DUI, Driving & Alcohol Offenses

DUI
Physical Control
Reckless Driving
Negligent Driving
Hit & Run
Driving While License Suspended

WHAT IS A DUI?
You can be charged with a DUI in Tacoma and Pierce County if you drive a motor vehicle with a BAC over .08 or while you are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF A DUI CONVICTION IN TACOMA?
A DUI conviction has serious consequences, including mandatory jail time, fines, license suspension, treatment, ignition interlock, SR 22 insurance and may effect your employment. 

DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY FOR MY TACOMA DUI?
It is important to contact an attorney as soon as you are contacted by law enforcement.  As soon as you are stopped, police may be gathering evidence against you.  They will ask you questions, request that you perform field sobriety tests, a portable breath test and a breath or blood test.  All of this may be used to justify an arrest, convict you of a DUI or suspend your license.  When you are contacted by law enforcment, an attorney can advise about what you should and shouldn't do.  If you've been charged, you need an attorney to fight to limit any jail, license suspension or other consequences.  You also need an attorney if there are legal motions that need to be filed in your case or to challenge the charges at trial.

DO I HAVE TO DO FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS IF STOPPED FOR A DUI?
Field sobriety tests and the portable breath tests are completely voluntary, you are not required to do these tests.  However, if you do choose to do the tests, the could be used against you in Tacoma or Pierce County courts.

SHOULD I SUBMIT TO A BREATH TEST ON A DUI?
A breath test at the police station is not mandatory, however, if you refuse to submit to a breath test, it can be used against you, it may suspend your license and it will increase the penalties you are facing if you are found guilty of a DUI.  If you are requested to provide a breath test, ask to speak to an attorney immediately. 

HOW CAN I FIGHT A DUI CHARGE IN TACOMA AND PIERCE COUNTY?
There are many ways to fight a DUI charge.  An attorney can argue that the officer did not have probable cause to stop you, to investigate a DUI or request that you submit to a breath or blood test.  There may also be issues with how the breath or blood test was administered and the accuracy of the test.  There also may be medical issues or other explanations for the driving or other symptoms that an officer suspected were due to alcohol or drugs.

Proven Results

  •  Negotiated REDUCTIONS to non-DUI charges, avoiding mandatory jail time and/or license suspensions in hundreds of cases.
  •  NOT GUILTY verdict on DUI, where client crashed car due to being tired, rather than the high level of methadone in client's system.
  • NOT GUILTY verdict on Negligent Driving case, where it was alleged that client failed to come to a complete stop at stop sign and had been drinking.
  • Successfully argued at a DUI trial that client DID NOT REFUSE to submit a breath test, which reduced the sentence and license suspension.
  • Won motion on GOVERNMENTAL MISCONDUCT, where the State failed to disclose a video tape and witness present during a DUI stop.
  • Based on motions, successfully convinced State that DUI stopped based on civilian calls reporting bad driving were UNLAWFUL.
  • Case DISMISSED based on motion that Court had never found probable cause and the court no longer had jurisdiction over defendant who had been in prison.
  • Raised issues at trial regarding identity of driver, which resulted in DUI conviction being OVERTURNED on appeal.
  • Successfully argued that expert should be allowed to testify about the effects of working with paint thinner on the accuracy of the breath test, which resulted in the case being OVERTURNED on appeal.