Charge with a DUI? Contact The Curtis Firm for a Complimentary Strategy Session. Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is generally a "gross misdemeanor" in the State of Washington. When other circumstances exist, the offense can also be considered a felony. Even when a DUI remains a misdemeanor, the penalties can be significant. They will greatly impact your finances, your freedom, and your life. An experienced lawyer will have a huge impact on the outcome of your case. James Curtis is a former deputy prosecutor servicing clients from Seattle to Tacoma who will fight to keep your professional and personal life intact.