Vehicular Assault DUI In WA State 46.61.522
Under Statute 46.61.522 of Washington State law, any person involved in a serious auto accident could face criminal charges for vehicular assault if he or she was under the influence of any intoxicating liquor or drug. Unfortunately, due to the state’s mandatory sentencing guidelines, vehicular assault is one of the most serious criminal charges a person can face.
In the eyes of the law, vehicular assault occurs when a driver is involved in an accident that causes significant bodily harm to another person. To warrant a vehicular assault charge, the accident must be caused by negligence or reckless behavior—and based on the known dangers of drunk driving, DUI certainly meets this requirement.
Penalties For Vehicular Homicide
A vehicular assault conviction carries a maximum five-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine—and that’s for just a first-time offender. If you have a prior history of driving under the influence, you can expect to face even tougher penalties.
In addition, because it is classified as a felony offense, a vehicular assault conviction will result in the loss of your right to vote, purchase a firearm, and obtain a passport. As a convicted felon, you may also be ineligible for certain housing, educational, and employment opportunities—and since your crime will be permanently reflected on your criminal report, it will be virtually impossible to avoid these consequences in the future.
The good news is that being charged with vehicular assault and being convicted of the offense are two very different things. If you were recently arrested for DUI after being involved in an auto accident, you could be facing serious criminal charges. As a result, it is in your best interest to discuss your case with an experienced DUI defense attorney immediately after your arrest.
Contact Callahan Law To Begin Planning Your Defense
As one of the most successful DUI defense firms in the state, Callahan Law has represented countless cases just like yours—and over the years, we’ve helped many drivers avoid the life-altering ramifications of a vehicular assault conviction.
To learn how we can improve your chances of obtaining a successful outcome to your case, submit your information online today for your free, no-obligation consultation.
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