You need to look for experienced DUI attorneys in your area. Most offer free consultations. Start calling around and set up a few appointments. Look for attorneys who regularly go to trial on DUI cases. They are technical cases and there are many ways to beat them. It can take a few months to get a court date on the criminal case, so it's a little early to be panicking about that. The administrative hearing on the license suspension is a separate but related issue. It's an important part of your DUI defense, so again, you need an attorney who handles them regularly appearing on your behalf.
When you meet with these attorneys, they will explain the legal process to you. This will also give you a chance to find out about their fees and payment plans. Attorneys' fees vary greatly, which is another reason to meet with more than one. Best of luck!
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YOu need to consult with an attorney and hire one to help you. He/she will know what to argue and what is good and bad because you are going to interview a few attorneys and find one that does DUI defense all the time and has argued motion hearings and trial monthly. You have some good issue here and you will need to talk to your attorney and make sure he/she understands your postition and then LISTEN to him/her about the good and the bad and make decisions on how to proceed. Good Luck
You need to hire a DUI attorney, as a DUI is a very serious charge that carries serious consequences, especially when you blow over a .15. If there were complications with the machine, an attorney can analyze those complications to potentially get your breath result thrown out, which will significantly reduce the penalties attached to the DUI.
Also, you had twenty days from when you were arrested to request a DOL hearing. Not twenty days from when you receive the notice in the mail. However, since you were arrested on February 6, you're still within the twenty days to request a hearing, so you should be good. The only way you can hope to win the hearing is by hiring an attorney.
Many DUI attorneys offer a free consultation. DUI cases are complicated and people usually have a lot of questions about their options and the possible outcomes of their case. The questions and concerns you have a very common, but it would take a several page answer to even begin to address all of the things you need to know when charged with DUI. I find it usually takes a minimum of an hour face-to-face to really explain the basics of a DUI charge. Schedule a couple of consultations with DUI attorneys who practice in your area.
As has been said on here several times, you need to consult with a local DUI attorney who handles cases not only with similar facts as yours (high BAC with possible procedural complications) but if possible, who practices in the court where your case is assigned. I can tell you from experience that Seattle Municipal Court (where it appears yours is assigned) and the prosecuting attorney's office there, have their own particular procedures and cultures and that will play a pretty significant role in what happens in your case. You should do your research, speak with several area attorneys who focus on DUI defense and in the Seattle courts, and bring your questions and concerns to them in an actual face to face consultation (which should be free up to 30 mins). Good luck ...
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