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First-Time DUI Defense in Snohomish County, WA

The penalties for even a first DUI can shape your life for years to come. Though heightened consequences can be handed down by the court under aggravating circumstances, DUIHeroes has prepared a basic guide to what you can expect if you are convicted of DUI even once. A first-time conviction where the BAC is less than .15% (or no chemical tests were administered) carries the following minimum penalties:

  • A fine of $990.50
  • Driver’s license suspension for 90 days
  • One day in jail or 15 days of electronic home monitoring
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle
  • Alcohol or drug counseling if ordered by the court

If your blood alcohol content is equal to or greater than .15%, these penalties increase significantly. In order to have a better chance at avoiding these penalties, you need a Snohomish County first-time DUI lawyer. Our firm is led by a DUI specialist who has committed his practice solely to DUI defense; our team’s aggressive strategies have earned us a 90% average success rate in getting DUI charges reduced or dismissed. There are few firms more well-suited to handling your case than us.

At DUIHeroes, our experienced DUI lawyers offer proven defense strategies to get your charges reduced or dismissed. Call 1 (800) DUI-HERO if you are facing DUI charges for the first time.

How Likely Is Jail time for a First-Time DUI in Snohomish County?

Jail sentences for a first DUI depend on several factors, including the specific circumstances of the offense, your prior criminal record, and whether anyone was injured or killed as a result of the DUI. All of these are considered aggravating factors. Additionally, if your DUI involved aggravating factors like a BAC significantly above the legal limit (.08 in Washington State), reckless driving, or a minor in the vehicle, the likelihood of jail time increases. Additionally, if your DUI resulted in an accident causing injury or death to another person, you could face substantial jail time. However, these would likely fall under vehicular assault or vehicular homicide charges.

In short, the severity of your sentence will depend on the specifics of the case.

For a first-time DUI offense with no aggravating factors, such as a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or a minor in the vehicle, you’ll need to be in jail for a minimum of 24 hours. However, judges have discretion over sentencing, and you could face up to 364 days in jail if your charges are egregious or your defense is handled poorly.

How to Beat First DUI Charges

Getting out of a first DUI offense in Washington State can be challenging, but it’s important to remember that the outcome of your case mostly hinges on two things: the circumstances of the offense, and the quality of your legal representation.

While there are no guarantees, here are some ways you might mitigate the consequences of a first DUI offense:

  • Legal Defense: Hiring an experienced DUI attorney is crucial. We can review the details of your case, identify any weaknesses in the prosecution’s evidence, and build a strong defense strategy. Possible defenses include challenging the validity of the traffic stop, the accuracy of the breathalyzer or blood test results, or other procedural errors.
  • Plea Bargain: In some cases, your attorney may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor for a reduced charge or sentence. This could result in a plea bargain for a lesser offense, such as reckless driving or a “wet reckless” charge, which carries lighter penalties than a DUI.
  • Diversion Programs: Some jurisdictions in Washington State offer diversion programs for first-time DUI offenders. Completing such a program can result in reduced charges or a clean record upon successful completion. These programs typically involve alcohol education, treatment, and monitoring.
  • Deferred Prosecution: Washington State allows for deferred prosecution for individuals struggling with alcoholism or substance abuse. If you qualify and successfully complete a treatment program, the court may dismiss your DUI charges.
  • Pretrial Motions: Your attorney may file pretrial motions to challenge evidence or the legality of your arrest. If successful, this could lead to the exclusion of certain evidence, weakening the prosecution’s case.
  • Trial: If negotiations and other options do not lead to a satisfactory outcome, you have the right to a trial by jury. Your attorney can present your case and challenge the evidence against you in court. A successful defense at trial can result in an acquittal.
  • Penalty Mitigation: Even if you are convicted of a DUI, your attorney can advocate for a more lenient sentence. This may involve arguing for the minimum required penalties, requesting alternative sentencing options, or advocating for a reduced license suspension period.

Defense Lawyers for First-Time DUI in Snohomish County

Suddenly finding yourself facing criminal charges can be very disturbing and make you feel as though all is lost. The truth is, there are many steps that can be taken to attempt to protect you from a conviction. Our firm will review your case with you, answer any of your questions, and help you understand the process ahead and how we will fight your charges together.

Founding Attorney Jonathan Dichter is a skilled instructor in field sobriety testing and DUI investigation. He also uses a network of private investigators and expert witnesses to strengthen our clients' cases. Our goal is to leave no stone unturned in fighting for your rights and pursuing an acquittal. It’s this approach that has reduced or dismissed DUI charges throughout Washington State.

Contact DUIHeroes at 1 (800) DUI-HERO if you have been charged with driving under the influence for the first time.


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