DUI and DWI issues are complicated. This is particularly true in Washington State, which has some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. The city of Seattle has even enacted its own DUI law, which is enforced under its municipal code. If you or someone in your family is facing a DUI charge, you need answers to your questions immediately. With more than 60 years of combined experience as Seattle DWI attorneys, the legal team at the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC is available at any time to discuss these and any other issues specific to your situation.
When you are facing DUI or DWI charges, we can help. Call us at 206.389.1855 or contact the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC online to schedule a free initial consultation. With offices conveniently located throughout the state, we serve clients everywhere in Washington, including Tacoma, Kent and surrounding areas in King County. We take your call 24 hours a day.
Yes. After hearing the facts of your case, an experienced Seattle DUI lawyer can tell you exactly what you are facing and what you need to do to get through the criminal justice proceedings. We advise you not to plead guilty until you talk to an attorney. Depending on the circumstances, charges may be dropped or reduced, you may get a not-guilty verdict at trial or you may receive a favorable sentence.
If you are convicted of drunk driving in Washington State, even on a first offense, you will face jail time, ranging from 24 hours up to one year. You will also be on probation for several years, at risk of being returned to jail if you violate the terms of the probation. Working closely with an experienced DWI defense attorney in Seattle gives you a chance at the best possible outcome for your case.
Washington’s implied consent law means that you give your consent to chemical tests of your blood, breath or urine when you are registered to drive in the state. It is a crime to refuse to submit to a chemical test administered by a police officer. If you refuse, your driver’s license will automatically be suspended for a minimum of one year.
If you have a Washington State commercial driver’s license (CDL) and are charged with drunk driving, even if you are driving a family car at the time, you may lose your CDL. It is extremely important to have an experienced Seattle DWI defense lawyer handle all aspects of the case to see that you get the best outcome possible.
In the state of Washington, alcohol-related convictions for DUI or DWI stay on your driving record for 99 years — essentially for life. The best way to avoid this permanent mark on your record is to work with an attorney who will fight aggressively to prevent your conviction.
A felony is any crime for which a prison sentence of more than one year may be imposed. Depending on the number of previous DUI or DWI convictions you have and other circumstances of your current arrest, you could face felony DUI charges. If you have committed four prior offenses within 10 years, or if you were previously convicted of vehicular assault or vehicular homicide while driving drunk or under the influence of drugs, your latest DUI can be charged as a felony. Contact an experienced DWI defense lawyer in Seattle, Tacoma or South King County without delay to evaluate your situation and discuss your best options.