We practice in many jurisdictions but our focus is on defending those accused of DUI in Snohomish, King, Skagit, and Island Counties. We are in each County every week and familiar with every single court within each Country. This page is designed to provide some details on each District Court and certain Municipal Courts.
We keep a detailed log of each Judge and have opinions of each Judge. We will not publish these opinions but will happily discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of each Judge with every prospective client.
We also keep a detailed log of every Officer/Trooper we have ever dealt with (hundreds). We know their patterns and their history and can advise each client what to expect from an Officer/Trooper in regards to testimony and knowledge. Although our catelogue of Officers/Troopers contains details of hundreds of different Officers/Troopers and their history and habits, we do not feel that it is appropriate to publish their names. However, we will happily share this information with prospective clients and their particular Officer/Trooper.
Snohomish County District Courts are consistent and largely predictable. The Judges, by and large, act similarly given a particular situation (Judge Wisman aside). And the Prosecuting Attorney's office is professional, relatively reasonable (but not easy), and consistent. Consistent does not mean easy, but at least we all know what we are up against. If you have been arrested for DUI it is important to note that it may take 4-8 weeks for you to go to court.
- Everett District Court: Judges Bui and Fisher
- South Division (Lynnwood): Judges Ryan, McCrae, and Goodwin
- Evergreen Division (Monroe): Judges Clough and Lyon
- Cascade Division (Arlington): Judge Wisman (Tough DUI Judge - you MUST have an attorney)
- Lynnwood: Judge Moore (call us about Judge Moore before you go to court). Tough Prosecutors.
- Marysville: Judge Gillings and Commissioner Towers. A fair court but will punish repeat offenders harshly - if you have a prior DUI, get an attorney now! Also, the Cops will typically toss you in jail after an arrest for DUI. Be warned, if you have a prior DUI arrest expect to be ordered to get an ankle bracelet (that detects alcohol) when you're released from court.
- Edmonds: Judge Fair. Good Judge and decent court. Tough prosecutor.
- Everett: Judges Mitchell and Odell: Decent court with a harsh probation department.
- Mill Creek/Mountlake Terrace: Use Snohomish County South District Court
- Mukilteo: Uses Snohomish County Everett Division Court
- Lake Stevens/Arlington: Use Marysville Municipal Court
Our Lynnwood DUI attorneys, Edmonds DUI attorneys, Mill Creek DUI attorneys, Mukilteo DUI attorneys, Everett DUI attorneys, Lake Stevens DUI attorneys, Mountlake Terrace DUI attorneys, Marysville DUI attorneys, Monroe DUI attorneys can and will help defend and protect you.
King County is the largest and busiest court system in the State. Navigating through the mire requires an experienced DUI attorney who is aware of what every Judge does and how the individiual prosecuting attorneys act. The key to King County is being proactive not reactive. If you have been arrested for DUI it is important to note that it may take 6-10 weeks for you to go to court.
Importantly King County District Court Judges are still suppressing BAC results upon presentation of a motion to suppress by an attorney. Presently this is still ongoing although we anticipate this to slowly change in time.
- Seattle Division:
- Redmond Division
- Burien Divison
- Kent Division
- Shoreline Division
- Seattle: (multiple Judges - all tough but some tougher than others) A tough court to be a defendant or attorney in - perhaps the toughest in the State. They have very odd rules and practices and it is very much against the defendant. Get an attorney, roll up your sleeves, and be prepared to fight. Judges are not friendly in this court. Many attorneys refuse to work in this court and others raise their fees substantially - we don't raise our fees and we still work in this court all the time. Please call us our your City of Seattle DUI case. As a side note, our office has never lost a DUI trial in Seattle Municipal Court.
- Kirkland: Judge Lambo (former defense attorney). You absolutely need an attorney for every stage of your case here to have any hope of a favorable outcome.
- Bothell: Good Judge and fair prosecutor. However, no deals for those not represented by attorneys who know the local system. We know the court very well and will fight hard for you. Be sure you hire a Bothell DUI attorney to represent you.
Our Bellevue DUI attorneys, Kirkland DUI attorneys, Seattle DUI attorneys, Redmond DUI attorneys, Shoreline DUI attorneys, Bothell DUI attorneys, Issaquah DUI attorneys, Seatac DUI attorneys, can and will help defend and protect you.
- Mount Vernon (District Court): Judges Gilbert and Svaren and Commissioners Svaren and Skelton. Good court, decent and predictable Judges, even though we don't always agree on the law. You have to fight for every deal though - you'll need a DUI attorney if you want any hope.
- Anacortes: They use Skagit County Judges. This has been my favorite court in the State but things will change as of January 1, 2010. A new Judge and a new prosecutor promise big changes that will not necessarily be positive. Be sure you have a DUI attorney. They use Skagit County probation.
- Burlington: They use Skagit County Judges. Typical small town court - relatively fair. They use Skagit County probation.
- Mount Vernon: They have their own court house and their own prosecuting attorneys.
Our Skagit County DUI attorneys, Mount Vernon DUI attorneys, Burlington DUI attorneys, and Anacortes DUI attorneys, can and will help defend and protect you.
- Oak Harbor (District Court): Judge Strow and Commissioner Kipling. Where do I begin? Island County is very different than neighboring counties. Also, by and large this is the toughest court we practice in. The Judge's are predictably difficult and the State prosecutor's have very tough standards compared with most every other jurisdiction - getting a break because you have no criminal history won't work in this court. Getting a deal is tough for attorneys and impossible for those without attorneys. Also, law enforcement have a "reputation" in Island County - please call us before you go to court! Expect a long, hard fight.
- Oak Harbor: Judge Strow and Commissioner Kipling. Prosecuting attorney is Bill Hawkins (call us)
- All other cities use Island County District Court
For information on your Washington State DUI please contact our Snohomish County DUI attorneys, Whatcom County DUI attorneys, King County DUI attorneys, Island County DUI attorneys, Skagit County DUI attorneys, Mt Vernon DUI attorneys, Everett DUI attorneys, Lynnwood DUI attorneys, Mukilteo DUI attorneys, or Anacortes DUI attorneys at 425-493-1115 or check out our website at http://www.washdui.com