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Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Washington State is an offense that is taken very seriously by the various prosecuting authorities and agencies. Always in the public eye, DUI laws continually evolve, with calls for stricter and stricter punishment. Enforcement has also increased, by enhanced patrols during holidays and weekends, as well as special DUI emphasis departments within law enforcement agencies.
A DUI conviction can have significant impacts on a person’s life, which include mandatory jail time, license suspension, loss of employment, and expensive treatment, as well as social stigma and black marks on criminal background checks.
The goal at Ashbach Law Offices, LLC is to understand our clients’ concerns and special circumstances, and aggressively defend our clients with those issues in mind. Our office has extensive history achieving great results for clients, including “not guilty” verdicts at trial, dismissal of charges, reduction in charges, and saved drivers’ licenses, among other successes.
DUI in Washington is typically a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail (365 days) and a $5000 fine. A DUI conviction carries mandatory minimums for jail time, fines and license suspensions, which vary depending on an individual’s recent criminal history, BAC or Blood Results (or refusal to take the tests) and other factors. In some instances, DUI may also be charged and punished as a felony, such as a person having a large number of recent DUI convictions.
In addition to the criminal sanctions for a DUI conviction are the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) sanctions. These include license suspensions separate from those from the criminal court, requirement of high risk insurance (often SR-22 insurance) and the requirement to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in a vehicle for anywhere between 90 days and several years.
At Ashbach Law Offices, we use our experience, knowledge and analytical skills to aggressively represent our clients charged with DUI offenses. We practice regularly in courts in Snohomish County and Skagit County, as well as King and Whatcom Counties.
If you have been arrested for DUI and are facing license suspension or criminal charges, call our office at (360) 659-4950 for a free, no-pressure case evaluation. We understand that facing a DUI charge can be a very stressful time, and are here to help you through it.
Ashbach Law Offices, LLC represents clients charged with criminal offenses in Northwest Washington Courts, including King County, Skagit County, Snohomish County and Whatcom County, as well as other counties on a case-by-case basis. These counties include courts in and for the following cities: Anacortes, Arlington, Auburn, Bellevue, Blaine, Bothell, Burlington, Edmonds, Everett, Issaquah, Kirkland, Lake Stevens, Lynden, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Monroe, Redmond, Sea-Tac, Seattle, Sedro Woolley, Shoreline, Snohomish, and Tukwila, Washington.
The Ashbach Law Offices, LLC represents clients charged focused on DUI – Driving Under the Influence, Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving, Driving with a Suspended License, Hit and Run, Assault, Domestic Violence, Drug Possession (including marijuana), and Paraphernalia Possession, Malicious Mischief, Public Disturbances like Disorderly Conduct, Theft, No-Contact Orders, Harassment, Probation Violation Hearings, as well as speeding tickets.