What is a DUI?
DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence.
Driving under the influence (DUI) refers to operating a motor vehicle while your ability to drive is in any way affected by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two. This applies to both legal and illegal drugs, including prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs. There are similar charges for being in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence.
These are serious charges that can have immediate affects on your life and your ability to drive!
Seek Legal Representation Right Away
If you have been arrested for DUI, you only have seven (7) days from the time of arrest to request a hearing with the Department of Licensing. While you may have more time in certain blood test cases you cannot waste any time before hiring us as your DUI defense attorney You will need to know right away about your rights in a DOL administrative hearing
You can find the information on how to request a hearing here: Dept of Licensing Request for Hearing
The process can move quickly after a DUI arrest. At Stein, Lotzkar & Starr, P.S., we offer representation to clients who are facing charges for any type of DUI charge, from first time or underage DUI to commercial drivers and repeat arrests.
You deserve to have aggressive and compassionate representation on your side to ensure that you are not taken advantage of and that your rights are not violated. We have many ways of helping you. From challenging the breath of blood test to seeking treatment to avoid conviction, we are here to protect you from the harsh penalties for DUI.
Call us now at (425) 576-0026.
Consequences of a DUI Arrest/Conviction in Washington
After being arrested, you are likely worried about the consequences you could face if you are convicted. Our goal is to help you avoid the serious penalties associated with DUI, including working to get the charges dropped or reduced, if possible.
While it is impossible to predict the exact penalties a judge will order for your case, we can ensure you understand some of the possible consequences.
A few examples of the penalties you could face include:
- Mandatory time in jail or prison.
- Electronic home detention
- Suspension or revocation of your driver's license or driving privilege.
- Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device in any car you drive.
- Mandatory chemical dependency evaluation and treatment.
- Loss of professional license, commercial license and/or employment
- Up to five years of probation monitoring including analysis and
- Ineligibility to enter Canada
Can You Help Me Protect My License?
Yes but if you are arrested for a DUI related charge, you must act quickly to protect your driver's license; beginning on January 1, 2019, you only have seven days from the day of your arrest to request a hearing with the department of licensing. Our Bellevue DUI lawyers can represent you in DOL and criminal defense matters but it is essential that you make the request for a hearing within seven days.
Let us know if you have a commercial or for hire driver's license or if you driver for Uber or Lyft or any other services. Let us know if you have any professional license; Doctors, Lawyers, Nurses, Police, Fire, Aide and Pilots as well as others have very strict rules that must be complied with if they are arrested for DUI.