Seattle DUI Attorneys
Seattle Drunk Driving Lawyer, Jason S. Newcombe
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A Seattle DUI is not an insurmountable catastrophe. Don’t let this upheaval in your life keep you from remaining positive about your circumstances, because our Seattle DUI lawyers have the skills, qualifications, and experience to defend your interests and protect your legal rights.
If you choose to retain one of our Seattle DUI lawyers, they will work hard from day-one to make sure everything legally possible is being done to protect your interests with the court while defending your legal rights. Time is short and you need to be prepared BEFORE your DOL hearing, so contact us today and take the first step toward resolving your Seattle DUI case.
A Seattle DUI arrest is never easy.
Coping with the aftermath of being arrested on a Washington State drunk driving criminal charge is a life-altering experience that can leave you feeling like every aspect of your life has been turned upside down. Most people facing the serious charge of a DUI in Seattle have previously never had a run-in with the police, or even know what a courtroom looks like. Most people facing charges stemming from a WA driving crime are honest, hard-working, family-minded people who find themselves unprepared for the emotional upheaval and potentially devastating aftermath of a Seattle DUI arrest.
Experienced drunk driving defense.
If you recently experienced the humiliation of an arrest for drunk driving, our Seattle DUI attorneys know what you’re going through. We’ve handled hundreds of cases just like yours, in every Western Washington community, and we routinely see how physically and emotionally draining the whole ordeal can be. Our first piece of advice to our clients is as follows; “Keep in mind that you are NOT a criminal.” Many of the people we represent simply made an error in judgment, and some even express that they feel like there was no reason for them to be arrested in the first place.
Our Seattle DUI lawyers are here to help and to fight.
Our Seattle DUI lawyers are here to listen to your story and defend your legal rights. You are undoubtedly facing a great deal of pressure after being arrested for a Seattle DUI, and attempting to represent yourself will only lead to more unwanted stress. Additionally, these efforts are largely unsuccessful. When you retain one of our qualified Seattle DUI attorneys you remove your own burden of dealing with the court and place it squarely on our experienced legal professionals,
Think of it this way – if your car breaks down and you lack the knowledge to repair it, you take it to an experienced Seattle mechanic. When dealing with the possibility of a criminal conviction, hiring an Seattle legal professional is even more important, because your entire life from that point forward will be affected. Only a professional with real-world experience and a thorough understanding of Washington DUI law will be able to deal with the court on your behalf, in an effort to resolve your case. Our Seattle DUI lawyers are professional litigators who will aggressively defend your rights while dealing with the prosecutor and the Washington Court on your behalf.
It is experience that often makes the difference between success and failure. This is especially true when dealing with Washington drunk driving law and how it relates to the circumstances around your Seattle DUI. Navigating the legal waters of the court system takes a combination of experience, dedication, and legal finesse. Negotiations with the prosecutor’s office are often aided by years of previous experience and professional respect. When we investigate a Seattle DUI case, the process is streamlined because of our decades of hard work looking for issues that have helped previous clients build a successful defense.
Our Seattle DUI attorneys have decades of combined experience dealing with the intricacies and unique circumstances of WA drunk driving cases. By resolving hundreds of cases every year, we are confident that most of them can attacked to some degree, including yours. Obviously, much will depend on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, the nature of the police reports, and how much time we are given to work with.
Seattle DUI penalties – how will they affect you and your future?
Initially, our Seattle DUI attorneys will help you by identifying and explaining the penalties you are facing relative to your particular crime. By first identifying a problem we can then seek to mitigate it, so that you have the best possibility of staying out of jail and keeping your driver’s license.
We will also seek to address the emotional strain caused by a Seattle DUI. This sudden pressure and worry can cause problems in your personal life, at work, and even with your family. This is another sound reason to focus on minimizing your penalties, however possible, while maintaining a keen focus on creating a sound legal DUI defense.
The mandatory penalties for a first DUI conviction in Washington State include fines of up to $5,000 with the possibility of spending up to 364 days in jail, which you obviously want to avoid at all costs. A Seattle DUI conviction will also trigger a mandatory 90-day driver’s license suspension, and when your license is finally reinstated you will have to obtain expensive SR-22 (high risk) auto insurance and keep it for three years. Other discretionary penalties that could be assessed include alcohol and drug counseling classes or being forced to install an interlock ignition device on your automobile and blow into it whenever you start your car. Lastly, and possibly most importantly, a Seattle DUI conviction will mean that you have a criminal record.
Different drunk driving crimes will incur a different set of penalties, if you are convicted of the crime. When examining the penalties incurred for a Seattle minor DUI conviction, it may at first seem like they are less severe, but a criminal record could affect a young person’s ability to get a good job just as they are getting their feet wet in the professional world.
Our team of Seattle DUI lawyers understand how important every drunk driving case is to our clients, and will treat your case with the urgency it demands. Your future could very well depend on the actions you take right now, and our ability to work with the information you provide us in a timely manner. For this reason you should not delay. Talk to one of our Seattle DUI attorneys as fast as you can after your arrest. The prosecution won’t wait for you to act, so call us today and let us get started on the process of defending your rights.
Our criminal attorneys will work with you to build an aggressive defense.
So, now you understand how DUI penalties can have a devastating effect on your life, but exactly how do our Seattle DUI attorneys work to mitigate the ramifications of these penalties?
If this is your first arrest for a DUI, you will have to appear in criminal court and arrange a hearing with the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL). At your DOL hearing you will be able to offer up your own defense, after which it will be decided whether or not your driver’s license will be suspended. You only have 7 days from the time of your Seattle DUI arrest to request this all-important hearing, so it is vital that you talk to one of our Seattle DUI lawyers as soon as possible, so that they can start working with you to prepare your defense.
It takes time for our Seattle DUI attorneys to build a defense strategy that is aggressive and thorough, because a great deal of legwork must be done. We collect evidence to create a criminal defense that we will then present to the court, so getting an early start is obviously advantageous.
When building your defense strategy, one of the first places our Seattle DUI lawyers look is at the police reports relative to the details involving your arrest. Errors or inconsistencies in these reports may help as we negotiate with the prosecutor, or appear in court. At times, the facts revealed in these reports can lead to a case being dismissed.
For instance, if you were pulled over without a legitimate legal reason and this is evident in the police report, then we have some pretty strong evidence that we can offer for consideration by the court. If the device that is typically used to measure the alcohol levels in your blood and to determine your level of intoxication did not get calibrated to legal specifications, or if its records were not up-to-date at the time of your arrest, then it may be possible to successfully suppress this evidence at your Seattle DUI evidentiary hearing.
We cannot stress enough that minimizing your DUI penalties is the primary goal of our Seattle DUI attorneys. Indeed, we want to keep you licensed and out of jail, so we maintain that an aggressive defense strategy built on knowledge and experience is the best way to defend your interests when faced with Seattle DUI charges.
With so much at stake in your personal life and future, who you select to be the WA drunk driving attorney representing your case obviously quite important. What will serve you best is a DUI attorney whom you can trust and that will act as an advocate for your character in court, while compassionately addressing your personal needs. Your attorney should also be willing to work tirelessly in an effort to get you the best end result legally possible – and this requires real dedication.
Our Seattle DUI attorneys take a personal interest in every case, and every client, readily addressing each individual’s needs and concerns. Your situation deserves a unique focus and strategy, because no two DUI cases are ever exactly alike.
Passing through the gauntlet of a Seattle DUI is an emotionally charged experience that can leave you drained, so your lawyer should care about you, and the outcome. Our team of qualified Seattle DUI lawyers have decades of combined experience dealing with Washington law, the court, and the prosecutors. This kind of experience is earned over time and cannot be manufactured. It can also go a long way when you want to have your side of the story heard by the court. When you retain one of our lawyers you can rest assured that you will always be treated fairly, in accordance with Washington DUI law.
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Hopefully this page has given you some information that will help you better understand your situation, but you probably still have some questions about your particular Seattle DUI. Our Seattle DUI attorneys offer a free case evaluation, so you can start getting some honest answers about your situation right now, without any risk. You will then be able to make your own choice about how you would like to handle your DUI case, and who you would like fighting on your behalf.
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