Tacoma, 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 Tacoma, Washington
Tacoma is a mid-sized city located in the state of Washington, USA. It is the third-largest city in the state and is located about 35 miles south of Seattle. Tacoma is known for its historic and cultural attractions, including the Museum of Glass, the Washington State History Museum, and the Tacoma Art Museum. The city is also a hub for business, with a thriving port and several major corporations having a presence there. Additionally, Tacoma is home to several parks, including Point Defiance Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country.
Tacoma was first inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Puyallup and Nisqually. In the mid-19th century, the city was founded as a terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Tacoma experienced significant growth and development, becoming a major industrial center and one of the largest cities in the Pacific Northwest.
During World War II, Tacoma’s port and industrial facilities made it an important center for military shipping, and the city experienced a further boom in population and economic growth.
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What Are The Penalties For DUI In Tacoma, 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 Tacoma by a Tacoma Police Department (TPD) 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 Tacoma matters are handled in Tacoma Municipal Court, located at 930 Tacoma Ave S #841, Tacoma, WA 98402. The judges hearing matters in the court are Judge Dee A. Sonntag, Judge Drew Ann Henke, and Judge Steven J. Krupa. The City Attorney’s Criminal Division designates four to five attorneys responsible for prosecuting matters for the city. The City of Tacoma vigorously pursues alcohol-related driving offenses.
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