If you are pulled over and charged with a DUI, the potential consequences can be severe and life changing. It is not an overstatement to say that the convenience, opportunities and overall quality of your life may be in danger.
Washington is an "implied consent" state, which means that if you refuse to submit to a Breathalyzer test you can be fined and face an automatic license suspension.
In addition, if convicted of a DUI, you may be required to apply for an ignition interlock driver's license, have an ignition interlock device installed in your personal vehicle at a cost of up to $200 or more and pay a monthly rental fee of up to $120 or more for the ignition interlock equipment.
In the wake of a DUI charge, you have a limited amount of time (20 days) to request a Department of Licensing hearing or face automatic license suspension.
There are many variables involved in handling drunk driving charges, but it is absolutely critical that the records are reviewed to ensure that your rights were not violated during the initial traffic stop or the subsequent arrest. It is also essential that your attorney thoroughly researches and prepares your defense to insure that your rights are protected going forward. With more than 20 years of combined experience in handling drunk driving charges, we at Wickens Law Group have the experience and skill necessary to protect your rights and your future.
Federal Way DWI Attorney
Because we have been successfully dealing with these difficult cases for more than 20 years collectively, we are very experienced in thoroughly investigating the charges against you for errors, including:
- Did the arresting officer have legal grounds for your stop?
- Were the field sobriety tests administered correctly?
- Was the equipment used to obtain evidence accurate, properly used, properly maintained and compliant with all relevant statutes?
- Were there legal grounds for the arrest?
If there are any weaknesses, errors or irregularities in the method or manner of the stop, the arrest, or the evidence collection, our skilled and experienced defense lawyers will find them and aggressively attack the prosecution's case.
It is critical, however, to speak with an attorney as soon as possible following these charges to protect your rights and maximize the opportunity for an ideal outcome. If you or a loved one has been charged we encourage you to reach out immediately for legal assistance.
To discuss any aspect of a DUI in a free initial consultation with one of our Tacoma DUI attorneys, call (253) 383-4200 or e-mail us.