A DUI charge may be considered a felony under certain circumstances. And while penalties may be similar in kind to those for gross misdemeanor DUI charges, such as jail time, stiff fees and the loss of your driver's license, they are much more severe.
While these charges are demoralizing, defenses are numerous and depend on the facts of your traffic stop, blood tests or breath testing for blood alcohol content (BAC), and other factors in your case. At the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC, you can rely on a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer to take immediate steps to protect your rights when you face of a felony DUI charge.
Under state law, many DUI infractions may be charged as misdemeanor offenses. However, a 2007 Washington State law allowed for certain DUI charges to be prosecuted as Class C felony crimes, including those in which the defendant:
In addition, a previous DUI charge that was reduced to a lesser offense — such as reckless driving or negligent driving in the first degree — or received a deferred prosecution may count as a prior offense if it occurred within the last 10 years. For immediate help in understanding your felony DUI charge and possible consequences, contact a Seattle felony lawyer at James Newton Law today.
A felony DUI conviction in Washington State is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. When determining the penalties for your DUI, a judge will refer to an “offender score,” which assigns points for your current and prior convictions.
With more than 60 years of combined experience handling driver’s license suspension, our lawyers in Seattle and throughout the state put your defense in motion by challenging field sobriety tests and breathalyzer testing results, investigating police actions during the arrest and examining events leading up to the accident. The Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC offers exactly what every client facing conviction needs most — immediate response, exceptional legal skills, practical solutions and the highest level of professional integrity.
Contact a capable Seattle felony DUI attorney for a free consultation today
When you are facing felony DUI charges, we can help. Call us at 206.389.1855 or contact the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC online. 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.