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Other Courts

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 Counties’ District Courts: Mason, Lewis, Snohomish, and Grays Harbor.

The Mason County bench, and its deputy prosecutors, are known for being tough on DUI, particularly on second offenses, whether or not they are within seven years.

Fortunately, our DUI attorneys have the skills, knowledge and experience to aggressively defend you in Mason, Grays Harbor, Snohomish, and Lewis County District Courts. All four of our DUI attorneys appear and defend DUI cases in these courts on a frequent basis. DUI Attorneys Dan Gerl and Casey Arbenz are former DUI prosecutors, who along with Nick Andrews and Zannie Carlson, have years of experience fighting DUI charges throughout Western Washington. Although every case is unique, in US District Court we have been successful in obtaining reductions, dismissals or deferrals on about 95% of cases involving DUI charges.

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, Judge George Steele. In addition, Judge Stephen Greer handles conflict cases, including those for which Judge Steele has been disqualified.

Click here for 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.

Click here for 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.

Grays Harbor County

If you have been arrested for DUI anywhere in Grays Harbor County by either a WSP trooper or Snohomish 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 – Judge Imler and Judge Copland. The elected prosecutor for Grays Harbor County is Katie Svoboda.

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.

Who are the judges and prosecutor in Kitsap County District Court?

There are currently four judges assigned to the Kitsap County District Court: Judge Jeffrey J Jahns, Judge Marilyn Paja, Judge Claire A Bradley, and Judge Kevin P Kelly. The elected prosecutor for Kitsap County is Chad Enright.

Is there any hope?

Absolutely. The DUI attorneys at Puget Law Group have the skills, knowledge and experience to aggressively defend you in Kitsap County, and we defend DUI cases in Kitsap County District Court on a regular basis. DUI Attorneys Dan Gerl and Casey Arbenz are former DUI prosecutors, who along with Nick Andrews and Zannie Carlson, have combined over 50 years of experience fighting DUI charges throughout Western Washington. Nick frequently serves as a pro tem judge in nearby Bremerton Municipal Court, and he is very familiar with the local customs and policies of the courts in that county.

Although every case is unique, in Kitsap County we are able to obtain reductions, dismissals or deferrals on about 95% of DUI-related charges.

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) License.

Click here for Kitsap County District Court contact information.

 

DUI refusal reduced to traffic ticket

Dianna was charged with DUI Refusal. At motions, we were able to convince the judge that Dianna only “refused” the breath test because the arresting officer, after initially allowing her to read the Implied Consent Warnings herself, took them away from her shortly after because he decided she wasn’t looking at the right part of the form.

In addition to getting the refusal evidence suppressed at the hearing, we did enough damage to the officer on the stand that we were able to negotiate a 12 month diversion agreement for Dianna, after which the original DUI charge was reduced to a traffic ticket.

If you have a pending DUI charge, call our Tacoma DUI lawyers now.