Chances are if you find yourself here, you or someone close to you has been charged with a DUI. You have very little time to get the ball rolling before you begin to feel the acute consequences of a DUI charge. You must seek the advice of a qualified Seattle DUI attorney immediately.
Seattle DUI Attorneys
Chances are if you find yourself here, you or someone close to you has been charged with a DUI. You have very little time to get the ball rolling before you begin to feel the acute consequences of a DUI charge. You must seek the advice of a qualified Seattle DUI attorney immediately. Read this important information about your DUI case.
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With almost 25 years of winning DUI cases, we know what you’re going through. Thousands of people have trusted us with their lives, theirs jobs, and their freedom. We don’t take this kind of thing lightly. Call us today. We can help.
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WHY HIRE A DUI ATTORNEY
Some people question the necessity of even hiring a Seattle DUI attorney, thinking that if they qualify for a public defender they might as well go that route. Many people feel that one Seattle DUI lawyer is just as good as another when defending against your average DUI charge.
The truth is that a public defender should be an option of last resort. If you cannot afford a private Seattle DUI attorney, and have exhausted all of your options in trying to borrow the money for one, only then should you allow a public defender to handle your DUI case.
While public defenders can certainly be fine DUI lawyers in their own right, they are simply too overworked to effectively handle your DUI case. Your case is just one of the well over a hundred that they may be handling at any given time. Public defenders do not have the time to provide you with the DUI defense that a private Seattle DUI lawyer can.
Proficiency in negotiating is one of the most important qualities a Seattle DUI lawyer can possess. Always make sure that when hiring a DUI attorney you get an idea of their past cases, results, and how they handle DUI cases. If you can find an attorney who is skilled in negotiating better deals with prosectuors, that is a very good sign.
Public defenders do not have the time to thoroughly negotiate with prosecutors, and are often forced by time constraints to accept the first deal you are offered.
One Seattle DUI lawyer is not as good as another. The difference between a dismissed case and serving jail time is very small, and often a simple matter of time, experience, and skill.
Never hire a Seattle DUI lawyer thinking that experience doesn’t matter.
CHOOSING A DUI ATTORNEY
Believe it or not, the Seattle DUI attorney you choose can have the biggest impact on the success or failure of your case.
For those who have never been through the experience before, the process of selecting the right Seattle DUI lawyer can be difficult. It is common for many first-timers to feel intimidated by the process, thus making them prone to choosing a Seattle DUI attorney without the experience and qualifications to successfully defend their DUI case.
First and foremost you want to choose a lawyer that focuses on practicing DUI defense.
If you are charged with a DUI, there is no reason to consult with an attorney who practices tax law. Other attorneys may be able to help to a limited extent, but only a Seattle DUI lawyer who handles DUIs every day will be able to navigate through this complex charge and give you the best chance at a successful outcome.
Again, the Seattle DUI attorney you choose will have a significant impact on the result of your DUI case. It is important to find a DUI lawyer who listens to your concerns and cares about the outcome of your case, not just someone who sees your DUI charge as a dollar figure. Having a caring Seattle DUI lawyer will make your ordeal easier to manage.
Another important quality your Seattle DUI attorney must have is experience. You may speak with more than one Seattle DUI attorney with whom you feel confortable, but knowledge of legal procedures and strategies in DUI defense are honed with experience, and will have a drastic effect on your case.
For example, experience can be a factor in an attorney’s knowledge of the specific DUI charges you are facing, skill in negotiation tactics, understanding what the prosecutor will do next; the list goes on and on.
This is why Bradley’s twenty years of experience in DUI defense and client service makes Bradley Johnson Attorneys one of Washington’s leading, and most respected, DUI law firms.
Our clients come to us from all over Washington State, and hear about us in many different ways. One of the proudest achievements of our firm is that so many of our new clients are recommended to us by fellow attorneys and former clients. That our past clients are happy with our work, and have the trust in us to recommend that their friends and family use our services, shows that our dedication to our work is appreciated.
WHAT TO DO WHEN STOPPED FOR DUI
There are many reasons you can get pulled over for driving under the influence. It often happens unexpectedly, and the person charged with a DUI is rarely equipped to deal with the multitude of legal issues to follow when navigating through a DUI charge.
Simply because driving under the influence is a common charge does not mean it is a charge you can easily beat. Police are cracking down on finding people driving under the influence, and prosecutors are pursuing the strictest possible punishments for any DUI charge that comes across their desk.
Perhaps you had only a drink or two and the officer smelled alcohol on your breath when he or she pulled you over; maybe you had more than a couple of drinks. The point is a DUI can happen to anyone at any time, and whatever your situation, there are legal remedies for a DUI charge.
However, only an experienced Seattle DUI attorney can help you realize these legal remedies to their fullest extent. With prosecutors pursuing the maximum penalty for DUIs, you need a knowledgeable Seattle DUI attorney willing to work twice as hard to get you the best possible result.
After you are arrested on a DUI charge, the first thing you should do is call a Seattle DUI lawyer from Bradley Johnson Attorneys. We offer a free consultation with a skilled Seattle DUI lawyer, knowing that once .
When pulled over on suspicion of DUI, there are a few key things to remember to make the process go as smooth as possible. No matter what, always be cooperative with the officer that pulls you over.
The officer is required by the Fourth Amendment to pull you over only if your driving behavior has given him reasonable cause to do so. Often times, however, law enforcement unlawfully stop drivers on the chance that they have been drinking.
Nevertheless if you are respectful, the officer will be more likely to treat you with respect. Predictably the officer will begin to ask you questions. Be polite and calm, and try not to be nervous; remember, it is your right not to answer any questions put forth by the officer.
You can only be charged with driving under the influence if there is reasonable suspicion that you have been drinking or are intoxicated, and any sudden movements or awkward handling of your license and registration will be clues to the officer, justifiable or not, that something more is going on.
You have a constitutional right to remain silent, therefore you are not required by law to answer any questions aside from identifying yourself. In fact, you should avoid answering any questions other than your name. Cooperating with an officer does not mean answering questions that could incriminate you.
Politely refuse to take any field sobriety tests or the breath test.
If you are pulled over and an officer has already made a determination on your guilt, he or she will find a reason to take you to jail anyway. Do not say or do anything that could be incriminating to yourself and hurt your defense in the future.
BREATHALYZER / PORTABLE BREATH TEST
It is always in your best interest to refuse to take this inaccurate test, particularly if you have been drinking. Passing the breathalyzer after several drinks is impossible and an entirely unrealistic goal. Although you will feel pressure to take it, politely say no.
It is your right to refuse a breathalyzer test when you are pulled over.
If the officer decides to take you to the station, you must submit to the more accurate test there, or they will automatically suspend your license. This test is preferable to the field breathalyzer. This test is more accurate and, if you have been drinking, allows for some time to pass and your body to metabolize some of the alcohol.
Again, remember to be polite and cooperative. Officers are more likely to give you a pass for a minor driving error if you are respectful, and of course do not appear to be intoxicated.
Do not give false statements to the officer and do not act inappropriately. You can always invoke your constitutional right to remain silent in lieu of providing the officer with information that can be held against you.
Do yourself, and your future Seattle DUI lawyer, a favor and do not submit to this test or agree to perform any of the field sobriety tests.
ELEMENTS OF A DUI
DUI FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS
There are many tests a police officer will turn to in order to determine whether or not you are intoxicated. The most common tests officers employ are a number of field sobriety tests.
These tests directly attempt to test a person’s mental and physical impairment, specifically one’s ability to listen to a direction and then physically carry it out.
The tests do not directly prove that you are intoxicated, rather the officer will use them as evidence against you in order to justify the arrest, and the courts will use them as evidence to convict you of the DUI offenses with which you are charged.
Any Seattle DUI lawyer with experience will tell you that taking any of the field sobriety tests is a no win proposition. However, if you did take, and failed, the tests there are still a number of strategies a skilled Seattle DUI lawyer can employ to question the reaults.
Every Seattle DUI attorney at Bradley Johnson Attorneys is certified in administering field sobriety tests. Our Seattle DUI attorneys have been through the same training as police officers, thus we know the ins and outs of these tests as well as the officers and the prosecution.
Drunk driving laws and DUI penalties in Washington State are among the toughest in the United States. Just because it may be your first DUI offense, do not think that you can get off lightly without the proper Seattle DUI lawyer.
Prosecutors are determined to seek out harsh punishments for those charged with DUI, and the consequences can be severe.
A DUI in Washington is classified as a gross misdemeanor, at least, and with it comes mandatory minimums that you will find difficult to avoid. Washington State law also takes into account your blood alcohol content and your previous driving record in sentencing.
If your blood alcohol content is over .15 you are going to face much stiffer penalties than the already harsh punishment likely with a lesser DUI charge, a BAC .08 and over but less than .15.
When faced with a driving under the influence charge, jail time is a very real and likely prospect without a proficient Seattle DUI lawyer crafting your DUI defense.
If it is your first offense, or you do not have any record of drunk driving in the past 7 years, you will be jailed from a minimum of 1 day to a maximum of one year and can face fines from $800 to $5,000. Comparatively a third offense can mean significantly more jail time (120 days minimum) and fines starting around $3,000.
The Seattle DUI Lawyers at Bradley Johnson Attorneys have had great success in significantly reducing or eliminating the penalties of a DUI charge. Do not subject yourself to these harsh penalties without a qualified Seattle DUI Lawyer by your side.
THE DUI STATUTE
A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:
And within two hours of driving the person has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher, as shown by an analysis of said person’s breath or blood (there are specific statutes that dictate the proper procedure to obtain these results); or
While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug; or
Under the influence of any combination of drugs and intoxicating liquor.
Even if you have been entitled to use drugs legally, e.g., a doctor’s prescription, you can still be charged with driving under the influence. This is not a recognizable defense to a driving under the influence charge as stated above.
Violation of this statute constitutes a gross misdemeanor.
We Can Help
Bradley Johnson Attorneys Seattle DUI lawyers have been successfully defending those charged with driving under the influence for years. We are skilled in negotiating with prosecutors and poking holes in the key elements they must prove in their case against you.
Not only does our track record speak for itself, but our scores of highly satisfied clients have been recommending our firm to friends and family all over the State of Washington consistently since Brad opened the firm doors almost 20 years ago.
A DUI conviction can have lasting, devastating effects on you and your family. You can lose your job, ability to drive, and your reputation in your community may suffer. You will also face extraordinary fines and significant jail time, depriving you of your freedom and ability to support your loved ones.
It is important to keep in mind that a conviction for a DUI cannot be expunged from your criminal record. The conviction will stay with you for the rest of your life and have a direct effect on your future career prospects, as well as put you at high risk for serious jail time if you are to ever get charged with a DUI offense in the future.
Simply because you are charged with a DUI does not mean that you cannot fight the charge and win. This is what our Seattle DUI attorneys have been doing for years, and our strategies and results are second to none.