First Offense DUI (DWI)

First Offense DUI Defense in Vancouver WA

DUI/DWI Criminal Defense Attorney in Vancouver WA

Roger Priest is a criminal defense attorney in Vancouver WA with extensive courtroom experience in Washington’s complex criminal laws

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For many, getting a DUI (also called a DWI in other states) represents the first and only time they face criminal prosecution. DUI/DWI is often called “the crime that noncriminals commit.”  Even so, DUI is punished harshly throughout Washington. Vancouver WA DUI lawyer Roger Priest can help you navigate the process so your DUI first offense has the least impact on your life as possible. A DUI first offense often can require jail, large fines, loss of your driver’s license, alcohol treatment, higher insurance rates, and much more. So, it is vital that you consult with an experienced DUI attorney like Roger Priest, who can help you best defend against the charges and obtain a reduction or acquittal.

Vancouver WA criminal defense lawyer Roger Priest has been able to help countless DUI first offense clients get favorable deals and avoid a DUI conviction.  Every case is different, but you might not even know that your case has valid defenses, simply because you are not familiar with the intricacies of Washington DUI laws.

If You Have Been Charged With A DUI In Clark County or Vancouver WA, Time Is Of The Essence!

Call Our Office To Speak With Attorney Roger Priest Immediately.

First Offense DUI Penalties

If you are convicted of a first DUI offense in Washington, the court may be required to impose certain mandatory sentences and conditions, that you might not know about. It is therefore important to try to negotiate a DUI down to avoid having to serve mandatory jail. Currently, Washington DUI law carries the following mandatory sentences:
BAC above 0.08% or No Test BAC above 0.08% or No Test Refused Breath Test
Mandatory Minimum Jail24 consecutive hours48 consecutive hours48 consecutive hours
Mandatory Minimum Fine$940.00$1,195.50$1,195.50
Mandatory License Suspension90 days1 year2 years
Probation5 years5 years 5 years
Alcohol Eval and Txt Required?YesYesYes
Ignition Interlock Requirement1 year1 year1 year

Reducing a DUI

In certain circumstances, it may be possible to negotiate a DUI down to a lesser charge of Negligent Driving in the First Degree, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, or even a traffic ticket in certain rare cases. It is impossible to know without having the experience of having practiced DUI defense law to know whether your individual case will be a candidate to be reduced. In almost any instance of a DUI first offense that is reduced down to one of these charges, you can avoid mandatory jail. Also, the fines will usually be lower and probation will be shorter (2 years). In some cases, you may be eligible for expungement of the charge. This can be huge because DUIs cannot be expunged and will remain on your record forever if you are convicted.

Free Consultation and Flat Fee DUI

A DUI is a serious charge, so getting the help of a DUI lawyer to help you fight the charge or negotiate it down can be a smart decision. We offer a free consultation and affordable flat fee representation on DUI charges so you don’t have to go without the help of an experienced DUI attorney. We can also offer payment plans in many cases, so there is reason not to call. We are flexible, because we want to help. Call today to see how we can.

Latest Client Reviews

Aaron M
Nov 12, 2019
 by Aaron M on VanWa Legal PLLC
I put my trust in Roger and he didn't let me down.

Roger Priest is professional, intelligent and experienced, you can tell by the way he holds himself in court. Out of the 21 lawyers I interviewed and compared on an excel spreadsheet. I put my trust in Roger and he didn't let me down.

Nov 4, 2019
 by JB on VanWa Legal PLLC
Mr. Priest definitely deserves a 5 star rating for his devotion and overall performance.

Roger Priest was my Criminal Attorney for a DUI case I had in 2018. Through out the whole process he was in contact and always was reassuring! He gave his honest opinion on rather or not if my case would be worth going to trial, which is hard to come by! Today I left the courtroom a free man to come home to my family with a lot of tension lifted off my shoulders because of how he was articulate and presented my defense. I am very lucky to have him in my corner and to be spared. I will take this experience as a wake up call because these opportunities don't come too often! Mr. Priest definitely deserves a 5 star rating for his devotion and overall performance.

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