DUI Defense Lawyer Serving Snohomish County
Charges of drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs are very serious and even the first arrest for DUI or DWI includes mandatory jail time. Additional punishment for a DUI in the state of Washington is based on the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and if there are any prior offenses. At the Law Office of Michael P. Sheehy, PLLC, a Snohomish County criminal defense lawyer has helped clients avoid jail time and other harsh punishments for DUI. If you are in need of a DUI defense attorney who handles each and every case personally and competently, call our office for an initial consultation. We may be able to help you or someone you care about who is faced with a drunk driving charges. Whether it is a first offense, 3rd offense, DUI involving a hit and run, driving with a suspended license, underage DUI or any driving under the influence charge, Snohomish County DUI Attorney Sheehy has the knowledge and ability to get results for the client.
Washington DUI Penalties
Fines, driver’s license suspension or license revocation, jail time, mandatory substance abuse program enrollment and other penalties for DUI vary depending on several factors. For a BAC of 0.08 to 0.15 and no prior offenses in the past 7 years, an offender can get anywhere from 1 day to 1 year in prison, up to $5000 in fines and fees, 90 day driver’s license suspension and the court may decide that a treatment program for substance abuse is required. A third DUI within 7 years with a BAC of 0.15 or higher can result in 4 months to 1 year in jail, 4 year driver’s license revocation, up to $5000 in fines and fees and the installation of an ignition interlock device.
A Snohomish County DUI defense lawyer at our firm has helped clients get an outcome they never thought possible by providing skilled, knowledgeable DWI defense. The penalties for even a first DUI conviction are very harsh and include mandatory jail time of 1 day to 1 year, up to $5000 in fines and fees, 90 days suspended driver’s license among additional possible punishments. The client’s defense begins with a thorough examination of all the evidence of the arrest including any tests done and all procedure. Field tests can be highly subjective and breathalyzer machines may be misused or out of calibration. Even blood tests done in a medical facility can be wrong due to lab errors. Additionally, a DWI defense attorney may be able to get a community service commitment or electronic home monitoring (“house arrest”) granted in lieu of imprisonment.