Tri Cities DUI Defense

Like traffic violations, many people think DUIs are common offenses that do not necessarily require an attorney. Make no mistake, failure to properly defend against a DUI charge can result in thousands of dollars in costs (insurance fees rising for years, above and beyond initial fines), in addition to a blemished criminal record.

It is important to realize that Washington is an implied consent state. That means you have given "implied consent" to submit to a breath test if you are pulled over lawfully. If you refuse, your license will be revoked or denied for no less than a year. Additionally, your refusal can be used in court.

Regardless of whether you are charged by blowing more than .08 or due to other evidence the officer has collected (assuming you refused the breath test), you have to request a Department of Licensing hearing within 30 days or you will face an immediate suspension/revocation of your driver's license. This hearing is a civil hearing and is usually conducted over the phone and is separate from the criminal charge.

Every step of a DUI charge offers you the ability to protect your rights, defend yourself or negotiate. How you should proceed depends entirely on the circumstances. In any case, it is extremely important to work with the aid of an experienced law firm that can help you make the best possible decision at every point in the process.

We at Preszler & Bunch, PLLC, have years of experience working on criminal defense and DUI issues. We will aggressively defend you and attack any weaknesses in the prosecution's case with respect to:

  • Stop and arrest legality
  • Field sobriety tests
  • Reading of your rights
  • Administration of breath test

In the event that we cannot find any exculpatory evidence or weaknesses in the prosecution's case, we will try to mitigate the consequences as best as possible through alternatives, including the potential of an ignition interlock device. We encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible.

To get in touch and schedule an initial consultation to discuss Tri Cities DUI defense for misdemeanor and felony DUIs with our Kennewick, Washington, drunk driving lawyers, call 509-591-9972 or email Preszler & Bunch, PLLC.