Effective DUI Lawyer Serving the Seattle & Bellevue Washington Areas
Have you been charged with DUI? Being charged with misdemeanor or a felony in Seattle can be a scary experience. Consequently, a criminal charge can cause a serious impact on your personal and professional life. Phil Weinberg is a DUI Attorney with over 25 years of experience and ready to defend your case. Furthermore, Phil consistently obtains excellent results for his clients in and around Bellevue, Washington. If you need effective legal representation for your DUI case, above all, call Phil at (425) 455-4784.
Experienced Bellevue Criminal Defense Attorney
Besides handling DUI cases in Bellevue, Attorney Phil has experience in a range of criminal defense areas. If you’ve been charged with a crime in Bellevue, hiring an accomplished lawyer to represent you is certainly the most important step you must take. Attorney Phil Weinberg will personally handle your case and provide you with the professional and experienced legal representation that you deserve. For over 25 years, Phil has been defending those who accused with DUI, Assault, Domestic Violence, Drug and Theft related crimes in and around the Seattle and Bellevue area. Above all, Don’t wait, don’t delay – call (425) 455-4784 today. Because having an experienced, tactful but relentless defense attorney at your side will certainly make a substantial difference in the outcome of your case.
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Contact an effective legal representation for a Drunk Driving / DUI or other criminal charges call (425) 455-4784. Schedule your free personalized case evaluation and defense overview today. Of course, Attorney Phil Weinberg will be available to answer questions or meet in-person as he builds a defense plan tailored to your unique situation.
Office: (425) 455-4784, or on my Cell Phone: (425) 367-1122. You can of course also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bellevue DUI Attorney
Bellevue DUI Attorney with over 25 years of experience.
Law Offices of Phillip L. Weinberg
601 108th Ave NE, Suite 1900-1409
Bellevue, WA. 98004
Phone: (425) 455-4784
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Have you’ve been arrested for DUI in Bellevue? It’s most likely you’d have been arrested by the Bellevue Police and prosecuted in Bellevue District Court.
You may be asking yourself, what should you do next? I can’t emphasize enough that you need to make sure you hire a qualified Bellevue DUI Attorney. Afterall, it’s most likely you’d appear at one of the east Division satellite courthouse facilities of the large King County District court system? Hence, will need an experienced DUI defense attorney like Phil Weinberg to represent you.
What you need to know about the Process of DUI in Bellevue, WA
You’d be arrested and taken to the Bellevue Jail and breath tested. If you refuse, you will be taken to Overlake Hospital. While in custody, the hospital phlebotomist will draw your blood and give it to the police as an evidence. Following this, the Washington state Toxicology lab will process your blood. As a resutl, you could end up and be transported to King County jail! Don’t make this mistake. Hire a dedicated and experienced DUI Attorney. More importantly an experienced attorney with over 30 years of criminal defense.
What If your DUI was a repeat offense? Or if you got into an accident in which someone was hurt? Even if major property damage occurred? Perhaps you had a child passenger (under age 16) in your vehicle? Then you will face the Bellevue court. Thus setting a bail and other burdensome conditions of release at your first appearance. These can include requesting the judge to impose Ignition Interlock Device (“IID”) or a ‘SCRAM” or ‘TAD’ device. A TAD is an ankle bracelet that measures for alcohol consumption from your skin. Other Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM”) may also be enforced.
A private Bellevue DUI attorney at that hearing representing you is a must!
Bellevue DUIs vs Seattle DUI
Bellevue DUI is a bit different to other DUI district Courts. For example, it’s overworked, clogged many cases. In fact, DUIs in Bellevue are investigated by the Bellevue Police and then the reports sent to the Bellevue City attorney’s (prosecutor’s) Office. Thus, making the less streamlined.
Bellevue DUI Attorney has handled hundreds of DUIs
I have defended many hundreds if not thousands of DUIs over the past three decades. Also, well known in this court to the judges and the prosecutors in the Bellevue District Court. In the courtroom, as a criminal Bellevue DUI defendant, even on a first-time DUI offense, your private Bellevue DUI Attorney and criminal defense lawyer may well be your only friend.
First Hearing with Bellevue DUI Attorney
The first hearing is a pretrial hearing and will ordinarily be roughly 3-8 weeks after the arraignment. Moreover depending upon how congested the court calendars are at the time. In fact, many things need to be discussed and done to prepare for that hearing.
I know how the system works and what the Bellevue City Prosecutors will likely seek from the court against you. Also, which private evaluators and treatment professionals to refer you to so we can prepare a .defense. In addition, there are almost always other things I will ask you to proactively do in order to optimize your defense. For example, attending a 90-minute DUI Victim Impact panel and obtaining an alcohol/drug evaluation (and in some cases, a mental-health assessment, too, if you are willing to do so). Other things could include performing some voluntary community service hours, when applicable.
Bellevue DUI Attorney will fight to get your case dismissed
As an experienced DUI Attorney, 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. Also, there may be several pretrial hearings while I am negotiating or preparing for trial. Thus 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 Bellveu DUI defense attorney on your side. I go all-out for my clients and am especially well-known in the Bellevue. Moreover, I work hard for it but consistently get excellent, even amazing, results for my clients in the Bellevue District Court.
Bellevue DUI Defense
Please call me now. With DUI defense experience at obtaining successful, often amazing results for my clients. Hence, 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.
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.
About Seattle Courts & Seattle Arrests for Drunk Driving / DUI
There are three courts in Seattle; a Municipal Court, District Court and Superior court. The King County Jail system currently serves all three of these courts.
The Seattle Municipal Court
The Seattle Municipal Court handles misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, infractions and civil violations. It enforces the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC), which is similar (or in some sections identical) to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). If you’re arrested by a Seattle Police officer for Drunk Driving / DUI, it is likely your case will be heard at Seattle Municipal Court. This court is located at 600 5th Ave Seattle, WA 98104.
Seattle Police use various city precinct stations to breath test Drunk Driving / DUI suspects – or Harborview Medical Center in the case of blood testing. After being booked into the King County Jail, you will appear before a judge on the next court day. Arrestees booked on a Friday night, over the weekend or the day before or day of a legal holiday must wait until the court reopens to appear.
The King County District Court West Division
The King County District Court West Division – Seattle Courthouse has jurisdiction over state and King County cases. In fact, it also includes Seattle DUI arrests. Arrests made by a King County Sheriff or Washington State Trooper that result in misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charges are handled by Seattle District Court. This court is located at 516 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.
The Superior Court
Finally, the Superior Court primarily handles felony offenses; including Seattle Felony Drunk Driving / DUI charges. King County Superior Court is located at 516 Third Avenue Seattle, WA 98104, in the same building as the Seattle District Court.
How it works
The first hearing is the arraignment. The plea you enter at the arraignment should always be “Not Guilty”; regardless of the facts and circumstances of your case. The court will also set conditions of release at this hearing. Prosecutors often ask the judge to impose strict conditions such as bail or an Ignition Interlock Device. An experienced Seattle DUI defense attorney can usually effectively resist these conditions, especially on first-time offenses.
Next, there are Pretrial Conferences, also called Pretrial Hearings (PTR). Most cases have several PTR’s before they are resolved or set for trial. They generally occur 4-5 weeks apart. After a few of them, the court will often pressure the defense to conclude the case with a plea deal or go to trial. If a good offer is presented by the prosecutor, the case can be disposed of by a plea deal (plea bargain) at a PTR. During this process, your defense attorney will be investigating your case and obe obtaining police reports, medical records, interviews from witnesses, victims, experts and law enforcement as well as any other evidence related to your case.
There are numerous pretrial motions that can have a significant impact on your defense – or even result in the dismissal of your case. A few common ones include motions to challenge probable cause (PC) for the stop or arrest, whether statements made by the police, witnesses or defendant are admissible, motions to compel or limit discovery and Sixth Amendment right to counsel deprivation motions. Pretrial motions require extensive legal briefing and strategic planning to be successful.
Readiness Hearing & Trial
Less than 15% of DUI cases filed proceed to trial – the last resort due to risk and cost. You may choose to go to trial in the event the prosecution has not offered an agreeable plea deal, or if a conviction would be unacceptable or especially damaging to your career or personal life.
Washingtons DUI Laws are strengthening
Remember, there are new bills being enforced when it comes to DUI in Washington. For example, the House Bill 1614 – DUI Laws, has further strengthened the laws around DUI. Moreover, don’t get caught trying to defend your self with an inexperienced DUI attorney.
Phil Weinberg has over 25 years of experience and has a wealth of tools and strategies to fight your case. Call Phil at (425)-455-4784.