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  • A DUI conviction can affect you and your family in many ways, including license suspension, fines, higher insurance rates, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, and jail time.

 

What is a DUI Victim's Panel?

 

In 1983, District Court Judge David S. Admire and a citizen, Shirley Anderson, started the first DUI Victim Panel in Redmond, Washington.  Judge Admire believed that the DUI offenders coming before him did not realize the seriousness of the possible consequences of drunk driving.   Since that first DUI Victim Panel in 1983, this program has grown to be utilized by the courts in nearly all 50 states.

One purpose of the DUI Victim's Panel is to give DUI offenders the opportunity to see the outcomes, tragedies, and other negative effects that are possible when Driving Under the Influence. 

Although not required by statute*, every judge will order a person convicted of Driving Under the Influence or entering into a Deferred Prosecution program to attend a DUI Victim's Panel as a condition of sentence.  A DUI Victim's Panel will likely also be required by the judge in cases where a DUI is reduced to Reckless Driving or Negligent Driving.   

The Victims Panel consists of victims and offenders, and in some cases, they happen to be one and the same. The panels last approximately two hours and typically have three victims speak on their experiences. In some instances, video is used to substitute for a speaker.

We recommend that all of our clients attend a DUI Victim's Panel as soon as possible following arraignment.  Attendance at a DUI Victim's Panel while your case is pending shows the prosecutor and the Judge that you are taking the DUI charges against you seriously and educating yourself about the potential real-life consequences of DUI before it is required of you by the court.

If you are interested in attending a DUI Victim's Panel, our office can help you schedule attendance in various locations around Puget Sound, including DUI Victim's Panels in North Seattle, West Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Burien, Auburn, and Mountlake Terrace.

 *  RCW 46.61.5152

    Attendance at program focusing on victims

In addition to penalties that may be imposed under RCW 46.61.5055, the court may require a person who is convicted of a nonfelony violation of RCW 46.61.502 or 46.61.504 or who enters a deferred prosecution program under RCW 10.05.020 based on a nonfelony violation of RCW 46.61.502 or 46.61.504, to attend an educational program focusing on the emotional, physical, and financial suffering of victims who were injured by persons convicted of driving while under the influence of intoxicants.

[2006 c 73 ? 17; 1998 c 41 ? 9; 1994 c 275 ? 40; 1992 c 64 ? 1.]

The Seattle DUI lawyers at Lovik & Juhl, PLLC are dedicated to helping people facing DUI charges throughout King County, including all King County District Courts and Municipal Courts in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Kent, and all surrounding communities.

For most people charged with a DUI, it is their first contact with the legal system. Once you contact our Seattle DUI lawyers, we will take over your case and begin taking steps to defend you from day one.

Call An Experienced Seattle DUI Lawyer Now At 206-706-2831 for a Free No Hassle Consultation About Your Seattle DUI Case.