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DUI in Washington State

Posted by Raymond Ejarque | Jul 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Washington's DUI laws are among the toughest in the nation.  For those convicted of a DUI in Washington there are mandatory penalties which include jail time, license suspensions, fines and a ignition interlock devise requirement.  Even for a first offense it is important to obtain an experienced DUI attorney. An attorney can fight to avoid jail time by possibly getting your charges reduced to a lesser charge such as reckless or negligent driving.  An attorney also can help to assure that you are treated fairly in court and obtain the best possible outcome in your case.  For those who are undocumented or non-citizens it is even more important to obtain an attorney who can work towards an outcome that will help avoid additional problems with immigration issues.

If you are arrested for a DUI contact a DUI attorney immediately.  Do not wait until you receive notice of a court date or a letter from the Department of Licensing.  In order to avoid a license suspension you will need to request a hearing with the Department of Licensing before the deadline.  Also often times people are unaware they have a court date and miss the court date. If you miss the court date the court will issue an order for your arrest.  The risk of being placed in jail increases significantly with an arrest warrant.  Anyone non-citizen placed in jail also risk having contact with immigration officials which could lead to being placed in immigration detention.  For many people placed in jail if is very important to get out as soon as possible to avoid contact with immigration officials. Contact a DUI lawyer as soon as possible to help you or your family members get out of jail and fight the DUI charge.

This information provides no legal advice and is no way a substitute for speaking with an attorney. Attorney Raymond Ejarque has over 20 years of experience fighting for your rights. The law offices for Raymond W. Ejarque offers free and private consultations. Please call at 206-621-1554 or visit our website at for more information. Se Habla Espanol.

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Raymond Ejarque

Raymond Ejarque has practiced law since his admission to the Washington State Bar in June of 1994. He started his career in public interest law helping migrant farm workers and indigents in Texas and Washington State.  Later he worked in Criminal defense as a public defender in Seattle for many y...


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