A DUI conviction in Lakewood can wreck your life in the short term and bring an endless stream of repercussions in the long term. If you’ve been pulled over and questioned about drinking and you’ve had a drink or two, you have every reason to worry, even if you feel certain that you are not impaired. Field sobriety tests can be administered in a manner that make you appear to be drunk, even if you’re stone sober. The equipment used to measure your blood alcohol content may be malfunctioning or poorly calibrated. Your mouthwash, dental work, or a legal prescription drug may skew the results of a BAC test.
If you’ve been pulled over and the police are implying that they suspect you’ve been drinking, call a criminal attorney in Washington State before you answer any questions or allow them to perform any tests. If you ever drink socially, keep Lakewood DUI attorney Mark Treyz’s phone number in your glove compartment. A DUI stop can happen to anyone, and if you’ve had anything to drink at all, you could be sadly surprised at what can result.
If convicted, you’re facing jail time, large fines, loss of your driver’s license, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, probation, and an ignition interlock device installed (at your expense) on your vehicle. Don’t despair, however. There are defenses to DUI, and a good Washington DUI lawyer like Mark Treyz, with many years of experience, can make an enormous difference in the outcome of your DUI case.
For close to three decades, Mark has been helping clients facing DUI charges in Tacoma, Lakewood and across Washington to avoid the crippling penalties associated with a drunk driving conviction. He is committed to sparing his clients the dire consequences and penalties that come with a DUI and will use every defense and every legal means available to protect you when you’ve been accused. Mark has served as both a prosecutor and a pro tem judge, so he has an insider’s knowledge of how the system works, and he is fully prepared to use his knowledge to your advantage.
Given the harshness of the potential penalties, it is amazing how many people capitulate without a fight and plead guilty to DUI charges, assuming that they are impossible to overcome. This is a mistake. There are actually many grounds available to defend against DUI charges. With an experienced Lakewood, Washington DUI defense attorney in your corner to protect your rights, you may be able to realize a favorable outcome, including dismissal, reduction of charges, or participation in a diversionary program. DUI attorney Mark S. Treyz will raise all appropriate defenses and will also represent you in your DHSMV hearing to help you avoid a total suspension of your license.
For your criminal DUI case, Mark will investigate your arrest to identify errors that might invalidate the evidence. For example:
Even if it is not your first DUI charge, Mark can help. At our Lakewood, Washington law office, we will investigate your arrest and take a minute look at the way it was carried out, including the actions of the arresting officer, the maintenance of the testing equipment, and any medical or dental conditions you have that could have caused an incorrect reading.
The sooner you call Mark Treyz, the sooner he can go to work to protect you. Don’t delay. Call now.