI conviction carries a stigma that can extend to the person's family-spouses and children may be affected as well.
If you have been charged with a Washington State DUI first offense, we at Callahan Law, P.S., Inc. can help. We have the scientific knowledge to challenge results of breath, blood, and field sobriety testing. Attorney Linda M. Callahan wrote the legal book on DUI and related traffic offenses in Washington. She has earned the respect of judges, fellow lawyers and prosecutors across the state.
Call now for a free consultation: (253) 252-5841.