Kirkland, WA DUI & Criminal Defense Lawyers
Your DUI Case Is Really Two Cases for One Arrest
Many people do not realize until it is too late that a Washington State DUI arrest creates not one but two separate cases. Not only do drivers have to deal with criminal prosecution in the criminal courts, but they also have a simultaneous case with the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL).
At Veitch Ault Defense, we understand the ins and outs of Washington State DUI cases and how to defend you and your best interests. We will fight for your right to a fair trial, ensure all your legal documents are processed correctly and on time, and will help you uphold your rights throughout the duration of your case. Our Lynnwood DUI Defense Attorneys & King County DUI Defense attorneys have helped over a thousand clients successfully resolve their cases throughout Washington and look forward to doing what we can for you.
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What Happens After A DUI Arrest?
After being arrested for a DUI, the state’s Department of Licensing (DOL) initiates an immediate suspension action against your driving privileges completely independent of your court case.
A police officer should give you a DOL Hearing Request Form at the time of your arrest and release. You must request a DOL hearing within seven days (including holidays and weekends). However, if the seventh day falls on a weekend or holiday, the following weekday would be the deadline.
If you do not request your hearing promptly, your license will be automatically suspended or revoked. If you do not prevail at the DOL hearing, your license will be automatically suspended or revoked even though your criminal case has not concluded. If you had a valid license before your arrest, you can keep driving while the outcome from your DOL hearing and the criminal court is pending.
The DOL hearing will take place over the phone between a Department of Licensing hearing examiner and you and your attorney, though you may be able to request an in-person hearing under certain circumstances. In most circumstances, the DOL hearing will occur within 60 days of your arrest.
About Kirkland, Washington
Located on the shores of Lake Washington just north of Bellevue, Kirkland is known for its waterfront parks, breathtaking scenery, art galleries, boutique shops and restaurants. From Bellevue, visitors head north on Bellevue Way until Lake Washington Boulevard, which leads to downtown Kirkland. No other city in the Puget Sound area has more seaside parks and beaches than Kirkland. Kirkland is also home to award-winning hotels, wineries and restaurants, and hosts a dynamic array of events, from art openings and performances to sporting events, wine festivals and outdoor concerts.
The town of Kirkland is named after the English-born steel magnate Peter Kirk, who came to the North West in the 1880s in search of new development opportunities. Kirk envisioned developing the “Pittsburgh of the West” on the eastern shore of Lake Washington. This is a bustling new town whose main economy is steelmaking.
In 1880, Moss Bay was built by Kirk and several prominent Seattle businessmen. They hoped to take advantage of the rich mineral resources of the Snoqualmie Pass, and that a shipping canal would soon open through Seattle to Puget Sound, opening up trade from Lake Washington to the Pacific Rim. Kirk believed Both a railroad to the Pass and a ship canal to Puget Sound built, but it was too late to save Kirk’s dream. The stock market crash of 1893 closed the mill without producing steel. Although the ironworks closed, Kirkland was incorporated in 1905 and had a population of 400. A major concern of the new Kirkland City Council was improvements to the roads, buildings, and Lake Washington shoreline.
Two of the most prosperous industries in Kirkland’s early history were wool mills and shipbuilding. Washington’s first wool mill was established in Kirkland in 1892. It produced wool products for prospective customers in the Alaskan Gold Rush and for the US military during World War I.
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What Are The Penalties For DUI In Kirkland, Washington?
DUI penalties can include:
Second DUI Offense (Or One Prior DUI Offense In The Last 7 Years)
Third DUI Offense (Or 2 Prior DUI Offenses In The Last 7 Years)
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If arrested for DUI in the City of Kirkland by a Kirkland Police Department (KPD) officer, the charge will be filed by the city attorney’s office, and a summons will eventually be sent to a mailing address associated with the arrestee. Barring the existence of a prior DUI or blood having been drawn on the date of arrest, a first court date will likely occur within four to six weeks from the date of arrest. The City of Kirkland matters is handled in Kirkland Municipal Court, located at 11740 NE 118th St, Kirkland, WA 98034. The judge hearing matters in the court is Judge John Olson. The City Attorney’s Criminal Division designates four to five attorneys responsible for prosecuting matters for the city. The City of Kirkland vigorously pursues alcohol-related driving offenses.
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