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Military DUIs

As with many areas of the law, the military does not function in the same capacity as civilian courts when it comes to issues of drunk driving. Unlike a civilian case, military DUI charges carry serious penalties that can only be disputed through a military court as well as potentially including civilian charges if the case supports them. Due to the strict nature of these charges, it is extremely important for those in the armed forces to be prepared if they receive a DUI charge.

For more information regarding the possible consequence of a DUI conviction and for the assistance of a skilled and experienced attorney, contact the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm by calling 1-866-822-1230 today.

Sentences and Punishments

In civilian court, a DUI may result in a person losing their license permanently or temporarily, a jail sentence, and paying restitution to victims for any damage caused. Comparatively, these sentences are translated to career-influencing punishments in cases of military DUI. The major penalties can include:

  • Dishonorable discharge
  • Rank freeze or reduction
  • Pay reduction or fines
  • Loss of operating opportunities, including security clearances
  • Loss of benefits
  • Local penalties

Perhaps one of the most notable aspects of a military DUI is the level to which these cases are prosecuted. Unlike a civilian DUI, the military may not even use a state or national blood-alcohol level, instead applying rules that state that functional impairment at any level is sufficient for a DUI charge.

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One of the most confusing and problematic areas of military law is that military courts are not at all identical to civilian courts. While basic principles of the justice system are retained, the standards for the law require representation accustomed to military courts. You cannot afford to take any unnecessary chances. Contact the Seattle DUI defense attorneys of the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm today at 1-866-822-1230.

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Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn is known throughout Washington and the nation for representing all of its clients with commitment, creativity and compassion. We recognize how devastating a DUI charge can be, particularly when our clients learn how incredibly tough Washington's DUI laws have become, even for a first-time offender.

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If you need a DUI defense attorney in Seattle, Bellevue, or King County, contact us today to find out why respect for our clients, a passion for justice, and our commitment to winning have earned each of us the highest honor a member of the bar can receive from our colleagues – their referrals.