Kirkland Criminal Defense and DUI Attorney
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It’s well known that Kirkland Municipal Court is generally considered a pretty tough court. Not only do those stopped by the Kirkland Police have their cases filed in Kirkland muni., but Kirkland Municipal Court also handles and adjudicates cases for the Cities of Clyde Hill, Medina, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point and starting in 2017, the City of Woodinville (Woodinville cases were previously handled by the King County District Court in Redmond).
DUI arrestees stopped in Kirkland, Clyde Hill, Medina, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point and Woodinville are booked into the Kirkland Jail. 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 Kirkland 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 Kirkland Municipal Court DUI prosecution.
I have defended many hundreds if not thousands of DUIs over the past three decades and am well known in this court to the judge, the court commissioner and the prosecutors. In the courtroom, as a criminal defendant, 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 prosecution firm, Moberly and Roberts, contracted to prosecute Kirkland Municipal Court cases will likely seek from the court against you, and which private evaluators and 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 have to 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.
The Kirkland prosecutors are fair but can be very tough and may well ask the court to set bail, Don’t be a ‘sitting duck’. Go to Kirkland Municipal Court with an experienced, seasoned DUI defense attorney on your side. I go all-out for my clients.
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.
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The most important call you will make:
(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/.