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If you have been arrested for DUI anywhere in Thurston County by either a WSP trooper or Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy, your case will likely be filed in the Thurston County District Court, which is located at 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Bldg. 3, in Olympia.
In Thurston County, you are typically required to appear in court the first business day following your DUI arrest. The arresting officer will most likely issue you a citation with the date to appear in court, as well as the Request for DOL Administrative Hearing form.
Remember that, in addition to your Thurston County DUI court case, 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.
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 four judges / commissioners assigned to the Thurston County District Court: Brett Buckley (presiding), Kalo Wilcox, Sam Meyers, and Commissioner Paul Wohl.
Following arraignment, Pierce County District Court cases are assigned to a particular courtroom. Once assigned, your case will likely stay in that courtroom, even if that judge rotates to a new court.
Jon Tunheim is the elected Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney.
The Thurston 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.
Not at all. The DUI attorneys at Puget Law Group have the skills, knowledge and experience to aggressively defend you in Thurston County, and we defend DUI cases in Thurston 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 years of experience fighting DUI charges throughout Western Washington. Although every case is unique, in Thurston County we have been successful in obtaining reductions, dismissals or deferrals on about 95% of cases involving DUI charges.
Absolutely. The DUI attorneys at Puget Law Group have the skills, knowledge and experience to aggressively defend you in Thurston County, and we defend DUI cases in Pierce 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. They currently handle DUI cases in Thurston County District Court and in courts throughout the Puget Sound area, as well as other criminal charges.
Shelley was arrested for DUI six months after being arrested previously for the same charge. Because of the new DUI arrest, Shelley’s original attorney advised her that she had no choice but to plead guilty as charged on that first DUI or face high bail for the new charge.
After she plead guilty and was released, Shelley called on Puget Law Group to represent her in her second charge. Dan found several inconsistencies between the trooper’s report, and what was clear on the trooper’s “dash-cam” video. Attempts to negotiate a reduction were unsuccessful, so Dan filed motions to suppress and dismiss for lack of probable cause to arrest.
At the hearing, the prosecutor asked Dan one more time if his client “wanted to plead guilty.” Dan declined – an hour later, the judge agreed that Shelley’s DUI arrest lacked probable cause and dismissed the case.
“Dan Gerl is the best DUI attorney you can hire in the Puget Sound right now. Fierce, smart and knowledgeable attorney that cares about his clients and his practice, spends lots of hours preparing and dedicating time to defends his clients to the fullest. I myself have used them several occasions and have been more than pleased; I’m actually blessed to have him and Puget Law Group represent me and thank him and everyone in his office for their services. I surely recommend them to anyone as a #1 best attorneys and Dan as the person to have as an attorney.”