Washington DUI Charges
A driver can be charged with a DUI if he registers a .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) by way of a breath or blood test, or if there is other evidence of impaired driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A person can be charged with DUI not only based on their level of alcohol consumption based on a breath or blood test, but by evidence that shows impairment alone.
The DUI laws also apply to driving under the influence with drugs in one's system. This is not limited to illegal drugs, but can also include marijuana, prescription, or over the counter drugs as well.
For more information about a Washington marijuana DUI click here.
It is important to speak with a DUI attorney immediately following a DUI arrest – even if you have not yet been charged. or received a court date. Important events are already occurring; for instance, if you want a hearing to challenge your license suspension, you must apply to the Department of Licensing within 20 days of your arrest date, whether or not you've even received a court date for your DUI charge.
See more on Department of Licensing here.
DUI laws in the State of Washington are some of the strictest in the nation. The penalties for those convicted of DUI or Physical Control are severe and carry mandatory jail sentences and further license suspensions even for first-time offenders. These penalties increase significantly depending on such factors as the level of the breath /blood test and any related prior offenses within specific periods.
Learn more about Washington DUI penalties here.
DUI charges present numerous legal issues. There can be issues with regard to the stop, the evidence gathered and the scientific evidence often employed in a DUI case. Law enforcement officers and testing personnel are required to follow certain procedures during testing and before making an arrest for DUI. Failure to follow the procedures closely may result in evidence being excluded from trial. For example, a breathalyzer test result may be affected by a number of extraneous factors. A chemical test may show a false reading if testing is delayed or equipment is not properly maintained or calibrated, or the technician is not properly trained.
Learn more about DUI breath and blood tests here.
A DUI lawyer can scrutinize every aspect of your case for violations and flaws in the evidence. Get help. Call Seattle DUI lawyer Coleen St. Clair now at (206) 578-2200 to discuss your case. Your consultation is free.