DUI Defense Explained
Oftentimes, when drivers are accused of DUI, they assume that there is nothing they can say in their defense. Many people believe that when they blow over the legal limit in a Breathalyzer test, their fate is sealed. The fact is, however, there can be many possible defenses against a drunk driving allegation, depending on the facts of the case. Until you have an experienced Washington State DUI criminal defense lawyer on your side, you will never know your options and what defenses are available. I am criminal defense attorney. I have defended those accused of DUI and other crimes for nearly three decades. When you schedule your free consultation with me at my Bellevue or Everett Law Office, I will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your options in detail, listen patiently and intently to your version of what happened and how you want it to come out. I will be realistic with you but not at all resigned or pessimistic, helping to guide and advise you to take the next steps to optimize your position and document your defense(s), and to help me to help you.
Investigating All Aspects Of Your Case
I take a broad-based approach to defending clients charged with DUI. A close, careful investigation is the only way for a DUI defense lawyer to pursue all possible options, leaving no defense stone unturned or overlooked. For instance, I will look at whether the police had a reasonable suspicion (called “probable cause to stop’) and pull over your vehicle. If the police did not have probable cause to stop your car, truck, motorcycle — or boat, then any evidence they collect as a result may not be admissible in court. This is a highly technical and complex area of the law, and DUI defense involves a lot of scientific, engineering and chemistry knowledge. In college, I graduated with honors as Chemistry and Physics major. This knowledge, combined with my legal knowledge, offers significant benefits to my clients.
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In some situations, I also advise my clients, unless it is repugnant or embarrassing to them, to seek out a mental health evaluation. The results of these evaluations can be useful in situations where the state has a relatively strong case, and our goal is to minimize the possible penalties associated with a conviction. With a strong mental health evaluation, people are often allowed to complete their sentences on home detention instead of jail. The way I present that approach for alternative confinement in lieu of jail for clients facing other allegations has almost never failed in over 300 presentations, in part due to my network of forensic mental health care providers.
DUI charges often come hand in hand with other criminal accusations. If you have been accused of hit and run, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, fleeing and evading, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, or any other related offense, I am prepared to provide experienced, effective legal guidance. I can also assist in cases of boating-related DUIs. With more than a quarter century of legal experience, I fully understand and keep up with the constant changes and developments in Washington State’s DUI laws, as well as the DOL’s rules, and how they relate to your specific situation. I have been successful in a large portion of my cases in saving client’s driving privileges.