DUI Attorneys in Mason, Lewis, Snohomish, and Grays Harbor Counties

 

In addition to Pierce, Thurston, King, and Kitsap County District Courts, the DUI attorneys at Puget Law Group regularly appear for DUI cases in the following District Courts: Mason, Lewis, Snohomish, and Grays Harbor.

Our DUI attorneys have the skills, knowledge and experience to aggressively defend you in Mason, Grays Harbor, Snohomish, and Lewis County District Courts. All of our DUI attorneys appear and defend DUI cases in these courts on a frequent basis. DUI Attorneys Dan Gerl, Gina Buskirk, Tim Lewis, Philip Petersen, and Nathan Trudeau are former DUI prosecutors. Along with Phil Su, Nichole Fisher, and Leanna Mysak, they have years of experience fighting DUI charges throughout Western Washington.

Mason County

If you have been arrested for DUI anywhere in Mason County by either a WSP trooper or Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy, your case will likely be filed in the Mason County District Court, which is located in Shelton.

In Mason County District Court, you are typically summonsed to appear in court within days following your DUI arrest. The arresting officer often but not always issues the date to appear in court, and should have also provided the Request for DOL Administrative Hearing form.

At your first appearance (Arraignment), the assigned judge will set conditions of release which may also include enhanced conditions, such as bail or alcohol monitoring (Ignition Interlock Device (IID), EHM and/or SCRAM). If this is a second DUI offense, the court will most likely order both IID and SCRAM. Following Arraignment, the court will issue a pretrial hearing date, usually about four to six weeks later.

There is currently one presiding judge assigned to the Mason County District Court bench, George Steele. In addition, Judge Stephen Greer handles conflict cases, including those for which Judge Steele has been disqualified.

Mason County District Court Contact Information

Lewis County

If you have been arrested for DUI anywhere in Lewis County by either a WSP trooper or Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputy, your case will likely be filed in the Lewis County District Court, which is located in Chehalis.

In Lewis County District Court, you are typically booked following arrest for DUI and held without bail until appearing before a judge, usually the first business day following arrest. The arresting officer should have provided you a copy of your breath test document, as well as the Request for DOL Administrative Hearing form.

At your first appearance (Arraignment), the assigned judge will set conditions of release which may also include enhanced conditions, such as bail or alcohol monitoring (Ignition Interlock Device (IID), EHM and/or SCRAM). If this is a second DUI offense, the court will most likely order both IID and 24/7 alcohol monitoring. Following Arraignment, the court will issue a pretrial hearing date, usually about four to six weeks later.

There are currently two judges assigned to the Lewis County District Court bench – Judge Buzzard and Judge Samuelson. The elected prosecutor for Lewis County is Jonathan Meyers.

Lewis County District Court Contact Information.

Snohomish County

If you have been arrested for DUI anywhere in Snohomish County by either a WSP trooper or Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputy, your case will likely be filed in the Snohomish County District Court. There are four divisions: Everett, Cascade (Arlington), South (Lynnwood), and Evergreen (Monroe).

In Snohomish County District Court, the prosecutor may choose to file your DUI case immediately after your DUI arrest, or summons you in months following arrest. The arresting officer should have provided you the Request for DOL Administrative Hearing form.

At your first appearance (Arraignment), the assigned judge will set conditions of release which may also include enhanced conditions, such as bail or alcohol monitoring (Ignition Interlock Device (IID), EHM and/or SCRAM). If this is a second DUI offense, the court will most likely order both IID and SCRAM. Following Arraignment, the court will issue a pretrial hearing date, usually about four to six weeks later.

There are currently anywhere from two to three judges (or commissioners) assigned to each Division of the Snohomish County District Court bench. The elected prosecutor for Snohomish County is Adam Cornell.

Snohomish County District Court Contact Information

Grays Harbor County

If you have been arrested for DUI anywhere in Grays Harbor County by either a WSP trooper or Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputy, your case will likely be filed in the Grays Harbor County District Court. There are two divisions – Aberdeen and Montesano – but all DUI and other criminal matters are handled in Division 1 in Montesano.

In Grays Harbor County District Court, the prosecutor may choose to file your DUI case immediately after your DUI arrest, or summons you in days or weeks following arrest. The arresting officer should have provided you the Request for DOL Administrative Hearing form.

At your first appearance (Arraignment), the assigned judge will set conditions of release which may also include enhanced conditions, such as bail or alcohol monitoring (Ignition Interlock Device (IID), EHM and/or SCRAM). If this is a second DUI offense, the court will most likely order both IID and SCRAM. Following Arraignment, the court will issue a pretrial hearing date, usually about four to six weeks later.

There are currently two judges assigned to Division 1 of the Grays Harbor County District Court bench.  The elected prosecutor is Norma Tillotson.

Grays Harbor County District Court Contact Information

Kitsap County

If you have been arrested for DUI anywhere in Kitsap County by either a WSP trooper or Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy, your case will likely be filed in the Kitsap County District Court, which is located at in Port Orchard.

DUI filings in Kitsap County typically happen within a day or two of the incident. Although the arresting officer may not given you a date to appear in court, he should have given you the Request for DOL Administrative Hearing form.

At your first appearance (Arraignment), the assigned judge will set conditions of release which may also include enhanced conditions, such as bail or alcohol monitoring (Ignition Interlock Device (IID), SCRAM, EHM with Sobrietor). The court will issue a pretrial hearing date, usually about four to six weeks later.

There are currently four judges assigned to the Kitsap County District Court: Jeffrey Jahns, Marilyn Paja, Claire Bradley, and Kevin Kelly. 

Kitsap County District Court Contact Information

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