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DUIs and Summer

With summer on the way, Washington state will be taking steps to make the roads safer by taking a harsher stance against people who are suspected of DUI.

According to statistics, the summer months see a drastic increase in overall alcohol related accidents throughout the U.S., with the period that occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day being called the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer.

As a result, law enforcement officers will be increasing their DUI enforcement efforts to try and keep impaired drivers off the road.

Potential Penalties for DUI Charges in Washington State

If you are facing DUI charges, then knowing the possible penalties can be beneficial. In Washington State they are as follows:

1st Offense

If you have a BAC that is under .15 percent or no test results, the minimum amount of jail time you will face is 24 hours consecutively or 15 days EMH, with 364 days being the maximum penalty allowed. You will face fines and fees ranging from $823 to $5,000 and a 90-day license suspension. You will also have to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment, use an ignition interlock device for a year after your suspension, and face five years of probation.

If you have a BAC that is .15 percent or higher or refuse the test, the consequences are also higher. Your jail time will be raised to 48 hours consecutively or 30 days EMH as a minimum and fines can range from $1,015 to $5,000. Also, you will face a license suspension of one to two years. Everything else is the same as above.

2nd Offense

If you have a BAC that is under .15 percent or no test results, the minimum amount of jail time you will face is 30 days consecutively, with 364 days being the maximum penalty allowed. You will receive a penalty of 60 days electronic home monitoring and face fines and fees ranging from $1,015 to $5,000 along with a two-year license suspension. You will also have to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment, use an ignition interlock device for five years if previously restricted, and face five years of probation.

If you have a BAC that is .15 percent or higher or refuse the test, the consequences are also higher. Your jail time will be raised to 45 days consecutively as a minimum and EHM of 90 days. The fines can range from $1,405 to $5,000 and you will face a license suspension of 900 days to three years. Everything else is the same as above.

3rd Offense or More

If you have a BAC that is under .15 percent or no test results, the minimum amount of jail time you will face is 90 days consecutively, with 364 days being the maximum penalty allowed. You will receive a penalty of 120 days electronic home monitoring and face fines and fees ranging from $1,805 to $5,000 along with a three-year license suspension. You will also have to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment, use an ignition interlock device for 10 years if previously restricted, and face five years of probation.

If you have a BAC that is .15 percent or higher or refuse the test, the consequences are also higher. Your jail time will be raised to 120 days consecutively as a minimum and EHM of 150 days. The fines can range from $2,605 to $5,000 and you will face a license suspension of four years. Everything else is the same as above.

What are the BAC Limits in Washington State?

To ensure you don’t drive impaired and put yourself and others in jeopardy and put yourself at risk of being charged with a DUI, knowing the BAC limits is a must. These limits are as follows:

  • For those who are under the age of 21, their BAC can’t be higher than .02 percent
  • For those who are 21 years of age or older, any BAC over .08 percent is grounds for a DUI
  • For commercial drivers, those who have a BAC over .04 percent are considered impaired and can be charged with a DUI.

If you have been stopped or are stopped in the summer months due to a DUI charge, then you need quality legal representation. The team at the Law Offices of Kim E. Hunter can help.

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Questions You Should Ask When Choosing a Defense Attorney

Click to Email Kim E. HunterIf you are charged with a criminal misdemeanor such as DUI, domestic violence, driving offenses, assault or another similar case, you need to have the best defense attorney in your contact list, or you could risk hefty fines or even jail time with a court appointed lawyer. 

Here, we provide you with some questions that you should ask when choosing a defense attorney.

1. How long has the attorney practiced law?
Experience is very important when choosing a defense attorney. The more experience an attorney has, the higher the chances that she will be able to handle your legal proceedings very well. For instance, Kim E. Hunter is one attorney that has been in the field for quite some time now. For four consecutive years, Super Lawyers Magazine has named her as Washington’s Rising Star. She has a reputation of offering a strong defense for all her clients. Her experience in handling a wide array of DUI and criminal cases has been her main strong point.

2. Is the practice exclusively focused on DUI and other criminal cases?
When choosing a defense attorney, ensure that their area of specialization is relevant to the type of attorney services that you need. For instance, if you are being charged with cases such as prostitution, domestic violence, driving offenses and other similar criminal activities, you need to choose an attorney that specializes in these types of cases. Kim E. Hunter is one such attorney with a good reputation in this field.

3. How long does it take to handle a case like mine?
Some attorneys have a reputation for delivering faster services. In that case, you do not have to waste a lot of time doing paperwork and attending long hearings, while you can solve your legal problem by hiring a lawyer that gets things done.

4. How much does the attorney charge?
Good attorneys come at a cost. In that case, you should know what you are getting yourself into by asking the price of their services beforehand. However, this does not mean that all reputable criminal attorneys charge a lot of money. If anything, you can find one like Kim E. Hunter who focuses on providing cost-effective quality services.

When in trouble with the law with cases such as domestic violence, driving issues and other DUI charges hanging over your shoulder, you need a very good attorney, one that is experienced, cost-effective, and dedicated to offering quality legal services. This is exactly what Kim E. Hunter does on a daily basis. To speak to Kim, call today at 253-709-5050.

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10 Questions to Ask a Criminal Defense Attorney