DUI (Driving Under the Influence)
The courts in Washington State have a wide range of potential penalties they can impose for a drunk driving charge. Formally, getting charged with a DUI usually means you are charged with Negligent Driving in the first degree. Sadly, for clients who have been pulled over while intoxicated, this charge is a misdemeanor and goes on their criminal record. Ideally, no one would drive drunk, but it is an extremely common occurrence that should not unreasonably affect the rest of your life. Our Bellevue DUI attorneys understand this and will fight for your fair treatment in the eyes of the law.
Depending on the specific details, the range of penalties for a charge of negligent driving in the first degree can vary greatly. With no aggravating factors and no prior offenses, the court may sentence the driver to imprisonment for not less than one day and no more than 364. This is the harshest punishment for this type of crime, and the penalties, whether physical or financial, increase extremely fast when other aggravating factors are considered. It is extremely important if you find yourself in this situation to contact an attorney.
Our Bellevue DUI attorneys are well-versed and experienced in handling DUI cases. They have a long track record of getting charges reduced and working to ensure that you are not punished unfairly for one small mistake. The last thing you want is to lose your license or have it suspended for a period of time. This can cause issues in your ability to work, keep your job, take your children to their activities, and much more.