Received a dui on 03/31/12 and dwls 3rd degree in Pullman WA WSU police. What do attorneys usually charge for retainers in such matters?
Assuming you have no prior alcohol/drug related charges, you can expect to pay between $1,500 and $5,000 for your defense. These fees will be based upon both the experience of the attorney you hire and the complexity of your case. As someone who regularly practices throughout Eastern Washington including Pullman/Colfax and Spokane, I must respectfully disagree with the folks who refer to those charging $1,500 for DUI representation "fly-by-nights and hacks." There are many excellent attorneys who for various reasons, including the individual needs of the client, who may charge reduced fees at their discretion. The most important element when discussing your case with an attorney in NOT what they charge, but whether they are experienced in defending DUI's and how well they communicate with you. If they can't/won't explain legal issues in terms you understand before you pay them money, it's not likely they'll do so after you pay them.See question
looking for case studies on wins in Dui trials..
If your are looking for information on how many cases were filed in a certain area, you can check www.courts.wa.gov. You may also just call the local district/municipal court for the specific location you're investigating.
On the other hand, if you are trying to find in-depth information about an individual case, you'll likely want to talk to the prosecuting and/or defense attorneys who handled the case. Hope that helps.See question
On the second offense I got my license back and entered a payment plan for paying the tickets. Got pulled over about 2 months ago for having a suspended license unknowingly. What are my options and what will help me in court in staying out of ja...
There is no mandatory jail sanction on DWLS 3rd. Obviously, you are aware that the possibility of a judge ording jail goes up with the number of prior charges and will go up if you are on probation for any of the prior cases.
Sounds like the first thing you need to do is get organized. By that, I mean you should immediately two things. First, call DOL. You should verify exactly what you'll need to do to get your license back AND verify they have the best mailing address for you. They can be reached at (360) 902-3900. Once you have the current snapshot, you should then contact any courts in which you think you MAY have had a ticket. If you have any old tickets that have not been addressed, they may end up going to collections and re-suspending you without you knowing about it.
Bottom line, any time someone is facing a possibility of a jail sanction, they should speak with a criminal defense attorney about their specific situation. Entering a "not guilty" plea is the first step and reinstating your license will help. Only an attorney who is familiar with the court where your charge is being prosecuted can give you a good sense of how your case may play out.See question
She was charged with assauld DV4 by the prosecutor. Even though nothing happened they did not take my word into concideration and proceeded with the charge. Our main concern is her facing jail time, is there a way to avoid that and get the charge...
There are two parts to your question. Assuming you mean your girlfriend was charged with Domestic Violence Assault 4th Degree, she is facing a potential jail sentence of up to 365 days on that specific charge. Regarding the probation for DUI, she MAY be facing a probation violation and potential jail if the conditions of her probation prohibited her from being charged with a new crime. She should refer to her original probation order from the date of sentencing on the DUI to verify.
I strongly encourage her to speak with the attorney who assisted her on the DUI charge as soon as possible.See question
WHAT IS THE NEW LAW REGARDING INTERLOCK LICENSE?
It's difficult to answer your question without more detail. If you think there may have been changes to the Ignition Interlock License (IIL) that altered your driving privilege, I suggest you immediately contact the Washington State Department of Licensing at (360) 902-3900.
One change that became effective 1/1/11 is that folks who submitted to a breath/blood test at the time of arrest and who have entered a Deferred Prosecution in court for an alcohol related DUI no longer need the IIL. They still need the ignition interlock device for either 1, 5 or 10 years (RCW 46.20.720), but they will not need the IIL or SR-22. Hope that helps.See question
I am moving to Washington with a restricted license for a DUI in Idaho. 1)If I get pulled over in Washington while moving there (ok'd by the court in ID), can they say I am not legal to drive in WA? 2)Do I apply for a restricted license in WA a...
I always warn folks on any licensing question to begin by calling Washington Department of Licensing (DOL). I can tell you the law, but only DOL can authorize you to drive. First, if you are suspended in ID, WA DOL will most likely honor ID's suspension. You may be able to apply for some kind of restricted WA license, but that would depend on your residency and the reason you were suspended in ID. WA shouldn't impose any restrictions on your driving privilege beyond what ID has done.
Please call WA DOL at (360) 902-3900 to verify. Good luck!See question
I got my FIRST DUI last month. I received a letter from the DOL saying this "any Washington state drivers license or permit, including occupational (ORL) or ignition interlock licenses will not be valid and must be returned to the department of li...
In a DUI setting the Department of Licensing can suspend or revoke your driving privilege in several different circumstances. These include being convicted of an adult DUI or Reckless Driving. You can also be suspended or revoked by DOL for failing to request an administrative hearing within 20 days of the arrest/notice of suspension or by losing the administrative hearing.
If you have been suspended or revoked you are required to turn your old license in and obtain an "Identification Card." This ID card will act as your picture ID until you can reinstate your driving privilege and obtain a new license.See question
I received a DUI in Washington recently and after researching I'm still not sure whether I will be under the jurisdiction of WA or OR laws. I saw both states are part of an agreement where they will share information on cases and possibly transfer...
If the incident occurred in WA, then you will be prosecuted under WA law. The transfer of the case back to your home state likely has to do with the Interstate Compact. In a DUI setting the Interstate Compact primarily applies to probation issues. That shouldn't become a problem unless this is your second or subsequent DUI charge.
If you lose your license as a result of the DUI case, either in court or through the administrative process, then the WA Department of Licensing will require you to have SR-22 insurance for three years from the date the suspension/revocation ends. Additionally, if you are eligible for the Ignition Interlock License want to get it during the suspension/revocation period, then you would need SR-22 during that period as well.See question
I completed any court obligations in CA for the DUIs, but never did complete the multi year classes, and subsequently my suspended license became revoked. Now many years later, i need to get a licensed again to get better chances at employment. I ...
The quick answer is no. WA Department of LIcensing will not issue a driver's license to you until you have resolved the revocation in CA. You should immediately contact CA's DMV and ask them how to resolve the revocation down there. Only after that revocation is resolved with WA issue a license to youSee question
I was driving while having a serious panic attack,I rearened someone but was so disoriented i did not stop. I drove home and two citizens followed me while calling police, I went home took my ativan with one beer. 20 min later cops were at my ...
Your questions absolutely need to be discussed with your attorney. It sounds like you have only been accused of DUI and H+R so far. As such, you still have the right to present a defense at trial.
The defense of having consumed alcohol after driving typically can only be used during negotiations and/or trial. You should immediately compile a list of any witnesses and phone numbers of your treating physicians and anyone who may have seen you consume alcohol and Ativan after driving. This list needs to be given to your attorney or his/her investigator.
Also, remind your attorney your intent to use the defense of having consumed alcohol after driving needs to be disclosed to the prosecutor PRIOR to your Pretrial/Omnibus hearing (See RCW 46.61.502(3)). If not properly disclosed you will be precluded from using that defense.See question