DUI Defense Info
If you have been arrested or charged for Driving under the Influence (DUI/DWI) or received a DUI citation and need a DUI lawyer, you are likely facing two separate legal actions at the same time. First, this is one of the most serious misdemeanor charges, especially in King, Pierce or Snohomish County. Second, if the BAC (blood or breath alcohol) is above .08 or is a refusal to blow, you are also facing a separate action by the Department of Licensing to revoke your license. (Similar legal action now occurs for over 5 ng/ML of active THC). Without proper handling by a legal team experienced in these cases, you could face up to a year in jail (with mandatory jail day or days), fines up to $5000, SR-22 insurance for years, an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you drive, and prohibition from entry into Canada (which regards DUI as an automatically excludable offense). If you are not a US citizen you could be subject to deportation. DUI convictions are permanent and are available in a national database available to future employers or others.
It may also seem unfair that people can be charged for DUI with under .08 BAC (or no BAC) based purely on the officer’s opinion. If you are a minor (under 21) your legal limit is .02, and legal limits of marijuana are now 5ng/ML after state legalization. What we’ve learned in years of practice is that officer investigations can be biased, misstate facts or overstate impairment in ways that disadvantage clients, regardless of the BAC numbers.
The good news is that the vast majority of our clients walk away from their circumstances without a DUI conviction. The alternatives have been complete dismissals by a judge for lack of probable cause or a “technicality,” not guilty verdicts, and significant reductions to Reckless or Negligent Driving. Further, where the Department of Licensing intends to suspend everyone’s license in this circumstance, our track record at beating license suspensions hovers is significantly higher than average. We credit the wins in large part to taking the energy to subpoena the officer and to prepare and present video evidence establishing a violation of your legal warnings or observation of you before the breath test, for example.
Our team of lawyers listen to your needs, study the cases and legal defenses, and aggressively defend against your charges. James Egan has practiced for 17 years and has mastered DUI defense along with the other attorneys on his team. We know and understand ways to help our clients, including reasonable, flat fees with payment plans as low as $1000 up front. All credit cards are accepted.
When you need a lawyer who is driven to defend you, call James Egan.