Des Moines DUI Attorney
Des Moines DUI & Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers
The State of Washington prohibits drivers from operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol
concentration level of .08 or higher (see Revised Code of Washington 46.61.502), with
increased penalties starting at a BAC of .15 and higher. The penalties for DUI in Des Moines can
have a disastrous impact on your life, which is why it is important to contact an experienced
Des Moines DUI attorney as soon as possible. Even for first time offenders, you could be facing
fines, probation, license suspension or revocation, mandatory ignition interlock device
installation, and even jail time.
PUT A TEAM OF FORMER DUI PROSECUTORS IN YOUR CORNER.
Once you’re arrested, the clock starts ticking on the DUI process. It is you against the courts, the prosecutors, and the Department of Licensing. It is critical for you to get informed and stay ahead of the chain of events that quickly unfolds. For example, you must request a Hearing with the Department of Licensing (DOL) within seven days from your arrest date, even if you’ve not yet received a court date. The best way to ensure your DUI process is handled properly is to contact an aggressive and experienced Des Moines DUI lawyer that will take your case seriously and fight for you.
When you contact Puget Law Group, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that our team of former DUI prosecutors is on your side and have successfully defended thousands of clients charged with DUI related offenses.
Des Moines DUI Frequently Asked Questions
I was arrested for DUI in Des Moines. What should I do now?
You should consult with an experienced Des Moines defense attorney as soon as possible, before your court date. The penalties for a DUI conviction in Des Moines are increasingly harsh and include license suspension, jail time, fines and monetary fees, ignition interlock requirements, and SR-22 insurance requirements. Although the Des Moines Prosecutor’s Office may take weeks to file your DUI case, remember that the Department of Licensing (DOL) plans to suspend your license 30 days following your arrest – regardless of whether you’ve yet been charged – and you face automatic suspension unless you request a hearing within 7 days.
If you face a DUI charge in Des Moines, it is essential that you speak with a DUI lawyer who understands the current state of Des Moines and Washington DUI law as well as the customs of its courts. The Des Moines bench has rulings on the admissibility of breath tests and refusal evidence that may differ from those in other courts, which in turn benefit your case. You need an attorney who is familiar with these rulings, and up to date with breath test admissibility in Des Moines as well as other area courts.
You also need a DUI attorney who understands how the new Draeger breath test equipment works, and how to attack its reliability.
A strong DUI attorney must also be a skilled and experienced trial attorney. There is simply no way to develop the ability to attack the Government’s BAC witnesses (BAC technicians and state toxicologists) without trial experience.
Where in Des Moines will my case be handled?
If your arrest occurred in Des Moines, your case will be filed out of the Des Moines Municipal Court, located at 21630 11th Avenue S., Ste. C, Des Moines, WA 98198.
The Des Moines Municipal Court has several judges assigned to hear DUI and other criminal matters. Des Moines is known for being tough on DUI and other criminal offenses, particularly when there is prior related history.
I received a summons to appear at the Des Moines Municipal Court. What happens next?
At your first appearance (Arraignment) the Court will set conditions of release which may include bail and/or enhanced conditions (Ignition Interlock Device, 24/7 alcohol monitoring, etc). The court will issue a pretrial hearing date, usually about four to six weeks later.
What will happen with my court case?
The outcome of your Des Moines DUI case depends on several factors. Was there a breath test or a refusal? What was the Breath (or Blood) Alcohol Content (BAC) reading? Did you do Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs)? Did you admit to drinking? Were there any passengers in the car? Were you cooperative with the officer?
If you have been recently arrested for DUI in Des Moines, or charged with DUI in Des Moines, you need an experienced attorney who is both focused on DUI defense, with knowledge of the policies and customs of the Des Moines Court system and Des Moines City Prosecutor’s Office. The prosecutor for the city of Des Moines is Tara Vaughn.
Sounds like I’m in big trouble. Can you help me?
Absolutely. The DUI attorneys at Puget Law Group have unmatched skills, knowledge and experience to aggressively defend you in Des Moines, and we handle DUI cases in the Des Moines Municipal Court on a regular basis. Eight of our attorneys are former DUI prosecutors – no other DUI defense firm can make that claim. Our DUI attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience handling DUI cases throughout Western Washington. Although every case is unique, in Des Moines we are able to obtain reductions, dismissals or deferrals on over 97% of DUI-related charges.
At Puget Law Group, we believe you shouldn’t have to pay us extra to go the extra mile. This is why we typically charge a flat fee. One fee covers our services and there is nothing more to pay.
This includes DOL representation, motion hearings, and even going to trial. We don’t charge by the hour and 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 Des Moines DUI attorney’s hands is one of the most important and stressful decisions you can make, which is why Puget Law Group offers a Complimentary Strategy Session, either 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)