Bothell DUI attorney John T. has handled many DUI cases just like yours. While serving in the City of Everett Prosecutor's office, John T. learned to view DUI cases through the eyes of a prosecutor and understands the prosecutorial commitment to public safety. As a private defense attorney, he has obtained favorable results for clients.
Can I get a City of Bothell DUI case Dismissed?
If you have been charged with a DUI in the City of Bothell, there are a number of ways that your DUI charge could be dismissed:
1. The Bothell Police Department has not properly maintained or calibrated the breathalyzer device;
2. There are problems with lab contamination;
3. The individuals that tested your blood were not properly certified;
4. The Bothell Officer or State Trooper who administered the breathalyzer was not properly certified;
5. Your blood or breath was not taken within a reasonable time after driving;
6. A medical condition explains why it appeared to the officer that you were under the influence;
7. You have dentures, braces or dental implants that may have affected a breathalyzer.
Will the City of Bothell reduce charges against me?
Mitigating factors may reduce the charges against you. These factors include:
1. No history of driving under the influence;
2. No significant criminal history;
3. Other mitigating factors in your personal or family life that may indicate this was a one-time occurrence;
4. Personal accomplishments and contributions to the community;
5. You may be a social drinker with no history of alcohol abuse.
What are the legal elements that the City of Bothell must prove for me to be convicted of DUI?
Driving under the influence. RCW 46.61.502
(1) A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:
(a) And the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person's breath or blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or
(b) The person has, within two hours after driving, a THC concentration of 5.00 or higher as shown by analysis of the person's blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or
(c) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug; or
(d) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, and any drug.
(2) The fact that a person charged with a violation of this section is or has been entitled to use a drug under the laws of this state shall not constitute a defense against a charge of violating this section.
(Note that this is a State of Washington RCW and not Bothell City Code)
What is a Free Consultation and how does it work?
As a seasoned Bothell DUI attorney, it is my job to seek a dismissal or reduction in the charges against you. You want individualized information about your case and you want it now. I understand. John T. will sit down with you, review your options, and talk with you about your City of Bothell DUI case. It is important that we get your side of the story. Many people who have been charged with a DUI simply assume that blowing over a 0.8 BAC closes the case. This is just the beginning. Seeking a Bothell DUI lawyer is the next important step.
It is imperative to get started as soon as possible- the more time we have before the trial date, the more time we have to prepare your defense. The free consultation is an in-depth analysis of your options. Unlike many attorneys, I do not have a time limit on your free consultation. The goal is to provide you with individualized information and options about your case.
Please bring any paperwork or documentation that the Bothell police, Bothell municipal court, Washington State Department of licensing, Washington State Patrol or any other agency or municipality may have provided to you. The consultation is free and we will provide you with information you need to make informed decisions.
Suspended License (The 20 day rule)
The Washington State Department of Licensing requires that you file for a D.O.L. hearing within 20 days of your DUI. If you fail to file for this hearing within 20 days of your DUI, your right to a hearing is waived and your license will be suspended for 90 days (1 year for a 2nd offense). Your license will be suspended on the 61st day following the date of your Bothell DUI arrest.
A public defender cannot assist you with a D.O.L. hearing because it is not a criminal proceeding. Losing your license for an extended period of time can have a significant impact on your life and career. If you received a DUI less than 20 days ago, call me for a free consultation so we can discuss your options. By requesting a D.O.L. hearing, we may be able to prevent your license from being suspended while you wait for a hearing. It could be months before the D.O.L. can provide you with a hearing so speaking with an attorney before the 20-day window is critical.
Bothell Municipal Court
Bothell is generally regarded as being extremely tough on DUI defendants in terms of punishment, but has been known to negotiate favorable plea deals. The presiding Judge of the Bothell Municipal Court is the Hon. Michelle Gehlsen. Judge Gehlsen was named the 2012 Snohomish County Judge of the year. Before she was appointed to the position in November, Judge Gehlsen worked in Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. She's also worked as a judge pro tempore in Marysville's municipal court.
Bothell Municipal Court hears all criminal misdemeanor cases and processes all non-criminal traffic citations and parking citations for violations occurring within the city limits of Bothell and is located at 10116 Ne 83rd Street, Bothell, WA 98011
Before you attend a court date at the Bothell Municipal Court, it is important to obtain aggressive and affordable representation.
Bothell DUI Statistical Analysis
In 2013, the City of Bothell charged 109 individuals with DUI and in 2014 the Bothell Police are on pace to write about the same number. This is a rate of a little over two charges per week. Bothell has a population of about 35,000 people.
In 2013, based on population, 1 in every 300 Bothell residents received a DUI and 1 in every 620 Bellevue residents received a DUI. The city of Bothell is aggressive about giving out DUIs and seeking support from a seasoned Bothell DUI attorney is critical.
Hiring a Local Attorney Matters
My office is located in the heart of downtown Bellevue at Bellevue. Not only am I located in Bellevue, but I grew up here on the Eastside and graduated from Bellevue High School. I have relationships in the Eastside communities and am familiar with the prosecutors who will be handling your case at the Bothell Municipal Court. When you are ready for individualized information about your case call me at (425) 830-7520, we'll sit down and talk about your options.
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