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Pre-Trial Hearings, Investigation and Negotiation

At the arraignment, you will be given a date to return to court for a "pre-trial hearing." Your DUI case can be resolved at the first pretrial hearing, although typically, you will probably attend at least 2 before your case is resolved. A DUI case may be resolved in a variety of ways. We do not recommend it, but you can plead guilty "as charged." A better result is more likely to be obtained if you to allow us to investigate your case and use any favorable facts we find to negotiate a reduction of the charge to a less serious offense. Only the prosecutor has the power to reduce the charge. We have successfully negotiated thousands of DUI cases to obtain reductions for our clients at Callahan Law, P.S., Inc.

For people who have prior DUIs, even 20 or 30 years ago, prosecutors will rarely negotiate a reduction of charge. We have successfully obtained reductions for these clients when we can find a compelling issue that shakes the prosecutor's confidence of getting a conviction. How do we shake that confidence?

Our team of DUI lawyers has extensive training in every aspect of a DUI case: the laws of search and seizure, proper field sobriety test procedures, the science of breath and blood testing, including the methods of infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography, and we have factory-trained lawyers who traveled to Ohio to learn the mechanisms of the DataMaster used in Washington for breath testing from the manufacturer. We absolutely leave no stone unturned in hunting for a mistake, problem, or issue and armed with those, we negotiate confidently.

Clients with previous DUIs may opt for a deferred prosecution (only available if diagnosed with alcoholism, drug addiction, or a mental condition requiring treatment). The cost of treatment is at the person's expense. A deferred prosecution avoids all jail time, the DUI fine and only imposes court and probation costs. It also prevents a license suspension or revocation, unless the officer alleges the breath test was refused. However, only one deferred prosecution is allowed in a person's lifetime. It is best for first-offenders to save this option for a possible future offense when mandatory minimum jail terms are 30 to 120 days in length, rather than just a day or two.

What Are the Consequences of DUI?

If you are convicted of a DUI, the court will sentence you to:

  • A mandatory jail term from a day in jail minimum up to 364 days maximum
  • Mandatory fines, costs and assessments amounting to thousands of dollars
  • A mandatory license suspension or revocation
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device on any car you drive at your own expense for at least a year
  • A mandatory alcohol/drug assessment (and treatment if required)
  • SR 22 insurance for 3 years
  • Completion of an 8-hour Alcohol / Drug Information School and a DUI Victim's Impact Panel if no alcohol / drug treatment is required
  • Up to 5 years of probation

If you have certain prior alcohol-related convictions, the consequences are much more severe. They will also be more severe if you refused the test, or if you took the test and the result was at or higher than 0.15. A fifth DUI in 10 years is a felony and conviction will likely mean confinement in state prison.

Other Consequences of a DUI Conviction

Aside from the court imposed penalties, the consequences don't end at the courtroom's threshold. You may be denied admission to foreign countries, such as Canada. Your insurance company may cancel your policy or increase your rates. You will be required to obtain SR22 high risk insurance. You may have difficulty renting a car. Your career may suffer if you are in the military, if your job requires a driver's license, or if your employer requires a clean criminal / driving record. For some occupations, a DUI conviction may be career-ending (pilots, commercial drivers, law enforcement), for others, it may cause problems with an employer due to the time you have to take off from work for court hearings, jail terms, and treatment.

We want to help you avoid these consequences. We want to you not to give up hope because we have helped thousands of people in your situation and we can help you too. At Callahan Law, P.S., Inc., we tackle the toughest cases and are proud of our results. We are driven in defense of those who drive-and our mission is to give you hope for the future and to reduce your anxiety now. We will defend your license and your liberty. We are by your side when it seems the whole world is on your back.

Hire Our Pierce County DUI Attorneys to Represent You

If you are thinking that you need the help of an attorney, you are right. But how do you pick the right attorney? You should not trust your DUI case to just any attorney. These cases involve scientific testing methods and technology. Accordingly, you should choose an attorney who has specialized knowledge, training and skill in these scientific methods and technology, and who has knowledge of the laws concerning these forms of evidence. Steer away from general practice attorneys who only handle the occasional DUI case. You wouldn't choose a family doctor for brain surgery; you would choose a brain surgeon with extensive knowledge and experience.

Attorney Linda M. Callahan owns her own Datamaster breath test machine, similar to the machine you may have encountered in your case. Our attorneys are trained by the manufacturer and by Ms. Callahan to look for errors with the breath test and to review maintenance and repair records for problems. She has had Field Sobriety Testing and Drug Recognition Evaluation training by NHTSA certified instructors, is certified to administer standardized field sobriety tests, and ensures her team of talented attorneys is equally well-trained. We can spot errors officers have made administering and scoring these tests.

At Callahan Law, P.S., Inc., we have the knowledge, experience and skill to handle even the toughest DUI and Physical Control cases. We have a good rapport with the prosecutors in Pierce County. They respect us for our knowledge and for the extensive efforts they see us employ on behalf of our clients. When you retain Callahan Law, P.S., Inc., you can be certain that you will have a team of lawyers who bring to bear every possible defense in your case. In every case, we seek cutting-edge strategies and innovative approaches. Please let us help you with your Pierce County DUI or Physical Control case.

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