As a DUI Defense Attorney, I have represented dozens of clients charged with DUI and other offenses throughout Washington state who speak a native language other than English. The overwhelming majority could have benefitted from speaking with an interpreter before agreeing - or refusing - to subm...
DUI and Criminal Defense Attorneys in Seattle, Federal Way, and Tacoma
DREs are officers with additional specialized training to detect drivers impaired due to legal or illegal drugs. Although often referred to as "experts," these officers receive less than two weeks' worth of specialized training, with no formal education requirements. They testify at the behest of prosecutors, upon whose recommendation they rely on to be admitted into the DRE training program in the first place. In rendering their "expert" opinion in court they are often wrong and always non-objective. If you are arrested for DUI and asked to submit to a DRE evaluation, politely decline, make no statements, and ask to speak to an attorney immediately.
If you are being investigated by a cop for DUI, and he asks you to submit to the Portable Breath Test, or PBT, just say no.
The King County Prosecutor's Office has (un)officially stopped plea negotiations for DUI charges, even for first offenses. This blanket policy is not only unjust, it is wreaking havoc with the King County District Court system. If those charged with DUI in King County want to be treated fairly - if they seek justice - they're not going to get it from the Prosecutor's office. They and their attorneys are going to have to fight for it.
If you are arrested for or charged with a DUI, there are many advantages to getting an alcohol or drug assessment and DUI Victim's Panel completed sooner rather than later - and with having a Washington DUI attorney who knows how to navigate you through the process.
Although some defense attorneys like to brag they are hard-nosed "take no prisoners" types with prosecutors, probation officers and Department of Licensing Hearing Examiners, that approach rarely works as well as a thoughtful, well researched approach that signifies the attorney understands the case as well as the problems faced by the prosecution.
Don't plead guilty to DUI unless your attorney has discussed with you possible motions that can be filed in your case to suppress evidence.
Police can pull you over even if you haven't driven carelessly (ie, traffic infraction). With many drivers relying on GPS for direction, this creates another basis for which more and more are being pulled over.
If you move, it is important that you keep your address updated with the Department of Licensing, and if applicable – if you've received a speeding ticket – with the court as well.
In light of two recent tragedies involving deaths at the hands of (alleged) drunk drivers who had prior convictions for DUI-related offenses, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has himself gone on the offensive, leading the charge for new and immediate tougher DUI legislation. While the desire for swift action in response to these tragic events is understandable in principle (if perhaps overreaching and nearly impossible to achieve in practice), Inslee's politically motivated rhetoric in support is not only knee-jerk, but wildly inaccurate.
It's getting tougher and tougher out there for those charged with DUI in Seattle or Tacoma, even for first time "offenders." Not only are Department of Licensing standards and fees getting more restrictive, but as of late prosecutors are starting to tighten up their plea recommendations, "offering" my clients to "PGAC" (Plead Guilty As Charged) far more often than before, especially in King County.
An officer's narrative report - and own recollection - while often trusted completely, are subjective and prone to forgetfulness, exaggeration and error. The "dash-cam" audio/video recordings, on the other hand (when available) are objective. The dash-cam doesn't lie.
If you are charged with a crime and cannot afford an attorney, you will be provided a public defender at no expense to you (paid for by your fellow citizens). If you can afford an attorney, you must hire one or choose to defend yourself - which is ill-advised.
I recently spoke with someone who had been arrested for DUI. Because his breath test result was (allegedly) over .08, he was facing a 90 day license suspension from the Department of Licensing (DOL). He told me that his friends all advised him that it would be a waste of money to request a hearin...
It's imperative that, if you are arrested for DUI (or any criminal offense, for that matter) you speak to an attorney as soon as possible following your arrest. There are several obvious reasons for this: an attorney can best advise you whether to agree to the breath test or not; the time spent s...