Multiple DUI Charges
Kitsap County DUI Lawyer
Facing charges for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol? You
may have already been convicted and are now facing additional charges.
This can increase the legal repercussions that you face and it is important
that you get in contact with a Kitsap County criminal attorney immediately.
With a former prosecutor on your side you can better prepare for the tactics
that the prosecution will try to use. Your freedom is on the line, and
we are prepared to defend it.
Penalties for Multiple Convictions
When convicted for a first offense in the state of Washington, penalties
may in include jail time between 24 hours and a year, home monitoring,
license suspension for a year, a fine between $865.50 $5,000, a drug or
alcohol education program and an ignition interlock device. For those
that are convicted a second time, penalties will increase with jail time
between 30 days to a year, a fine from $1,545.50 to $5,000, a license
suspension for two years, the installation of an ignition interlock deice
and educational training. For a third conviction jail time will be from
90 days to a year and fines will rise to $1,970.50 to $5,000.
Defense Against DUI Charges
When you are charged for another
DUI you want to do everything in your power to avoid being convicted. Having
already dealt with an initial charge you likely understand how damaging
a conviction can be. A second, third or fourth will only increase the
penalties and leave you dealing with harsher repercussions. There are
ways to fight an accusation of drinking and driving and our firm may be
able to help. If a Field Sobriety Test was administered it can often be
done wrong and the officer may have perceived an innocent person as guilty.
Sometimes things such as nerves and other influences can make a person
exhibit some of the signs that an officer is looking for to signify intoxication.
Failing testing does not automatically mean that you are guilty and the
court understands that there is room for error. This can be true in a
chemical test, such as a breath test which is commonly used on the field.
The devices are not always calibrated as they ought to be and this can
reduce their rate of accuracy. Another possible defense is the fact that
violating a traffic regulation does not mean you were intoxicated when
doing so. You could have thought you had more time to cross the intersection
or you thought the lane next to you was clear before crossing over. There
are many ways to defense against a charge and we will start this process
immediately after you
get in contact with our team.