The state of Washington has become stricter with those who violate the law on DUI, and this also applies to first time offenders. Do not think the courts will go easy on you because it is your first time offense. You can lose your driving privileges and be fined. Probation and alcohol awareness programs are usually a part of the sentence as well. Although the exact punishment will be up to the discretion of the judge, it will also be dependent on the circumstances surrounding your arrest.
In addition to punishment imposed by the courts, a person can lose their job over this type of conviction. Once you are allowed to drive again, your insurance rates will be very large, and this can be true for as long as three years. Of course, this is only if you never have another conviction for DUI. We at Budigan Law Firm can help mitigate the sentence and consequences in your life stemming from a DUI charge.
In order for the Budigan Law Firm to give you maximum assistance after your arrest, you must do your part to help us. When you are pulled over for DUI, always be polite to the officer and present your driver’s license, proof of insurance and your car registration. If you are asked how much alcohol you have consumed, you should always be polite but decline to comment. Answering these questions is never in your best interest. You will have to take a blood alcohol test at the police station, but you are not required to perform field sobriety tests. These tests are notoriously inaccurate and will only make matters worse for you. At your first opportunity, call the Budigan Law Firm here in Seattle and we can begin to assert your rights immediately.