Vancouver DUI Defense Lawyer

At my Vancouver law firm, I represent people who have been accused of drunk driving. Many of my clients are professionals and students who have never been in the legal system before. They made a mistake or were simply wrongly accused. Often, they worry that the DUI charges will affect their futures and their freedom.

If you have been arrested for a first-offense DUI, you have lots of options. With the help of an experienced lawyer, you may be able to avoid potentially serious consequences, especially if you have never been in trouble before, and you take the matter seriously.

Before becoming a Vancouver DUI defense attorney, I spent four years as a prosecutor. I know how the system works, and I know how prosecutors use the system against defendants. The good news is that I am on your side. I can help you understand what may happen so that you can make the right choices about your defense.

Protecting Your Driver's License

There are two sides to a DUI case: protecting your criminal record through a strong defense and protecting your driver's license from suspension through hearings before the Department of Licensing. While many criminal defense lawyers only handle the criminal law side, both sides are important. In fact, you must win both sides to retain your license.

At my Vancouver law firm, I handle all aspects of your DUI case, including both the criminal side of your case and the administrative side. I know that it won't do you much good to hand you a clean criminal record while losing your driver's license, so I protect both. This is especially critical for clients who have CDLs or who drive for a living.

DUIs Involving Drugs In Clark County, Washington

In Washington, the law prohibits drivers from driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other drugs. The law bans operating a vehicle while affected by both legal and illegal drugs, including prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs that affect drivers' reflexes.

Many drivers are surprised to discover that they can be arrested for driving under the influence of a completely legal substance, but it's true. Unfortunately, the consequences can be just as serious for drivers who drive under the influence of prescription drugs as those who drive under the influence of alcohol. This can be especially devastating to a person who was on prescription medication after surgery or as a result of chronic pain.

Contact A Successful Stevenson Drunk Driving Defense Attorney

From the field sobriety test to the legal limit for driving under the influence, you probably have questions about Washington DUI law. Get answers. Contact me, attorney Jack Peterson, by calling 360-859-5297. Initial consultations are free and confidential.