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Olympia DUI Lawyer - Leaders in DUI Defense Since 200

Being arrested for a DUI in Olympia, Washington, can be a daunting experience. The legal complexities, potential penalties, and impact on your personal and professional life can be overwhelming.


At Callahan Law, we understand your concerns and are here to provide experienced legal representation with a compassionate approach.

  • At Callahan Law, P.S., Inc., we have been considered pioneers in DUI defense in Olympia since 2000.
  • We understand that the ability to drive, make a living, and enjoy freedom from incarceration are fundamental rights at risk if you have been charged with DUI or Physical Control in Olympia or Thurston County, WA. 


What sets us apart is our recognition that individuals charged with DUI often experience trauma, anxiety, and self-disgust. Typically, they have been law-abiding citizens who find themselves in an unexpected and humiliating situation.

  • Our unique approach combines legal expertise with a compassionate understanding of the emotional toll of a DUI charge.

How We Can Help

The Olympia DUI Lawyers at Callahan Law, P.S., Inc. aim to alleviate your anxiety by providing the information, options, and strategies necessary to give you hope. We offer a comprehensive defense tailored to your unique situation, providing relief amid uncertainty.

  • Experience: Our team of attorneys and paralegals has over 30 years of combined experience in DUI defense.
  • Personalized Attention: We understand that no two cases are the same, so we focus on your specific concerns and goals, making you feel valued and understood in this challenging time.
  • Reputation: Our firm’s president, Linda M. Callahan, is a respected author and speaker known for her trial skills and investigative knowledge, as well as her unique training in breath testing, blood analysis, and field sobriety tests.
  • Team: Her mentorship and support of our team of attorneys ensure consistency for our clients and their assigned attorneys. Our reputation should instill confidence in our ability to defend your case effectively.
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Your License: Immediate Action Required

You only have 7-days to Request a Hearing.

After a DUI arrest, the Department of Licensing (DOL) will annotate your driving record and send a notice of the date your license will be suspended or revoked.

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Your First Court Appearance: What to Expect

Your first court appearance after a DUI or physical control arrest is crucial.

  • You must appear before a judge shortly after your arrest, usually the next business day. Due to the continued fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the court may delay this hearing for some time.
  • You will be informed of the charges against you and your constitutional rights at this hearing. This is where the guidance of a professional becomes invaluable.
  • You must enter a guilty or not guilty plea, with “not guilty” often being the recommended plea. The court will then determine the conditions necessary to ensure your return for future hearings and to prevent similar offenses.
Conditions of Release

For a first offense without aggravating factors, you may be released on your recognizance with conditions such as law-abiding behavior and abstaining from alcohol or drugs. However, if you have prior offenses, a high BAC, or were involved in an accident, the court may impose stricter conditions, including:

  • Posting bail
  • Wearing an alcohol-detecting ankle bracelet
  • Carrying a Breath Alcohol Monitoring Device
  • Installing an ignition interlock device

DUI Case Results

**Updated 11/15/21**

DUI's Dismissed
DUI's > Neg 1
DUI's > Reckless Driving
DOL Hearings Won
Do I Need a Lawyer? What Could Happen Without One?

Without a skilled DUI lawyer, you risk severe penalties, including:

  • A permanent criminal record, 
  • Loss of driving privileges, 
  • Possible incarceration. 

At Callahan Law, we aggressively research and prepare legal motions to challenge the evidence against you.

Our efforts often lead to reduced charges or dismissals, helping you avoid the harshest consequences of a DUI conviction.

Know Your Rights

Washington State has some of the most rigid DUI laws in the nation.

The BAC limit is 0.08, but you can be convicted even with a lower BAC if the prosecution shows you were affected by alcohol or drugs.

Fighting your case to avoid severe penalties, including license suspension and increased insurance rates, is crucial.

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What should I do immediately after being arrested for DUI in Olympia?

It’s crucial to remain calm and contact a DUI lawyer immediately. Avoid making any statements to the police without your attorney present.

Can I refuse a breathalyzer test in Washington State?

While you can refuse a breathalyzer test, doing so can result in an automatic license suspension and other penalties. It’s essential to consult with an attorney to understand your rights and options.

How can a DUI conviction affect my employment?

A DUI conviction can impact your current job, especially if it involves driving. It may also make it challenging to secure future employment due to the criminal record.

What are the potential defenses against a DUI charge?

Defenses can vary based on the specifics of your case but may include challenging the accuracy of BAC tests, questioning the legality of the traffic stop, and examining procedural errors.

Can DUI charges be reduced to a lesser offense?

In some cases, it may be possible to negotiate a plea deal to reduce DUI charges to a lesser offense. An experienced DUI attorney can evaluate your case and explore this option.

What are the costs associated with hiring a DUI lawyer in Olympia?

Costs can vary based on the complexity of the case and the attorney’s experience. At Callahan Law, we offer transparent pricing and access to financing or an in-house payment plan.  We can discuss potential costs during your consultation.

3 Reasons to Hire Us



Our Team of Attorneys and Paralegals have over 30 years of combined experience.  We know the law and understand how to apply it to your case.


Focused on You

We create a custom defense for every client.  Not all cases are the same and we know that.  Your concerns and goals are our top priority.



As a long time author and speaker Ms. Callahan is respected across the county for her trial skills and investigative knowledge.  He reputation proceeds herself when appearing in court.

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