Physical Control Charge in Washington State

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What Does a Physical Control Charge Entail?

In the state of Washington a Physical Control Charge is when a person is found to be, in control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs even if the vehicle is not moving. This charge is taken seriously due to the risk it poses to safety. The law aims to prevent impaired individuals from being able to drive thereby reducing the chances of accidents and injuries on the road.

The Importance of Having a Strong Defense for Physical Control Charges

When dealing with a Physical Control Charge having a defense team is essential. With my experience as an attorney I understand the complexities of these cases and how they can impact your life. The legal process may seem overwhelming. With legal support at your side you can navigate through these challenging times with greater confidence.

If you or someone you care about is facing a Physical Control Charge don’t hesitate to seek assistance today. Our team at Ticket Cutter provides expertise. Personalized attention needed to build a defense. We cater to clients throughout Washington State. Offer consultations as well as free initial consultations to ensure our services are accessible to everyone.

Considering Your Legal Choices

When accused of a Physical Control offense it’s crucial to be aware that you have options, for addressing your case. Every situation is unique. Knowing your options can greatly impact the outcome. Here are some legal choices you have:

  • Negotiating Plea Deals: Sometimes it’s possible to discuss a plea bargain, with the prosecution to lessen the charges or penalties.
  • Contesting the Evidence: This involves examining the circumstances of your arrest and the evidence presented against you. If there were any errors or violations of your rights it could lead to a dismissal of the case.
  • Seeking Deferred Prosecution: Washington State offers a program for individuals dealing with substance abuse issues that focuses on treatment than punishment.
  • Going to Trial: If the evidence against you is weak going to trial could be a way to contest the charges.

Range of Defense Services for Physical Control Charges Provided by Our Firm

At Ticket Cutter we offer services related to defending physical control charges providing legal assistance:

  • Case Assessment: Analyzing all aspects of your case to determine the most suitable defense strategy.
  • Legal Representation: Offering defense in court negotiating with prosecutors and representing you during hearings.
  • Evidence Examination: Reviewing the evidence for any inconsistencies or legal infractions.
  • Consultation with Experts: Working closely with specialists, like toxicologists to challenge the prosecutions evidence.
  • Legal Advice: Providing guidance on the outcomes and recommended steps, for your situation.

Why You Might Require Legal Representation

Having a lawyer is essential when dealing with a physical control charge. The advantages of having representation include:

  • Knowledge of DUI Laws: A lawyer versed in DUI and physical control laws can navigate the legal process more efficiently.
  • Mitigating Penalties: A competent defense can result in reduced penalties, such as fines, shorter jail time or alternative sentencing options.
  • Preserving Your Record: An attorney can work towards having the charges dismissed or obtaining a not verdict to maintain a record.
  • Preventing License Suspension: Effective defense strategies can help avoid the suspension of your driving privileges, which is a consequence of such charges.

Legal Ramifications of Physical Control Offenses in Washington State

Facing a physical control charge, in Washington State comes with repercussions. Understanding these outcomes underscores the importance of mounting a defense:

  • Monetary Penalties: Convictions may lead to fines.
  • Imprisonment: Depending on the seriousness and specifics of the case imprisonment could be a punishment.
  • Driver’s License Suspension: A conviction might result in your drivers license being suspended, impacting your ability to drive and daily routines.
  • Probation: Conditions of probation may involve check-ins with a probation officer and adherence to requirements.
  • Required Treatment Programs: Courts might mandate participation in substance abuse treatment programs in instances.


What is the definition of “physical control” according to Washington law?

Physical control refers to having possession of the keys to a vehicle and the capability to operate it even if the vehicle is stationary.

Can I face charges for physical control without driving?

Indeed you can be charged if you are discovered in control of the vehicle while impaired regardless of whether you were driving.

What are potential defenses against a physical control charge?

Possible defenses include contesting the legality of the traffic stop questioning the accuracy of breathalyzer or blood test results and demonstrating that you had no intention to drive.

How might a physical control charge impact my driving record?

A conviction could result in points on your driving record, higher insurance premiums and potential suspension of your drivers license.

Is it feasible to have a physical control charge dismissed?

Yes, with representation it is feasible to challenge the evidence and procedural aspects of the case which could potentially lead to dismissal.

Our goal is to offer top-notch representation, to individuals dealing with physical control allegations. Our dedicated team is focused on safeguarding your rights and working towards the best result for your situation. Get in touch with us today for a consultation. Kickstart the process of securing your future.

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