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Regular people with good jobs, lives and families are arrested every day for driving under the influence in Washington State. Most people are not aware that drinking as little as one glass of wine before driving can result in an arrest for DUI. Many people in Washington are now being arrested for driving under the influence of prescription drugs like Ambien, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, and even drugs like Wellbutrin and Zoloft, or drugs like marijuana, sometimes in combination with alcohol or other drugs and sometimes alone.
Having a skilled attorney who knows the law, equipment and procedures relied on by law enforcement in DUI cases is the best thing you can do to have a fighting chance when facing the harsh potential consequences associated with a conviction for driving under the influence.
Nicole T. Dalton is a fierce defender and compassionate advocate with the legal experience
and technical knowledge to make a difference. At Dalton Law Office, PLLC, we understand
how criminal convictions can seriously impact people’s lives -
DUI and other alcohol or drug related driving offenses are serious matters that deserve serious attention. Giving yourself a fighting chance is crucial. If are accused of committing a crime such as driving under the influence, getting aggressive, caring and competent legal representation can be one of the most important decisions of your life.
Whether you have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you need a lawyer who is able to take a thorough approach, from walking the client through proceedings in a careful and detailed way, to mounting a technical defense and attacking the validity of the state’s evidence. Whether your focus is fighting or minimizing the damage, we’re here to do what we need to do to fight for the best possible results.
At the Law Office of Nicole T. Dalton, PLLC, our lawyers and staff understand the huge impact a DUI accusation can have on your life. We have handled cases for drivers with CDLs and licensed professional like doctors, nurses, dentists, social workers and others. We are always willing to go the extra mile to keep your life intact.
Experienced and compassionate, Ms. Dalton has had many years of success in defending against DV criminal charges.
Nicole T. Dalton
Experienced & Aggressive DUI Lawyer
The fierce defender
The compassionate advocate you deserve.
Serving the Southwest Washington area including Clark, Skamania, Pacific, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum counties and the areas of Vancouver, Battleground, Washougal, Camas, Ridgefiled, Kelso, Longview, Stevenson, Long Beach, Grays River, South Bend, and others. Immigration services available throughout Washington and Oregon, including the greater Portland area. 2904 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98663.
For DUI and related charges, hire a lawyer with legal and technical knowledge to make a difference.
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Consequences & Complications of DUIs
What are the consequences of pleading guilty or being convicted of a DUI?
Aside from the personal suffering and possible impact on your career, there are many consequences of a DUI conviction. The following are just some of the possible legal consequences of being convicted of driving under the influence RCW 46.61.5055. For DUI offenses charged as a gross misdemeanor, Washington State imposes minimum mandatory jail sentences for convictions, lasting from one day to 120 or more days in jail, plus lengthy additional periods of electronic home monitoring.
Under the statute, a DUI conviction in Washington can result in suspension or revocation of your license from 90 days to years. To reinstate a driving privilege after a DUI conviction, the Department of Licensing may require the driver to install an ignition interlock device in the vehicle for between one and ten years. For people with certain prior offenses, or with injuries, a DUI can become a felony charge.
DUI convictions also carry a heavy economic impact on people convicted of this crime. In addition to Gross Misdemeanor fines of up to $5,000, with minimum fines starting at more than $850 plus additional court costs and assessments, substantial additional costs are associated with electronic home monitoring, installing and renting ignition interlock devices, and mandatory alcohol assessment, treatment, supervision and other requirements.
How can a DUI charge turn into a felony conviction?
For persons with four or more offenses within a ten year period, or with certain prior offenses, Washington law turns a DUI conviction into a felony.
Convicted felons face serious consequences including loss of civil rights and discrimination in employment and housing. A felony conviction can cause loss of voting rights, restrictions on your ability to travel to other countries, and loss of the right to possess or own firearms.
If convicted of a typical DUI charge, either felony or gross misdemeanor, it becomes a permanent record.
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