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A conviction for driving under the influence in Washington will also result in a permanent criminal record, which will have potentially life-changing consequences. A simple background check could lead to loss of your existing job and reduced future employment options. It would affect your credit rating, requiring you to pay higher interest on credit accounts or keeping you from qualifying for a mortgage. Canada is using improved data sharing with the United States to enforce its long-standing policy of denying entry to those with a criminal record.
In addition to the quantifiable penalties following an arrest for a Washington DUI, you are probably experiencing emotions humiliation, depression and uncertainty. After your arrest for driving under the influence in Washington, there is hope however. Hiring an experienced and qualified Bellingham DUI Criminal Defense Lawyer will ensure that your voice is heard in court and that your rights are preserved. It is important to try to keep your record clean. For immediate help, contact Bellingham DUI Lawyer David N. Jolly and request a free initial consultation.
Jail is to be avoided at all costs. In Whatcom County, should you receive Jail, there may be a way to avoid being tossed in the clink. Whatcom County has a very good "Alternatives" program. We have a page on this website dedicated to Whatcom County Jail and Corrections including, the Inmate Orientation Manual (which you can download). READ MORE.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Washington is a very serious offense and Washington DUI laws reflect this severity by imposing some of the toughest in the nation. The penalties for a first-offense gross-misdemeanor includes mandatory jail, loss of license and numerous other negative collateral consequences. There are significant fines, assessments and court costs. You could even lose your job and put your employment in jeopardy. If convicted of driving under the influence, the conviction stays on your record forever - as there is no way to "vacate" (remove) a conviction of this kind in Washington. And for these reasons, among many, is why you must immediately talk to a Bellingham DUI lawyer as soon as you can following your arrest. You may appear in court the day following your arrest so please call for a complimentary consultation.
Following your arrest for DUI in Bellingham the officer should provide you with a form to request a hearing with the Department of Licensing (DOL). You must act quickly. You only have 20 days to send in this form. If you do not, your license will be suspended automatically.
Should your driving privilege be suspended after your Bellingham DUI arrest there is an option worth pursuing, the ignition interlock license. Clearly this is not preferred to avoiding a license suspension but it is a very good option if you have no other choice. The ignition interlock license requires the installation of an ignition interlock device, the purchase of SR 22 insurance, and the application for and receipt of the actual ignition interlock license from the Department of Licensing. Please check out our Department of Licensing page for details about the licensing process.
While there are obviously options to continue driving following your arrest for DUI in Bellingham our primary goal when dealing with the DOL is to win the hearing and save your license. This goal is not an easy one but a goal that is attainable. Our defense of your license begins with a careful examination of the police report, the BAC machine (or blood draw procedures) and a lengthy discussion with our client. Bellingham DUI Defense Attorney David N. Jolly will advise you on the DOL hearing process and the advantages of requesting a hearing. If you want to see if your license can be saved, contact Whatcom County DUI Lawyer David N. Jolly now.
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In addition to jail, the consequences for driving under the influence in Whatcom County, WA can be quite severe. The penalties can include a mandatory jail term, court fines, automatic suspension of driver's license and the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device. You could either lose your auto insurance or pay significantly higher premiums and be required to carry an expensive SR-22 provision. In certain situations, a repeat offense for DUI in Washington is considered a felony.
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As mentioned previously on this page there are many requirements that you will have to complete regardless of the outcome of your case in Bellingham. DUI Defense Lawyers are well trained to both fight and protect you in court and part of the protection is ensuring clients obtain and successfully complete an alcohol drug evaluation prior to the conclusion of their case. An alcohol evaluation is two hours in length and must be done at a Washington State Certified treatment facility. For Bellingham clients there is one facility in British Columbia that will be accepted by Whatcom County District Court which does make the process more convenient for British Columbia residents.
The evaluation is designed to determine whether or not the individual has a dependence on alcohol or drugs. If the diagnosis determines there is no dependency issue then the recommended course will be the ADIS class (alcohol drug information school). This 8-hour class is required by the court and the Department of Licensing (should you lose your license). It is highly recommend you complete both the alcohol drug evaluation and the ADIS class prior to the conclusion of your case in Bellingham. DUI attorneys can assist you with the process and more detailed information can be found on the alcohol drug evaluation page on this website.
Bellingham Municipal Court has a practice of placing every defendant on probation at the conclusion of a criminal case. DUI cases in Bellingham are more heavily scrutinized that most other criminal matters because the Court takes these cases far more seriously and imposes more significant penalties. As such, the default philosophy of the Bellingham Judges are to place the Bellingham DUI defendant on active (also called supervised) probation following the end of the case. As Bellingham DUI defense lawyers we don’t want this to happen to our clients as supervised probation is far more costly and requires monthly meetings with a probation officer. To minimize the chances of being placed on active probation in Bellingham be sure an complete an alcohol evaluation on the direction of your Bellingham DUI attorney, the ADIS class (or treatment if required) and the DUI Victim Panel. Being proactive prior to the final disposition of your criminal case in Bellingham may have some rewards.
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Whatcom County DUI Criminal Defense Lawyer David N. Jolly and his team of Bellingham DUI Attorneys handle driving under the influence cases in Bellingham, Washington and all of Whatcom County. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence your rights may be in jeopardy. A free consultation by one of our Bellingham attorneys is just a phone call away. Bellingham DUI attorney David N. Jolly graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law. During law school, Mr. Jolly represented the Law School in Moot Court Competitions and was the school’s valedictorian. Having significant experience in both criminal and civil litigation, Mr. Jolly has the unique knowledge of both the criminal and civil ramifications surrounding a DUI. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, a number of County Bar Associations and the prestigIous National College of DUI Defense. Mr. Jolly has successfully handled thousands of cases to resolution. Let his experience work for you. To begin getting the help you need and deserve, contact Bellingham DUI Attorney David N. Jolly. To schedule a free, no obligation meeting, call (360) 734-3847.
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Bellingham DUI Attorney David N. Jolly offers a free initial review of your case. Once he knows the specifics of your arrest he will be able to better outline your legal options and clarify how the law firm can help for you. To schedule a meeting email us directly of simply call (360) 734-3847.
The fees are reasonable and lower than most of the competition in Whatcom County. Additionally, the retainers are low and generous payment plans are offered for all of our clients. The Bellingham DUI Law Firm of David N. Jolly accept many forms of payment. Before you hire an attorney, please contact Criminal Defense Attorney David N. Jolly to discuss your case. They also offer different fee structures to make it affordable for almost anyone.
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There are very few things more stressful than being arrested for a crime. However, Bellingham makes this already stressful situation worse by throwing you in the Whatcom County Jail after processing you and then demanding you appear in court as soon as the next day. Such urgency and immediacy places the person accused in a very difficult situation. The Bellingham DUI attorneys at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly understand the importance of representation immediately and can guide you through such a difficult time.
Whatcom County Washington DUI Lawyer David N. Jolly offers a complete drunk driving defense. He is committed to protecting your rights, defending your liberty and fighting for the best possible resolution for you. Besides providing strong and competent legal representation, he knows how stressful your situation is and will take the time to explain things to you and guide you through the entire defense process. While each case is unique, Whatcom County DUI Attorney David N. Jolly will try to get your charges reduced or your case dismissed. The Law Firm of David N. Jolly strive to offer the most aggressive and intelligent defense to those accused of driving under the influence in Whatcom County, Washington.
Bellingham, Whatcom County DUI Attorney David N. Jolly will answer your questions and address your concerns. Being arrested in Bellingham for DUI is not a time to panic or hope things will work out; it's a time to hire an experienced Bellingham criminal defense attorney who will professionally fight for your rights. Give us a call to discuss your case in detail. We will take a measured and thoughtful approach to your case and begin to build a strategy on how to both attack the City's case and protect you in court. As a matter of courtesy, we will also fight your related traffic infraction at no extra cost.
A DUI arrest in Whatcom means immediate Court.
The penalties for driving under the influence in Washington are frequently changed by state lawmakers. This makes it important to hire an attorney with extensive and current experience with Washington DUI defense. Being found guilty of a first offense alcohol related traffic violation can result in fines and court fees, jail, loss of auto insurance, probation with possible restrictions on travel and alcohol consumption, mandatory community service and loss of driver's license. The penalties progressively increase with any additional drunk driving convictions.
A conviction for driving under the influence would also result in a permanent criminal record, which could lead to many long-term consequences, including loss of job, limited future employment options, an inability to rent a car, restrictions in opening a credit account, including a mortgage and even travel to some countries. Bellingham Washington DUI Attorney David N. Jolly provides a complete defense to those accused of drunk driving in Whatcom County. Mr. Jolly is a former prosecutor who spent years learning the dynamics of DUI litigation. He has invaluable insight into the criminal justice system, and that experience will make a difference in your case
Bellingham DUI Defense Attorney David N. Jolly will try to keep your record clean by seeking reduction of charges or dismissal of your case. He is even prepared to take your case to trial to get you the best possible result. Contact the law firm of David N. Jolly now at (360) 734-3847 and begin to get the help you need. The Bellingham DUI Law Firm of David N. Jolly accept many forms of payment. Before you hire an attorney, please contact Criminal Defense Attorney David N. Jolly to discuss your case. They also offer different fee structures to make it affordable for almost anyone.
Time is very important when responding to an arrest for DUI in Washington. For immediate help and answers to your questions, contact Bellingham DUI Attorney David N. Jolly by filling out the form to the right or calling (360) 734-3847.
David Jolly has represented my son on two separate occasions and we are very thankful for his help. Both cases resulted in far superior results than first believed, thanks for the help of Mr. Jolly. His communication was consistent and Janean's organizational skills, to ensure everything was done on time and properly submitted, are exceptional. Thank you. DUI Client
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