Lynnwood DUI Lawyer
Were you pulled over and arrested for DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) because a police officer said you failed field sobriety tests? Did you then fail a breath test back at the police station? You may be in danger of facing criminal charges and a conviction for a criminal offense that may result in imprisonment, fines, license suspension, and other serious penalties. It is important to involve a Lynnwood criminal attorney who can help you avoid these consequences. I am a former prosecutor and experienced defense attorney ready to put my experience to work for you at your DOL hearing and in court.
Areas of Practice & Information About DUI
If you are interested in learning more about the services that our firm provides, please feel free to review the areas of practice we have listed below. You can also find information about challenging DUI charges, such as cross-examining the officer who made your arrest or challenging the breath test and can get helpful information about field sobriety tests and other issues relevant to these charges. Just click on any of the links listed below and you will be directed to a page about that subject:
There are many different defense strategies that a person can take advantage of after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These defenses include challenging a field sobriety test, the lawfulness of a police stop, or the results of a breath test.
Multiple DUI Offenses
Have you been arrested for DUI and already have multiple DUI convictions on your record? In the state of Washington, having multiple DUI offenses on your record can be a problem when you get to court – a prosecutor will seek enhanced penalties for your arrest.
If you have been charged with DUI for simply sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle that is not in motion, you will need to talk to an attorney. Even without the intention of driving the vehicle, you may be considered in physical control of the vehicle and therefore charged with DUI.
Driving under the influence of drugs, even a prescription or over-the-counter medication is a serious offense in Washington State. You can face harsh consequences for this type of offense if found guilty, including fines, license revocation and possibly imprisonment.
The penalties of DUI vary depending upon the type of charge you are facing. Penalties for a first time DUI offense differ from those of a felony DUI charge. If you are facing DUI and wish to fight to avoid the consequences associated with a conviction, call my office today.
After being arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you will need to contact the DOL and schedule an administrative hearing if you wish to protest the revocation of your driving privileges. Without this hearing, you will automatically lose your driver's license.
All throughout the nation, the legal drinking age is 21. If you consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of a vehicle under the age of 21, you run the risk of serious consequences and ramifications from the criminal justice system, especially if you do not talk to an attorney.
Similar to an alternative sentencing option, deferred prosecution gives addicts of alcohol and drugs the ability to enter into a rehabilitation program instead of a trial. In a contract with the court, a person will be able to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and other classes to avoid criminal consequences.
Blood & Breath Tests
When a person takes a breath or blood test, they await the results to determine their blood alcohol content. Not all breath test machines are accurate or properly calibrated, and produce incorrect results. Unfortunately, many officers and prosecutors rely on this as solid evidence.
Field Sobriety Tests
A field sobriety test is a type of testing method that a police officer will use to determine if a person is intoxicated. Common tests include the walk and turn test, the horizontal gaze nystagmus tests and the one leg stand test.
DUI Negligent Driving – First Degree
DUI negligent driving in the first degree is a charge associated with a person driving a vehicle in a manner that is considered negligent and that can possibly endanger other people or property. It is less than a DUI charge, but still holds serious consequences.
After a person is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they risk losing their driver's license. As one of the most common penalties associated with DUI, the only way to prevent this from happening is to utilize the defense skills of a DUI attorney.
Ignition Interlock License
An ignition interlock device is a machine that must be put on a person's vehicle to read their BAC each time they turn on the vehicle. A special license must be received for a person to operate a vehicle equipped with an IID after being convicted of DUI.
It can be difficult to know what to do in the face of serious DUI charges, but with proper legal representation you can rest assured that your rights will be well-protected. Need a lawyer for your DUI case in Lynnwood, WA? Call my office today to learn more about DUI charges and proper defense strategies. To get started in receiving the help and guidance you need, contact a Lynnwood DUI attorney today.