Seattle DUI Defense
Seattle DUI lawyer Coleen St. Clair has over 25 years experience with DUI cases. She is a top Seattle DUI attorney who has successfully handled thousands of DUI cases with impressive results. What clients say. Ms. St. Clair has tried hundreds of cases ranging from DUI to high profile homicides. She has a remarkable record of success in over 25 years of high volume criminal trial work. Her exceptional knowledge, skill, and experience, as well as her willingness to effectively challenge a case are what get results. No one will fight harder to protect your interests and rights and few have her experience and record to back it up. Call today (206) 578-2200 for a free consultation.
Former DUI Prosecutor Defends Your Seattle DUI Charges
Ms. St. Clair is a former DUI Prosecutor who uniquely and expertly understands how to defend the Seattle DUI charges you face. She knows how police investigate a DUI and the legal issues that surround a Seattle DUI arrest. She will effectively examine the evidence and legal issues in your case. 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 Seattle DUI charge. Call St. Clair Law Offices today at (206) 578-2200 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Seattle DUI Charges
An arrest for DUI is a humiliating and frightening experience that few imagined would ever happen to them. You have had your car impounded and you may have been booked into jail. You have been informed you have 20 days to request a hearing regarding the suspension of your license. This unfortunately is just the beginning of the process and consequences that can result from a Seattle DUI arrest. If you or someone you know has been arrested by the Seattle Police Department or charged with a DUI in the city of Seattle, it is critical that you obtain legal representation from an experienced Seattle DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. The penalties for a DUI conviction are increasingly harsh and include license suspension, jail time, fines and monetary fees, ignition interlock requirements, insurance requirements, and probation. There may be far reaching consequences to your employment, immigration status, and freedom. See more about DUI Charges. You need answers, you need guidance, you need help.
It is possible to avoid or minimize some or all of the harsh consequences of a Seattle DUI arrest. Seattle DUI defense attorney Coleen St. Clair has the knowledge and experience to give you the best defense to your Seattle DUI charges.
Seattle DUI Courts
If you were arrested within the city of Seattle, by a City of Seattle police officer, your initial hearing, known as an "arraignment," will likely be scheduled at the Seattle Municipal Court, which is located at 600 Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle. In custody arraignments are scheduled in the courtroom on the first floor of the King County Correctional Facility (Jail) 500 Fifth Avenue, one block south of the Seattle Municipal Court. The Seattle Municipal Court has seven judges that are elected to four year terms. These judges currently are the Hons. C. Kimi Kondo (Presiding), Willie J. Gregory, Judith M. Hightower, Steve Rosen, Edward McKenna, Karen Donohue and Damen Shadid.
Prosecution of DUI cases in the city of Seattle, is handled by the Seattle City Attorney's Office.
Seattle Municipal Court DUI's are typically charged immediately, usually by citation of the officer. Your arraignment will likely happen within 48 hours of your arrest. The Court at that time will place conditions on your release, and may set bail. It is important to obtain an attorney for this process as soon as possible. A person accused of a Seattle DUI needs to act quickly after their arrest. It is very common for the City to request very stringent conditions of release at an arraignment (such as bail and/or an ignition interlock device) even on first offense cases. As such, it is very important for any person accused of a Seattle DUI to speak with an experienced attorney. Prosecution for a Seattle DUI is swift and harsh and you must have an experienced top Seattle DUI lawyer to assist you, protect your rights and resolve your case in the best way possible..
The Seattle Municipal Court takes a very aggressive stance on DUI and criminal matters. Both the prosecution and the court can be exceptionally harsh and you must take every step possible to protect your interests and obtain your best defense. In Seattle Municipal Court it is important to remember when you go to the court, your physical appearance and attire will matter, so dress appropriately. Be on time and always demonstrate the utmost respect to the judge. Be sure you do not discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney (or public defender if you have not yet retained counsel).
If you have been arrested by the Washington State patrol or a King County Sheriff's Officer for a DUI in the Seattle area, you case will likely be filed into one of the many King County District Courts. These DUI cases are handled by the King County Prosecutors Office. See King County DUI for more information regarding a DUI in the Seattle area.
If you have additional questions regarding a Seattle DUI arrest or upcoming hearing in Seattle Municipal Court, or Seattle area, call Seattle DUI defense attorney Coleen St. Clair today at (206) 578-2200. You can also e-mail herfor a FREE evaluation of your case.
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