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Trial/Sentencing

DUI’s are tried before juries of 6 persons. DUI jury trials last between one and three days depending on the complexity of the case and the number of witnesses.

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Can I Still Drive?

If you are arrested for DUI, the arresting officer will likely punch a hole in your license and provide you with paperwork related to an administrative hearing. It is important to understand that your driver’s license is still valid for a period of twenty (20) days after the arrest, regardless of what you do.

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Arraignment

This will be your first appearance in court. The court will ask you to enter a plea. Enter a plea of not guilty to all of the charges against you.

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The First Steps

Whenever you are facing criminal charges, your first step should be to sit down and talk with a criminal defense attorney. You should not hire a DUI defense attorney unless they offer to talk with you in person about your case free of charge.

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Free DUI Consultation

If you are charged with a DUI, or expect DUI charges to be filed against you, Dan can help. DUI is a serious offense that carries both administrative and criminal penalties. In order to understand these penalties and the criminal process, you should consult with an attorney.

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DUI FAQ

You should consult with an attorney immediately after your arrest. There are several issues that need to be addressed right away. In cases involving a breath test above the legal limit, the Department of Licensing (DOL) will initiate an action to suspend the driver’s license.

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Pretrial Conference

After you are arraigned, your case is assigned to a judge. This is a critical time. In some cases, it may be advisable to exercise an affidavit of prejudice to have your case reassigned to a different judge. Every defendant is entitled to one affidavit of prejudice but the affidavit must be exercised in a timely fashion.

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Motion Hearings

If the defense attorney decides to raise any legal issues regarding the case, the attorney will file a motion brief and set a motion hearing.

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Charged – What to Expect?

In most cases, once you have been arrested for DUI, you will either be released into the custody of a friend or relative or booked into jail.

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What Do I Do if I Get a DUI in Washington

Laws vary from state to state, but what do I do if I get a DUI in Washington? While some state laws might differ slightly, laws on driving under the influence are fairly similar.

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