Tacoma DUI Accident Defense Attorneys
If you are involved in a DUI-related accident in Washington state, you could face criminal traffic charges in addition to the drinking and driving offense. Whenever you face multiple criminal charges, it's important to put your case in the hands of an veteran defense attorney as soon as possible.
At The Law Offices of Smith and White, PLLC, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss the charges you are facing. With office in Tacoma, our attorneys handle DUI and criminal traffic charges throughout western Washington state, Pierce County, King County and the Puget Sound area.
Washington State Criminal Traffic Charges
Prosecutors have discretion in determining what additional charges a person may face in the case of a DUI-related accident:
- If the person in the other car is not injured, you could be charged with misdemeanor reckless driving.
- If the person in the other car is seriously injured, you could be charged with felony vehicular assault.
- If you had a child in the car with you, you could be charged with felony reckless endangerment.
- If you leave the scene of an accident, you could be charged with hit and run.
Are There Defenses in DUI Accidents?
Just because you tested over the legal limit of .08 does not mean you do not have a defense. With the help of a veteran lawyer, blood and breath test results can be challenged.
Police may even have difficulty proving you were driving the car. In an accident, the driver is usually out of the vehicle by the time police officers arrive. This can raise the issue of corpus delicti which means "the body of the crime." The police officer needs evidence outside of the statements of the defendant that make him or her guilty. If the police officer can't place you behind the wheel of the car, the prosecutor may have proof problems.
Contact Our Tacoma Reckless Driving Defense Lawyers
To discuss your case with our Tacoma DUI accident defense lawyers, call 253-666-8590 or send us an e-mail through this website. We will arm you with the information you need to make sound decisions about your case.