Renton 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 Renton DUI case Dismissed?
If you have been charged with a DUI in the City of Renton, there are a number of ways that your DUI charge could be dismissed:
1. The Renton Police did not properly maintain or calibrate the breathalyzer device;
2. There are problems with lab contamination;
3. The individuals that tested your blood were not properly certified;
4. The Renton police officer 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 Renton police 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 Renton reduce charges against me?
Mitigating factors may reduce the charges against you. These factors include:
1. No history of driving under the influence or DUI;
2. No significant criminal history within the recent past;
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 or City of Renton;
5. You may be a social drinker with no history of alcohol abuse.
What are the legal elements that the City of Renton 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.
Keep in mind that to convict you of DUI in the City of Renton must prove that you violated Washington State law. RCW 46.61.502 is a state law and not a City of Renton municipal code.
What is a Free Consultation and how does it work?
As a seasoned DUI attorney, it is my job to seek a dismissal or reduction in the charges against you from the City of Renton, Renton Prosecutor or the King County prosecutor. 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 Renton DUI case. It is important that we get your side of the story. Many people who have been charged with a DUI or DWI in Renton simply assume that blowing over a 0.8 BAC closes the case. This is just the beginning. Seeking a Renton DUI attorney 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 strategy. The free consultation is an in-depth analysis of your options. Unlike many attorneys, I do not have a 30 minute 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 Renton police, Renton municipal court, King County District Court, Washington State Department of licensing or any other agency, court 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 Renton 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 DUI/DWI). Your license will be suspended on the 61st day following the date of your Renton DUI arrest.
A Renton 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 in Renton 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.
The D.O.L. hearing has a fee of $375. The hearing can be requested through the Washington State Department of licensing HERE A D.O.L in Washington State is not handled by the City of Renton or the Renton Municipal Court. If you fail to request a hearing then your license will be suspended. In order to get your license back you will have to obtain SR-22 "High-Risk Insurance." This will present you with an increased expense for years to come.
Renton Municipal Court
Renton is regarded as being extremely tough on DUI/DWI defendants in terms of negotiations. Renton DUI's are generally handled by the King County District Court or the Renton Municipal Court. The Renton Municipal Court is located at: 1055 South Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057.
Renton Municipal Courrt hears all criminal misdemeanor cases.
Renton DUI Statistics
In 2014, the City of Renton charged 165 individuals with DUI and in 2015 the Renton Police are on pace to write about the same number of DUI's. In 2014 the City of Renton had 76 DUI convictions.
This means that the City of Renton charged about three DUI's per week and had a DUI conviction rate of just under 50%.
In 2014, based on population, 1 in every 540 residents of Renton, Washington received a DUI. The city of Renton is aggressive about giving out DUI's and seeking support from a seasoned Renton DUI/DWI attorney is critical.
Hiring a Local Attorney Matters
My office is located in the heart of downtown Bellevue. I have represented many drivers that have been charged with DUI in Bellevue, Renton and the surrounding area. I am familiar with the Renton prosecutors and the procedures in Renton Municipal Court.
When you are ready for an individualized and free case evaluation Contact Us.