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Jonathan David Rands

DUI and DWI Attorney at Bellingham, WA

4.9   224 reviews

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About Jonathan

Learn Jonathan’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    95%
    DUI In Washington is prosecuted for Alcohol, Marijuana/ Cannabis, Legal Prescription Drugs/Medication, and Illegal Drugs

    21 years, 1,750 cases

  2. Expungement
    5%
    In Washington this is called "Vacating" a Criminal Record. https://jrandslaw.com/blog/archive/dui-vacation/

    17 years, 50 cases

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I was born in Surrey BC, a municipality just outside of Vancouver BC.  I attended and graduated Simon Fraser University and then headed south to Seattle University for Law School.  After law school i headed to Bellingham in order for my family and children to be close to my parents who reside in the Vancouver area.  As a result of this heritage and close proximity to the Canadian border I have created a sub-specialization, if you will, of immigration consequences for DUI and alcohol related convictions with respect to Canadian Immigration.  The  Canadian collateral consequences associated with a criminal conviction in the USA, is largely unknown to the average person.  While it is possible to visit Canadian provinces with a criminal conviction it usually requires the passage of at least 7 seven years.  However, that can be reduced if the right steps are taken during representation.

When I am not working I spend my time with my family, watching and attending the Vancouver Canucks, and working out at the gym.  While the gym can hardly be considered fun it is necessary to maintain good health and balance in life.  if there is any time left after all of this I enjoy the most recent Grisham novel and getting lost in the fiction of law.

 

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Licensed for 20 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/25/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Jonathan

Jonathan Rands
21 Bellwether Way
Suite 109
Bellingham, WA, 98225

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  224 customer reviews
Posted by Chris | October 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best There Is!
I was referred to Jonathan by another attorney that I would say is the best DUI attorney in Seattle. Simply from that referral alone I knew Jonathan would be a great choice. Also, after seeing his reviews that solidified my decision even more. I called him up and I had court within a few hours that day. On such short notice he was able to show up to court via Zoom. After that, he completely took the lead. I really didn't know much or ask any questions and he gave me the run down of how everything worked. He would always check in and give me updates so I was never left wondering what was happening. Carrie in his office is also very knowledgeable and it's very easy to stay in contact with them. I had a BAC of .24 or higher and I thought I was done for. Jonathan got the entire thing case thrown out. I didn't have to do anything other than to be available to answer any questions he had. I've never had to hire a lawyer before but after using Jonathan I would never hire anyone else and I would never refer a different lawyer to anyone. If you have a DUI, Jonathan is going to be your best option 100%
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Mr. Rands did an amazing job defending me. He spent time with me, answered all my questions quickly and he really knows the information and what the next steps are. Highly recommend
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
excellent service
Jonathan is very organized and easy to communicate with! I had a minor operating after consuming charge and by the end of the case a plea of not guilty was entered and the case was dismissed! It was such a relief to have him on my side. Wonderful job!!!
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2022
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King of the ring
This guy'll go through all the hoops to get you out of the legal system and back to your regular life. In so many ways he helped me through this process. Throughout the entirety of this Jonathan was able to answer all my questions to the point where I really didn't have questions. For someone who helped me deal with one of the most stressful moments of my I highly recommend Jonathan to anyone who needs assistance with a DUI or DWI.
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Posted by Brian | December 16, 2021
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The best
Jonathan was recommended to me as “the best dui lawyer around” I was very pleased with the outcome of my case. It went better than I could’ve possibly imagined m
Posted by KP | November 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
This is the person you should hire if you want to calm your nerves.
My nephew got into an accident in July, and was given a DUI. The next day I was a wreck, and started emailing any attorney that came up. 5 to 10 emails later, one person got back to me. It was Jonathan. He said give me a few details, and I'll call you. 20 minutes later he was on the phone letting me know everything that had already happened, and everything that was about to happen. He laid out a game plan, and let us know exactly what we needed to do. Most of the time when there is an accident involved, the charge will get escalated into a worse charge. Jon stayed on top of the communication back and forth with the court, and made sure that we were prepared for anything that would have normally came up. Jon has spent years in local courts, and that knowledge and familiarity with the attorneys amd judges is priceless. He also has relationships with the other companies that provide services that you'll need to take care of to satisfy the requirements the courts will ask you to complete. All of these things simply add up to getting favorable outcomes once you're in front of the judge. With his advice, my nephew was able to take care of everything that the court was requiring before sentencing was even complete. And that is very important to show the judge that you're taking this very seriously. Some attorneys may tell you that it is a waste of time to even try and defend your license against the DOL, but not Jonathan. He recommended for us to request a hearing, and at that hearing he successfully defended my nephews license and had the license suspension dismissed. That alone will save us thousands of dollars worth of fees for interlock, and license reinstatement. I cant recommend Jonathan highly enough for the services he offers. If you need a great lawyer to go to work for you, this should be your first call. You may have already made one mistake getting yourself into this situation, don't make a second one by not hiring the best. P.s. He has a couple of other great people (Carrie and Kristine) working in his office and they provided their own expertise whenever something came up. From top to bottom, this is a great company to be involved with.
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Posted by Scott | September 18, 2021
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Best attorney in whacom County
I sent many many friends to Jonathan and everyone sais he's the best. f you have any issues make sure you call him. Thank you for all your help.
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Communicative and Made Everything a Breeze
Jonathan and his team were really great about communicating with me often and clearly about the case. Jonathan is knowledgeable of the local court system and made it easy to resolve my case! Came highly recommended from the court and I highly recommend him for you!
Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer around!
Mr. Rands and his team are amazing! They are very professional, informative and personable. I would, and do, highly recommend them to anyone who finds them self in a DUI situation. Mr. Rands went above and beyond to get the best outcome for me, all the while keeping me up to speed and knowing he had my best interest at heart. I can't say enough good things about him and my experience working with him. Again, I highly recommend Mr. Rands and his team. Five Stars
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Posted by Niko | April 30, 2021
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Very Professional
Did everything he could to make my case go as well as possible, very knowledgeable on the ins and outs of the law.
Posted by Alysha | March 16, 2021
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Call his office!
I called and they LISTENED to me. they treated my family like an actual client and not just another case. Mr. Rands explained everything and got me more information. He made me feel confident I hired him. Great outcome. Honest guy and good office staff!
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2021
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Thanks
I highly recommend Johnathon Rands his staff was kind and professional and very informative. He took time out of his personal day to call and tell me the details of my case. He was able to get me a lesser charge and I never stepped foot in a court room. Thanks,
Posted by Tony | January 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing service!
I went to Mr. Rands and his team after being charged with a DUI, he is very professional, keeps great communication with your case and I was fortunate enough to have a dismissed case due to his thorough work! I would highly recommend his office to friends and family!
Posted by Julie | December 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Mr. Rands
From the initial phone contact and all through the process, Jonathan was always kind, knowledgable, informative and understanding. He welcomed any questions I had throughout with a phone call, text or email anytime to help me get through. I would highly recommend Jonathan!
Posted by Laurie | November 10, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service/staff
After a bad decision night, I was originally assigned a prosecuting lawyer. I could not get anyone to give me a call back. I called Jonathan and right away he started the contest for me losing my license with the DOL. As I know now, that is a must. Jonathan and staff are very, very helpful and I recommend them. I got my sentence reduced.
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Posted by Gabriel | October 19, 2020
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Great Attorney!
Mr. Rands was a fantastic attorney! My case took almost 2 and a half years to resolve, and Mr. Rands kept by my side all the way through. Well spoken and very informative if you have questions! 10/10 attorney and would recommend him to anyone who made a mistake such as I did. Much respect.
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2020
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John Rocks
I was referred to Jon by several attorneys as the best person to handle my case. Not only is he a professional his staff Carrie and Kristine are friendly knowledgeable. Due to the C-19 Jon had to go to extra lengths to address my case. He helped me achieve an outcome that was better than expected. No extra fees for extra service.
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Posted by Luke | September 4, 2020
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Worth every penny
Great lawyer and awesome secretaries. Hopefully I won’t need to hire him again but if I find myself needing to seek legal help, I won’t hesitate to use Mr. Rands again. Won’t let anyone I know use anyone else. You get what you pay for and Jonathan will deliver!!
Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
5/5 Star
Jonathan and his staff was responsive and professional. There were many unforseen delays for trial, which Jonathan navigated very well. Ultimately the outcome was very satisfactory.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
highly favorable outcome
Rands was able to get my DUI charges reduced despite a history of priors spanning multiple decades and states. He also used his legal knowledge and creative thinking to persuade the court to grant me certain novel privileges during house arrest. Good job, Jonathan. I would recommend your services to anyone seeking counsel on a DUI-related matter.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Jonathan Rands, Esq - Focused On Your DUI Defense
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Fox Bowman Duarte, PLLC
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Howson Law Office
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Public Defender, District Court Deputy
  • Skagit County Public Defender
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Simon Fraser University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • State Of Washington v. My Client (To Protect His Identity)
  • Not Guilty on both Charges

Associations

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Founding Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • General Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington DUI Listserve
  • General member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)
  • Board Of Govenors, District 2
  • 2005 - Present
  • Skagit County Bar Association
  • Lawyer In Good Standing
  • 2002 - Present
  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • Member In Good Standing
  • 2002 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member In Good Standing
  • 2002 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)
  • Lawyer
  • 2002 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • General Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star - Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer 2012: Rising Star
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Forensic Chromatography: Theory & Practice
  • Axion Labs
  • 2012
  • NHTSA-Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • La Pier & Associates
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer-Rising Star 2011
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • The D.R.E.Process-Drug Evaluation Classification
  • LaPier And Associates & National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA)
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer-Rising Star 2010
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer, Rising Star 2009
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Toxicology Labs Inc.
  • 2008
  • Qualified Administrator, Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • La Pier & Associates & National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • 2007
  • Completion Of The Jury Insight Project
  • National College Of DUI Defense
  • 2007
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence
  • National College Of DUI Defense
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer-Rising Star
  • Law And Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Beating DUI's With Science
  • National College Of DUI Defense
  • 2006
  • Harvard Summer Session
  • National College Of DUI Defense
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer-Rising Star
  • Law And Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer-Rising Star
  • Law And Politics Magazine
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Defending DUI's in Washington
  • DUI & Inadmissibility To Canada: Update
  • 2012
  • Defending DUIs In Washington
  • DUI and Inadmissibility To Canada.
  • 2010
  • Washington Criminal Defense
  • Canadian Immigration Consequences Of DUI And Other Criminal Convictions
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • ABCs of DUI Are Not As Easy As 123
  • How To Spot Bad Breath and Botched Blood
  • 2021
  • Blood Breath And Tears In The Time of COVID19
  • COVID Trial Challenges
  • 2020
  • Defending DUIs
  • Cross Examination Of Toxicologist
  • 2013
  • Judicial DUI Forum
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2009
  • Suppressing Evidence
  • Car Searches
  • 2008
  • Suppressing Evidence
  • Car Searches
  • 2008
  • Defending DUIs
  • Canadian Immigration Consequences Of DUIs And Other Convictions
  • 2008
  • Mastering Misdemeanors
  • Department Of Licensing Hearings
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (42)
Given (30)
Endorse Jonathan
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of watching Jonathan practice in the community for several years. He treats his clients and their cases with the utmost respect and fights hard for them. Jonathan also gives back to the legal community by teaching young lawyers how to provide an effective defense. I wholeheartedly endorse Jonathan and am proud to work alongside him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rands is one of the great DUI attorneys in NW Washington. He is always very professional, sharply dressed, and prepared to argue for your case."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recently met Jonathan at the DUIDLA Winter Seminar where he presented to attorneys from around the country on issues related to drugged driving. Jonathan works hard to continually improve his knowledge and skills by attending the best training seminars available on law, science, and trial skills. If you have a drunk driving case, I would not hesitate to recommend that you give Attorney Rands a call."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent and respected lawyer in the Washington DUI community. I fully endorse this attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Outstanding attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan Rands is one of a very few attorneys in this state to have truly mastered the intricacies of DUI defense. I rate him among the absolute best in this state in defending those accused of DUI and related crimes."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His AVVO posts demonstrate his deep understanding of complex legal issues. His answers are always thoughtful, accurate, and they evidence his genuine interest in helping people."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of working with Jonathan Rands at various advanced DUI/DWI seminars and conferences. Jonathan prides himself in advancing his knowledge and skills so that he is on the cutting edge of DUI defense. He is an exceptional DUI defense attorney, having knowledge, skill and experience well above that of the average criminal defense lawyer. If you are arrested for DUI, Jonathan Rand is the attorney you need to have on your side. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent Attorney. Great Person. Highly Skilled and Knowledgeable DUI Defense Attorney. I would recommend Jonathan to anyone."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jonathan for a number of years and have had the pleasure of watching his law practice progress to the point where he is the #1 choice for DUI defense in Whatcom and northern counties. His remarkable practice is effective and at the same time offers excellent personal service to his clients. I am happy to endorse Jonathan and his extraordinary work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Jonathan Rands. I have a business law practice and have referred several of the communities most substantial businessmen/women to Jonathan over the years. Jonathan is worth every penny he charges."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jonathan for many years and have attended the same DUI seminars and he has. Jonathan is an exceptionally well prepared and well thought of DUI attorney. He is one of the best in the State, period."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan 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 | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having been a member of the National College for DUI Defense for over 10 years now, wherein I am a lifetime member and annual attendee of two to three DUI defense seminars, I have been privileged to get know many of our nation's brightest and talented DUI defense attorneys. Johnathan Rands is certainly amongt this group. His specialty of DUI consequences in regards to Canadian travel and immigration is well known throughout the country. In short, I would not hesitate to recommend Jonathan Rands to a citizen in need. He is top notch."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Jonathan Rands on many DUI cases and general criminal defense matters. I refer all my clients and friends to him with DUI cases without reservation or hesitation. He is hard-working, creative, smart, aggressive and on the cutting edge of DUI defense. Hands down, you can't go wrong with Jonathan. I would trust his advice 100% on all DUI and traffic matters."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with Jonathan for several years, and have always been impressed with the passion and energy he brings to bear on all of his cases. His repoir with his clients is second only to the remarkable results he is able to get time afer time on even the most difficult and challenging of DUI cases. When it comes to client referrals, Jonathan has been my "go to" lawyer in the Skagit and Whatcom county area for as long as I have know him. I know that Jonathan will take very good care of the people I send his way, and I have never hesitated to recommend him."
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