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 defense 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.
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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