If a DUI charge is pending in a municipal or district court it is a misdemeanor charge. Examples of these courts include Seattle Municipal Court, King County District Court, and Whatcom County District Court. A DUI charge pending in a Superior Court is likely a felony DUI charge except that a misdemeanor DUI charge arising out of the same conduct that also constitutes a felony may be prosecuted along with the felony charge in Superior Court.
Examine the complaint or charging document
The complaint, or charging document will specify whether the DUI charge is a misdemeanor or felony. Whereas in most cases a DUI charge will be prosecuted as a misdemeanor, a DUI can be prosecuted as a felony if the accused has four or more "prior offenses" within ten years. In addition, a DUI that causes "substantial bodily harm to another" is charged as felony "vehicular assault."
Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on
their profile in addition to the information we collect from state
bar associations and other organizations that license legal
professionals. Attorneys who claim their profiles and provide Avvo
with more information tend to have a higher rating than those who do
What determines Avvo Rating?
Experience & background
Years licensed, work experience, education
Legal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awards
Legal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagements
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in .
Disciplinary information may not be comprehensive, or updated. We recommend that you always check a lawyer's disciplinary status with their respective state bar association before hiring them.