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A DUI Cheatsheet to Answer Your Most Common Questions

If you have recently been charged with Driving Under the Influence, (DUI) you likely have many questions. Whether this is your DUI first offense or you have been in this situation before, the possible penalties that await you can be quite stiff. A DUI attorney can certainly help make things better, but before you do anything, you need to understand what is happening and what can happen in the wake of a DUI charge.

Can You Be Charged Without Being Drunk?

A common misconception is that you have to be "too drunk to drive" to get a DUI. The truth of the matter, however, is that this is somewhat subjective. Some people can feel perfectly fine and still be well over the legal limit, while others can have pretty significant symptoms after only a drink or two. What really matters is your blood alcohol level, and not how physically impaired you are.

Will I Lose My License?

If you are charged with a DUI, you will lose your license. A DUI first offense will usually result in at least a 90 day suspension of your license. The courts or the Department of Licensing (DOL) will likely ask you to attend alcohol classes and driver impact classes in order to get reinstatement. Signing up for these classes before your case is heard can actually help show that you are serious about not repeating your mistake.

Am I Going to Go to Jail?

Washington State has mandatory minimum sentences for DUI offenses, depending on how many times you have been arrested, and your blood alcohol content or drug content. The best thing that you can do is contact a DUI attorney who will fight as hard as possible for your rights and who can help you learn more about the many possible ways to fight and challenge a DUI arrest.

What Should My Lawyer Offer?

If you are seeking a lawyer to help you minimize punishment for DUI, you need an attorney who limits his practice to DUI defense. Whether this is a DUI first offense or your third offense, you need an attorney who will pay close attention to the details in your case and who has the experience to help defend you. With a lawyer willing to be tough in protecting you, it becomes much easier to deal with everything that comes along with a DUI arrest and to take every possible precaution to help minimize the impact.

About Author Mark Garka :

DUI Defense Attorney, Mark W. Garka is a sustaining member of NACDL. He has served as a law clerk in the Snohomish County Superior Court, and was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. He limits his practice to DUI Defense exclusively. Get more information and a free consultation by visiting

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