If you were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Washington state, you face a double challenge:
- The administrative aspect has to do with your driver's license. You may lose your driving privileges temporarily or permanently, depending on whether you have previous DUI convictions. You need an experienced DUI lawyer to advocate on your behalf before the Washington State Department of Transportation if you hope to protect or recover your driver's license after a suspension or revocation related to a drunk driving case.
- The criminal side of the issue can have even more far-reaching ramifications. You will have a criminal record if you are convicted of drunk driving in a court of law. A misdemeanor or felony DUI on your record could prevent you from obtaining or keeping professional licenses; obtaining or preserving employment of your choice; pursuing particular types of careers; and/or achieving other life goals. You may encounter difficulty in the future obtaining housing, obtaining financing, traveling abroad or accomplishing other objectives if you have a criminal record.
A DUI arrest is not simply a "serious traffic offense." Its impact on your life goes far beyond that of a traffic ticket for speeding or making an illegal left turn. You are doing the right thing by seeking out an experienced attorney to consult with about your drunk driving charges.
You are welcome and encouraged to contact the Law Office of Mark R. Stephens to schedule a consultation with Everett DUI/DWI attorney Mark Stephens. Initial consultations normally last about 45 minutes, during which time you will come to understand your risks, opportunities and recommended strategies of defense.
Contact Snohomish County Drunk Driving Defense Attorney Mark R. Stephens
Has your driver's license been confiscated by law enforcement after a traffic stop on suspicion of drunk driving? Did you refuse the breath test at the police station? Did a blood test show your blood alcohol level to be higher than the legal threshold? Get answers to your questions about DUI and your own DUI charges. Help is an e-mail or a phone call away. Contact the Law Office of Mark R. Stephens to schedule a consultation with an experienced Everett DUI/DWI attorney.