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First-Offense DUI Cases in Kirkland, WA

For many people, being arrested on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) is the first, if not only run-in with the law that they will ever encounter. This experience can be extremely frightening to deal with, as the consequences of a DUI conviction can ruin a person’s reputation and expose them to the possibility of harsh fines and even jail time. If you have been charged with DUI in King or Snohomish counties, a Kirkland DUI attorney from Knauss Law Firm can defend your rights and fight to preserve your freedom.

My name is Attorney Matthew Knauss, and I have defended clients accused of a wide variety of charges for more than a decade. I understand the confusion, frustration and fear you must be experiencing, and I am prepared to do everything within my power to fight for a desirable outcome for your situation. Having earned a perfect 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating and an inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 list, I can use my vast legal expertise to tear apart the prosecution’s case and improve your chances of securing a dismissal or reduction of your charges.

The DUI Process in Washington

What Penalties Do I Face?

In Washington State, drivers who operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher can be charged with DUI. Commercial drivers need only half this amount in their system to face charges, while anyone under the age of 21 needs only a 0.02 BAC to find themselves in cuffs. Even for a first offense, a DUI is a serious matter and must be treated accordingly.

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If convicted, a person can face the following penalties:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • Fines up to $5,000
  • A license suspension of up to one year
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device use

Since Washington operates under an implied consent statute, refusing to submit to a chemical test for a first-time DUI can add an additional year to your license suspension. Since these penalties can be so severe, it is urgent that you consult with my firm as soon as possible in order to establish your legal options and determine the most strategically appropriate course of action to pursue.


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Nobody should have to face a DUI charge on their own. I understand that sometimes good people find themselves in tough situations, and I am committed to treating you with the respect and dignity you deserve throughout the entirety of your case. Protecting your rights is my top priority, and I am ready to stand by your side every step of the way during this difficult time. With constant communication, custom tailored legal solutions and an unshakable dedication to preserving your wellbeing, your case is sure to be in excellent hands. We also serve clients in Bellevue, Redmond, Renton and Lynnwood.

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The time to act is now – contact my office online or call (425) 300-5566 to discuss your case with a trial-tested Kirkland criminal defense lawyer.