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DUI Defense

Washington has some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation!  Work with a lawyer who defends people accused of violating them every day.
  
     

Being charged with a DUI is a big deal, you need an aggressive attorney who will fight for you.  If you are charged with DUI you are facing:

  • Mandatory Jail time with a maximum sentence of a year
  • A fine up to $5,000.00
  • Hundreds of dollars in court fees
  • Mandatory Driver's License suspension
  • Mandatory alcohol evaluation
  • Mandatory alcohol treatment  
  • High risk insurance once you get your license back  
  • Ignition interlock device once you get your license back 
  • Up to 5 years of probation
  • A criminal record that will be with you forever

Nobody ever left the house and said, "I hope I get pulled over for a DUI tonight."   Even so, it happens to a lot of good people. 

If you are one of the good people who made one bad decision, you need someone on your side.  Talk with an attorney from McKain & Tsiprin to get someone on your side As Soon As Possible!  The attorneys at McKain & Tsiprin are on your side, even when the rest of the world isn't.    Take advantage of a free initial consultation and speak with a lawyer about your case today.  The bottom line is that you need advice and assistance from someone who has experience with these matters, call McKain & Tsiprin and get what you need.

Traffic offenses happen in your car, don't get railroaded! Call (425)967-5039 




What is Going to Happen Next?

So, you got pulled over and accused by a police officer of Driving Under the Influence.  The next step in the process is the official charging.  The officer doesn't charge you with DUI, rather a prosecutor looks at the evidence and decides whether you should be officially charged.  This can take a few days, or up to two years.  Either way it's uncomfortable, if the prosecutor charges you quickly it's uncomfortable because you have been charged with DUI, if the prosecutor doesn't charge you right away it's uncomfortable because of the uncertainty of a waiting game that can take as long as 2 years.

After being charged, you will be arraigned.  Arraignment is a court hearing where you are told what you are actually being charged with, and you are asked to enter a plea.  Depending on your plea and several other factors, the court may set conditions for your release and you will go back into the world to continue living your life.  The court will usually provide you with written notice of your next court date.  Arraignment is not a trial.

After arraignment, things become somewhat less predictable.  Depending where you are charged there will be a series of court dates for "pre-trial".  Pre-trial is a chance for the lawyers to tell the judge, "Yes, your honor, we are still going to trial on this".  The number of pre-trial hearings differs from case to case.  Additionally, if you are able to resolve your case, further pre-trial hearings won't be necessary, rather you just go to disposition.  Neither pre-trial hearings nor disposition is a trial.

Additionally, motions hearings may be necessary in your case.  Motions hearings are the opportunity for lawyers to tell the judge why a piece of evidence should or shouldn't be considered, or why this case should be dismissed before trial.  Common motions hearings address things like physical evidence the prosecutor wants to admit against you, statements you made the prosecution wants to admit against you, and arguments that the police officer who stopped you violated your rights and/or the law.  Motions hearings are not a trial.

After the arraignment, all the pre-trial hearings, and any motions hearings that may be necessary in your case, if you haven't resolved your case by plea or other disposition, then you go to trial.  Trial is the "high stakes money round".  Trial is when a jury of your peers, providing you have demanded a jury trial and not a bench trial, will decide whether the state has proved you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  The jury will consist of 6 members of the community in which you were charged.  There are several phases to a trial, and it can take several days depending on how much evidence there is and how many witnesses there are. 


What is the Punishment for DUI?
In Washington, DUI is a gross misdemeanor.  If convicted of DUI you face up to:

  • 1 year in jail
  • a $5,000 fine
  • Hundreds of dollars in court fees                       
  • Mandatory driver's license suspension
  • Mandatory alcohol evaluation
  • Mandatory alcohol treatment
  • High risk insurance once you get your license back 
  • Ignition interlock device once you get your license back
  • up to 5 years of probation

 

Add to that the fact that you will have a criminal conviction on your record and you see how much of an impact this will have on your life.  With the possibility of a criminal record, jail time, steep fines, and having your driver's license suspended you need a lawyer who will go to the mat for you.  You need a lawyer who is on your side.  You need McKain & Tsiprin.

 

 

 

 

  



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