Seattle DUI Attorney
A Seattle DUI is a very serious arrest. The arrest can also be very stressful and confusing. Many actions follow a DUI arrest, but there are two major steps that should be taken very seriously. The first action is taken by the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) where they will attempt to suspend your driver’s license. The second action is taken by the state of Washington and will require that you face the legal justice system.
Washington DOL License Suspension
If you test above the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) legal limit of .08 or you refuse to take the breath test and are arrested for a DUI in Seattle, the DOL will take action to suspend your license. The length of suspension will depend on your blood test results and will range anywhere from 90 days to one year.
Contesting a license suspension is possible, but it is not a simple process. High fees, form deadlines, and specific qualifications are just part of this process. A Seattle DUI lawyer can be an invaluable asset when fighting this suspension.
Defending the DUI in Court
Once formally charged with a DUI, you will be sent a court date. At this court appearance, you will be read your charges and given the opportunity to enter a formal plea. At this time, many other aspects will be set in motion including bail and other release conditions.
A second court hearing will be scheduled at this time as well. At this second hearing, you may either continue your case to another pretrial hearing, plead guilty, or accept a plea deal if one is offered. You may also maintain your innocence and set your case for trial. Having an experienced DUI attorney by your side to advise you as to which option to pursue will be vital to the outcome of your case.
Seattle Marijuana DUI
The repercussions and processes of a marijuana DUI are very similar to an alcohol DUI. The actions and penalties are often the same, including license suspension. The penalties for a marijuana DUI can include 1 to 364 days in jail, a large fine, five years probation, and chemical dependency assessments. A Seattle marijuana DUI lawyer can help you make sense of the charges, explain all the options available to you, gather evidence, and defend you in court.
Seattle DUI Attorney
Matthew Leyba is an experienced DUI defense attorney in Seattle, WA. He will work with you to collect reliable evidence, prepare your case, and work closely with you to ensure you feel confident throughout your whole DUI arrest process. To learn how Leyba Defense can help you or for a free 60-minute consultation, contact him here.