DUI Defense

DUI & Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys in Washington State

If you’ve recently been arrested for DUI or other alcohol-related driving offense, you know first-hand how stressful and scary it can be. Let’s face it – getting pulled over is scary. Getting arrested for DUI is terrifying.

You need an experienced DUI defense attorney in your corner fighting for you. Our Puget Law Group defense team, which includes nine former DUI prosecutors, has successfully defended thousands of clients charged with DUI and related offenses in Bellevue, Tacoma, Olympia, Kent, and throughout Western Washington. PLG Partners Dan Gerl, Casey Arbenz, Jared Ausserer, Gina Buskirk, Chris Kattenhorn, and Philip Petersen are each rated “10/10” and “Superb” on AVVO



Our DUI defense team consists of eleven attorneys, nine of whom are former prosecutors. Casey Arbenz won his first eight trials and has added dozens more over a stellar 10 year career, recently earning him the coveted “SuperLawyer®” designation. Managing Partner Dan Gerl has taken over fifty trials before a jury, winning the vast majority of them. And Jared Ausserer served as Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor with Pierce County – the second highest position in that office – before joining PLG this summer.

All three PLG partners – as well as three other attorneys on staff – are rated a perfect “10/10” on AVVO – a distinction no other area firm can claim. Together they have obtained reductions, dismissals, and not guilty verdicts for thousands of clients. Along with a team of outstanding DUI attorneys, they put their collective skills and experience to work defending those accused of criminal offenses. When you have a PLG attorney, you truly have an entire defense machine in your corner.

Trial tested. Client approved.

If you’re arrested for DUI anywhere in the Pacific Northwest – it’s you against the courts, and the prosecutors, and the DOL.

It is critical that you speak with an aggressive and experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible following your arrest, even if you do not yet have a court date. Key events are already taking place; for instance, in order to challenge a license suspension, you must request a Hearing with the Department of Licensing (DOL) within 7 days from your arrest date – even if you’ve not yet received a court date.

With six offices throughout Western Washington, we take your situation seriously and we promise to fight our hardest for you.

But don’t take it from us – see what our clients have to say about our results.

You don’t have to pay us extra to go the extra mile.

At Puget Law Group, we typically charge a flat fee – which means you pay one amount for our legal services. That means one fee for our services and nothing more to pay.

This includes DOL representation, motion hearings, and even trial. We don’t charge by the hour; we don’t come after you later for more money if your case takes more work than originally thought. And we never plead clients out just to resolve a case.

We understand that putting your faith and your fate in a DUI attorney’s hands is one of the most important and stressful decisions you can make, which is why we offer a “Complimentary Strategy Session” (by phone or in person) to discuss your case and your particular concerns. Once we’ve had a chance to talk, we will have a better idea of what will be involved in your case, and can tell you exactly how much it will cost you.

Nobody ever plans in advance for a DUI arrest. We know that paying for an attorney when charged with a DUI can be difficult. We will be as flexible as possible with you and work with your budget. We offer payment plans for those clients who qualify, and we accept all major credit cards.


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I absolutely loved working this firm. PLG and Dan helped me with so much and got my DUI reduced to a Negligent Driving and my fine reduced significantly. They were very persistent and easy to contact with multiple contact methods, they made sure I was up to date so I wasn’t left wondering what was happening. Not to mention they are reasonably priced and are extremely flexible with payments and payment plans. They made this process so much less stressful for me and I can’t express how grateful I was to have PLG and Dan by my side through this experience. I would definitely recommend either of them to handle your case.”

Katrina (DUI Client)