Seattle University DUI Defense Lawyers
Seeking to Prevent a DUI Charge from Steering You off Course
As a university student, you worked hard to get where you are. But one mistake (or an alleged mistake) can substantially impact all you worked for and are working toward. What we're talking about here is a DUI charge and conviction. During your higher education experience, you might have many opportunities to drink alcohol and/or use drugs. Unfortunately, if, after doing so, you drive on Washington roads, an officer may pull you over and arrest you, and the State may charge you with driving under the influence. Both your school and the State can impose sanctions upon you for either consuming alcohol and/or drugs or for getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
If you're a Seattle University student who's been charged with a DUI, reach out to DUI Heroes as soon as possible. Building a solid defense for such an accusation takes a significant amount of time, which means getting started on your case right away is imperative. Our attorneys focus solely on handling DUI cases. We diligently investigate these types of matters to build sound strategies and fight the charge. We will stand up for you and seek a favorable result on your behalf to protect your future.
Discuss your case by calling (425) 296-9358 or filling out an online contact form today. Your initial consultation is free.
The Potential Consequences of a DUI Conviction
Seattle University's Code of Student Conduct restricts or prohibits alcohol and/or drug use. Additionally, state laws prohibit driving after having consumed alcohol or ingested drugs.
If your school determines you've violated its policies, you may be suspended from participating in university activities, kicked out of campus housing, or even expelled. Also, if a prosecutor proves beyond a reasonable doubt that you violated state laws, the court may sentence you to jail or prison, place you on probation, order you to pay a fine, and/or suspend your driving privileges.
The consequences of a DUI conviction don't end with the criminal penalties. If you're incarcerated, you may not be able to get a federal student loan. Also, the U.S. Department of Education may suspend or revoke your eligibility for federal aid because of a drug-related conviction.
Looking further down the line, when you try to get a job, a DUI on your record may present various hurdles. Some employers may base their hiring decision on what shows up on your background check, which includes your criminal history. Additionally, if you're seeking a career that requires a professional license, the licensing board may deny your application because you've been convicted of driving under the influence.
Our Heroes Deliver Effective Defense
At DUI Heroes, our attorneys recognize how a past mistake can throw your life off course.
That is why we provide aggressive defense for:
If you get behind the wheel after drinking, you may be accused of driving
under the influence. The charge can be triggered in two ways:
- You were driving while affected by alcohol, or
- You were driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher
- If you get behind the wheel after drinking, you may be accused of driving under the influence. The charge can be triggered in two ways:
- Although recreational marijuana use is legal for people 21 and older, it's still unlawful to drive while high. Like an alcohol-related DUI, a marijuana DUI charge arises when the substance impairs your driving abilities or when you have a THC concentration of 5.00 or above.
DUIs and Drugs
- Washington's DUI statute applies not only when you've consumed alcohol and driven, but also when you've ingested drugs and gotten behind the wheel. What many university students may not realize is that the law includes both legal and illegal substances. This means that whether heroin or an allergy medication impaired driving ability, operating a vehicle while affected by either is an offense.
- In Washington, the legal drinking age is 21. If you're younger than that and you're caught driving with an alcohol concentration of .02 or higher, you could be charged with an underage DUI.
Minors in possession and/or consumption
- As mentioned above, you must be 21 or older to consume alcohol. That also goes for possessing it. If you have or drink an alcoholic beverage, and you're under 21, you may face criminal charges.
We're Here to Help Seattle University Students
If you've been accused of drinking and driving or possessing alcohol as a minor – whether the offense occurred on- or off-campus – our team will provide the legal representation you need. Our lawyers will fight hard to seek the best possible outcome for you.
Learn more about how DUI Heroes can work to protect your future by contacting us at (425) 296-9358 today.