Experienced Tacoma DUI Lawyers Fight to Protect Your Rights.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in the Tacoma, Washington area, your license and your liberty are at stake. You may suffer employment consequences if convicted of DUI. Our Tacoma DUI Lawyers are an experienced, knowledgeable and ready to help you avoid these severe consequences, just as we have helped so many before you to do the same.
At Callahan Law, P.S., Inc., we have the knowledge, experience, and skill to handle even the toughest DUI cases. We strive to obtain the least possible consequences for every client. When you hire our firm, you can be confident that we will use cutting-edge strategies and innovative approaches to your DUI case. Contact our firm today for the help you need.
Contact Our Tacoma Office for a Free Consultation: (253) 336-5576
1107 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98402
As the seriousness of the situation begins to sink in, you might be wondering how to select a Tacoma DUI attorney to help you out of this mess. First, you should avoid general practitioners—meaning the lawyer handles a variety of legal matters. Instead, look for one who focuses on DUI defense. DUI cases are extremely difficult to defend – more difficult than many felonies.
They involve scientific evidence, methods, and technology. A great deal of specialized knowledge is necessary, and such knowledge is not easily or quickly acquired. Find a lawyer who has extensive knowledge, rather than someone who may cost less but who only takes on an occasional DUI case. You wouldn’t want a foot doctor to do brain surgery on you.
What Happens After a DUI Arrest?
In many cases, the arresting officer will file the DUI citation with the county prosecutor unless it is a case that occurred within the limits of the City of Tacoma. The city or county prosecutor can take several weeks to file the charge with the court. When the charge is eventually filed, the court will send you a summons ordering you to appear for an arraignment.
At the arraignment, you will be advised of the charge against you and of your constitutional rights. You will also be made to state whether you plead “guilty” or “not guilty” to the charge. Next, the judge will consider whether or not you should be released on your own recognizance (PR’d) and what conditions should be placed on your release from jail.
If you have no prior alcohol or driving related offenses, the conditions will typically be:
- That you remain law-abiding
- Not drive without a valid license and insurance
- Not consume alcohol or go to places where it is served
However, if you have certain prior convictions or failures to appear in court, the court may impose more onerous conditions, including taking you into custody and requiring bail be posted for your release, requiring the installation of an ignition interlock device on any vehicles you drive, and other measures designed to keep you from drinking and driving.
Following this, you will be given a date to return for a pretrial hearing; typically within four to six weeks. If your Tacoma DUI lawyer has completed the investigation and negotiated a resolution, this could be the last time you have to appear in court. More likely, you will have at least two pretrial hearings before you resolve the case or determine you will take it to trial.
You Only Have 20 Days to Save Your License!
If your license was valid when you were stopped or contacted by the officer, it is still valid now, but in a “temporary” status. After your arrest, the officer notifies DOL of the arrest and they begin the process of annotating your driving record and sending you a letter stating the date your license will be suspended or revoked. Currently, that date is usually 60 days from the date of the arrest. To contest this action, you must request a hearing within 20 days of your arrest.
This rule is strictly enforced, so if you have been arrested for a DUI even though you have not been charged with a DUI (yet), you still must act in a timely manner to try to save your license. You should be aware that the DOL hearing and the criminal matter are two entirely different cases; rarely will one have any impact on the other. In the alternative, you may obtain a temporary restricted driver’s license that allows you to drive while your license is suspended for a DUI arrest.
Contact Callahan Law, P.S., Inc. for Qualified Tacoma DUI Attorneys
Why should you choose Callahan Law, P.S., Inc.? Attorney Linda M. Callahan has attended manufacturer training on the breath test machine and owns her own DataMaster. She built her knowledge over the past 20 years by attending DUI law and science seminars, such that she now speaks at national seminars and teaches other lawyers how to defend DUI cases. Author of the most respected legal reference book on Washington DUI law, Ms. Callahan is well-equipped to go to battle for you.
To schedule an initial consultation with Callahan Law, P.S., Inc. at no cost to you, call (253) 336-5576.