Seattle Woman Pleads Guilty to Third DUI, a Felony Offense

cuffs-womanIn 2000, then 18-year-old Dawn Vrentas of Seattle was arrested for the first time for DUI.  Vrentas later spent time in prison after two of her friends lost their lives in an accident in which Vrentas was intoxicated.  On Tuesday April 29, Vrentas, who is now in her early 30’s, pleaded guilty to a third DUI in connection with an incident that occurred in 2013.  A third DUI offense is a felony; Vrentas is scheduled to be sentenced on May 16, according to a news report at Q13Fox.com.

Because Vrentas pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, prosecutors agreed to recommend 22 months in prison, the low end of the sentencing guidelines in Washington.  She was charged with her third DUI (a felony) in July of 2013 when she was pulled over in the area of Northgate on I-5 for speeding.  Vrentas was required to participate in alcohol monitoring 24/7.

In Washington, a third DUI within a 7 year time frame will lead to serious penalties, which include a minimum of 90 days in jail, fines of up to $5,000, probation, license revocation, and four months on EHM, or electronic home monitoring.  However, a third DUI offense outside of the 7 year window may result in the same severe penalties. 

A third or subsequent DUI in the state of Michigan will leave the accused facing serious penalties as well.  A conviction for felony DUI may result in up to 5 years in prison, driver’s license revocation, community service, substantial fines, and possible vehicle immobilization.  Individuals may also be required to complete an alcohol treatment program and have interlock ignition devices installed on their vehicles.

Driving under the influence is a serious charge; even a first offense leaves the accused facing possible jail time, fines, and driver’s license suspension.  Other serious consequences include a criminal record, higher auto insurance premiums, and more.  Being convicted of a drunk driving offense can negatively affect your career, reputation, and employment opportunities.

A skilled Michigan DUI defense attorney will work to reach the best possible outcome, working with you to determine the best legal option in your situation.  Never pay the fines and plead guilty believing it is your only choice; contact a lawyer first.