How do you build a Whatcom County DUI defense? If you have recently been charged with driving under the influence, this is a question you should be asking yourself. Drunk driving is severely punished in the Bellingham and all of Whatcom County. DUI convictions can also be a blow to your reputation. So how do you start to defend yourself? The answer is with the best Whatcom criminal defense attorneys available.
There are several keys to a solid Bellingham DUI defense. The first has to do with whether there is a solid case against you. First, officers must have a legal reason to stop and contact you. Next, after you have been stopped, most police officers use field sobriety tests to gauge who is safe to drive and who isn't. There are standards for these tests, but even so, they are far from always reliable. Often, a person’s impairment is subjective on the part of the arresting officer. Further, field sobriety tests are voluntary and you have a right to decline them. While being investigated you should always be honest with the police – if you have been drinking, don't lie when they ask. But you are not required to give them any additional information, walk a line, recite the alphabet, or perform any of the other tests they often administer. From the moment you are pulled over the officer will look for any signs you are intoxicated – slurred speech, red eyes, etc. By declining to give the officers additional incriminating information you bolster your Bellingham DUI defense. What will also help your cause is hiring a Whatcom County criminal defense attorney.
If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence, The Law Firm of David Jolly want to be your Bellingham DUI attorneys. Drivers caught driving under the influence face steep legal repercussions, and having the right lawyer at your side will make a crucial difference in your case. A skilled Bellingham DUI attorney from our firm can help you keep your license and stay out of jail.
The State of Washington imposes a large number of possible penalties for DUI drivers. Aside from license revocation and jail time, consequences can include fines, license suspension, mandatory drug/alcohol treatment, the use of an ignition interlock device, and attending a Drug/Alcohol Information School. Your Bellingham DUI attorney is familiar with all of these options and will build your case to help get the best possible resolution for you.
A DUI is never an open and shut case. If there were any irregularities in how you were arrested, your Bellingham DUI attorney can use these in court to help your case. This can include how and if the officer obtained your breath or blood correctly, in addition to whether you were stopped or contacted lawfully. There are only certain approved field sobriety tests and if they were not administered correctly, the results may not have been reliable.
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A Bellingham DUI attorney will also help you navigate the court system to make things as easy on you as possible. The DUI process in Washington involves an arraignment and a series of hearings prior to the actual trial. Separately, there will be a hearing regarding your driver's license through the state Department of Licensing within 60 days of your arrest. These different proceedings can make the legal system confusing. Each hearing requires certain actions and prep work from you in order to put you in the best position for your case. With our firm you will have expert guidance and two Bellingham DUI attorneys reviewing your case every step of the way.
There is no firm in Washington more familiar with the DUI laws and how they pertain to Bellingham criminal defense cases than our law firm. David Jolly literally wrote the book on the DUI process in Washington. Each of our clients is given a complimentary information that will help them understand the recommendations your Bellingham DUI attorney makes for you. It's always our goal to make sure you feel educated and comfortable about each stage of your case.
Hiring The Law Firm of David Jolly is a smart investment. Many people feel hopeless when faced with serious charges like a DUI arrest. But our attorneys will guide you through to the best possible outcome for your case. Having the confidence and power of a Bellingham DUI attorney on your side makes a difference.
We are a Bellingham based criminal and DUI defense law firm. While our main practice area is DUI defense our focus is on the client and how to successful protect our clients in Court and at Department of Licensing Hearings. We offer free consultations and can talk with you immediately after your release from custody.
David Jolly is the author of 14 DUI books and this knowledge gives our Bellingham DUI clients an edge when fighting their DUI in Whatcom County.
We focus on criminal defense in Bellingham and Whatcom County. We have successfully represented hundreds charged with DUI in Bellingham and Whatcom County.
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Contact a Whatcom County DUI Defense Lawyer immediately after your Arrest
Make sure to hire a Bellingham lawyer specializing in DUI cases. The attorneys at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly are among the most experienced Whatcom County DUI attorneys in the state and we know the courts very well. Ideally, speak to an attorney as soon after your arrest as possible, even the same day. But even later in the process you will do far better with a knowledgeable attorney at your side than without.
Last, and one of the most important elements to a good Whatcom County DUI defense, is your attitude. It's easy to feel pessimistic when charged with driving under the influence. But there are many ways a Bellingham DUI lawyer can help you to fight for your rights and get an outcome you can live with. Keep your spirits up and talk to a professional.
These are the foundation of a solid Bellingham DUI defense. The best way to take these basics and put them into practice is to hire an attorney who has experience with DUI cases. The Law Firm of David N. Jolly has decades of experience specializing in DUI cases, and we encourage you to compare us to other law firms. Our Bellingham DUI attorneys will help you identify the strong and weak points in your case and build it up. We can help you minimize jail time and potentially keep your license. Together, you and your attorney can build a strong Bellingham DUI defense and stand up for your rights.
Bellingham Courts love the local probation office. If you have a prior DUI charge or, the facts of the current criminal case are particularly concerning for the local Judge, you may be placed on "pretrial probation." Not only does this result in additional costs to you, but also places you under the nose of a probation officer and at the mercy of the probation office. It is very important to obey all instructions including appearing for all meetings, not failing any urinalysis tests and no consumption of alcohol.
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The great majority of those arrested for DUI in Whatcom County end up spending the night in Jail. Such persons may be released early in the morning if their blood alcohol content is reduced to a "zero" reading while others may stay in Jail for a prolonged period before release. In most instances release from Jail can come earlier if Bail is posted. To post Bail contact a local Bellingham Bail Bond Company and post (non-refundable) 10% of the total Bail. You will then be released from Jail.
Washington State has made it mandatory for Judges to command a defendant to install an Ignition Interlock within 5 days of their first court appearance for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol if the individual has a prior arrest for DUI. Bellingham lawyers can point you in the right direction as it is imperative you follow the directions of the Court and provide proof of installation to the Probation Department in a timely manner.
Regardless of whether you case results in Whatcom District Court or Bellingham Municipal Court, you will probably have to make a mandatory court appearance within hours (or a day or two) of your release from custody. Be prepared for court, contact and consult with a local and experienced criminal defense attorney, dress appropriately and importantly, be on time and confirm which court in Bellingham you must appear in.
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