Common Charges a Seattle Drunk Driving Lawyer May Defend

In addition to DUI, a Seattle drunk driving lawyer is likely experienced in legal defense for a number of related criminal charges

Everyone knows that a Seattle drunk driving lawyer will have experience handling cases involving Driving Under the Influence (DUI). However, there are a number of other Washington state criminal charges related to DUI for which a Seattle drunk driving lawyer may also provide legal defense. Some of these related charges are considered lesser offenses that include conduct that could potentially be charged as DUI, and others are criminal traffic offenses that often occur as a consequence of violating restrictive conditions imposed as a result of a prior alcohol-related offense. Still others cover conduct involving alcohol and motor vehicles that does not include any driving at all.

We have provided information on some of these DUI-related crimes below, but this list is not exhaustive. A Seattle drunk driving lawyer will be familiar with the law surrounding these and other related charges, and he or she will likely have experience defending clients against these charges. If you would like more information, or if you are being charged with any of these crimes, we recommend that you call a Seattle drunk driving lawyer to discuss your situation.

What are some other crimes related to DUI that a Seattle drunk driving lawyer can defend you against?

• A number of crimes may be charged under Washington law instead of or in addition to DUI, depending on the individual circumstances of your case. Here are some examples of related charges:

o Actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence -

• Even if you are not actively driving your vehicle, you may be charged with a crime if you are found to be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Many people are not aware of this crime, but they definitely should be. A conviction for Actual Physical Control is punished under the same penalty schedule as DUI.

• An example of one scenario where this statute might apply would be if a police officer found an intoxicated person sleeping in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of a road with the engine still running. This charge may even apply if the car in the example was parked in a private parking lot, depending on the circumstances.

• This charge may arise in a variety of situations, and cases are very fact-specific. If you believe you may be facing this type of charge in Washington, we recommend seeking the advice of a Seattle drunk driving lawyer.

o Reckless driving, Reckless endangerment, and Negligent driving -

• Often, conduct involving intoxicated driving that may be punished under the DUI statute may also meet the statutory elements for these crimes. These statutes also cover conduct that is not included in the DUI statutes (i.e., Racing on the highway may bring a charge of reckless driving).

• If a person’s driving creates certain levels of risk for other people, and the person’s conduct meets the other statutory elements for one of these crimes, the prosecutor may choose to bring one of these charges against that person. Depending on the circumstances, if alcohol or drugs is involved, charges may be brought under these statutes instead of the DUI statutes, or a charge of DUI may be reduced to one of these charges, possibly as a result of a Seattle drunk driving lawyer’s work through motions to suppress inadmissible evidence and negotiations with the prosecuting attorney.

o Driving While License Suspended or Revoked in the First, Second, or Third Degree

• Charges for Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) are very common in the practice of Seattle drunk driving lawyers. The most common situation arises after a client has been arrested for DUI. If a person’s breath test result is above 0.08, they face an administrative suspension of their driver’s license. If a person is caught illegally driving during this type of suspension, they can be charged with DWLS in the Second Degree. While this is the most common type of DWLS charge a Seattle drunk driving lawyer sees, though DWLS First Degree and Third Degree charges also frequently arise in a DUI practice.

The attorneys of Findley & Rogers, PLLC are experienced in defending clients against all of the charges discussed above. Our Seattle drunk driving lawyers have also defended many other DUI-related criminal charges. If you are facing a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor in Western Washington, call us today for a free initial consultation on your case.

-Every case is different, Findley & Rogers, PLLC can make no guarantees about the outcome of a case, and nothing in this article is intended to be a comment on the abilities of any particular attorney.

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