In Washington State, the threshold for receiving a DUI is 0.08. This figure represents a person’s blood or breath alcohol concentration. Most likely, if you have been suspected of DUI, you have tested on a breathalyzer machine to determine this number. While it is completely possible that the test was flawed, if you blow 0.08 or above on the side of the road, you have given the officer reasonable cause to believe you were intoxicated behind the wheel. After the officer “confirms” his hunch with a positive breath test, it is his duty to place you under arrest.
A DuPont DUI can lead to drastic consequences, altering your way of life and your future. From the possibility of jail time to the difficulty of getting a job after criminal charges, a DUI will follow you through all walks of life. You need a tough DuPont DUI lawyer on your side as soon as possible. There are a number of things an attorney can do with the facts of your case to try to get your charges dismissed or reduced.
What are the consequences of DUI?
DUI consequences vary depending on the exact circumstances of your case and the judge’s discretion. In general, you can expect the following penalties in the state of Washington:
A first time DUI in DuPont is a misdemeanor crime for which you lose your license for 90 days to one year. In addition, you spend a minimum of 24 hours in jail, and up to a year behind bars. Upon the reinstatement of your licence you will need to drive with an ignition interlock device. You may also have to pay steep court fines of up to $5,000. All these consequences are possible for a first DUI offense.
If you are looking at your second DUI offense in 7 years, you can spend thirty days to a year in jail and have your license suspended for a minimum of 2 years. Fines can reach up to $5,000 for a misdemeanor offense. In addition you will be required to continue using an ignition interlock device.
For four or more prior DUI offenses within a ten-year time frame, you face felony DUI charges. A DUI in DuPont also becomes a felony when vehicular assault or homicide charges are involved. Don’t hesitate to defend yourself against these charges. Time is of the essence in DUI cases. A strong DUI defense attorney like Daniel J. Murphy, Jr. of Murphy’s Law Offices can evaluate all the facts surrounding your case to develop a compelling argument. Call (253) 312-6122 for a free initial consultation.