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Douglas R. Hyldahl

About me

I have 29 years experience representing persons accused of crime. I have defended my clients against accusations ranging from simple misdemeanors to capital offenses. I believe that thorough investigation of the facts and research of the law, combined with listening to my client brings about the best result.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    32 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    32 years



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

15 total 

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  • Travis David Stearns

    Doug was my first mentor in Washington. He has always been generous with his time when I needed help. He is the same way with his clients and has always worked tirelessly on their behalf.


    Travis Stearns Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Lee Grochmal

    Doug is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced attorneys in Whatcom County. He cares about his clients and gets great results.


    Lee Grochmal Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Lester & Hyldahl, PLLC

119 N. Commercial St.
Suite. 175A
Bellingham, WA, 98225-4427


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLester and Hyldahl2003 - Present
Judge Pro TemBlaine Municipal Court2012 - 2012
Judge Pro TemBellingham Municipal Court2003 - 2005
Senior Deputy Public DefenderWhatcom County Public Defender1987 - 2003
AssociateShepherd and Abbott1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident-Elect2012 - 2013
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersTreasurer2011 - 2012
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersSecretary2010 - 2011
National College of DUI DefenseMember2005 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysCo-Chair/CLE Committee2005 - Present
WSBA Committee on Public DefenseMember2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember/Current Member of Board of Governors1988 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember/Chair - CLE Committee1987 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Whatcom County Bar Association NewsletterFederal Laws Complicate Post Conviction Firearm Rights2007
Whatcom County Bar Association NewsletterAlford Plea Consequences Should Prompt Caution2007
Defense Magazine (WACDL)The Essential Elements RuleN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
LaPier and AssociatesStandardized Field Sobriety TestingCertificate2006
National Criminal Defense CollegeN/AN/A1990
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of WashingtonEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Role of the Courts in SocietyConstitutional Law and Role of Courts2009
Trying a Case In Whatcom County: The Ultimate GuideVoir Dire2007
DUIs In a Post Jensen WorldSimulator Solution Challenge2007
Forensics: Using, Evaluating and Challenging Scientific EvidenceCo-Chair2006
Evidence CLEChair2006
Nuts and Bolts of Criminal DefenseEffective Use of Case Law2005
Criminal Law and EvidenceDiminished Capacity2005
Criminal Law and EvidenceChair2005
WACDL Annual ConferenceCo-Chair2004
Evidence CLEChair2004
WACDL Annual ConferenceEthical Considerations in Defending Difficult Clients2003
Evidence CLEChair2003
Evidence CLEChair2002
Coping With ConfessionsCo-Chair2002
Evidence CLEChair2001
Evidence CLEChair2000
WDA Annual ConferenceCapacity of Juveniles to Commit Crime1999
Evidence CLEChair1999
WDA Annual ConferenceCharacter Evidence1997