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 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.
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 Law Firm today at 1-866-822-1230.