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Getting DUI Charges Reduced to Lesser Charges

Posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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In Washington State there are mandatory minimum penalties for any DUI conviction, including a first time offense. The penalties are based on blood alcohol concentration, whether there was refusal to take a breath test, and other factors. You can review the State’s penalty schedule here.

Between the minimum penalties and the long-term consequences of having a DUI on your record, there is compelling reason to do everything possible to get DUI charges reduced to lesser charges. There are a number of ways to successfully get the charges reduced. In fact, most of the DUI cases we handle at Padula & Associates, LLC are reduced to lesser charges or dismissed entirely.

Understand that every case is different. An experienced DUI defense attorney will be able to evaluate the evidence against you and pinpoint the weaknesses in the Prosecution’s case that can be leveraged in negotiations. For example, it may be possible to weaken the case against you by showing evidentiary issues in the State’s case, such as a malfunctioning breathalyzer machine or other problems with how or when your blood alcohol concentration was tested. Or, it may be possible to demonstrate that the evidence is somehow tainted or inadmissible. If we can show police misconduct, a DUI checkpoint carried out unlawfully, an unlawful stop, or other violations of your rights, then the Prosecutor may be compelled to reduce the charges rather than risk losing at trial or having the case dismissed by the court.

Not every DUI can be beat, but we are able to eliminate or reduce most of them. Hiring an experienced DUI defense attorney can help you get the best possible outcome in your case. Come meet with us for a free consultation to explore how we can help you. Our attorneys have outstanding reputations. Lizanne Padula is a tireless negotiator and a tenacious litigator. Padula & Associates, LLC will fiercely advocate on your behalf. For more than 20 years we have proudly defended the rights of people in King County, Snohomish County, and Washington State.

Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366 of fill out this simple web form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced DUI defense attorney.