DUI/DWI Criminal Defense Attorney in Vancouver WA

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.

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

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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:[su_table responsive=”yes” alternate=”yes” fixed=”no”]


BAC above 0.08% or No Test BAC above 0.08% or No Test Refused Breath Test
Mandatory Minimum Jail 24 consecutive hours 48 consecutive hours 48 consecutive hours
Mandatory Minimum Fine $940.00 $1,195.50 $1,195.50
Mandatory License Suspension 90 days 1 year 2 years
Probation 5 years 5 years 5 years
Alcohol Eval and Txt Required? Yes Yes Yes
Ignition Interlock Requirement 1 year 1 year 1 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.

What Our Clients Say About Us

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Roger handled my case promptly and painlessly. We are from out of state and had spoken with quite a few attorneys in the area before we made the trip. Roger was middle of the road cost-wise (which was truly fair)and was clearly competent, handling the case in one trip over as oppose to the two or even three trip process many of the others were communicating would be the case. I would hire again without a second thought. Thanks again Roger.

Shelley W 5 star testimonial
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Excellent responsiveness, considerate and honest. Roger got the job done results were in my favor. Couldn’t be happier, Highly recommend!!

Karin Saltz 5 star testimonial
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Roger Priest provided truly exceptional service for a family member of mine. He was an extraordinary value for the level of knowledge and proffessionalism he provided. My loved one got the deal of a lifetime thanks to him. If any of my friends or family are ever in a less than fortunate spot and need legal advice Roger will always be my #1 reccomendation.

Taylor Vance 5 star testimonial
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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.

Aaron M 5 star testimonial
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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.

JB 5 star testimonial
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Roger Priest was referred to me by another lawyer (who could not take my case). Out of the 3 lawyers I reached out to Mr. Priest was willing to hear my case and not just try and convince me to take the easy route and plead out. He was informative, honest, and very tactical (in his approach with my case). Mr. Priest not only kept me updated with his plans and what to except he involved me in every aspect I could be in. He was very approachable and kind. I won my case, I wouldn’t have if I had gone with another lawyer. I am very satisfied with having had Roger Priest defend me. I hope to never have to use his services again but definitely would rehire him again (I wish I could hire him as my divorce attorney).

Alicia S. 5 star testimonial
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I recently consulted Roger for my first and only legal matter. He explained at length the legal ramifications that i was facing and he listened closely to all my questions and concerns. He was very attentive and empathic towards my situation and did not rush through things. I would highly recommend Roger to anyone I know seeking legal representation.

Itzel Keefer 5 star testimonial

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