Your Seattle DUI defense lawyer can often affect the outcome of the case. Our Seattle DUI defense attorney, Raymond Ejarque, will work with you to ensure the that you receive the most effective Seattle DUI defense you can get. Our DUI defense team looks at each case individually and gives each client the unique treatment that is needed to properly structure your Seattle DUI defense. We will go through the details step by step to determine your best defense in your Seattle DUI charge. When faced with a Seattle DUI charge, you need a local attorney who’s focus is DUI defense. Your future and criminal record are at stake, and hiring an effective Seattle DUI defense attorney is integral to maintaining a clean record.
Consequences of a DUI conviction
What are the Consequences of DUI Conviction in Washington State? Our Seattle DUI defense team has found that Washington State currently has some of the toughest DUI laws in the country. A DUI conviction will result in mandatory penalties including jail time, license suspension or revocation, probation and installation of vehicle ignition interlock devices; not to mention fines, court costs and fees. Washington State has mandatory minimum penalties for people who are convicted of DUI. The penalty for a DUI conviction depends on the BAC level, whether there was a refusal to take the BAC and the number of prior offenses. The penalty is more severe if the BAC is above .15 or if there was a refusal to take the BAC. The penalty becomes progressively more severe with the number of offenses a person has within the past seven years. For those with prior DUI offenses (including convictions for reckless driving, negligent driving or reckless endangerment where the charge was reduced from a DUI charge) you need to know the arrest date for these prior convictions. An arrest within seven years of your arrest date for the current DUI will increase the mandatory minimum sentence.
Mr. Ejarque, our Seattle DUI defense attorney can immediately access information on your prior cases in Washington with a program called JIS. He can immediately view the case docket of most prior charges within the past seven years. He can also immediately view the case docket for a current charge. To determine the mandatory minimum sentences, if you are convicted of a DUI, you need to know your BAC level or whether it was a refusal, as well as the number of prior offenses you have in the past seven years. With this information you can review the official Washington State DUI sentencing grid: View the WA state grid.
The consequences of a DUI conviction in Washington State vary significantly depending on the facts of each case and the circumstance of each person. Often times the collateral consequences of a DUI conviction can be the most severe. Persons who are not United States citizens will have special concerns regarding the immigration consequences of a conviction. Mr. Ejarque represents many non-US citizens in DUI cases. He is careful to work for a result that will have the least negative impact on his client’s immigration status. A DUI conviction may affect eligibility to enter into Canada for a period of time. It will also stay on your criminal record for life. In addition, anyone who is convicted of a DUI related offense will be required by the court to obtain an alcohol and drug evaluation. The evaluator will normally review the person’s driving record, criminal history, reported BAC level and sometimes the police report. The evaluator will then determine if the person is in need of treatment or not.
Because of the severe consequences of a DUI conviction, in most cases the primary goal is to avoid a DUI conviction. For many years our Seattle DUI lawyer has helped many of his clients avoid the harsh consequences of a DUI conviction. Because of the severe consequences of a DUI conviction, in most cases, the primary goal is to avoid a DUI conviction. Many people are uncertain how to find a lawyer to help. Call 206-621-1554 for a free consultation to learn how we can help.