Multiple DUIs in Washington Equal Multiple Consequences
The state of Washington recorded 34,952 DUI arrests in 2013 (source: Statisticbrain.com). DUI charges are serious, but even more serious are charges of multiple DUI. Overcoming multiple DUI charges are extremely difficult, and the associated penalties can be extreme. Courts tend to be quite intolerant of any impaired driving charges, especially alcohol-related, and conviction can affect the rest of your life.
Prosecutors do their utmost to ensure you are never allowed to drive again and are punished to the highest extent of the law. Your Tacoma DUI defense attorneys, on the other hand, do their utmost to protect your rights and work to reduce charges against you — or even get your case dismissed. They know how stressful and frightening it can be facing DUI charges, and they understand the court system and how to work within it. A botched chemical test, wrongly filled out paperwork, or improper collection of evidence can help a sharp lawyer get a more positive outcome with your case.
If you've had one or more DUIs in the past 10 years and are charged with another, you can face any or all of the following:
- An upgrade to aggravated or even felony DUI
- Suspension of license
- Jail time
- Impoundment of vehicle
- Community service
- Large monetary fines
- Ignition interlock device on vehicle
- Mandatory alcohol treatment
- Electronic home monitoring
As you can see, these are serious consequences. A conviction of felony DUI can remain on your criminal record for the rest of your life. Felony charges make it difficult to obtain employment, certain types of housing, and other vital quality of life issues. Your DUI defense team understands Washington laws and knows that your very life and livelihood is on the line.
Washington state legislature is considering even tougher laws for multiple DUI offenders in 2014. If you find yourself charged with multiple DUIs, contact a Tacoma DUI defense attorney immediately. Your lawyer must begin building your case as soon as possible to secure the best possible outcome.