A DUI arrest is embarrassing and can be very expensive. It can cost you your job, your driver’s license and even put significant strain on your personal relationships. Most significantly, a conviction for DUI in Washington can lead to a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $5,000.00 fine plus costs, fees and assessments. Many DUI’s end up costing the accused more than $10,000.00.
Additionally, a DUI conviction can cost you your driver’s license for a year or more. Even if your license is saved, you may be required to have an ignition interlock (blow and go) system installed on your car and also required to obtain costly SR-22 insurance. A judge may even require you to wear an electronic bracelet on your ankle while the case is pending.
The judge in your case will likely preclude you from consuming any alcohol or non-prescribed drugs while your case is pending and ultimately require you to obtain an alcohol evaluation, attend a DUI victim impact panel and alcohol treatment. The judge might even require you to go to AA meetings.
If you do your homework and choose the right DUI lawyer you may be able to avoid all of these costly and burdensome requirements. A good lawyer might be able to get your case dismissed and save your license. Even if the case is tough, a good lawyer will be by your side; fighting for you and helping you navigate the costly and confusing world of DUI law in Washington.