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If you were arrested for DUI in the City of Bellevue, you need an accomplished and experienced trial lawyer.  This is so because, unlike most other jurisdictions, prosecutors in the City of Bellevue rarely offer reductions from DUI to lesser charges.  Being arrested for a DUI in the City of Bellevue means that you are in for a fight.  The best DUI lawyers understand that when the prosecutor refuses to negotiate, the defense should insist upon a trial.

Typically, the consequences are the same whether you assert your trial rights and are found guilty, or you plead guilty.  With a trial, no matter how strong the evidence is against you, there is always a chance of winning.  With a plea “as charged,” there is no chance whatsoever of winning. It can be tempting to do nothing, or to procrastinate about your DUI arrest. “What does it matter?” you might think. “I will be found guilty anyway.” This is not necessarily true.  If you go to trial to fight your case, you risk being found guilty. If you do nothing, you guarantee it.

The consequences of a DUI conviction in Washington State can drastically alter the course of your life. The penalties for a DUI gross misdemeanor conviction can be harsher than those for some felony charges. You really need an attorney who has the experience, skill and knowledge to defend you in the City of Bellevue.

Callahan Law defends DUI cases in Bellevue. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, it is important to call us at 1-877 DUI-Answer (1-877-384-2679), or at our Seattle office, 206-219-5645.  We are here to answer your questions and calm your fears. You are probably wondering what may result from a conviction for DUI in the City of Bellevue.  

Here is what you can expect if you are convicted:

  • Mandatory jail time
  • Mandatory fines, costs and assessments
  • Mandatory suspension or revocation of your license
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device installation to start and drive your vehicle
  • Mandatory substance abuse evaluation, and treatment, if indicated by the evaluation
  • Proof of SR 22 insurance
  • Attendance at Alcohol Drug Information School and/or a DUI Victim’s Impact Panel
  • Up to five years of probation

If your test result was .15 or higher, if you refused the test, or if you have a prior conviction for a similar offense, the penalties for conviction will be higher and your case will be more complex to defend.

These are just the legal ramifications of a drunk-driving conviction. Loss of your job, higher insurance premiums and the embarrassment of having a DUI on your record may be of concern to you. With a conviction, you may also lose future employment opportunities and the ability to earn a living.  Persons who have specialized licenses for their careers may lose those licenses for a lifetime, and others may find that a conviction for DUI prevents them from entering certain foreign countries, such as Canada.

At Callahan Law we want to help you avoid a DUI conviction.  We are here for you, to answer your questions, to relieve your anxiety.  We seek winning strategies and offer a creative, innovative and fresh approach to DUI cases.  Our firm will also conduct an independent investigation to attempt to uncover facts favorable to your case.

Because we focus solely on DUI law, we have the specialized knowledge these cases require.  A DUI case involves scientific evidence.  Knowledge of the science of breath and blood testing, along with knowledge of the conditions that can affect the accuracy of a test, is vital to your defense.  Lawyers that “dabble” in the field rarely have the time or means to acquire this specialized knowledge.  If you needed brain surgery, would you go to your general practitioner for the operation?  Or would you carefully select a surgeon accomplished in the field?  Similarly, a DUI case can have a lasting impact on your life.  At Callahan Law, we have the knowledge, skill and experience to handle your case.

If you have been arrested in Bellevue, WA for driving under the influence, contact Callahan Law today at 1-877-DUI-ANSWER (1-877-385-2679) to receive a free DUI case evaluation. Please do not delay.  Aside from the consequences of a DUI conviction, there are consequences to your license if you do not request a hearing from the Department of Licensing within 20 days from the day of your arrest. We are here to advise you, inform you, and to help calm your anxiety in this very stressful time of your life.

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