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"Mr Webb was excellent! His court presence was phenomenal. It was easy to see that by far I had the best lawyer in the courtroom. He kept me informed of all the possibilities and gave me the information I needed to make decisions during the entire process. I will have no problem referring Nathan Webb. He was great. The case was dismissed! Thanks Nathan!"
In his practice of 10 years, Mr. Webb has been repeatedly recognized as one of Seattle's Best DUI Attorneys. Defending those accused of a Seattle DUI is the firm's primary area of emphasis. See the Webb Law Firm's exemplary DUI RESULTS!
Mr. Webb's credentials include:
- Repeatedly honored a Super Lawyer Rising Star by Washington Law and Politics magazine (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014). Only 2.5 percent of the attorneys in the state are named to the Rising Stars list - only a fraction of the DUI attorneys out there were on that list.
- Perennially rated as a SUPERB DUI ATTORNEY - (perfect 10.0 out of 10.0 - Avvo.com).
- Recognized by Seattle Met Magazine as a Top Attorney in the State of Washington in the area of DUI/DWI Law (2012 and 2014).
- Selected to train Washington Breath Test Technicians and Toxicologists on how to provide courtroom testimony.
The Webb Law Firm's clients are from all walks of life, ranging from lawyers, doctors, registered nurses, chiropractors, Microsoft, Amazon, and Boeing employees, musicians, teachers, restaurant and bar owners, software engineers, police officers, and one previous Superbowl Champion!
It is imperative your Seattle DUI Lawyer understands specific strategies, case law, and defenses associated with representing you when charged with a Seattle DUI. We have employed numerous challenges in all types of DUI cases over the years with great success. Here are some examples of some successful defenses we have implemented when challenging a client's DUI arrest:
OFFICER, CAN YOU PROVE MY CLIENT WAS THE DRIVER?
Corpus deliciti (Latin for "body of the crime" what this challenge entails is establishing whether the prosecution can prove you were the driver - in 2013, I had a client's DUI dismissed for this very reason and my client was alleged to have blown a .219 on the BAC Datamaster. In 2014, I had another client's charges for DUI, Hit and Run and Reckless Driving dismissed because the City was unable to establish my client was the actual driver, and my client's breath test was alleged to have been .217. This defense is key to many cases and must be articulated by an experienced Seattle DUI Lawyer to be effective.)
OFFICER, WHY DID YOU STOP MY CLIENT?
Lack of Reasonable Suspicion to Stop (this is the first reason an officer would contact you in a DUI investigation, that is always an issue in a DUI arrest. It is also the lowest burden of proof and is difficult to beat, but there are many occasions wherein there can be a challenge to whether or not the officer had a legitimate reason for contacting/stopping you. Here are just some examples of what courts have held to be reasonable suspicion for an officer to contact you - speeding, having a headlight or taillight out, forgetting to turn on headlights at night, changing lanes without a turn signal, swerving, weaving, driving too slow, expired tabs, talking on a cellphone, driving too fast for conditions. I have challenged a case for lack of reasonable suspicion so many times I can't keep count, on one occasion in particular I had a client's case dismissed who failed to signal exiting a grocery store, then performed very poorly on field sobriety tests and blew a .13. The prosecutor agreed the officer had no reason to contact my client because it was not illegal for him to exit a grocery store without signalling. Another example of a case I had dismissed was when the officer simply stopped my client for conducting a u-turn on a city street - there was no posted "no u-turn" signs and my client did not impede traffic; therefore, there was no basis for the officer to have stopped her. Your DUI Attorney must address every issue in your case because just one mistake from an officer could be greatly beneficial to your case.)
OFFICER, WHY DIDN'T YOU LET MY CLIENT JUST LEAVE?
- Unlawful Detention (did the officer have a legitimate reason to detain you instead of just citing you for an offense and letting you leave - an example is when the person arrested was detained by an initial officer for having done nothing beyond the initial traffic violation and the officer asks for a DUI officer to come to the scene - many courts have held it is unlawful for the officer to hold you for an unreasonable amount of time while awaiting another officer to come evaluate whether you are DUI. This is especially true if the stopping officer did not observe indicia of intoxication but holds you for an assessment by a more experienced officer)
OFFICER, WHAT LED YOU TO BELIEVE MY CLIENT WAS DRUNK?
Probable cause to arrest (Did the officer have cause to make an arrest?) Here it would be necessary to evaluate whether you did Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs), how was your speech, was it allegedly slurred, what about your eyes, were they bloodshot and watery or droopy, what about your balance, did you have a flushed face, did you admit to drinking or smoking marijuana, etc. - this is a very common challenge and applicable in most DUI cases - I've had a number of cases dismissed because the officer was unable to establish a reason for making an arrest - I had a case wherein my client wrecked into the side of a Jack n the Box restaurant and was held at the scene by the officer while she was on the medic's stretcher, she later had a blood draw of .17 at the hospital - the judge dismissed for lack of probable cause to arrest because the officer was unable to articulate a reason for arresting her beside just the odor of alcohol and accident which he didn't witness)
OFFICER, WERE YOU TRAINED IN BREATH TESTING?
Admissibility of the breath test - in Washington State, law enforcement utilizes the BAC Datamaster and BAC Datamaster CDM machines to test your breath - I often challenge the admissibility of the breath tests or blood tests results on procedural and administration grounds - that is, did the officer follow the protocols such as following a 15 minute observation period, did the officer check your mouth prior to the test, did the officer change mouthpieces for each test, did you put anything in your mouth, such as your fingers, drink any water, vomit, etc. did you have any foreign substance in your mouth, such as a tongue ring, tobacco, gum, etc., was there an incomplete or invalid sample, was there an ambient fail, did the machine have its Quality Assurance Procedure (QAP) conducted within the last year, was the simulator solution changed in the last 60 days, etc. Was there a denial of your right to counsel if requested, meaning did you ask to speak with an attorney before the breath testing but the officer was unable to put you in touch with someone to discuss the ramifications of taking a breath test or refusing or did the officer outright deny you acces. Other procedural issues can be raised to challenge the admissibility of the breath tests (see my CDL argument below). There are numerous other defenses a seasoned DUI attorney must look for when evaluating whether a breath test was performed properly and I do this on each and every case.
OFFICER, DID YOU APPLY FOR A WARRANT TO DRAW MY CLIENT'S BLOOD?
Admissibility of the blood draw - if your case involved a blood draw, I always order the testing procedures and protocols from the Washington State Toxicology Lab so that I may evaluate the admissibility. Most blood draws now require a warrant to be admissible, so I want to evaluate the validity of the warrant, whether were you provided with a copy of the warrant, whether you were given a receipt of the property taken (i.e., your blood), I also want to determine if the toxicologist followed the protocols and procedures provided for by the State Toxicologist when testing your blood, was the person who drew your blood authorized to do so under the Washington Administrative Code and Revised Code of Washington, did they take two vials, did the vials have an anticoagulant and enzyme poison in them, was there a proper chain of custody with respect to your DUI blood draw, etc. Additionally, did you request a separate blood draw by any qualified person of your own choosing and were denied?
OFFICER, DID YOU INFORM MY CLIENT OF THEIR RIGHT TO REFUSE THE BREATH TEST?
Implied Consent Warnings for Breath or Blood - did the officer read you these required warnings prior to your test (it is required you be read these warnings prior to your breath or blood draw when arrested for an alcohol or Marijuana DUI - this is especially important if you are a CDL holder, many times officers forget the additional CDL warnings on the Implied Consent Warnings sheet must be read to a CDL holder even though they were operating their personal vehicle - that is, "for those not driving a commercial motor vehicle at the time of arrest: if your driver's license is suspended or revoked, your commercial driver's license, if any, will be disqualified.) Now the truth is you are actually facing a one year revocation of your CDL on a first offense, not just 90 days as is implied on the form, and a lifetime revocation for any subsequent offense. Also, if you had consumed both alcohol and marijuana, did the officer read you the THC warnings now provided in the ICWs, or if you were under 21, did the officer read you those applicable warnings?
Other challenges - there are numerous other challenges a Seattle DUI Lawyer can make in defense of your case. Each case must be evaluated independently to determine which applies, so call the Webb Law Firm, your Seattle DUI Attorneys, today for a free consultation.
Each case is different and sometimes a jury trial may be the only avenue to pursue if none of the challenges above apply to your case. If that is the case, we are prepared to take your case to a jury.
Undoubtedly you searched through the vast array of websites using some search engine to try and find a Seattle DUI attorney, but is that indicative of a great DUI firm? Of course not. While the internet is a way to steer you to a list of Washington State DUI attorneys (just as if you were searching for a plumber, etc.), experience, results and client reviews are what is important when you are selecting a DUI attorney. See my discussion about that here.
Have you been shuffling through search engines, phone books, looking at DUI solicitation letters, going through the cards given to you by tow truck drivers, etc. trying to find a great Seattle DUI Attorney?
It's tough to find a DUI lawyer with whom you feel comfortable and you truly believe will represent you effectively. I suggest you take us up on our free DUI consultation, as it is no cost to you, you have nothing to lose. We know you will be happy with the professionalism and service you receive.
The Webb Law Firm can be easily separated from the rest of the Seattle DUI firms out there by simply looking at our proven, exceptional DUI RESULTS* Seattle's DUI Law Firm, the Webb Law Firm, has delivered fantastic outcomes for hundreds upon hundreds of clients charged with criminal offenses.
Absolutely, it is vital that your attorney emphasizes Seattle DUI defense because there are numerous rulings and applications of those ruling within the area of DUI defense which only an attorney involved everyday in DUI defense would know.
Look at it this way, all medical doctors have training in anatomy but would you consult with a podiatrist to discuss your heart condition? Of course not, so why would you consult with a personal injury or family law attorney regarding your Washington State DUI arrest.
A DUI in Washington State is embarrassing and stressful and the process is long and complicated. We can guide you through the extensive and complicated laws and administrative applications via the Department of Licensing (DOL) you will face when charged with a DUI in Washington State. We primarily emphasize DUI defense in Seattle (and the surrounding areas) and have taken dozens of DUI cases to jury trial. We have argued for hundreds upon hundreds of clients who have been charged with a DUI, producing fantastic results. Feel free to search our firm's name throughout the various search engines and you will find glowing Client Reviews.
Whether the case is a:
Washington State DUI (alcohol, prescription drugs, huffing of chemicals, etc. or Marijuana DUI)
Physical Control (DUI wherein the officer didn't see you drive but you were behind the wheel)
Boating Under the Influence (BUI) - Operating a Vessel Under the Influence
Hit and Run
DWLS (Driving while your license was suspended or revoked)
Minor in Possession of Alcohol or Marijuana
Furnishing Liquor to Minors
or other criminal offense, the Webb Law Firm is your best choice. The Seattle DUI Lawyers at the Webb Law Firm have the experience and knowledge to handle your case.
A Seattle DUI charge is serious offense, it is a gross misdemeanor, meaning the maximum penalty is up to 364 days in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. Considering the consequences of a DUI conviction, you will want to closely monitor your potential DUI attorney for expertise in the field, familiarity with judges and prosecutors, and overall knowledge of the process.
The Webb Law Firm has an extremely high success rate* for those facing a Washington State DUI. What that means is the vast majority of clients have either had their cases dismissed, had a Not Guilty verdict after trial, or had the original DUI charge reduced to a lesser offense.
Seattle DUI Attorney, Nathan Webb, has been practicing in Washington State since 2004. Since that time, the Webb Law Firm has emphasized solely Washington State DUI Defense.
Mr. Webb's Seattle DUI firm is experienced, aggressive and understands how to defend persons accused of a Washington State DUI. Mr. Webb has a solid reputation with DUI prosecuting attorney's in each City and County of vigorously defending those accused of DUI.
We highly recommend you do your research and ask around for a referral before making a quick decision based on blogs, search engine ads, search engine rankings, cards given to you by tow truck drivers (who were paid to give those to you) or letters sent by attorneys directly to you utilizing scare tactics ("you are subject to arrest" "you face jail"). Those letters are meant to scare you into hiring an attorney, you are smarter than that!
Think about it, what other industry tries to scare or frighten you into a quick hiring decision. The solicitation letter approach utilizing those tactics is simply unprofessional in my humble opinion. Also, utilizing others to solicit for you (i.e., tow truck drivers giving you cards) is unethical under the Rules of Professional Conduct. If your prospective DUI attorney utilizes this approach, read my blog about it here.
*Every DUI case is different and the outcomes displayed on our Results page do not imply that your case will necessarily end similarly. Under the Rules of Professional Conduct, no attorney may guarantee results.