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Seattle DUI attorney in Washington State

Seattle 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 Seattle DUI case Dismissed?

If you have been charged with a DUI in the City of Seattle, there are a number of ways that your DUI charge could be dismissed:

1.     The Seattle Police Dept. 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 Seattle Police Officer 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 Seattle 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 Seattle 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 law and not a City of Seattle 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. 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 Seattle 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 Seattle 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 Seattle police, Seattle municipal court, Washington State Department of licensing 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 Seattle 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.

Seattle Municipal Court

Seattle is generally regarded as being extremely tough on DUI defendants in terms of punishment, it is also an extremely busy court with a tough prosecuting attorney. The Seattle Municipal Court is located at: 600 5th Ave, Seattle WA 98104.

Seattle Municipal Court hears all criminal misdemeanor cases and processes all non-criminal traffic citations and parking citations for violations occurring within the Seattle City limits. If you have been charged with a DUI in one of these towns, the Seattle Municipal Court will handle the case.

Before you attend a court date at the Seattle Municipal Court, it is important to obtain aggressive and affordable representation. Don't go alone!

Seattle DUI Statistical Analysis

In 2014, the City of Seattle charged 1352 individuals with DUI and in 2014 the Seattle Police are on pace to write about the same number in 2015. This is a rate of a little over four charges per day.  Seattle currently has a population of 650,000 people. This was one DUI charge for every 480 residents of Seattle.

Additionally, out of the 1352 DUI charges in the City of Seattle there were 816 convictions. This is a conviction rate of 60% for the City of Seattle. This statistic is high.  The City of Bellevue had a conviction rate of 47% and Seatac had a conviction rate of just 35%.  This statistic indicates that the City of Seattle DUI prosecutors take a tough stand on DUI's and are hesitant to negotiate or reduce charges. Even with an experienced DUI attorney you face an uphill battle in the City of Seattle.

Seattle DUI Statistics

Year to date Seattle DUI Statistics


King County: Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Sammamish, Bothell, Duvall, Woodinville, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Kent, Renton, Federal Way, Auburn, SeaTac, Kenmore, Tukwila, and more.
Snohomish County: Bothell, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Everett