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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 Seattle, Washington

The Seattle metropolitan area is a great place to live, visit and work. Home to some of the most prominent global companies, it has a diverse population of over 4.2 million people. King County’s growing economy is driving up housing costs, so whether you’re looking for financial opportunities, cultural events, or a great education, you’ll find it in Seattle. This encouraged workers who normally lived in King County to live in Pierce and nearby counties where the cost of living was lower.

Seattle sits on a narrow stretch of land between the salt waters of Puget Sound and the fresh waters of Lake Washington. Across the ocean are two rugged mountain ranges: the Olympic Range to the west and the Cascade Range to the east. It is a city built on hills and waterfronts in a mild maritime climate that promotes lush vegetation and abundant natural resources.

Seattle Municipal Court for DUIs

We Have Experienced with the Pierce County District Court

If arrested for DUI by an officer employed by either the Seattle Police Department or Port of Seattle, your case will be filed in Seattle Municipal Court. The court is located at 600 5th Avenue Seattle. Unlike King County, the City of Seattle will often file charges immediately upon arrest (unless a blood sample was obtained). While Seattle Municipal Court judges occasionally rotate, those currently hearing DUI cases are Judge Catherine McDowell, Judge Damon Shadid, Judge Faye Chess-Prentice, Judge Anita Crawford-Willis, Judge Adam Eisenberg, and Judge Willie Gregory. The City of Seattle Prosecutors Office consistently asks for stringent pre-trial conditions of release at DUI Arraignment hearings. Thus, it is especially important to have retained an experienced attorney prior to your first hearing.
One arrested for DUI in the City of Seattle 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 Seattle, Washington?

DUI penalties can include:

First DUI Offense (Or No Prior DUI Offense In The Last 7 Years)

If this is your first offense ever or in more than seven years and your breathalyzer result is .15% or less, the penalties you can expect include:

  • A minimum of one day in jail OR 15 days of Electronic Home Detention
  • $990.50 or more in fines with a statutory assessment
  • 90-day license suspension
  • SR-22 insurance required for three years
  • Probationary driver’s license for five years after reinstatement
  • Probation monitoring by the court for up to five years
  • Ignition interlock for a minimum of 1 year (with 6-month compliance required for removal)
  • Alcohol evaluation and treatment as determined by the court

If you test .15% BAC or higher or if you refuse to take a breath test, you can expect:

  • At least two days in jail OR 30 days of Electronic Home Detention
  • A fine of at least $1,245.50
  • One-year license revocation for breath test over .15%; two-year revocation following a refusal
  • Alcohol evaluation and treatment as determined by the court
  • Ignition interlock for at least one year
  • Probation monitoring by the court for up to five years
  • Probationary driver’s license for five years after reinstatement
  • SR-22 Insurance for three years

Second DUI Offense (Or One Prior DUI Offense In The Last 7 Years)

Like first offense DUI charges, the penalties for a second arrest can vary depending on how high your BAC (blood alcohol content) is at the time of your test and whether you refused to take a breathalyzer.

Penalties may include:

  • A minimum of 30-45 days in jail and 60-90 days of Electronic Home Detention OR 4-6 days in jail and 180 days of Electronic Home Detention
  • A minimum of $1,245.50 – $1,670.50 in fines
  • Probation monitoring by the court for up to five years
  • Probationary license for five years after reinstatement
  • SR-22 Insurance for three years
  • Two-year license revocation if you blew .15% or over; three-year license revocation if you refused to take a breathalyzer
  • And more

Third DUI Offense (Or 2 Prior DUI Offenses In The Last 7 Years)

Penalties for a third offense can include:

  • At least 90-120 days in jail AND 120-150 days of Electronic Home Detention
  • A minimum $2,095.50 – $2,778 fine with statutory assessment
  • Ignition interlock for up to 10 years
  • Probation monitoring by the court for up to five years
  • Three-to-four-year driver’s license revocation
  • Probationary license for five years after reinstatement
  • SR-22 Insurance for three years
  • And more

Our Team is On Your Side

If arrested for DUI in the City of Seattle by a Seattle Police Department (SPD) 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 Seattle matters are handled in Seattle Municipal Court, located at 600 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. Some of the judges hearing matters in the court are Judge Catherine McDowall, and Faye Chess. The City Attorney’s Criminal Division designates four to five attorneys responsible for prosecuting matters for the city. The City of Seattke vigorously pursues alcohol-related driving offenses.

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Lynnwood, WA 98036

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For a free consultation to discuss your pending case or other legal matters, please call us any time at 425-452-1600 or complete our online contact form. Our attorneys will explain the entire process surrounding your charge and remove the fear and uncertainty regarding your arrest. Our team should be your first call if you need a top-rated, dedicated, and responsive DUI/DWI or criminal defense attorney. If success in your legal matters is your only option, we hope that you will place your trust in top-rated Washington State DUI attorney Robert Ault.  

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