Seattle DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney
Call Today! (425) 455-4784 – Free Consultation!
Effective DUI Lawyer Serving the Seattle Washington Area
Being charged with a crime in Seattle can be a scary experience that could result in serious consequences that negatively impact you both personally and professionally. With over 20 years’ experience, Attorney Phil Weinberg consistently obtains excellent results for his clients in and around Seattle, Washington. If you need effective legal representation for your DUI, call Phil at (425) 455-4784.
Hiring an accomplished lawyer to represent you is the first and most important step you must take if you’ve been charged with a crime in Seattle. Attorney Phil Weinberg will provide you with the personalized service and experienced legal representation you deserve. For over 20 years, Phil has been defending those accused of DUI, assault, domestic violence and drug- and theft-related crimes in and around the Seattle area. Don’t wait, don’t delay – call (425) 455-4784 today. Having an experienced, tactful but relentless defense attorney on your side as soon as possible can make a substantial difference in the outcome of your case.
● Domestic Violence
● No-Contact & Protection Order violations
● Reckless and Negligent Driving
● Driver’s License Suspension
● DOL hearings
● Felony Theft
● Drug Possession, Trafficking and Manufacturing (VUCSA)
If you’re looking for experienced and effective legal representation for a DUI or other criminal charge; call (425) 455-4784 to schedule your free personalized case evaluation and defense overview. Attorney Phil Weinberg will be available to answer questions or meet in-person as he builds a defense plan tailored to your unique situation.
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 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 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 test 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 – Seattle Courthouse has jurisdiction over state and King County cases; including 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 primarily handles felony offenses; including Seattle Felony DUI’s. King County Superior Court is located at 516 Third Avenue Seattle, WA 98104, in the same building as the Seattle District Court.
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 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.
Less than 15% of DUI cases filed proceed to trial – a 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.
When you need help with a DUI or other criminal charge in the Seattle area… Call Attorney Weinberg at (425) 455-4784.
Effective DUI Lawyer Serving the Seattle, Washington Area
Call Today! (425) 455-4784 – Free Consultation!
Office: (425) 455-4784, or on my Cell Phone: (425) 367-1122. You can of course also email me at: email@example.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