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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%
    33 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    33 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 and 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
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
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident-Elect2012 - 2013
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersTreasurer2011 - 2012
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersSecretary2010 - 2011
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