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Felony DUI Charges

Effective July 23, 2017, a fourth DUI conviction within 10 years will be charged as a felony. The newly implemented state statute now places anyone who has three or more drug or alcohol related driving offenses within a 10-year time frame will be charged with a class B Felony.

Additionally, the criminal laws of Washington allow for Felony Driving Under the Influence to be charged when an arrestee that has previously been convicted of either Vehicular Homicide (Alcohol/Drugs) or Vehicular Assault (Alcohol/Drugs) will face a class B felony charge for all subsequent alcohol or drug related driving arrests.

Felony Driving Under the Influence is a class B felony in Washington is punishable by up to ten years in prison as well as fines of up to $20,000 and license revocation for a period of one to three years.

Vehicular Assault

In the State of Washington an arrestee that operates or drives any vehicle in a reckless manner and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or with disregard for the safety of others and causes substantial bodily harm to another will be charged with Vehicular Assault, a class B felony.

Vehicular Homicide

In Washington State the death of any person ensues within three years as a proximate result of injury proximately caused by the driving of any vehicle by any person, the driver is guilty of vehicular homicide if the driver was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug in a reckless manner; or with disregard for the safety of others will be charged with Vehicular Homicide, a class A felony.

Vehicular Assault

In the State of Washington, an arrestee that operates or drives any vehicle in a reckless manner and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or with disregard for the safety of others and causes substantial bodily harm to another, will be charged with Vehicular Assault, a class B felony.

HIGHLY recommended! A few months ago, I found Puget Law Group (specifically Zannie Carlson) after being charged with a DUI. Zannie was very professional, straightforward, and genuinely interested in helping me with my case. No promises were made, but I was given an idea of what she was able to accomplish in the past with cases like mine if I did what was asked of me when I was asked to do it. Long story short, we entered a resolution and the charge was reduced to reckless driving.

While serving my sentence (electronic home monitoring) I needed the court to approve my attendance at a family function that was not originally on my schedule. Zannie worked late on a Friday night with the house arrest company to make sure I was able to attend the family gathering. This was after she went to the courthouse to push through the court order with the judge! WOW!!! Thank you again!

If you’re thinking, “Hey, I don’t want to pay for a lawyer. It’s not worth it,” think again. The attorneys at Puget Law Group are familiar with the prosecutors and judges and know how to work with them. I set up a payment plan, and basically sat back and let them work their magic. I cannot stress this enough — they know what they’re doing.””

John (DUI Client)

If you have a pending DUI charge, call our Tacoma DUI lawyers now.

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