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Montana Man Faces 14th DUI Charge

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Apr 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

A 62-year-old Montana man faces his 14th DUI charge. Police say that they found Edwin Cuch asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle in Billings last October, reports the Billings Gazette.

When the authorities searched the vehicle, they allegedly found a can of high-gravity beer between Cuch's legs. After the police woke him, the officer reportedly asked Cuch if he knew where he was at, and Cuch couldnot even provide the right state -- saying that he believed he was in Idaho. Prosecutors say that Cuch has a long history of DUIs spanning Montana, Wyoming and Utah.

Repeat DUI Offenders in Washington State

Repeat DUI offenders may face very tough penalties in Washington State.

Generally, the penalties for a DUI get incrementally tougher with each subsequent DUI conviction. For example, a first offense in Washington can lead to a mandatory minimum of one day in jail. However, a second time offender can face a minimum of 30 days in jail while a third time offender may face a minimum of 90 days behind bars. Similarly, the monetary fines and minimum license suspensions also get tougher for each subsequent DUI conviction.

In addition, you should be aware that if you have been convicted of four or more DUIs, you can now face felony DUI charges even for a routine DUI arrest. A felony conviction can include significant prison time and other severe penalties.

Contact a King County DUI Attorney

If you have any questions about a DUI arrest in the King County area and the penalties you face, you will want to talk to an experienced attorney. Schedule a consultation to discuss your case with an attorney at Cowan Kirk Gaston Wolff by calling (425) 822-1220.

About the Author

William Kirk, Partner

Bill Kirk has been named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics Magazine every year since 2003. He currently serves on the Board of Regents to the National College for DUI Defense and is the President of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice. Bill is one of only two attorneys in this state to pass the National College's Board Certification Exam.

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