Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is an offense that is taken seriously in the state of Washington. An offense can lead to a number of damaging outcomes and the effects can stem to many areas of your life. Many people don't understand the many ways that you can fight a charge and they end up taking on the penalties when they may have had a strong case. Allow our Kitsap County criminal defense lawyer at Ramirez & Cooper, Inc. to evaluate your case to determine if you have been falsely accused or are being penalized more than you deserve.
First Time DUI
Your first DUI offense can seem to come out of nowhere and you may have thought that you would never be in this position. Thousands of people face charges for drinking and driving and this includes individuals from all walks of life. It can include doctors, CEO's, teachers and others that are wrongfully accused or are penalized more than they should be. For a first time offense it is important not to fall into the thinking that you cannot fight a charge because there are many cases where charges are reduced or fully dropped.
Penalties for a First Time DUI can include:
- Between 24 hours to a year in jail
- Fines of $865.50 to $5,000
- The installation of an ignition interlock device
- A license suspension of 90 days
- Alcohol or drug education
- Washington SR22 Insurance
Second and Third Offense
Penalties for a Second Time DUI can include:
- License suspension for two years
- Jail time between 30 days to a year
- Fines of $1,120.50 to $5,000
Penalties for a Third Time DUI can include:
- Between 90 days to a year
- Fines $1,970.50 to $5,000
- License suspension of three years
For those that have a blood alcohol content (BAC) level that is at or above .15, the penalties for even a first time conviction can be substantially increased.
Are you facing the possibility of a conviction for drinking and driving? Get in touch with us immediately.
The attorneys at Ramirez & Cooper, Inc. have a thorough understanding of the legal proceedings and criminal statutes. We are able to give our clients the resources, advocacy and legal advice they need to be successful inside and outside the courtroom. Our legal team will stand by your side every step of the way and always keep you updated on the status of your case. We handle criminal cases throughout Washington state. Let us build a case strategy for you or your loved one, we may be able to take action before charges are even filed.
Over 30 Years’ of Combined Legal Experience
Former Prosecution Experience*
Thousands of Criminal Cases Handled
Over 1,000 DUI Cases Handled
Hundreds of Cases Tried to Verdict or Judgment
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