If you have been arrested for DUI in the city limits of Federal Way by a City of Federal Way police officer, your case will likely be filed in Federal Way Municipal Court.
Following arrest, you will likely appear before the court within one week of your arrest whether you are booked or released. If released, the arresting officer should have given you notification to appear in court as well as the Request for DOL Administrative Hearing form.
Who are The Federal Way judges?
The Federal Way Municipal Court currently seats two judges: The Hon. David Larson, and The Hon. Rebecca Robertson. Both judges have reputations for being tough on DUI and other criminal matters, particularly when the accused has prior offenses, a particularly high blood alcohol level, or was involved in an accident. (Local tip - do not talk when court is in session!)
What will happen when I go to court?
At your first appearance, called an arraignment, the prosecuting attorney will ask the court to set conditions of release, which may include bail or alcohol monitoring (SCRAM and/or Ignition Interlock Device) depending on prior history. The court will impose conditions and schedule a Pretrial Hearing Conference, usually about four to six weeks later.
Federal Way DUI Attorney Dan Gerl is the ONLY former Federal Way DUI Prosecutor who now defends those charged with DUI in Federal Way.
Federal Way DUI Attorney Dan Gerl is a former DUI prosecutor who previously worked with the City of Federal Way as a Prosecuting Attorney for two years. While a prosecutor in Federal Way Dan handled over a dozen DUI jury trials. Dan is very familiar with the policies and customs of the Federal Way Municipal Court, its judges, and its prosecuting attorneys. Dan Gerl is the only former Federal Way prosecutor now defending those accused of DUI in Federal Way on a regular basis.
To achieve the best outcome at your arraignment and throughout your case, you should retain an experienced and dedicated Federal Way DUI Attorney as soon as possible following your arrest. It is critical that you have an experienced attorney with you at your arraignment, as this may be your only opportunity to challenge the prosecutor's request for bail or alcohol monitoring. Also, keep in mind that the Department of Licensing is already busy preparing to suspend your license, in certain cases for up to two years.
Click here to find out more information regarding DOL license suspensions, Ignition Interlock Device, how to request an Administrative Hearing to contest your suspension, and how to apply for a Restricted (IIL/ORL) License.
The Federal Way Municipal Court is located at 33325 8th Ave. S., Federal Way, WA. Telephone: 253.835.3000 Fax: 253.835.3020. The Court is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.
For the City of Federal Way website, click here.