Snohomish County DUI Attorney
Ms. St. Clair is a top rated Snohomish County DUI Attorney with over 25 years of experience. Ms. St. Clair spent the bulk of her career in courts in Snohomish County Courts. She was trained by those and trained those who are now charging you. She builds your defense by identifying and targeting specific vulnerabilities in the prosecutions case, and aggressively attacking them. Her twenty years as a Prosecutor gives her unique insight into the system: You need a DUI attorney who knows how to challenge the evidence in your case and devise your best defense. Ms. St. Clair knows what Police do and how they do it, and can quickly assess what the police did or should have done, and what they may not have done in your case. She understands how evidence is gathered, how evidence may be proposed against you, and most importantly, how rules may be employed to suppress evidence so that it is not used against you. This could greatly affect the outcome of your case.
Working closely with local police for many years, she not only has unique knowledge of how police investigate cases, but, she herself knows how to investigate and obtain evidence necessary to present your best defense and to expertly prepare a case on your behalf. Having dealt with tens of thousands of witnesses and local police officers over the years, she knows witnesses and their weaknesses, and she knows how to skillfully and successfully assess and examine them.
Ms. St. Clair knows prosecutors and the factors that influence their decisions. She understands exactly how to present your case and you to achieve the most favorable resolution of your case. She knows the options and alternatives available to any proposed punishment, and knows how to potentially avoid or reduce any serious consequences that could result from a criminal conviction. She will handle each part of your DUI case so you don't have to.
Snohomish County DUI Charges
If you are arrested for a DUI in Snohomish County, you may be processed and released or you may be booked into the Snohomish County jail. This is often dependent on your prior DUI history, level of cooperation with law enforcement, the level of your breath test, or whether you refused a breath test. If you are booked into the jail, bail will be set based upon a bail schedule. You will be held until you post bail, or until you appear before a judge for a determination of bail and conditions. This appearance should happen within 48 hours, or a judge will review your cae to make a determination of probable cause and a decision regarding conditions of your release. The Everett District Court hears all initial hearings for state cases in the Snohomish County district courts.
If a Washington State Patrol Trooper or a Snohomish County Sheriff's Officer has arrested you for DUI, your case will be filed into one of the 4 divisions of the Snohomish County District Court. The four divisions are located throughout the county and a charge will be filed in a division that encompasses the area where the stop was made The four divisions are: Cascade District Court in Arlington, Evergreen District Court in Monroe, Everett District Court in Everett, and South District Court in Lynwood.
The case will first be submitted to the Snohomish County prosecuting attorney's office, where prosecutors will review the police reports and make a filing determination. Generally it takes about 2-4 weeks before you will be notified of a court date. (unless you are held in custody then charges will be filed immediately). The Snohomish County Prosecutors office is fairly prompt in their review and filing of DUI cases.
If you were arrested by a city police agency in Snohomish County, you case may be heard in one of these district courts as well, as these courts hear DUI cases for some cities. within Snohomish County. The Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office will handle these cases. Other cities use these courts, but the prosecution is contracted with a private firm. (primarily in Snohomish County, that is the firm of Zachor and Thomas). If your DUI case is in the city of Mukilteo, Mill Creek or Snohomish the case will be heard in the Snohomish County District Court, but the prosecution will be contracted with Zachor and Thomas. A number of cities in Snohomish County have Municipal Courts , such as Lynwood, Edmonds, and Marysville. If you are arrested by any of these city police departments, your case will be filed into the municipal court of the respective city. Zachor and Thomas are the prosecutors for Lynnwood and Edmonds Municipal Courts. The city of Marysville has it's own city prosecutors.
If you are arrested by a city police agency, generally speaking your first appearance on a DUI charge will likely occurs within a couple of days. In some cases you will be you will be issued that date at the time of your arrest, by the law enforcement agency.
It is important to contact a Snohomish County DUI attorney as soon as possible following your arrest. In addition to department of licensing consequences which will take place immediately following your arrest, when you do make a first appearance the court will set conditions for your continued release. These conditions can include “standard” conditions such as no driving within 24 hours of consuming alcohol, no driving without license and insurance, no refusal of a breath or blood test, but depending on the level of your breath test, the nature of your arrest, or your driving history, may also include conditions such as alcohol monitoring or ignition interlock requirements. It is important to have an attorney who can represent your interests right away.
If you have been arrested for a DUI offense in Snohomish County, contact Ms. St. Clair at (206) 578-2200 to discuss your case. Hiring the right Snohomish County DUI defense lawyer can make a difference in how your case is resolved. You need an experienced attorney who will thoroughly evaluate your case including all the factual, legal and scientific issues in your case. You need a Snohomish County DUI attorney who understands the courts and the process. You need a skilled, aggressive, and experienced Snohomish County DUI defense lawyer who can immediately focus their attention on your particular case. DUI defense attorney Coleen St. Clair has worked in the Snohomish County courts for over 25 years. She was a senior Deputy prosecuting attorney in Snohomish county for many years, and having worked as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney she knows better than most the DUI courts in Snohomsih County, and exactly how to represent your interests to achieve the best result in your Snohomish County DUI.
South District Court
South District Court, is one of the four divisions of district court in Snohomish County. It is located in Lynnwood. The court currently has 3 judges; Judge Fair, Judge Fraser and Judge Goodwin.
If you were arrested for a DUI in south Snohomish County, either by a State Patrol trooper or a Snohomish County Sheriff Deputy, your case will be filed here. This Court also hears cases arising out of the cities of Mill Creek, Brier, and Mountlake Terrace.
If the arrest was made by a trooper or deputy the case will be reviewed by the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office. It will generally be 2- 4 weeks before the case is reviewed and charges are filed You will be notified by mail of a court date. If you have been arrested, it would be wise to check with the court or prosecutors office about any future date. If you fail to appear a warrant would issue for your arrest.
Many city cases are not prosecuted by the Snohomish County Prosecutors office but are handled by the firm of Zachor and Thomas, or another firm, who contract with the cities to provide prosecution services. . (Brier city prosecutor is Darrel Johnson) If an officer from one of the city agencies has arrested you for a DUI, you can expect that your initial appearance will be scheduled 24-48 hours following your arrest. A date to appear in court will likely have been given to you by the arresting officer.
It is important to contact a Snohomish County DUI attorney immediately.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Snohomish County contact Ms. St. Clair to discuss your matter in a free consultation.