Washington DUI charges can lead to severe penalties, such as a lost license, steep fines, jail time, and possible community service and/ or DUI school for an offense that won’t be erased from your criminal record for a minimum of 15 years. A Puyallup DUI is a serious offense as DUI contributes to hundreds of car accidents annually, often causing property damage or injury to drivers and passengers present in an accident. On the contrary, many are wrongly accused for DUI due to the overly aggressive actions of law enforcement and the incorrect results of BAC tests, including blood and breath tests. When facing a DUI it is important to partner with a Puyallup DUI lawyer to come up with a strong criminal defense.
Penalties for a DUI in Puyallup
If you are facing your first DUI in Puyallup, Washington, you are likely facing misdemeanor criminal charges. Although these are not the most severe charges you can face, you stand to lose a lot of opportunity and personal freedom. For one, any DUI charge has a negative impact when seeking or maintaining employment. Upon hearing of your DUI charge, your car insurance company will also raise premiums, that is if you can even continue to drive.
Upon a misdemeanor DUI conviction, one can receive a 90-day license suspension for a BAC that was over the legal limit but under 0.15%. You can face a minimum of 24 hours in jail and a maximum of 364 days, between $865.50-$5,000 worth of fines, and a required ignition interlock device (IID) upon your reinstated driving privileges. You may also be required to attend alcohol or drug education or treatment. All these penalties are possible for a DUI conviction in cases where no previous DUIs are found within the past seven years.
If a previous DUI conviction is found within that 7 year “lookback period,” or the amount of time in which a previous DUI conviction is relevant when considering penalties for your most recent DUI conviction, you face a minimum of 30 days in jail, $1,120.50-$5,000 fines, a required IID, and a 2 year license revocation. The court determines whether or not you attend alcohol or drug treatment.
It is possible to avoid such penalties after a DUI arrest with the help of an experienced Puyallup DUI defense attorney. Daniel J. Murphy, Jr. holds a strong reputation defending DUI in Pierce County. Call 253-312-6122 for a free legal consultation around the clock.