If you’ve been accused of violating RCW 46.61.502, the charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including cannabis), the consequences can be dire. Under State law, you can be charged with this crime if you are operating a motor vehicle, or if you are in physical control of a motor vehicle, with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or greater, or a tetrahydrocannabidinol (THC) concentration of 5.00 or higher. Every DUI case is different, and they are all incredibly fact-specific. This means that a great deal of time is required to properly represent each DUI client, time that a public defender will usually not have. DUI defense is a blend of constitutional, evidentiary, and public policy arguments, and the attorney’s reputation and professional relationship with the court, the judge, and the prosecutor, are all critically important in successful representation. Experience and diligence are paramount.