Pierce, 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.
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 Pierce, Washington
Pierce County is a coastal region in the northwestern part of the state that includes Puget Sound, the Puget Sound Lowlands, and surrounding areas west of the Cascade Mountains and east of the Olympic Mountains.
The formation of Pierce County encouraged a slow but steady flow of new settlements. Tacoma was founded in 1872. When the Northern Pacific Railroad announced his northwest terminus to be Tacoma in 1873, the city and surrounding counties grew to become regional leaders. The formation of Pierce County encouraged a slow but steady flow of new settlements. Tacoma was founded in 1872. When the Northern Pacific Railroad announced Tacoma as its northwest terminus in 1873, the city and surrounding counties grew to become regional leaders.
Many Pierce County residents commute to King County. This is partly due to economic growth in King County, putting upward pressure on housing costs. This encouraged workers who normally lived in King County to live in Pierce and nearby counties where the cost of living was lower.
Pierce County DUI Court
We Have Experienced with the Pierce County District Court
If arrested for DUI in Pierce County by a Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper or Pierce County Sherriff’s Office (PCSO) deputy, the charge will be filed by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, and a summons will 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 not be set to occur at least two months from the date of incident. The Pierce County District courthouse is located at 930 Tacoma Ave S. Tacoma, 98042.
Though only three to four Pierce County District Court judges are assigned to hear DUI cases at a time, the District Court bench consists of Judge Jeanette Lineberry, Judge Karla Buttorff, Judge Kevin A. McCann, Judge Lloyd D. Oaks, Judge Lizanne Padula, Judge Claire Sussman, Judge Dwayne Chistopher, and Judge Karl Williams. Pierce County tends to rotate judges more frequently than other District Courts. Thus, an attorney who has familiarity with each of the magistrates is important.
The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office assigns one deputy prosecuting attorney the responsibility of negotiating DUIs in each courtroom. The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office vigorously pursues alcohol-related driving offenses.
One arrested for DUI in Pierce County is wise to contact Veitch Ault Defense immediately to ensure they provide themselves the best opportunity to fight the charge.
What Are The Penalties For DUI In Pierce, 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 Pierce by a Pierce Police Department (PPD) 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 Pierce matters is handled in Pierce Municipal Court, located at 930 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98402. The judges hearing matters in the court are Judge Jeanette Lineberry and Judge Kevin A. McCann to name a few. The City Attorney’s Criminal Division designates four to five attorneys responsible for prosecuting matters for the city. The City of Pierce vigorously pursues alcohol-related driving offenses.
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