Arrested for a DUI in Shelton Washington? Take Immediate Legal Action.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence or DUI in Mason County, WA, our Shelton DUI Lawyers are ready to help. You will likely be required to appear in court the next court day for your arraignment. At court, you will be told what the charge is against you, the penalties if convicted, and the rights that you have as a defendant in a criminal case. The judge will ask you to sign a paper indicating you have been advised of your rights, then you will be asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. In most cases, a plea of not guilty is your best choice. The court will then impose conditions of release (or if you have a significant history of prior offenses, you may be taken into custody and required to post bail for your release).
Having a Shelton DUI Attorney present for this hearing is an absolute must if you have prior alcohol-related convictions. You will be given a date to return for a pretrial hearing. It is extremely important that you contact an attorney prior to your arraignment or shortly thereafter. There are strategies that an attorney may wish to employ in Shelton or Mason County that are only available in the first few days following your arraignment. If you delay in seeking counsel, you may lose that opportunity.
Contact Our Shelton DUI Lawyers for a Free Consultation: (360) 464-4437.
1635 Olympic HWY N
Shelton, WA 98584
It is also important that you realize that aside from the court case, you have a civil case against your license as well. Your license will be automatically suspended or revoked 60 days from the date of your arrest unless you request a hearing within 20 days of the date of your arrest.
Shelton DUI Lawyers | Fighting to Obtain the Best Possible Resolution
At Callahan Law, P.S., Inc., we fight to obtain for you the best possible resolution of your case. Typically, we research and draft motions and legal briefing designed to attack the prosecution’s evidence. Sometimes, because of these efforts, the prosecution may offer a reduction of the charge to something lesser than a DUI. When the facts of the case do not allow for a reduction, there is the option of making the prosecution prove the case at trial. Our mission is to strive to resolve your case with the least possible consequences to you. Why? Because if you plead guilty, you will be convicted and suffer the harsh consequences of conviction.
- Mandatory jail time
- Mandatory fines
- Costs and assessments
- A mandatory ignition interlock device on your vehicle
- Up to 5 years of probation
- Mandatory substance abuse assessment and treatment if prescribed
- Attendance at alcohol information school and a DUI Victims’ Impact Panel
- Suspended or revoked license.
There are consequences that follow outside the courtroom. You will have to obtain SR22 insurance, and your insurance rates may go up or your policy may be canceled. You may experience problems with your employment because of the time you need to take off for court, or because of the conviction. You may have trouble renting a car on vacation or business trips and entering foreign countries, such as Canada, with a DUI conviction. As all of this is sinking in, you probably realize that you need to find a good attorney who will really fight to help you avoid some of these harsh potential consequences. This is what we seek to do for our clients at Callahan Law, P.S., Inc.
To schedule an initial consultation with Callahan Law, P.S., Inc. at no cost to you, call (360) 464-4437 or complete the form below.