Were you arrested for DUI? Being charged with driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is a severe offense in Washington. Local law enforcement takes these crimes very seriously, as individuals accused of DUI are considered endangering those around them.
If you or a loved one has been charged with driving while under the influence, you must enlist the assistance of a skilled Seattle DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. Hale Law Enterprises has been assisting clients with DUI cases since 1998. Throughout his years of experience, Seattle DUI attorney Matthew T. Hale has successfully defended the rights of thousands of clients accused of driving under the influence.
Attempting to navigate the legal process can harm your case—only an experienced attorney will know how to prepare a strong defense on your behalf properly.
Why Hire Hale Law Enterprises?
- Decades of experience
- Consultations are free
- 24/7 availability by phone
- Thousands of cases handled
Are you facing a DUI charge in Washington? Call Hale Law Enterprises today at (206) 207-4776 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our DUI attorney in Seattle!
What are the Penalties for DUI in Washington State?
While DUIs are commonly associated with drunk driving, individuals may face DUI charges for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including certain prescription medicines. A DUI conviction in Washington State comes with administrative and criminal penalties, which are typically very severe. Anyone driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% percent or above, 0.04% if you are driving a commercial vehicle, or 0.02% if you are under the age of 21 can be arrested and charged with DUI in Washington.
In Washington, the penalties for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) vary widely depending on factors such as the number of prior offenses, whether any property damage was caused and if anyone was injured or killed.
Generally speaking, first-time DUI offenses in Washington are:
- A minimum fine of $1,000
- Minimum 90 days driver's license suspension
- Possible jail sentence of up to 1 year for misdemeanors and three years for felonies
- Possibility of community service
- Alcohol/drug abuse evaluation and treatment
When is a DUI a Felony in Washington?
In Washington, a DUI can be charged as a felony when it is associated with the injury or death of another person, when there are prior convictions for similar offenses (especially with regards to alcohol-related driving offenses) or when the offender had an exceptionally high blood alcohol level.
In addition to legal repercussions, a DUI charge can have severe personal and professional consequences. You may face job loss, higher insurance rates, and damage to your reputation. We understand the gravity of these potential outcomes and will do everything to ensure your rights are protected throughout the process. Our team of experienced attorneys will handle your case with dedication and respect, so you can rest assured you are in good hands.
Contact Our DUi Attorney Today
As an experienced and knowledgeable Seattle DUI lawyer, Attorney Hale can help you navigate the legal process after you are accused of DUI. He can help you understand your options, determine if you are eligible to request a hearing to review your license suspension and determine how best to proceed with your case. Attorney Matthew T. Hale looks carefully at your case's unique circumstances to build a strong defense on your behalf. The firm has helped thousands of good people charged with DUI and has a strong track record of getting criminal charges successfully reduced or dropped altogether.
Contact Hale Law Enterprises today to schedule a FREE consultation with our DUI lawyer in Seattle!