Professional, Experienced Representation Against DUI Charges In Washington
Anyone can make a mistake or a poor choice. If those actions break the law, however, the consequences can be very serious. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a good example. It is one of the most commonly charged crimes in Washington state, in part, because it can happen by accident. Yet, if they’re convicted, individuals can face fines, potential jail time or probation, suspension of their license and more.
The reassuring news is that working with an experienced attorney can make a significant and positive difference in your case. If you’ve been charged with DUI in Renton or the surrounding areas, contact Drake Law Offices, PLLC, to learn how I can help you. My name is Timera C. Drake, and together, we can fight or otherwise resolve your DUI charges while minimizing the disruptions to your life.
Understanding The Charges And Potential Sentence If You’re Convicted
Each criminal case is unique. The specific charges and associated penalties in your case will depend upon factors such as:
- Your measured blood alcohol content (BAC)
- Whether you refused to take a breath/blood test of your BAC
- Whether you have prior DUI convictions, and if so, how many
- Whether you were involved in a car accident that resulted in injuries or death to another person
- Whether your case involved an aggravating factor, such as carrying a passenger younger than 16 years old in the vehicle or driving the wrong way down a multiple-lane highway
Washington’s DUI laws are stricter than those in many states. Convictions typically result in the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device and some period of driver’s license suspension or revocation. Some of these consequences can be mitigated, and some charges can be reduced or dismissed. However, the best way to maximize your legal options is to contact a lawyer as early in the process as possible.
Drunk But Not Driving: Understanding Physical Control Charges
For a variety of reasons, some people find themselves in their vehicles while they’re impaired by alcohol or marijuana. Maybe they cannot find a ride and want to “sleep it off.” Maybe they are trying to stay warm on a cold night while waiting for a ride. Even if they weren’t driving and had no intention of driving, they could still face “actual physical control” charges, which are just as serious as a standard DUI.
Law enforcement officers want to deter anyone from getting in their own vehicle while impaired. If you do so in a manner that shows you have the ability to operate the vehicle, then you could be charged with actual physical control. These cases are complex, and the details are very important, which is why it is wise to seek the help of an experienced attorney.
Talk To Me About Your Case During An Initial Consultation
Drake Law Offices, PLLC, is based in Renton, and I serve clients throughout the surrounding areas of Washington. If you are facing DUI charges, contact me to discuss your case. During our initial consultation, I will take the time to hear your story and explain your rights and legal options. To get started, call 425-504-7346 or submit an online contact form.