Drunk Driving Laws

Washington State DUI Laws - A Brief Overview

Drunk Driving Washington DUI law covers different varieties of drunk driving infractions and the penalties associated with them. However, DUI laws were not only written to punish the guilty - they were also designed to protect the innocent. If you’ve been arrested for a drunk driving crime, defending yourself effectively will entail coming to a better understanding of these complex DUI laws. Most people feel overwhelmed when facing the ramifications of a drunk driving conviction, but our Tacoma, WA DUI attorneys can help you establish a better legal footing.

In almost every drunk driving case, there are certain laws that are universally applied. Washington DUI law not only defines each particular offense but also establishes a range of penalties that are applied when a person is convicted, depending on the severity of the offense. Please refer to the following list to find the DUI infraction that applies to you and how the offense is explained under the law.

Driving Under the Influence, or DUI, is charged to persons who operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more. It is also worth noting that refusing to take a BAC test will also usually lead to an arrest and, in some situations, can even lead to more severe penalties.

A Physical Control Violation is considered a non-driving DUI crime because a person can be charged with this offense if an officer determines they were in physical control of the vehicle. Washington DUI law makes it clear that you can be charged with this crime whether you are discovered in the passenger seat, back seat, or even outside of the automobile.

A Minor DUI is an offense committed by licensed drivers under the age of 21 who are caught operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .02 or more.

Other DUI offenses include reckless driving, negligent driving, marijuana DUI, and street racing. The penalties that are associated with all of these offenses are potentially life altering, so you shouldn’t waste any time in contacting one of our Tacoma DUI lawyers for more information.

Building an Aggressive Defense

After a DUI arrest, the law provides you a chance to defend yourself in two distinct ways. First, at your Department of Licensing hearing, you will be able to defend your driving privileges. You only have 20 days from the time of your DUI arrest to request this hearing, so time is of the essence. Second, you will be required to appear in court, where you can take your first step toward a resolute defense strategy.

Your defense must be based on the law, whether you are seeking to have your case dismissed or are hopeful that the penalties can be reduced. Our DUI attorneys aid you by conducting a thorough investigation of your case, ensuring that you are prepared for each step of the process. This takes time, but our legal team believes every case can be attacked on some level, though much depends on the police reports and the amount of time you give us to assemble a case.

Don’t Waste Time - Contact Us for a Free Consultation and More Washington Law Information

Our Washington DUI lawyers offer a free case evaluation designed to provide you with answers at this critical juncture in your life. Dealing with a DUI charge is never easy, and the same is true for fighting one. However, our legal professionals will ensure your rights are protected and will do everything legally possible to have your case dismissed or reduced.

Contact us today and get more information about Washington state DUI laws.

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