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Everett DUI Attorney

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DUI Lawyers in Everett

  • Have you been arrested for driving under the influence in Everett, WA?
  • Are you worried about the ramifications of a conviction?
  • Do you want to find a law firm that can answer your questions now and guide you through the process?
  • Let us at Callahan Law, P.S., Inc. assist you. Our Everett DUI lawyers are available to answer your DUI questions.
  • We focus primarily on drunk driving defense, and we aggressively defend our clients with creative strategies aimed at reducing the consequences of a DUI arrest in Everett, Washington.
  • Washington is known for having some of the nation’s most punitive DUI laws.
  • Moreover, the number of drunk driving arrests each year is staggering.
  • This is not because more people are driving after consuming alcohol, it is because law enforcement is more aggressively targeting not just drunk drivers, but drivers who have had anything to drink.

So what happens next?

Conditions of Release at Arraignment

  • With regard to the DUI criminal case, you will be given a date to appear for arraignment or a summons will be mailed to you with the date to appear.
  • At that hearing, the court will advise you of the charge against you and of your constitutional rights. You will be asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
  • The court will then establish your “conditions of release.” Conditions may include that you abstain from drinking alcohol, maintain law-abiding behavior, and not drive without a valid license and insurance.
  • In cases where the breath or blood test result is high, or other factors exist, such as an accident, there may be a requirement that you install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, or other conditions aimed at keeping you from driving after consuming alcohol, marijuana or any non-prescribed drug.
  • You may be required to post bail to secure your release.
  • Typically, if you have prior alcohol-related offenses, you should be sure to have experienced legal representation at your arraignment.
  • Subsequent offenses, even those decades ago, may cause the court to take you into custody and require you to post bail to secure your release.
  • At your arraignment, you will be given a notice to appear for another hearing date, called a “pre-trial hearing.” You will likely have several of these hearings before your case is resolved.

You only have 7 days to apply for a dOL hearing

After the 7 days, you will automatically lose your right to request a hearing.  Thirty days from the date of your arrest, you may lose your license, if the officer submitted a report to the Department of Licensing (DOL).  Even if the court appointed a public defender to represent you in your criminal case, you will not have an attorney appointed by any court to represent you against the DOL.   If you want to fight the suspension, call us today!

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Penalties You May Face

There are consequences that follow a conviction for driving while intoxicated or under the influence in Everett. Possible penalties include:

  • Mandatory jail time
  • Mandatory fines, costs, and assessments
  • Mandatory suspension or revocation of your license
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device installation to start and drive your vehicle
  • Mandatory substance abuse evaluation, and treatment, if required
  • Proof of SR 22 insurance
  • Proof that you have attended Alcohol and Drug Information School and/or a DUI Victim’s Impact Panel
  • Up to 5 years of probation

 

If you have certain prior convictions, the mandatory minimum sentences will be higher.

They will also be higher if you refused the test, or if you took the test and the result was .15 or higher. Aside from the court-imposed penalties, there are consequences that follow a conviction outside the courtroom.

You may be denied admission to foreign countries, such as Canada. Insurance rates can rise. You may have trouble renting a car.

What may be worse are the effects a DUI charge or conviction has on your livelihood-your means of providing for your family. For some occupations, a DUI conviction is career-ending.

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Why Should You Choose Callahan Law?

Learn more about License Suspensions and the DOL Hearing Process

We know DUI Law better than most firms.  That’s why we are trusted by Thomson Reuters to Author the DUI Practice Manual for Washington every year since 2006.  We literally write The Book on DUI.

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Contact one of our Experienced DUI Attorneys today and get the advice you need now.  Learn how to save your license and stay out of jail.

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