A first time DUI is a scary and challenging thing to deal with. Average people can find themselves facing criminal charges and the potential for a mark on their criminal record. It may have been after having a drink with friends even though you were under the legal limit, or you may not have been drinking at all. Before you know it the lights are flashing behind you and an officer asks you to step out of the car. While testing will likely be done to determine if you are under the influence, an officer is already investigation you from the moment they see you. They may view you as guilty without giving you a fair chance to defend yourself and it is imperative that you contact a Kitsap County criminal defense attorney from Ramirez & Cooper, Inc. immediately after you are charged.
Penalties for the First Conviction
If convicted for a DUI the legal penalties can be harsh. In addition to these are the influences it can have on your life. A criminal conviction can often hurt you through more than just the initial penalties and it may remain with you long term. It may show up when a potential employer is running a background check, friends and family may find out about it influencing you social circles or you may be limited in where you can drive. In addition to the court imposed consequences, there can be additional ramifications from the Department of Licensing or your insurance company.
Legal penalties can include the following:
- Fines between $865.50 to $5,000
- Jail time between one day to a year
- Ignition Interlock Device
- License Suspension
- Education Program
- Washington SR22 Insurance
There are many reasons that you could have been falsely accused and we will look to clear your name. We seek to reduce penalties as much as possible with our main goal being having them dropped all together. Set up a free initial consultation to begin.
Contact us immediately after you have been charged and we can start developing a defensive plan 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
Appeared Before the Supreme Court