A person charged with DUI can face a variety of very serious criminal penalties if they are convicted of these allegations. A person may be arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI if they drive while intoxicated from either alcohol or drugs. The legal limit in Washington is 0.08 BAC for alcohol intoxication. For intoxication from other substances, a person only needs to be impaired while driving to be charged with a DUI.
If you are facing DUI allegations, it is critically important to ensure that you have capable and committed legal representation working on your behalf. To speak with an experienced attorney, contact the Redmond misdemeanor DUI lawyers of Cowan Kirk by calling 866-822-1230 today.
Penalties for Misdemeanor DUI
A person convicted of misdemeanor DUI charges may not only face significant penalties imposed by the court, but they may also suffer other punishments through employers, schools, or other organizations. These penalties may be elevated depending on the severity of the driver's intoxication, what prior convictions a driver has on their record, and if anyone was seriously endangered.
Someone convicted of misdemeanor DUI may be punished in the following ways:
- Heavy fines
- Loss of license
- Loss of auto insurance
- Loss of financial aid
- Job loss or lost opportunities in the armed forces
- Loss of travel privileges
Multiple misdemeanor DUIs can result in a felony DUI, which can drastically increase the criminal penalties and the loss of rights and privileges. Misdemeanor DUI charges rarely, if ever, result in significant jail sentences, while felony DUIs may have mandatory minimum jail time.
If you have been charged with misdemeanor DUI, do not delay seeking legal counsel. A knowledgeable and experienced lawyer may be able to argue for the reduction or dismissal of the charges against you. Contact the Redmond misdemeanor DUI defense attorneys of Cowan Kirk at 866-822-1230 today.