If you have been arrested for driving under the influence or physical control in Snohomish County, you need a 5-star DUI law firm for your defense. We are that firm. We know the prosecutors and judges that handle Snohomish DUI cases, having years of experience in all of the district and municipal courts of Snohomish County.
A DUI or Physical Control is a serious crime; the penalties reflect that. We are here to give you hope though, because we have had tremendous success in getting the prosecutors to see the problems we have found in their assigned cases. As a result, they often agree to reduce the DUI charge to a non-DUI, allowing our clients to avoid jail, ignition interlock restrictions, and other severe penalties of a DUI conviction.
The penalties of a first offense DUI or Physical Control conviction include:
The penalties for a second or third DUI or Physical Control conviction are much more severe. Mandatory minimums range from 30 to 120 days of incarceration in the county jail, plus up to 150 days on electronic home detention, at your own expense. It is not unusual for repeat offenders to serve 364 days in jail, the maximum that the law allows.
As if the criminal penalties are not enough, society views those convicted of DUI or physical control very negatively. Since a DUI / Physical Control conviction can never be vacated (expunged), it will remain on your record for the rest of your life. Employer background checks will show the conviction. Lenders and landlords, as well as colleges and universities, also run background checks. This can have a very harmful effect on your future opportunities in life. However, if your DUI is reduced to a lesser offense, after a period of time, you may request that the court vacate that lesser offense. In order to keep your freedom, your privilege to drive, and your future opportunities in life, you need a law firm that is aggressive in defending you.
If you would like to talk to an attorney immediately, you can contact us at (206) 866-2844.
When an officer arrests someone for DUI or Physical Control and they refuse the breath test, or test over the legal limit, the department of licensing is notified. DOL then notes the DUI on the driver's record and sends the driver notice of the date that they have to stop driving due to suspension or revocation of their driver's license. To challenge the action, the driver may request a hearing with DOL, but time is of the essence--the hearing request must be postmarked within 20 days of the date of arrest. We do not recommend that you request your hearing online.
We are very experienced in DOL hearings. We extensively prepare for these telephonic hearings, as they are difficult to win. We go so far as to obtain statistics on every hearing examiner's decision in every case they decide. This knowledge enables us to tailor our defense to a particular hearing examiner's tendency to favor that defense.
If you prefer not to request a hearing (the DOL charges people to have these hearings) there is a temporary restricted license for which you may apply. Give us a call and we will tell you everything you need to know to get the restricted license, including giving you tips on how to get it quickly so that you have it in hand the day your suspension or revocation goes into effect.
Callahan Law, P.S., Inc. will perform a vigorous investigation to uncover facts that will be favorable to your case. Armed with these facts, we will confidently negotiate your case with the assigned prosecutor, pointing out why the case is not as strong against you as they think it is. We gather all the evidence available in your case, not just from the prosecutor, but also from your recollection, and from documents we request of the arresting agency and the state patrol, which maintains the breath test machine and performs blood testing in blood draw DUI cases.
Attorney Linda M. Callahan, founder of the firm, is the author of the widely respected Washington DUI Practice Manual, published by Thomson Reuters, written for lawyers and judges. Her knowledge of DUI defense and DUI laws is unparalleled. Our team of DUI lawyers is well-versed in the technologies employed in breath testing: infrared spectroscopy and fuel-cell technology. We have the know-how to scrutinize repair and maintenance records and breath test data to search for patterns that indicate problems with the machine. Ms. Callahan is also well-trained on gas chromatography, the method used by the state patrol laboratory to analyze blood samples, having completed advanced training at Axion Labs in Chicago.
When we negotiate with prosecutors, they know that we know much more about these technologies than they do--after all, we wrote the book. Let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you.
For help with your DUI or Physical Control case, please give us a call today.
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