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Bellingham Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Attorney

In some cases, driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Washington can be misdemeanors rather than felony offenses. However, the consequences for a misdemeanor DUI can still be harsh. Prosecutors often will pursue strong punishments for these allegations, pressuring the courts to seek high or even maximum penalties for this crime, which may include fines and imprisonment.

This attitude of aggressive prosecution makes it all the more important for a defendant to find a reliable and dedicated defense attorney. To discuss your case and defense options with a tenacious legal team, contact the Bellingham misdemeanor DUI lawyers of Cowan Kirk by calling 866-822-1230 today.

Penalties Associated with Misdemeanor DUI

A misdemeanor DUI is generally pursued for first-time drunk driving offenders as well as for defendants with a low number of repeat convictions. However, a driver with several DUIs already on their record may face felony charges. Additionally, drivers who have caused an injury or have a child in the vehicle at the time of the arrest may face felony-grade allegations.

Even though they are not classified on the felony level, misdemeanor DUI is still a serious criminal charge that can carry severe penalties. These punishments include the following:

  • Jail sentences
  • Punitive fines
  • Probation
  • Loss of driver's license
  • Potential loss of employment
  • Potential loss of insurance

These legal and personal consequences can have major effects on a person's lifestyle, strongly impacting both their personal and professional lives. Thus, it is important to defend your rights in the face of these charges.

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If you have been arrested on DUI charges, a dedicated legal defender can help you fight a conviction, possibly reducing your charges or having them dismissed altogether. To learn more about your rights as a misdemeanor DUI defendant, contact the experienced Bellingham misdemeanor DUI attorneys of the Cowan Kirk law firm by calling 866-822-1230.

Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn

Cowan Kirk 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.