DUI Attorneys in Seattle, Washington
If you’ve been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may face significant fines, penalties, or even jail time. Working with a skilled DUI attorney should be a priority when so much is on the line.
With a half-century of combined experience, we at Carney & Marchi, P.S. strive to represent Kennewick and Seattle clients charged with DUIs with competence. With our deep knowledge and know-how, we’ll help you through the Washington DUI process.
Knowledgeable Attorneys Navigate the Intricacies of Washington DUI Law
You can benefit from a criminal defense lawyer who intimately understands Washington State DUI law when faced with a DUI. In Washington, you can be charged with a DUI even if you weren’t operating the vehicle. In fact, the car doesn’t even need to be running. However, you can dispute a DUI charge if you can prove your car was safely off the road when you were arrested. Drivers in Washington are also considered to be in violation of driving regulations when they refuse to take a breath or blood test. If you refuse, your driver’s license may be revoked for 2-4 years, depending on whether you’re a repeat offender.
Skilled DUI Lawyers Argue for Sentence Reduction
Washington DUI penalties can be strict. First-time offenders must pay fines between $350 and $5,000 and serve up to a year in jail. Individuals with a second DUI may receive $500 to $5,000 in fines and jail time between one month to a year. For third-time offenders, they can face between three months to one year in jail, six months in a sobriety program and between $1,000 and $5,000 in fines.
While the fines and jail time are significant, a skilled lawyer can defend you and potentially get your charges reduced or even dropped.
For example, judges may order 15 days of house arrest instead of jail time for first-time offenders. Alternatively, some first-time offenders can avoid jail or house arrest altogether by participating in a 90-day sobriety program. Similar reductions exist for second-time offenders. In some cases, we may be able to plead down your DUI to a reckless or negligent driving charge, which involves lesser penalties.
With our 50 years of combined experience, we’ll use our detailed knowledge to advocate for your rights and fight the prosecution’s evidence in the interest of pleading down your charges to a lesser offense or having them dropped completely.
Contact an Experienced Washington DUI Attorney
At Carney & Marchi, P.S., we serve Seattle and Kennewick clients facing DUI charges. To schedule an initial consultation, call us or contact us online.