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Douglas R. Hyldahl

DUI and DWI Attorney at Bellingham, WA

5.0   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1983
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Douglas

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I have 35 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.

Location

Douglas Hyldahl, P.S.
1303 Commercial St.
Suite 5
Bellingham, WA, 98225

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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer ever
Highly recommend. Straight shooter, kind, compassionate, and fights hard for his clients.
Posted by Sam | December 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney and good guy
We were very happy with Doug's representation. It was a very, long process, but he guided us every step of the way. He answered every question and never made us feel like we were wasting his time. Plus, he's just a good person. I would strongly recommend Doug to anyone looking for a kind and highly competent attorney.
Posted by Timothy | September 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome
Doug is a lawyer that you want in your corner , On any Issue Thanks DOug
Posted by Jim | July 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The Best
As a Canadian, I didn't know who to hire as a lawyer to defend me on an assault charge against a border officer. Since I hadn't left my car, I thought it should be simple! Dealing with the government is never simple! Doug was thorough but, most importantly, he knows the system. The charge was dismissed. I just had to be patient. Doug did a great job at a fair price.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly competent
I hired doug a few years back when I was attacked in my home by someone I knew who was drunk. The drunk person assaulted me and I defended myself BhamPD arrested me with assault even though I had him on video attacking me first. Ultimately the case was dismissed because the so called victim did not want to press charges. This was about 2 1/2 years ago. Now I find myself being falsely accused of a felony a crime I definitely did not commit and I am having to hire him again. I have been praying for the best outcome and I fully trust Doug will fight for me to the best of his ability. Will update once everything is final. Thanks Doug.
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2017
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Just Let Him Do His Job
Doug was extremely supportive and patient while guiding us through the process. We learned to trust him and let him do his job. He was always right. We appreciate his experience, knowledge and expertise. However, we hope to not need his services in the future. But of we do . . . he's the guy.
Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2014
The Best in Whatcom County!
After being arrested and imprisoned for a crime I didn't commit, I needed an attorney fast. Mr. Hyldahl was highly recommended by everyone I asked. He was also very respected by Sherriff's Deputies, other attorneys, prosecutors, judges, and most importantly the jury! His cool, calm courtroom demeanor was a sharp contrast to the prosecutor who came off as a rabid weasel. His knowledge of the law was excellent, but more important was his knowledge of the way the kangaroo court system works in Whatcom county. I was falsely accused and exonerated by the jury, but I have no doubt Doug would have worked as hard even if I was guilty of the alleged crime. If you find yourself in trouble in Whatcom county you want Doug on your side!
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2013
Doug is a fighter!
Doug is a caring and knowledgeable lawyer. I came to him for help in vacating a reckless driving conviction and he responded to my cold call within an hour. In his assessment of my case he showed empathy, but he was very straightforward about the potential for denial of the motion. Anyone who has ever had this sort of blemish on their record knows it follows you in background checks, which makes finding a decent job very difficult. Doug was able to use precedence in a brief he presented that was thorough and compelling. The motion was granted! Can't thank Doug enough. It has opened up a world of possibilities for me. Thank you Doug!
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Posted by Todd | December 16, 2012
A real Working mans Lawyer!
From the minute I met and hired this lawyer I felt I was in good hands He listened to me, heard me, helped me prove my Innocence. was the only person I needed in court on my side...... He most surely helped me. A+++++. A real working mans 's lawyer!
Posted by Andrea | December 14, 2011
If you want integrity call Mr. Hyldahl
If you want an accessible, intelligent lawyer who values you and will aproach your case with integrity, call Mr. Hyldahl. He is remarkable in his intellect and even more in his tempered, even approach which instills confidence and assurance that you've got the best person representing you. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Doug Hyldahl to anyone. He is a good human being and a fantastic attorney. Andrea
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2011
One wrong turn and out of the country
Doug helped me out when my husband and I took a wrong turn and got caught over the border without my I..d or any kind of identification. My husband was arrested with prescription pills loose in his pocket and we didnt have the bottle with us. We were on our anniversary trip and were headed to the grocery store. We have never been arrested ever and I was scared and my husband spent the night in jail. The next day I got Dougs name and he helped me first to calm down and then helped me with the steps to get my husband out of jail. After that we made an appointment with him and he helped us with what to do. Thankfully he was honest and told us since the drugs were a prescription and we could prove it he couldnt take our money for him to represent us. Doug was friendly and put us at ease and was extremely helpful I would recommend him to everyone.
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Posted by Blair | July 6, 2011
Want an amazing attorny?
At the end of my sophomore year in college I found myself in a heap of legal trouble. I was about to go to an attorney, whom which I will refrain from mentioning, that was in a great deal of trouble with the state bar. How is a young first time offender suppose to know a good lawyer from a bad one, when searching through the yellow pages?! Fortunately, Bill Hochberg, a lawyer from Edmonds, recommended an old college friend, Doug. Already knowing that Bill himself is a great lawyer for cases such as workers compensation, I took his advice and ended up in a beneficial situation. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but Dough was someone trust worthy and hard working. He contacted all the right people before, during and after my jail booking. When I couldn’t get a hold of people while I was in Whatcom County, he would contact them for me. My mom, who was frantic at the time, later told me he took ALL of her calls and never left her guessing as to what was going to happen with me and my case. All along the way he gave great legal advice that I believed helped me walk away with a sentence one tenth of the punishment that I should have gotten. As well as great results, I had peace of mind knowing all my questions were going to be answered thoroughly because of his experience and persistence in finding answers specifically towards my case. Thanks so much Dough for all your help!
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2011
Honest, reliable, outstanding and compassionate!
I was charged to the extreme extent (13 felonies) which would have barred me from re-entering the United States, where my family resides. Doug's hard work and dilligence left me with only one charge of melicious mischeif, the equivalence of one misdemeanor. I now have been granted the right to return to the United States and couldn't be more appreciative of the outcome. Doug's compassion for his clients is displayed through his work. I would highly recommend him to any friend or family in need.
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Posted by David | April 21, 2011
Effective and Professional
Mr. Hyldahl was able to negotiate a plea bargain that saved several years of prison time for my son charged with possession of firearms by a felon, and a threat. He listened, researched, and took his time to strategically seek a just and reasonable plea bargain. His integrity as a professional was truly impressive. Further, he really surprised us by refunding about $2,000 which he said was unused.
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2009
The Best!!
Doug made the worst experience of my life manageable. He was considerate, optimistic, knowledgable, trustworthy and most of all honest! He didn't give me false hope, but I always felt like he was capable of getting the best possible outcome. I was arrest for a DUI and Mr. Hyldahl was able to get me a awesome plea bargin and I actually won my Dept of Licensing Hearing (which is almost impossible)...thanks to him I didn't lose my driving priviledges for even one day!! He was able to settle all my legal issues, both criminal and administrative, in less than 3 month. I would highly recommend Doug Hyldahl. He came highly referred and now I totally see why...he is the very best!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2007
Personalized Care
It is my pleasure to highly recommend Doug Hyldahl. He was very responsive, timely, caring and knew what it took to try and affect the most optimal outcome for a client. He was readily available and personable. He was realistic and informed you of the many possible outcomes . He was collaborative and a good listener. We all felt very supported by him and able to trust him. He came highly recommended to us and I would highly recommend him again!
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2007
Unsurpassed Experienced = Amazing Lawyer!
Doug is a legal “powerhouse” with unsurpassed experience, he was available to take my case quickly and confidently, he went the extra mile to thoroughly investigate my DUI case, and got me the best possible result in court — NOT GUILTY.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Law Office of Douglas Hyldahl
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Lester and Hyldahl
  • 2003 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Blaine Municipal Court
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Bellingham Municipal Court
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Senior Deputy Public Defender
  • Whatcom County Public Defender
  • 1987 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Shepherd and Abbott
  • 1985 - 1987
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Education

  • LaPier and Associates
  • Certificate
  • 2006
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • 1990
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980
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Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Co-Chair/CLE Committee
  • 2005 - Present
  • WSBA Committee on Public Defense
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member/Current Member of Board of Governors
  • 1988 - Present
  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • Member/Chair - CLE Committee
  • 1987 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President-Elect
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Treasurer
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Secretary
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

  • Whatcom County Bar Association Newsletter
  • Federal Laws Complicate Post Conviction Firearm Rights
  • 2007
  • Whatcom County Bar Association Newsletter
  • Alford Plea Consequences Should Prompt Caution
  • 2007
  • Defense Magazine (WACDL)
  • The Essential Elements Rule
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • The Role of the Courts in Society
  • Constitutional Law and Role of Courts
  • 2009
  • Trying a Case In Whatcom County: The Ultimate Guide
  • Voir Dire
  • 2007
  • DUIs In a Post Jensen World
  • Simulator Solution Challenge
  • 2007
  • Forensics: Using, Evaluating and Challenging Scientific Evidence
  • Co-Chair
  • 2006
  • Evidence CLE
  • Chair
  • 2006
  • Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Defense
  • Effective Use of Case Law
  • 2005
  • Criminal Law and Evidence
  • Diminished Capacity
  • 2005
  • Criminal Law and Evidence
  • Chair
  • 2005
  • WACDL Annual Conference
  • Co-Chair
  • 2004
  • Evidence CLE
  • Chair
  • 2004
  • WACDL Annual Conference
  • Ethical Considerations in Defending Difficult Clients
  • 2003
  • Evidence CLE
  • Chair
  • 2003
  • Evidence CLE
  • Chair
  • 2002
  • Coping With Confessions
  • Co-Chair
  • 2002
  • Evidence CLE
  • Chair
  • 2001
  • Evidence CLE
  • Chair
  • 2000
  • WDA Annual Conference
  • Capacity of Juveniles to Commit Crime
  • 1999
  • Evidence CLE
  • Chair
  • 1999
  • WDA Annual Conference
  • Character Evidence
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (19)
Endorse Douglas
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is one of the finest attorneys in Whatcom County. I've spent several years watching him work and believe that anyone he represents is lucky to have them as their attorney. He treats his clients with respect and takes time to explain everything they're going through. He has also spent time mentoring me as I learned the ropes. He's a fine man and a fine attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Doug is among the top criminal defense lawyers in Washington State. He is the most experienced criminal defense attorney in Whatcom County and is very well respected by his colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced attorneys in Whatcom County. He cares about his clients and gets great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is a warm, confident, smart attorney. I have referred him cases and will continue to do so, without hesitation!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug Hyldahl is the Atticus Finch of the 21st Century. He is focused, fair, and respected. He treats every single client with respect, and vigorously defends their rights. Doug has an amazing ability to successfully defend clients charged with particularly serious felonies."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is a very experienced and skilled attorney. He is also approachable, and he works hard for his clients. If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney you would do well to hire Doug."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse Doug Hyldahl. I worked with Doug for several years when I started practicing law. I agree with all of the glowing endorsements from his colleagues. Doug is at the pinnacle of criminal defense trial practitioners in Washington. His dedication to his clients, his intelligence, and his hard work are an inspiration to the criminal defense bar."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer and refer with confidence. he is a solid lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is one of those hard-nosed litigators that prosecutors dread. As a fellow attorney, I can say that he is on my short-list of lawyers that I would allow to represent me if I ever need legal help."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Doug is widely regarded as one of the best trial lawyers in the state. He is a tenacious and skilled lawyer in the courtroom and a leader in the legal community. He has a passion for his work and compassion for his clients. I recommend Doug without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug has a reputation as an excellent attorney not only in the Bellingham area, but throughout the state. Doug's combination of experience, extensive legal knowledge, knowledge of the system and compassion mean that his clients receive top notch represenatation on all levels. I have no hesitation in recommending Doug to someone in need of effective, experienced representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked with Doug for several years and always found him to be prepared, articulate and persuasive in all his cases. He is a master among masters in his knowledge and understanding of caselaw and is astute at applying the law favorably to obtain excellent results for his clients. Most lawyers in the community seek out Doug for his opinion when they are wrestling with a difficult legal issue. He is a leader."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked with Doug for over 8 years and he has a tremendous work ethic. There are not many attorneys who have such an extensive knowledge of criminal law. If I were in trouble Doug would be one of the few attorneys I would call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug has a rare combination of compassion, intelligence and courtroom skills. I worked under Doug for a number of years and consider him a mentor. He treats people with respect and is a person of integrity. I would recommend Doug to anyone accused of a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug's one of the most well respected lawyers in town. He has been a mentor to me personally and he's one of the attorneys I seek out when I need help with something. "
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is a pillar of the local legal community. If you are a client Doug is generous with his time and he is equally generous if you are a fellow lawyer who needs a helping hand. I have had the pleasure of collaborating on a few cases with Doug and I will continue to do so when given the opportunity. Doug not only does a great job for his clients, he also cares about them a great deal. I have recommended Doug on numerous occasions and will continue to do so."
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Bellingham DUI and DWI Lawyer Douglas R. Hyldahl
Douglas R. Hyldahl
DUI and DWI Attorney
Bellingham, WA
Licensed for 40 years
Free Consultation