Defending DUI Cases for over 15 years in Bellevue
If you were arrested for DUI in Bellevue Washington, you need an accomplished and experienced trial lawyer. This is so because, unlike most other jurisdictions, prosecutors in Bellevue rarely offer reductions from DUI to lesser charges. Being arrested for a DUI in Bellevue means that you are in for a fight. When the prosecutor refuses to negotiate, we bring everything to the battle that our thorough investigation has revealed, and if they won’t back down, we 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 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 a DUI firm with the experience, skill, and knowledge to defend you; we are that firm.
Need a Bellevue DUI Attorney? Call (206) 866-6739 for a free initial consultation.
DUI Penalties You May Face
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 5 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 the legal ramifications of a drunk-driving conviction; other ramifications follow a conviction. Loss of your job, higher insurance premiums, and the embarrassment of an ignition interlock and 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 a conviction for DUI prevents travelers from entering certain foreign countries, such as Canada.
Callahan Law, P.S., Inc.: Offering a Creative & Innovative Approach to DUI Law
At Callahan Law, P.S., Inc., our Bellevue DUI Attorneys 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 extensive, independent investigation to attempt to uncover facts favorable to your case.
Because we focus on DUI law, we have the specialized knowledge these cases require. A DUI case involves scientific evidence. Knowledge of the science and methodologies of breath and blood testing, along with knowledge of the conditions that can affect the accuracy of a test, is vital to the success of your defense. Lawyers that “dabble” in DUI defense rarely have the time or means to acquire this specialized knowledge. If you needed spinal surgery, would you go to a general practitioner for the operation? Or would you carefully select a neurosurgeon accomplished in the field?
Similarly, a DUI case can have a lasting impact on your life. At Callahan Law, P.S., Inc., we have the knowledge, skill, and experience to handle your case. Please do not delay in retaining our high-caliber, reasonably priced services. 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.
Do not hesitate to give us a call to learn more how we can assist you.