Top Tacoma DUI Defense
St. Clair Law Offices provides exceptional DUI defense for DUI charges in Tacoma and throughout Pierce County. For immediate answers regarding your Tacoma DUI charges, contact our Tacoma DUI defense firm at (206) 578-2200 to discuss your case. Your initial consultation is free. Tacoma DUI lawyer Coleen St. Clair has over 25 years experience handling DUI and criminal charges. She has handled thousands of DUI cases in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties with remarkable results. What clients say You need a Tacoma DUI attorney who has the skills, experience and resources to provide you your best defense to Tacoma DUI charges. Don't wait. Call now.
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Ms. St. Clair is a former DUI Prosecutor who uniquely and expertly understands how to defend the DUI charges you face. She knows how police investigate a DUI and the legal issues that surround a DUI arrest. She will effectively examine the evidence in your case to provide you your best defense to Tacoma DUI charges. She knows what evidence the prosecutors need and what factors influence their decisions. She has exceptional knowledge of the local legal system and will use her extensive experience and resources to provide you your best defense to a Tacoma DUI charge.
Tacoma DUI Charges
The City of Tacoma Municipal Court is located in the County City Building, 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98402. The judges in Tacoma Municipal Court are Judge David B. Ladenburg, Judge Arthur J. (Jack) Emery, and Judge Elizabeth E. Verhey. Judge Ladenberg handles cases involving domestic violence, and Judge Verhey handles DUI related matters. Criminal misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors committed in Tacoma are prosecuted by the city attorney's office. (Felony matters are handled in the Pierce County Superior Court.)
If you are arrested for DUI, in Tacoma, by a Tacoma police officer, you will either be booked into jail or released following processing. If you are released, you may receive a court date to appear from the officer, or you may told to contact the court regarding your date. The officer should also provide you with information regarding your upcoming Department of Licensing suspension (click here to find out more information regarding suspension). If you are booked into jail, you should be able to post bail either directly or through a bonding agency. Otherwise, you will remain in custody until appearing before the court for arraignment.
At arraignment, the first appearance, you will be formally charged with the offense you are facing; you have the right at arraignment to plead not guilty and you should always do so. You also have the right to an attorney; if you have not yet retained private counsel, a public defender will assist you with arraignment. Following arraignment, the court will set conditions of release and you will receive a new court date. Following arrest, regardless of whether or not you've been charged or have a court date, you should speak with a Tacoma DUI Defense attorney as soon as you can. The sooner you are able to speak to an attorney, the better you can preserve your rights. Tacoma DUI defense attorney Coleen St. Clair currently handles in Tacoma Municipal Court. Coleen is familiar with the court's practices and policies as well as those of the prosecuting attorneys in Tacoma. If you have been arrested for DUI or another criminal offense in Tacoma, call Coleen now at (206) 578-2200 for a free 30 minute consultation to discuss the circumstances of your case.
If you are arrested by the Washington State Patrol or Pierce County Sheriff's Office in the Tacoma area, your case will likely be filed into Pierce County District Court , which is also located in the County City Building at 930 Tacoma Avenue South. These DUI cases are handled by the Pierce County prosecutors office.
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