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Questions About DUI? Get Answers From a Top-Rated Defender

DUI - Frequently Asked Questions

Lynnwood DUI Lawyer

If you have been stopped by a police officer who suspects you have been drinking it is important that you tell the truth or your credibility will be damaged. However if the questions escalate to the point of becoming accusatory or you are feeling intimidated in any way, you need to immediately ask to see a Lynnwood criminal defense attorney to safeguard your rights.

The Law Offices of Lance Fryrear has over seventeen years of experience helping the citizens of Lynnwood, Washington and the surrounding areas and is familiar with the legal issues pertaining to DUI cases.

Please see some of the frequently asked questions below concerning DUI charges:

Do I need an attorney for a DUI? - It is best if you obtain one to defend you, as there are many ways to fight a DUI charge and avoid losing your license and possibly going to jail. As an experienced defense lawyer, I have successfully helped numerous individuals with their DUI charges.

I had some drugs in my car and was arrested. Will I be convicted? - Every case is unique, and without seeing the evidence or case against you, it is difficult to say. However, you can count on our office to find any possible defense we can to fight any charges against you.

If I blew under the legal BAC limit can I still be charged with a DUI? - In Washington, you can still be charged with a DUI even if your BAC level was below the legal limit. This is because if your driving is affected in anyway due to drugs or alcohol, a DUI can follow. Avoid the harsh penalties of a DUI by teaming up with our firm.

How do the police determine a charge of DUI? - In Washington an individual is charged with DUI if the blood tests show .08 or higher for an adult or .02 or higher for minors, which means under 21. You can also be charged with DUI if you refuse the breath test or if the officer believes that you are under the influence of alcohol regardless of whether your breath test is under a .08.

Can I refuse to take the blood or breath test? - In Washington State, when you obtain your drivers' license you have already given your consent to take these tests. It is called the Implied Consent Law. You have the right to refuse, but by refusing your license will be automatically revoked for at least one year. You have a right to request a hearing to challenge this revocation.

If my license has been suspended how long before I can get it back? - There are two possible suspensions associated with a DUI case. The Department of Licensing (DOL) will suspend your license administratively after receiving notice of your DUI arrest. The DOL will also suspend your license after receiving notice of a DUI conviction. The suspension can last anywhere from 90 days to several years depending on your blood alcohol level, refusal of a breath test, and any prior DUI history. During the period of your suspension you may be able to continue driving with an ignition interlock license. Your attorney can discuss your specific situation with you.

What are some of the penalties of a DUI? - The charge of driving under the influence is called a "gross misdemeanor." Punishments can range, including: home detection, license suspension, up to 364 days in jail, and/or a $5000 fine plus other costs and assessments. DUI charges have mandatory minimum sentences and license suspensions that depend on your prior history and your breath test or refusal. The court can also order you to complete an alcohol evaluation and order you to complete any recommended treatment.

Does my employer have to know? - Legally you do not have to inform your employer. However, if the company you work for has a contract requiring this as part of your employment it could be mandatory. One other factor would be if you drive a company car in your day to day business, notification might again need to be given.

Looking for an attorney for your DUI case in Lynnwood, WA? Contact a skilled Lynnwood DUI attorney from The Law Offices of Lance Fryrear today!

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