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Kirkland DUI Attorney

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If you have been arrested for a DUI in Kirkland, WA you need an experienced Kirkland DUI Attorney to represent you at the Kirkland Municipal Court.  If you were stopped and arrested by an officer of the Kirkland Police Department you will be charged with the offense at the Kirkland Municipal Court.

Map to Kirkland Municipal Court

As an experienced Kirkland DUI Attorney, I can attest that Kirkland is a great place to live and has some beautiful scenery of Lake Washington.  You should know, however, that if you have been enjoying any alcoholic beverages at one of the many pubs or restaurants that you will likely be followed by police after you leave.  The City of Kirkland Police Department is notorious for following most people who leave these establishments, especially at night and on weekends. I've seen time and again people stopped for allegedly speeding going up 85th street towards I-405 or driving over a curb in an intersection where police know the sidewalk pokes out into the street, etc. If you are stopped and arrested by a Kirkland Police Department officer you will be processed at the Kirkland Police Department.

It is also necessary for your Kirkland DUI Lawyer to know the tendencies of the judge (the Honorable John Olson) assigned to oversee criminal cases at the Kirkland Municipal Court and to be familiar with the prosecuting agency (Moberly and Roberts).

A Kirkland DUI will be heard in the Kirkland Municipal Court and the first appearance is what is called an arraignment and it is the formal charging appearance wherein a DUI suspect is asked to enter a plea.  We always have clients enter a plea of not guilty.  At that appearance the prosecutor may ask for conditions of release pending the outcome of the case.  Some typical conditions are: no new criminal law violations, no driving without a valid license and insurance, note any new change of address, no drinking alcohol or taking non-prescription drugs, no refusing a breath test by an officer who suspects you of drinking and driving.  Those are what we call standard conditions of release but a prosecutor may ask that bail be imposed or that the defendant have an igntion interlock device installed or worse, that a SCRAM device (alcohol monitoring bracelet) be installed pending the outcome of the case.

Kirkland DUI Lawyer, Nate Webb, answers the question, "If I am stopped in Kirkland for a Kirkland DUI, should I take Field Sobriety Tests?"

When I am asked if someone should  take standardized field sobriety tests I alwasy say no!  In Washington there is a new case that allows prosecutors to argue a refusal of field sobriety tests means you are guilty. With that new ruling, my original advice is the same, but make sure you establish the reason you are refusing the tests is because (a) a lawyer told you not to do them, (b) you have a prior or current injury, (c) if they aren't recorded you aren't going to take them, (d) I've been told no one could pass them.  After saying this make sure and tell the officer you don't believe you are guilty of anything, but that the tests are subjective, and you are not going to take them. Again, DO NOT take these tests, but always tell the cop, "I don't believe I am guilty of anything, but I am simply not going to subject myself to subjective tests."

The Webb Law Firm attorneys have appeared hundreds of times at Kirkland Municipal Court in defense of those arrested and charged with a Kirkland DUI.  We have also assisted those charged with other criminal offenses: Assault, Theft, Obstruction, Violation of No Contact Orders, Reckless Driving, etc.

A Kirkland DUI has serious consequences for those convicted, including:

  • 1st Offense (no prior offenses w/in the past 7 yrs) and Breath Test below .15 or THC concentration of 5.00 ng/mL or more: 
    • 1 day jail (may be converted to 15 days of Electronic Home Monitoring at violator's expense or 90 days on the 24/7 Sobriety Program if available - if a child under 16 was in the vehicle, 1 extra day of jail is imposed) 
    • 90 day license suspension 
    • Not less than $350 (plus other court costs and fees) 
    • Ignition interlock requirement for 1 year 
    • Up to 5 years probation 
    • Alcohol assessment and follow-up treatment 
    • Denial of entry into Canada by Canadian Consulate

    1st Offense (no prior offenses w/in the past 7 years) and Breath Test above .15 or refusal of Breath or Blood test: 
    • 2 days jail (may be converted to 30 days of Electronic Home Monitoring at violator's expense or 120 days on the 24/7 Sobriety Program if available - if a child under 16 was in the vehicle, 1 extra day of jail is imposed) 
    • 1 year license suspension (if refusal, then 2 years) 
    • Not less than $500 (plus other court costs and fees) 
    • Ignition interlock requirement for 1 year 
    • Up to 5 years probation 
    • Alcohol assessment and follow-up treatment 
    • Denial of entry into Canada by Canadian Consulate

    2nd Offense (one prior offense w/in the past 7 years) and Breath Test below .15 or THC concentration of 5.00 ng/mL or more: 
    • 30 days jail (if a child under 16 was in the vehicle, 5 extra days of jail is imposed) and 60 days of Electronic Home Monitoring at violator's expense* In lieu of the mandatory 30 days in jail, with court approval, a violator may serve 4 days in jail plus either 180 days of EHM or 120 days on a 24/7 alcohol monitoring program
    • 2 year license suspension 
    • Not less than $500 (plus other court costs and fees) 
    • Ignition interlock requirement for 5 years 
    • Up to 5 years probation 
    • Alcohol assessment and follow-up treatment 
    • Denial of entry into Canada by Canadian Consulate

    2nd Offense (one prior offense w/in the past 7 years) and Breath Test above .15 or refusal of Breath or Blood test: 
    • 45 days jail (if a child under 16 was in the vehicle, 5 extra jail days imposed) and 90 days of Electronic Home Monitoring at violator's expense* In lieu of the mandatory 45 days in jail, with court approval, a violator may serve 6 days in jail and either 6 months on EHM or 120 days on a 24/7 alcohol monitoring program
    • 900 day license suspension (3 years for refusal) 
    • Not less than $750 (plus other court costs and fees) 
    • Ignition interlock requirement for 5 years 
    • Up to 5 years probation 
    • Alcohol assessment and follow-up treatment 
    • Denial of entry into Canada by Canadian Consulate

    3rd Offense (two or more prior offenses w/in the past 7 years) and Breath Test below .15 or THC concentration of 5.00 ng/mL or more: 
    • 90 days jail (if a child under 16 was in the vehicle, 10 extra days jail imposed) and 120 days of Electronic Home Monitoring at violator's expense* In lieu of the mandatory 120 days of EHM, with court approval, the violator may convert the EHM to an additional 8 days of jail
    • 3 year license suspension 
    • Not less than $1000 (plus other court costs and fees) 
    • Ignition interlock requirement for 10 years 
    • Up to 5 years probation 
    • Alcohol assessment and follow-up treatment 
    • Denial of entry into Canada by Canadian Consulate

    3rd Offense (two or more prior offenses w/in the past 7 years) and Breath Test above .15 or Refusal of Breath or Blood test: 
    • 120 days jail (if a child under 16 was in the vehicle, 10 extra days jail imposed) and 150 days of Electronic Home Monitoring at violator's expense* In lieu of the mandatory 150 days of EHM, with court approval, the violator may convert the EHM to an additional 10 days of jail
    • 4 year license suspension (same for refusal) 
    • Not less than $1500 (plus other court costs and fees) 
    • Ignition interlock requirement for 10 years 
    • Up to 5 years probation 
    • Alcohol assessment and follow-up treatment 
    • Denial of entry into Canada by Canadian Consulate

    4th Offense (three or more prior offenses w/in the past 10 years) – regardless of breath or blood test result: 
    • Felony penalties!

    In lieu of mandatory EHM requirements for 2nd offense and above sentences, the offender may participate in a 6 month 24/7 sobriety monitoring program.

    Contact Nathan L. Webb today for a free DUI consultation. We know Seattle DUI Defense! 

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Mr. Webb offers a free confidential initial consultation to discuss your case and review your options and rights. Contact Mr. Webb today to schedule your meeting. *Not all cases are the same and each result can be different, no attorney can guarantee any outcome.

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