Washington, DC DUI and criminal defense lawyer K. Lawson Wellington uses an intelligent, zealous approach to fighting for his clients' best interests and preservation of rights. I won't judge you and I will use plain English to explain the law, the possible penalties and potential ramifications.

My experience includes almost 15 years of representing people charged with DUI, OWI, Assaults, Drug Possession offenses, Fleeing and Reckless Driving, Sex offenses, Shoplifting, Speeding Over Thirty (30) charges, Theft and other Felony and Misdemeanor offenses in DC Superior Court and surrounding Maryland jurisdictions.  Hire a lawyer who understands how important it is to protect and safeguard your rights.



If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI in Washington, DC, you need a top Washington, DC DUI lawyer to defend you.

In Washington, DC a DUI arrest gives cause to two different matters: a DUI criminal case, that is prosecuted in the District of Columbia Superior Court, and an administrative driver's license case at the DC Department of Motor Vehicles, which can result in your driving privileges being suspended by DC Department of Motor Vehicles.

If you or someone you care for has been arrested for driving drunk, please contact a Washington D.C. DUI defense attorney immediately to defend your driving privileges.  At the Law Office of K. Lawson Wellington we will provide you with a free telephone consultation with regards to your options to protect your driving rights.


The DUI/DWI law in Washington, DC makes it illegal to drive when under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of even .03% or higher.  In the District of Columbia, a DUI/DWI (or drunk driving) case can be proved in two (2) different ways. A Washington D.C. DUI can be demonstrated through the driving pattern, physical appearance of the driver, field sobriety test performances and chemical test results.  Each of these may amount to circumstantial evidence of mental or physical impairment, and be interpreted as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


Washington D.C. DUI cases can also be prosecuted on the theory that the driver violated the law of the District of Columbia. This type of Washington DWI law declares it is a crime to drive with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .03% or greater. The focus of this type of Washington D.C. DUI law is body chemistry and has nothing to do with mental or physical impairment.  Moreover, Washington D.C. drivers have impliedly consented  (DC Implied Consent Law) to a test of their blood or breath for purposes of determining alcohol content if suspected of driving under the influence. This means that in a DUI arrest, refusal to submit to chemical testing when lawfully requested by a peace officer can result in additional civil punishment (loss of driving privileges for up to one year).  Also, the refusal to submit to a blood or breath alcohol test following an arrest for DUI / DWI or a related drunk driving charge can be introduced at trial to show consciousness of guilt.

Washington D.C. DUI cases are significantly more difficult for repeat offenders, where a prior conviction occurred within the last fifteen (15) years.  Consequently, if a driver is arrested for driving under the influence with a prior conviction that is less than 15 years old, the new Washington D.C. DWI case will be treated as a second offense, with much stricter penalties of up to one (1) year.

DUI punishment in Washington DC can include fines that range from $300 to $10,000, and jail time that can last up to one (1) year.  Washington DC has approved an ignition device program, which is an alcohol breath test device that is installed in the car to prevent it from being started unless the driver is alcohol free.

It is critical to contact a Washington DC DUI / DWI defense lawyer if you are facing drunk driving charges in the District of Columbia.  DUI or DWI cases can have devastating consequences, and a skilled DUI or DWI defense attorney can make all the difference.  Contact the Law Office of K. Lawson Wellington, a qualified District of Columbia DUI defense lawyer, for a free consultation.




We understand that anyone can be arrested under the suspicion of drunk driving by operating a car in DC.  You might have simply been in town for a one-time business meeting, a convention, an important family event, visiting the nation's capital and/or friends or merely passing through.  If your schedule doesn't permit or it is difficult, we will request continuances or seek to waive your appearance for initial arraignments or follow-up/status hearings.  Call today and we will advise you how best to proceed.




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K. Lawson Wellington

DC DUI Lawyer & Criminal Defense Attorneys

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