If you are arrested for DUI in Skagit County you can expect to appear in court the very next business day.  In Skagit County this first court appearance is called a preliminary hearing.  Two weeks later your arraignment will occur and you will be expected to appear at that date also.  This is true of every court in Skagit County including Skagit County District Court, Anacortes, Mount Vernon, Burlington and Sedro Woolley municipal courts.  Facing a charge for driving under the influence in Skagit County is not something you should do alone.  The prosecuting attorneys have strict instructions to convict and punish, regardless of your previously clean history.  The harsh reality is that you need a defense attorney to protect you and your rights in court.  You have no time to waste, contact one of the Skagit County DUI attorneys at our office for a free consultation.

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The Washington Department of Licensing is renowned for making mistakes. The DOL changed their software in late 2018 and since then we have become used to improper notices, wrong rulings, suspensions without notice, and the list goes on. Yes, they are bad. You must protect yourself. Double check all notices. Confirm letters with the DOL. Double check everything and hire a really good DUI lawyer. Read about the 2019 DOL Changes.


If you have been charged with a DUI in Western Washington, most particularly in Snohomish County, Whatcom County, or Skagit County, please call one of our Washington State DUI attorneys today. We are responsive and dedicated to the best results for our clients and are ready to meet in either our Mount Vernon office in Skagit County, or our Whatcom County law office in Bellingham. 

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Q: I think I am guilty of DUI so why don't I just plead Guilty?

A: This is a good question and one that I am asked regularly. You are guilty of a crime if the evidence proves beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of that particular crime. Further, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty (beyond a reasonable doubt). At the time of a first court appearance, the arraignment, very little (if any) evidence is provided that would prove an individual is guilty of the crime. Therefore, the plea of Not Guilty is to force the Government to prove their case. Additionally, the entry of a Guilty plea gives a defendant no leverage to negotiate penalties and leaves them at risk for greater penalties. A plea of not guilty protects the accused and is the only recommended plea following an arrest for DUI.

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The criminal defense attorneys and staff at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly have more than 60 years of DUI and Traffic Ticket legal experience.  Over the years our clients have shared with us why they decided to retain our services.  The reasons given were that our clients truly believed that hiring our DUI Law Firm gave them the very best chance at getting their DUI or Traffic Ticket dismissed in Bellingham or Mount Vernon. Further, we offer the best service of any local Law Firm and make it a priority to put our clients and their needs first. Finally, our practice focuses on criminal defense so our level of knowledge is superior to general practitioners.

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If you have been cited with a crime, you want to work with the best DUI law attorneys possible. The Law Firm of David N. Jolly boasts some of the most experienced DUI defense attorneys in Snohomish, Skagit, Island and Whatcom Counties. With more than 60 years of combined experience, our legal team has what it takes to represent your DUI or criminal case. Contact us and immediately be connected to one of criminal defense lawyers at either our Mount Vernon or Bellingham offices.

The outcome of your case could have a huge impact on your future. Being cited with a drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs is a very serious matter. DUI citations could mean having your license suspended or even a jail sentence. Our goal is to fight for your rights and work for the best possible outcome. That is why so many choose our DUI law firm. Bellingham and Mount Vernon drivers alike trust our legal team to provide aggressive representation and defend their rights. We try to minimize the penalties assessed so you can maintain your freedom.  Our goal is simple, get the very best outcome in every case, misdemeanor or felony.

We represent people who have been arrested for driving under the influence because we understand that good people sometimes make mistakes. These decisions may lead to a DUI citation and the need for quality representation.  The Law Firm of David Jolly has offices in Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom County and are available 24/7 to provide complimentary legal advice.  Those drivers who find they are facing a DUI charge can receive affordable and superior legal representation from our firm. Never fight a DUI case on your own and do not settle for just any legal counsel. You have the right to an attorney so take advantage of one of Washington’s most successful criminal defense teams. 

We build relationships with our clients and strive to offer the best customer service available. We understand your needs and provide solid legal counsel to help you defend your rights. Our clients are important to us; that is why so many choose our DUI defense to represent them. Our experienced defense attorneys are ready to help you with your case. Our criminal defense associates know the law and keep up to date on any changes that may affect your case. We believe in communicating with our clients. We will help you understand the legal process and the traffic laws. Our DUI defense lawyers at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly can make recommendations and help you determine what is best for your situation. Call us now.

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Following your arrest for DUI in Whatcom County you will likely be released directly to the Whatcom County Jail.  This should be an indication of how seriously law enforcement and prosecutors take any DUI in Bellingham. To add insult to injury, upon release from jail you will receive a summons indicating a court date within a day or two of the arrest.  Because you will be required to appear in court and face a Judge almost immediately following your arrest it is imperative you contact a Bellingham DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible.  Our Bellingham DUI law office is located in downtown Bellingham next to Whatcom County District Court and only 2 blocks from Bellingham Municipal Court. For information on your case and help immediately, contact our Whatcom County DUI attorneys.

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Welcome to my website, Washington State's best resource for those arrested for driving under the influence. I am David Jolly, a Washington State DUI attorney.  I pride myself in getting the very best result possible for each and every client. My staff and I have more than 60 years of combined legal experience in Washington State courts and I have personally handled thousands of cases to successful outcomes. To enhance my knowledge and understanding of the law, I have authored and had published more than 20 DUI and Traffic books. Our Law Firm has two offices in Western Washington, in Bellingham and Mount Vernon, and we represent clients throughout Skagit, Snohomish, Island and Whatcom counties. We offer complimentary consultations and free downloadable DUI books. In addition to our DUI focus, we also represent those charged with criminal misdemeanors and felonies, and traffic tickets. Call us today for a free consultation, we would love to help you!

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If the individual has a prior DUI arrest, conditions of release at the first court date will include an Ignition Interlock device and perhaps bail or probation. In Whatcom County and Skagit County, probation would include UA testing (urinalysis). A new case, Blomstrom v. Tripp, ruled that UA testing on pretrial probation is not permitted. Be aware (and still follow all Court Orders).

We understand that being arrested for driving under the influence was not planned.  We equally understand that hiring an attorney to fight your DUI was not budgeted for.  In some instances, namely Whatcom County, Skagit County and Island County you will find yourself in court immediately following your DUI arrest and in need of a lawyer right away.  The same is true for many cities including Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Burlington, Anacortes, Everett, Lynnwood, and Marysville, to name only a few.  Knowing this we offer different payment plans and fees for all cases.  We can keep our fees low by not charging our clients for services they do not need.

Further, we have set our retainers relatively low so to make us more affordable than comparable attorneys.  All the while our clients can expect top quality legal representation but for reasonable fees.  If you want the best DUI attorney at a price most people can actually afford please contact our office today to speak to one of our experienced Washington State DUI attorneys. 

We have made our name and reputation with defending thousands of individuals charged with driving under the influence but by no means is this the only of law that we handle.  We accept all Whatcom County traffic infraction matters, including speeding tickets and all moving violations. We provide affordable, legal counsel to the people who need it most. Complimentary consultations are offered so you are able to consult with one of our experienced attorneys to ensure the service we provide is right for you and your case.  We also provide something that no other DUI attorney can, a free DUI book, for Snohomish County, Whatcom County and Skagit County.

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Skagit County has become an increasingly more difficult place to be a defendant. Neighboring Counties may offer a first time DUI defendant with an easy reduction, not so in Skagit County. In early 2019 the Prosecuting Attorney notified defense attorneys of new rules for reductions. Suffice to say, it is not easy.

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The New Year brings with it new hope, new resolutions and of course, and as always, new updates to Washington State DUI laws.  The following is a reminder of the new Washington DUI Laws enacted in the State during the past several months. The following is a list of changes from the past two years with the most current changes found at the bottom of this list.  As always, if you have been arrested for DUI or related criminal misdemeanor, call our Everett DUI attorneys at (425) 493-1115 or our Bellingham DUI attorneys at (360) 734-3847 and Mount Vernon lawyers at (360) 336-8722.

  • Ignition Interlock Device:  As a condition of release from custody before arraignment or trial, a defendant who has a prior DUI, Physical Control, vehicular homicide, or vehicular assault offense must be ordered to have a functioning IID installed with proof filed with the court within five business days of the date of release, or comply with the 24/7 Sobriety monitoring program, or both; 
  • Sentencing:  No part of a DUI sentence can be deferred (this is only for deferred sentences, not deferred prosecutions);
  • DUI with a Child in the Vehicle:  If a person is convicted of DUI or Physical Control and the offense was committed while a passenger under the age of 16 was in the vehicle, additional incarceration must be ordered as:

               - 24 hours if the person has no prior offenses;
               - five days if the person has one prior offense within seven years; and
               - ten days if the person has two or three prior offenses within seven years;

  • Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road:  When setting penalties for DUI and Physical Control offenses, the court must particularly consider whether during the commission of the offense, the defendant was driving in the opposite direction of the normal flow of traffic on a multiple-lane highway with a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour or greater;
  • Civil Forfeiture:  The court must consider whether a vehicle is subject to forfeiture in DUI, Physical Control, and ignition interlock violation cases if a forfeiture has not already occurred;
  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL):  A person is disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for a minimum of one year if a report is received by DOL that the person was convicted of driving a motor vehicle with any measurable amount of THC in the person's system. Law enforcement must also issue an out-of-service order against a person who drives or is in physical control of a commercial vehicle while having THC in the person's system;
  • Operating an Employer's Vehicle:  The DOL may not waive and no employer may exempt an ignition interlock requirement within the first 30 days following installation of an IID after a first offense or for the first 365 days after an IID has been installed for second or subsequent convictions;
  • Statewide 24/7 Sobriety Program: The statewide 24/7 sobriety program pilot project is established and administered by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), effective January 1, 2014.  Snohomish County has recently discontinued their program and are now referring to outside sources and companies.  Most believe this is a good change.
  • Marijuana and THC:  Marijuana and THC are added to a number of statutes dealing with DUI, Physical Control, and negligent driving (effective 2013).  David Jolly's book, The Marijuana DUI Handbook addresses the marijuana DUI and is the first of its kind in the United States. The filing numbers for Marijuana DUI cases have increased significantly (particularly in Whatcom County), so please be careful if you consume and remember, any THC in your system is now a serious problem.
  • Alcohol and Drug Evaluations:  DSM V came out in 2013 which has significantly changed evaluations - read more about the many changes to DUI alcohol and drug evaluations in our website.
  • Bail:  Since 2015 Snohomish County Judges have been more inclined to grant the request of local prosecutors and impose bail on an individual charged with DUI in Snohomish County if they have a prior driving under the influence charge.  Be prepared in advance and have a DUI lawyer present with you if you have a prior arrest.
  • Probation:  Whatcom County DUI cases typically result in the defendant being placed on active probation at its conclusion. This is frustrating due to the inconvenience and cost.  However, it is the reality of a DUI in Whatcom County. If an individual is charged with DUI in Skagit County or Whatcom County and they have a prior DUI arrest, it is the practice of both courts to place the individual on active probation immediately.  This is called "pretrial probation" and costs $150.  If this happens be sure to comply with probation's requests and the Court order at arraignment.
  • New BAC Machine:  Finally the new BAC breath test machine, the Draeger Alcotest 9510, is up and running and in BAC offices near you.  Draeger Alcotest machines have found their way into Whatcom County, Snohomish County and Skagit County. However, and importantly, not without controversy. The transparency of this machine has been called into question and has resulted in many months of on-going litigation in Snohomish County. This issue remains an ongoing concern and still a pending legal problem.
  • Blood Draws: In 2016, Snohomish County DUI cases can expect an increase in the number of search warrants for blood as State prosecutors and law enforcement grow increasingly concerned over the admissibility of breath tests.
  • Felony DUI: As of July 23, 2017, a fourth DUI in 10 years is now a felony. This new law, RCW 46.61.5055, lowers the threshold from 5 DUI cases in 10 years to 4 DUI charges in 10 days.
  • Lower BAC?  This comment is premature but, be prepared for the legal limit of DUI in Washington State of 0.080 to be lowered to 0.050. It may not be for a year or more, but it will happen. Think I'm wrong - it just happened in Utah!
  • Distracted Driving (E-DUI):  Effective immediately (2017), it is illegal to drive while texting (reading or responding to a text). This law is the much hyped distracted driving law (also known as E-DUI - RCW 46.61.668), but it has problems!
  • Additional DUI Fees: As of July 23, 2017, an additional $50 has been added to every fine for DUI and the mandatory BAC fee has been increased to $250 (from $200).
  • No Pretrial UAs: Skagit County and Whatcom County love giving defendants urinalysis tests while on pretrial monitoring, but prior to any finding of guilt. This has always appeared unlawful and finally a Washington court agreed.
  • Snohomish County Probation Goes Nuts:  2018 has brought with it radical changes to Snohomish County Probation. Expect greater intrusions and higher costs if placed on Probation following a conviction in Snohomish County.
  • DOL Reinterprets Due Process:  As of January 1, 2019, the Department of License will impose very harsh and immediate penalties to the driver's licenses of those arrested for driving under the influence.  Please be advised that 2019 will require an individual arrested for DUI to appeal a suspension within 7 days of the arrest (where once it was 20 days) and impose a license suspension (if the driver does nothing) 30 days following the criminal arrest (where once it was 60 days). Please contact us immediately after your arrest for DUI (for more information plead read RCW 46.20.308, or read my detailed blog).
  • Skagit County Prosecutor Makes DUI Reductions More Difficult: In early 2019 the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney notified defense attorneys that a reduction from DUI has become more difficult. Be prepared to fight!

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Following your DUI arrest you may have many questions and many more concerns.  Certain counties in Western Washington, such as Whatcom, Skagit and Island require the person charged with DUI to appear in court immediately following the arrest.  Many more cities, such as Bellingham, Everett, Marysville, Lynnwood, Bothell, and Mount Vernon, to name only a few, demand the defendant appear in court only days after the arrest.  If you find yourself in this situation you must consult with a DUI attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and build a defense.  The Washington State DUI lawyers at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly are available day and night to take your call and will respond to messages and emails on the same day.  

The State of Washington is renowned for being tough on drunk drivers.  The penalties in this state are some of the strictest in the entire country.  Washington State enacted the first marijuana DUI law that specifically made it illegal to drive with 5 or more nanograms in the body.  The State legislature is now talking about lowering the blood alcohol concentration level from 0.080 to 0.050.  As you would expect, law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys and Judges are taking DUIs more seriously than ever and acting in accordance with the wishes of State of Washington politicians.  If you have been arrested for driving under the influence it is more important than ever to retain a qualified and experienced Washington DUI attorney.

DUIs are taken very seriously by law enforcement in Snohomish County.  Some of the most experienced and well trained prosecuting attorneys are located in Snohomish County and as a result every DUI charge is a battle.  If you have been arrested for DUI in Snohomish County and the arresting officer was a Trooper or Sheriff you can expect a summons notifying you of a court date in approximately one month.  If you were arrested by a local city officer in Everett, Lynnwood or Marysville, you can expect to appear in court immediately.  David Jolly has been practicing in the Snohomish County area since 1998, first as a prosecuting attorney in Snohomish County and then as a criminal defensive attorney.  The knowledge earned over the years benefits our clients in courts and in front of the local Judges, who have known David for many years.  If you have been arrested call our Snohomish County DUI attorneys.


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​​Finally, when facing a serious charged such as driving under the influence you need to hire the best criminal defense attorney available. Washington State DUI lawyer David N. Jolly is an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who provides his clients with top-notch legal representation designed to make a positive and dramatic difference in the outcome of their case. He has experience navigating the complex court system, and he is knowledgeable about complicated Washington drunk driving laws. By combining this knowledge with his familiarity of recent drunk driving rulings and defense strategies, DUI lawyer David N. Jolly is able to provide each of his clients with a personal, effective, drunk driving defense.  For the convenience of his clients the Firm operates a law office in Bellingham, Whatcom County and Mount Vernon, Skagit County. All of our offices are conveniently located next to their respective courts, whether the charge be a misdemeanor of felony crime.

Contact our Washington State DUI attorneys today for a free consultation.  I am a big believer that a consultation is priceless - and that is why there is no cost. We will talk to you about the court process, your license, how to prepare and how to obtain the best result possible.

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