The criminal defense lawyers at Black Law represent people in in Seattle and all over Washington state who have been charged with Driving Under the Influence, or DUI, as well as other driving-related offenses. We rely on nearly two decades of legal experience as Seattle DUI attorneys to provide comprehensive and professional services for the people whom we represent. We are committed to guiding our clients through each step of the process, exploring all of their options and using every tool at our disposal to defeat the charges or minimize their consequences.
A DUI arrest can be a frightening and embarrassing experience to endure. You will be facing an uncertain future, one which may include incarceration, heavy fines and driver’s license suspension. If you have been arrested for DUI (driving under the influence) in or around Seattle, Washington, a lawyer at our firm may be able to help you.Protect Your Rights Against a Charge of Driving Under the Influence
You will need a dedicated Seattle DUI lawyer on your side if you have been arrested for drunk driving. Not only do you need aggressive representation throughout all criminal court proceedings, but you will benefit from legal representation at your DOL hearing as well. You have to comply with strict deadlines after the date of your arrest to request an administrative hearing regarding the suspension of your license. If you do not schedule this hearing, your license will be automatically suspended – no matter whether you are actually convicted of DUI in criminal court.
Representing people charged with DUI requires a breadth of skills and knowledge. These cases require an understanding of the laws governing the rules of the road as well as what constitutes reasonable suspicion to initiate a traffic stop, which is typically where DUI cases begin. A DUI lawyer also needs to have intimate familiarity with the rules governing administration of standardized field sobriety tests and portable breath tests, which are the tools typically employed by investigating officers after the initial stop as they are investigating for DUI. The next question is whether officers have probable cause to make an arrest, which will depend on all the circumstances of the case. The process will sometimes involve the participation of an officer trained in detecting the influence of drugs other than alcohol. If an arrest is made, the next step is typically either a voluntary breath test at the police station or a blood draw pursuant to a warrant. At all steps of the process officers are required to follow very specific rules and procedures; if they don’t it can render evidence or statements inadmissible at trial.
It is imperative to retain a lawyer with the experience, training and knowledge necessary to investigate these issues, challenge the prosecution’s witnesses and evidence, and skillfully present your case in court. At Black Law, our Seattle DUI attorneys are well-acquainted with the rules and procedures governing breath and blood testing, and the challenges that can be made to the admissibility of these tests. We also have experience litigating suppression motions on the basis of an unlawful stop or arrest. Our criminal attorneys have been leveraging these tools for years in achieving favorable results for our clients including dismissals, acquittals, and substantial reductions of DUI charges.Explore Your Options with the Guidance of a Criminal Lawyer in Seattle
At Black Law, our Seattle DUI attorneys understand the legal issues that often emerge in these cases. We also know how to build a robust defense for the people whom we represent. The process starts by giving each client an open and honest assessment of their case that avoids either overly optimistic or overly pessimistic projections. We want you to be fully informed so that you can effectively weigh your rights and options. We represent people in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Kent, and Bellevue, among other areas of King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. Do not hesitate to call (206) 623-1604 or contact us online to schedule a free appointment to discuss your case with us. We are also available to represent Washington residents who need a drug crime attorney or guidance in other criminal matters.