King County 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 charged with DUI in King County. I represent DUI defendants in King County, Seattle, Renton, Issaquah, Bothell, Redmond, Belleuve and Kirkland.
Can I get a King County DUI case Dismissed?
If you have been charged with a DUI in King County, there are a number of ways that your DUI charge could be dismissed:
1. The Washington State Patrol 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 State Trooper who administered the breathalyzer was not properly certified;
5. Your blood or breath was not taken within two hours 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 King County Prosecutors reduce charges against me?
Mitigating factors may reduce the King County's 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 and King County;
5. You may be a social drinker with no history of alcohol abuse.
What are the legal elements that the King County 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 RCW 46.61.502 is a State of Washington law and not King County law)
What is a Free Consultation and how does it work?
As a seasoned King County 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. I will sit down with you, review your options, and talk with you about your King county DUI case. It is important that we get your side of the story about what happened. Many people who have been charged with a DUI in King County simply assume that blowing over a 0.8 BAC closes the case. This is just the beginning. Seeking a King County DUI lawyer for individualized information 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 a solid defense. The free consultation is an in-depth analysis of your options. It takes into account the individualized and specific facts surrounding your case. Unlike information you can get on the internet it is tailored to you. Additionally, 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 Washington State Patrol, King County District Court, Washington State Department of licensing or any other agency or municipality may have provided to you.
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 in King County. If you fail to file for this hearing within 20 days of your DUI, your right to a hearing will be waived and your license will be suspended for 90 days or for 1 year if this is your 2nd DUI or DWI. Your license will be suspended on the 61st day following the date of your King County DUI arrest.
A public defender cannot assist you with a Washington State Department of Licensing 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. As well as being embarrassing. By requesting a D.O.L. hearing, we can prevent your license from being suspended while you wait for a hearing. It could be months before you are provided you with a hearing so speaking with a King County DUI attorney before the 20-day window is critical.
King County District Court
King County is generally regarded as being extremely tough on DUI defendants in terms of prosecution. King County has 8 courthouse located around King County. These locations are in: Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, Issaquah, Kent, Redmond, Seattle, and Shoreline. All of these courts handle DUI's except for the Burien Courthouse. The addresses for the various courthouses can be found HERE.
King County District Courts hear all criminal misdemeanor cases and processes non-criminal traffic citations and parking citations for violations occurring within King County. If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI by the Washington State Patrol, the King County District Court will handle the case.
Before you attend a court date at the King County District Court, it is important to obtain aggressive and effective representation. Don't go alone! Call King County District Court Lawyer John T. for a FREE CONSULTATION (425) 462-2081 to discuss your options. I regularly practice in King County district court, you should know that many of the rules and procedures for this court are different than municipal courts. Regardless of what city or municipality you were arrested in, if the King County District Court is handling your case it will be prosecuted by King County prosecutors. They often lack flexibility and take a tough stand on DUI's. Often times King County prosecutors lack the flexibility of local city prosecutors, and their lack of flexibility can make negotiations challenging.
King County DUI Statistics
In 2013, the King County Prosecutors charged 4,520 individuals with DUI's and in 2014 the Washington State Patrol is pace to write about the same number. This is a rate of a little over twelve charges per day. King County is currently the most populous County in the State with over 2,000,000 people. This means that one in every 442 people in King County are charged with DUI each year. On the positive side, about 35% of people charged with DUI in King County are convicted. This means that statistically you have a reasonable chance to have your charges dropped or reduced in King County. With an experienced DUI attorney in King County District Court your chances of beating the charges are good.