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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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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 100%
    14 years, 1.2 thousand cases



Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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  • Daniel R Skarie

    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.


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Contact info

Jonathan Rands

1200 Old Fairhaven Pkwy
Suite 303
Bellingham, WA, 98225


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star - Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Super Lawyer 2012: Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Forensic Chromatography: Theory & PracticeAxion Labs2012
NHTSA-Standardized Field Sobriety TestsLa Pier & Associates2012
Super Lawyer-Rising Star 2011Law & Politics Magazine2011
The D.R.E.Process-Drug Evaluation ClassificationLaPier And Associates & National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA)2010
Super Lawyer-Rising Star 2010Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super Lawyer, Rising Star 2009Law & Politics Magazine2009
Forensic ToxicologyToxicology Labs Inc.2008
Qualified Administrator, Standardized Field Sobriety TestsLa Pier & Associates & National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)2007
Completion Of The Jury Insight ProjectNational College Of DUI Defense2007
Mastering Scientific EvidenceNational College Of DUI Defense2007
Super Lawyer-Rising StarLaw And Politics Magazine2007
Beating DUI's With ScienceNational College Of DUI Defense2006
Harvard Summer SessionNational College Of DUI Defense 2006
Super Lawyer-Rising StarLaw And Politics Magazine2006
Super Lawyer-Rising StarLaw And Politics Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJonathan Rands, Esq - Focused On Your DUI Defense2010 - Present
AttorneyFox Bowman Duarte, PLLC2006 - 2010
AttorneyHowson Law Office2004 - 2006
Public Defender, District Court DeputySkagit County Public Defender2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationFounding Member2014 - Present
Washington Foundation for Criminal JusticeGeneral Member2006 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member2005 - Present
Washington Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)Board Of Govenors, District 22005 - Present
Washington DUI ListserveGeneral member2005 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)Lawyer2002 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember In Good Standing2002 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember In Good Standing2002 - Present
Skagit County Bar AssociationLawyer In Good Standing2002 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersGeneral Member2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State Of Washington v. My Client (To Protect His Identity)Not Guilty on both Charges
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Publication nameTitleDate
Defending DUI's in WashingtonDUI & Inadmissibility To Canada: Update2012
Defending DUIs In WashingtonDUI and Inadmissibility To Canada.2010
DUI Update-WACDL Monthly Email NewsletterRCW 46.20.308 Minor Changes, With a Major Impact.2009
Washington Criminal DefenseCanadian Immigration Consequences Of DUI And Other Criminal Convictions2008
Whatcom/Skagit County Bar News, Northern Lights News.08 Is A Half Truth2007
Whatcom / Skagit County Bar NewsDriver's License Death Spiral2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Simon Fraser UniversityCriminologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Defending DUIsCross Examination Of Toxicologist2013
The Legal Docket 2010-PresentDUI Issues2012
The Legal DocketWashington DUI Law2011
KLAA AM 830 Radio Special Guest Of Riding DirtyCanada and DUI Convictions2010
Judicial DUI ForumStandardized Field Sobriety Testing2009
Suppressing EvidenceCar Searches2008
Suppressing EvidenceCar Searches2008
Defending DUIsCanadian Immigration Consequences Of DUIs And Other Convictions2008
Mastering MisdemeanorsDepartment Of Licensing Hearings2006