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- A DUI conviction can affect you and your family in many ways, including license suspension, fines, higher insurance rates, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, and jail time.
How long will all this take?
Unless you are willing to plead guilty at your first court hearing, a DUI defense will take a minimum of several months. More complicated DUI cases can easily last six months to a year as they wind their way through the court and Department of Licensing systems.
Felony DUI cases or cases with multiple priors may well endure for a year or more. Upon reviewing the individual circumstances of each case during your first consultation, we will happily provide you with a time estimate.
At your first court date, called an arraignment, the prosecutor for the county or city that is charging you with DUI will inform you of the charges against you. After pleading Not Guilty, the Judge of your court will then inform you of your conditions of release. In many cases, we can have our clients let go on their Personal Recognizance if they promise to abide by the standard pretrial conditions for DUI.
These conditions include your promise to appear at all future court dates, your agreement to not to drive without a valid license and insurance, not to use non-prescribed drugs, not to drive after consuming alcohol, and not to commit any new criminal law violations.
In some cases the court will require more extreme pretrial conditions, including setting a bail amount, ordering you to not drive without an Ignition Interlock Device, or even ordering that you be placed on Electronic Home Monitoring with a device to detect if you are drinking any alcohol.
Your next court date will be a Pretrial Hearing, and will probably be three to six weeks after your initial court appearance. The Pretrial Hearing is a time for your attorney to meet with the prosecutor to negotiate your case and discuss issues such as missing or unavailable discovery, witness availability, and evidentiary motions.
It is possible that you could end up attending several Pretrial Hearings, depending on the facts of your case and the particular defense strategy being employed by your attorney.
Once the case is ready to proceed, we will set a date to argue pretrial evidentiary motions. It is at this motions hearing where your attorney will be seeking to limit or exclude the evidence the prosecutor is trying to use against you in an attempt to prove you were DUI at the time of your arrest. We consider pretrial motions a vital part of your defense strategy and fight vigorously to challenge the validity of the evidence the state seeks to use against you.
The Seattle DUI lawyers at Lovik & Juhl, PLLC are dedicated to helping people facing DUI charges throughout King County, including all King County District Courts and Municipal Courts in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Kent, and all surrounding communities.
For most people charged with a DUI, it is their first contact with the legal system. Once you contact our Seattle DUI lawyers, we will take over your case and begin taking steps to defend you from day one.
Call An Experienced Seattle DUI Lawyer Now At 206-706-2831 for a Free No Hassle Consultation About Your Seattle DUI Case.