Redmond DUI Criminal Defense Attorney
"I just got arrested for DUI and I want to fight it. What do I do?"
"I didn't fail the field sobriety test. How do I prove it?"
There are so many questions in the haze of being arrested for DUI.
An arrest for DUI is serious. Life altering serious. Yes, that's obvious. But until it happens to it’s impossible to imagine the immediate and long-term repercussions.
Everything happens fast. The arrest, first court appearance, even the final adjudication can be a blur. There’s no time to take a deep breath, never mind make decisions. You have a lot of decisions to make. Each of them has consequences – long and short term. Most lead to more decisions.
This is no time for a misstep. You need help as early in the process as possible.
If you have been arrested for DUI, act quickly. As unpleasant as the arrest was, the repercussions can be worse. The arrest sets off a chain reaction that can affect your personal, family, and business life.
Knauss Law can help you break that chain.
Contact Knauss Law as soon as possible.
The Facts About DUI
Redmond DUI Attorney
In city of Redmond, a stop and arrest for DUI can start a number of ways: speeding, a broken taillight, changing lanes without signaling, driving in and out of the shoulder, a crash, or even pulled over on the side of the road.
If an officer suspects you are impaired, they will usually ask you to submit to a Voluntary Field Sobriety Test. Then, ‘based on the totality of the evidence’ if they believe that you are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs they will make an arrest for DUI.
A breath test will usually be administered at the station. In some cases, a driver is taken to a hospital for a blood test.
In any event, you have been arrested for DUI. The severity of the penalties depend on the results of the breath/blood test.
You can be charged with DUI even if your blood alcohol level is below the ‘legal limit’ of .08 if the arresting officer thought your driving showed ‘noticeable impairment’ or you exhibited ‘dulled senses’ during the stop.
Remember, the arrest for DUI is based on the totality of the evidence - that includes what the officer observes before and during the stop.
What Can HappenDUI is a serious misdemeanor charge. If convicted the immediate consequences include:
- License Suspension (up to 2 years)
- Jail time (up to 364 days)
- Fine (up to $5,000)
- SR-22 insurance for 3 years.
- Mandatory ignition interlock device
- Alcohol or drug treatment
- Wearing a remote alcohol monitor
Past DUI convictions and refusals to submit to a breathalyzer test can dramatically increase the penalties.
There is another dimension to a DUI arrest – a Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) case is filed simultaneously with the criminal case. With everything else going on with the arrest, it’s easy to overlook this. That would be a mistake – you only have seven (7) days from your arrest to request a hearing with the DOL. There is no way to extend this. Without the hearing, your license will be suspended or revoked thirty (30) days after the arrest.
What to Do
Contact Knauss Law Firm as soon as possible.
You need to act as quickly as possible. There are deadlines that have to be met and steps that need to be taken. To do so you need a sound strategy.
It has to start with you even if you feel like the walls are closing in.
After you contact us we will start to stabilize the situation. Then we will work with you to plan your approach and strategize a defense. We scour the police reports while starting our own investigation.
We do everything we can to eliminate or minimize the effects this has on you and your family.
Knauss Law Firm has years of experience representing clients accused of DUI in Redmond courts. Matt Knauss, our founding partner, was a prosecutor before becoming a defense attorney. He levels the playing field.
Every client has a defense. With decades of collective experience defending honest, hard-working Redmond residents, we will ensure your rights are protected.
We understand the stresses you are under. We know the stakes.
We can help. It starts with your call.
Let us help you to get your life back!