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DUI arrestees stopped in Bellevue’s city limits by the Bellevue Police are prosecuted in Bellevue District court, which is one of the east Division satellite courthouse facilities of the large King County District court system. Bellevue just moved to a large, nice new courthouse about 2 years ago, located just south of SE 8th near I-405 in South Bellevue.
Arrestees are booked into the Bellevue Jail and breath testing is administered there, too; but if you refuse or if drugs are suspected, you will be taken to Overlake Hospital, still in custody, and your blood drawn by a hospital phlebotomist and given to the police as evidence to be processed by the Washington state Toxicology lab, which can sometimes take months because they are severely backlogged and have had major budget cuts (and some scandals, too – something for another article, such as a blog I am already working on at present), and some are then transported to King County jail.
If your DUI was a repeat offense or you got into an accident in which someone was hurt or major property damage occurred, or if you had a child passenger (under age 16) in your vehicle, you may easily face the Bellevue court setting a bail and other burdensome conditions of release at your first appearance, the arraignment. These can include requesting the judge to impose Ignition Interlock Device (“IID”) or a ‘SCRAM” or ‘TAD’ device (another ankle bracelet that measures for alcohol consumption from your normal ambient skin perspiration even when you aren’t sweating, etc., or Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM”), and other conditions of release at your arraignment. Ideally, you must have an experienced private attorney at that arraignment hearing representing you then and throughout your Bellevue District Court DUI prosecution.
Unlike DUIs in Seattle District Court, which is overworked, clogged and with a major filing backlog for many cases, DUIs in Bellevue are investigated by the Bellevue Police and then the reports sent to the Bellevue City attorney’s (prosecutor’s) Office; they are now filing their DUI cases in 1 to 3 weeks – i.e., quickly. I have defended many hundreds if not thousands of DUIs over the past three decades and am well known in this court to the judges and the prosecutors in the Bellevue District Court.
In the courtroom, as a criminal DUI defendant, even on a first-time DUI offense, your private DUI criminal defense attorney may well be your only friend. The first hearing after your arraignment will be a pretrial hearing and will ordinarily be roughly 3-8 weeks after the arraignment, depending upon how congested the court calendars are at the time. Many things need to be discussed and done to prepare for that hearing. I know how the system works, what the Bellevue City Prosecutors will likely seek from the court against you, and which private evaluators and treatment professionals to refer you to so we can prepare. There are almost always other things I will ask you to proactively do in order to optimize your defense, including attending a 90-minute DUI Victim Impact panel, obtaining an alcohol/drug evaluation (and in some cases, a mental-health assessment, too, if you are willing to do so), as well as performing some voluntary community service hours, when applicable.
Of course, if I think your case can be dismissed on good pretrial motion practice or won at trial I will not recommend that you do these things, but you must want and agree to go to trial; this is never my decision – it is yours alone, but I help you reach your decision based upon the strengths and weaknesses of the case and the charge(s) filed against you.
There may be several pretrial hearings while I am negotiating, or preparing for trial, arguing pretrial motions to suppress evidence or dismiss the case, or both, and gathering all available evidence to support our defense plan.
Don’t be a ‘sitting duck’. Go to Bellevue District Court with an experienced, seasoned DUI defense attorney on your side. I go all-out for my clients and am especially well-known in the Bellevue. I work hard for it, but consistently get excellent, even amazing, results for my clients in Bellevue District Court.
Bellevue DUI Defense
Please call me now. With 29 years’ experience at obtaining successful, often amazing results for my clients, I am here to help you get an optimal and dignified result. Dismissal must always be the first goal, but if it cannot be had in your matter, I am extremely successful in avoiding jail time for my clients.
Do not delay! Evidence, witnesses, discovery and opportunities to do things to help yourself before the court orders you to do them will vanish as time passes. Call now. I look forward to showing you what I can do to help and to protect and relentlessly fight for your rights in Bellevue DC. Why not call me now? We can go over your case a bit by phone and then make a quick office appointment for a more in-depth meeting at my Bellevue Office in the Key Center, in Suite 1900. The address is: 601 108th Ave NE, Suite 1900; Bellevue, WA 98004.
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Office: (425) 455-4784, or on my Cell Phone: (425) 367-1122. You can of course also email me at: phil@ weinbergdui.com, or use the “Contact” page on my website at: https://attorneyphilweinberg.com/contact/.
Law Offices of Phillip L. Weinberg
601 108th Ave NE, Suite 1900
Bellevue, WA. 98004