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What legal consequences you should expect in case you are arrested for DUI in Seattle:

The Arraignment Process

DUI InformationDepending on the circumstances, the law enforcement officer may release you from the scene of the accident, but you will be obligated to appear in court in order to face the charges at a later date. However, in some cases, you may be arrested, placed into custody and escorted straight to jail and where you will have to be bailed out in order to be released.

The arraignment is the very first stage of the DUI criminal hearing after the arrest. In court, you will presented with the charges against you and will be granted a possibility to enter a plea. You can either plea “guilty” or “not guilty”.

Some individuals choose to enter the “guilty” plea in an attempt to please the court. However, in case you disagree with the presented charges, you must plea “not guilty”. In case you plead “guilty”, you automatically are unable to dispute the charges and you will give up a number of your constitutional rights, including the right to jury trial and a right to appeal your conviction. We always recommend our clients to enter a plea of “not guilty” and give yourself a chance to fight the DUI charge.

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In case you are not entirely certain how to plead, it is crucial to get in touch with a qualified and experienced attorney that will help you in understanding your legal rights. In case you cannot pay for the services of the DUI lawyer, you may be granted with a public defense attorney by the court. However, we recommend to hire only experienced and seasoned Seattle drunk driving lawyers to ensure the best possible result in your case. Only a law expert can handle complicated DUI cases such as underage DUI, Hit and Run DUI, DUI involving an accident, and commercial DUI cases.

Pretrial

When you enter a plea of “not guilty”, the trial will be scheduled and you along with your attorney will have a possibility to go through all of the evidence that was gathered by the prosecution and will be presented against during trial. The DUI evidence may consist of various police reports, lab reports, witness statements, records of the tools that were used in testing your blood alcohol levels as well as any other materials that are related to your DUI case. Sure enough, all this evidence is very important and may be crucial in building up a solid defense tactic.

During the pretrial phase of the case, the Seattle DUI Attorneys will do their best in order to go through all the available evidence and will try to determine all possible DUI defense strategies that may include lack of probable cause, violation of constitutional rights, unlawful arrests, inaccurate/inadmissible test results, defective testing instruments, inaccurate police reports and so on. This evidence will be used in order to craft a solid defense strategy that will allow you to seek dismissal of the DUI charges or favorable resolution yo the case.

Administrative DOL Hearing and License Suspension

Aside from the criminal process, DUI offenders also be face administrative consequences as a result of their DUI arrest. During the arrest, the law enforcement officer, who pulled you over for driving under the influence, will punch a hole in your driver’s license. Furthermore, in most cases, the officer would provide you with a special form DOL Hearing Request that must be submitted to Department of Licensing within 20 days after the arrest. This means that unless you submit the Hearing Request Form requesting a DOL hearing within 20 days of your arrest, your driver’s license will be suspended for at least 90 days. You have the right to dispute the administrative suspension via the DOL, requesting a DOL administrative hearing, but it must take place within 20 days of your arrest.

DUI And Your Criminal Record

A lot of people are interested in how long the DUI in Seattle and Washington will remain on their records. DUI records are active for at least 7 years, meaning that in case you are charged with yet another offense within 7 years, you will be punished for more severely for having a prior offense.

Still, although the records are active for 7 years, a DUI conviction will remain and stay on your record for the rest of your life. The only way to prevent this from happening is by contacting a professional and skillful attorney to fight the DUI charge at the early stages of the legal proceedings such as but not limited to DUI court probation before it’s too late. A professional DUI Attorney can help you reduce the DUI charge to a lesser charge of Reckless Driving or Negligent Driving, which may eventually be expunged from your record.

Call A Qualified Seattle DUI Attorney

Contacting an experienced DUI attorney is crucial in case you are hoping for a successful outcome in your DUI case. Qualified lawyers understand the overall complexity of DUI cases and do their very best in order to make the process as painless for their clients as possible. DUI attorneys concentrate on representing you and protecting your legal rights in court, during the administrative DOL hearing and trial. If you were arrested for DUI, please call our Seattle DUI attorneys at (855) 858-0853. We offer a Free 24/7 consultation.

Legal Penalties For DUI

First DUI offense:

  • 90 days to 1 year of license suspension
  • At least 1 day to 364 days in jail
  • Alcohol evaluation and possible treatment, alcohol and drug information school, Vitim’s panel
  • 1 year of ignition interlock device
  • $250 – $5000 in fines plus court costs and assessments

Second DUI offense:

  • Up to 2 years of license suspension
  • At least 30 days to 364 days in jail
  • Alcohol evaluation and possible treatment, alcohol and drug information school, Vitim’s panel
  • 5 years of ignition interlock device
  • $500 – $5000 in fines plus court costs and assessments

Third DUI Offense or Forth DUI offense:

  • Up to 5 years license suspension
  • At least 90 days to 364 days in jail
  • Alcohol evaluation and possible treatment, alcohol and drug information school, Vitim’s panel
  • 10 years of ignition interlock device
  • $1000 – $5000 in fines plus court costs and assessments

Fifth DUI offense:

  • Felony charge
  • Up to 5 years in prison

By Pavel Kleyner

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