Washington Vehicular Assault Lawyer

The legal consequences of a DUI in Washington state can be harsh — and they are even more severe if you have caused bodily harm to another while driving under the influence of alcohol. In the event you are facing criminal charges for vehicular assault as a result of a drunk driving accident, it is imperative to have an experienced vehicular assault lawyer on your side to protect your freedom, Constitutional rights, and driving privileges. The Fox Law Firm PLLC has more than 35 years of experience representing clients in Washington DUI vehicular assault cases and strives to obtain the most favorable outcome for each client.

Aggressive Defense for DUI Vehicular Assault Cases

Vehicular assault is a serious offense that can come with life-altering consequences, including a criminal record. In Washington State, a person can be charged with the Class B felony of vehicular assault when they operate a vehicle with reckless disregard for the safety of others or under the influence of drugs or alcohol — and cause substantial bodily harm to another. Substantial bodily harm is broadly defined by the law as a temporary but substantial disfigurement, or a temporary but substantial impairment of any part of the body or organ.

A jail sentence of up to ten years is typically imposed for a vehicular assault conviction. While a sentence ranging between three and nine months is deemed the “standard range” for an individual without a prior record, the penalties can increase based on criminal history. In addition, if the bodily harm to the victim substantially exceeds that which is required to satisfy the legal criteria for an offense of vehicular assault, the prosecutor may seek an enhanced sentence.

Additional penalties for vehicular assault while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be imposed, including the following:

A DUI of any type is a serious matter, especially when you are facing felony charges for causing bodily injury to another. If you’ve been charged with the crime of vehicular assault in Washington, an experienced DUI lawyer can best advise you regarding your rights and advocate for them on your behalf. Jon Fox is dedicated to building a solid and strategic defense for the best possible results for each of his clients. No matter how complex your case — and how steep the consequences — the Fox Law Firm has the knowledge and insight necessary to help ensure the best possible results achieved.

Trusted Counsel and Strong Defense for Vehicular Assault

With so much at stake, a vehicular assault charge can feel overwhelming and daunting. Having trusted counsel by your side can help to give you peace of mind that your legal rights will be safeguarded. With a commitment to taking the burden off your shoulders, the Fox Law Firm will carefully assess your case and develop an effective defense strategy.

Vehicular assault is a strict liability crime in Washington. This means the prosecution only needs to prove that there was a causal connection between the act of your driving and the accident. However, there are still a number of legal defenses that can be used to help fight the charges against you. For instance, depending on the facts and circumstances of the case, you may be able to show that you were not the person operating the motor vehicle or you were not intoxicated while you were driving it.

Other potential defenses a vehicular assault lawyer may be able to raise can include the prosecution’s failure to prove every element of the crime — or they may be able to assert a violation of your Constitutional rights. For example, if an illegal search and seizure occurred, any evidence derived from it would be inadmissible, potentially weakening the State’s case. Providing trusted counsel at the time you need it most, Attorney Jon Fox knows what it takes to evaluate a vehicular assault case and develop a strong defense. He also has the skill and knowledge necessary to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecution to reduce the charges that have been brought against you.

Contact an Experienced Washington Vehicular Assault Lawyer

If you are facing an accusation for a DUI vehicular assault in Washington, an experienced vehicular assault lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights. Providing relentless representation and adept advocacy, the Fox Law Firm PLLC has been fighting for the rights of clients in DUI cases since 1985. Contact Attorney Jon Fox for a free consultation to learn how he can help by calling (425) 584-6733.