Criminal Defense





Alderwood Business Center -Bldg 3400
3400 – 188th St SW, Suite 565
Lynnwood, WA 98037
(next to Alderwood Mall)

Bothell DUI arrest/charge?  Bothell criminal charge?  Bothell traffic ticket?  Bothell driver license suspension? Need old criminal conviction/arrest expunged off your record?  Get the best defense. Get a very experienced Bothell criminal defense lawyer to help you.

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Bothell DUI / criminal / traffic / license lawyer attorney Paul Hanson has been defending Bothell DUI charges, Bothell criminal charges, Bothell traffic tickets, and Department of Licensing driver license suspensions for 31 years. Also in all the other district and municipal courts in north King County and Snohomish county. He also helps clients get old criminal convictions removed from their records.

Attorney Paul Hanson has received the highest possible lawyer ratings by the national lawyer rating services.  An “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell and a “10-Superb” rating by He is very  experienced, aggressive, affordable & convenient.  He is also a former Lynnwood City Prosecutor.

The Bothell Municipal Court courthouse, located in downtown Bothell, will be where your Bothell case is heard.  The Bothell court’s address & telephone number:

Bothell Municipal Court
10116 NE 183rd St
Bothell, WA 98011
Tel. (425) 487-5587

The Bothell City Prosecutor handles all Bothell criminal / DUI cases and Bothell traffic tickets.

Call Bothell DUI / criminal / traffic / license lawyer attorney Paul Hanson for your free first consultation on your Bothell case/ticket.

Call (425) 778-7339


Hiring a very experienced DUI / Criminal Defense / Traffic Ticket lawyer attorney does not have to be unreasonably expensive. Attorney Paul Hanson’s fees / case costs are very reasonable, especially when compared to other local attorneys with far less experience. And very reasonable when compared to the total costs of a DUI or criminal conviction: the court fines and costs, the court probation fees, the court costs, the greatly increased auto insurance premium rates,etc. Even a first time DUI conviction can cost you over $12,000. And double that $ cost for a 2nd DUI conviction. And for your convenience, Attorney Hanson accepts case payments in cash, money orders or local personal checks.


DUI is a serious offense in Washington State, the state with the toughest DUI laws in the country. Here DUI is a gross misdemeanor crime which carries harsh penalties if convicted.

Considering the harsh penalties involved, a strong DUI defense provided by Bothell DUI / criminal defense / traffic / license lawyer attorney Paul Hanson may enable you to enjoy your life without losing your driver’s license, going to jail, having a permanent criminal record, paying large fines and much higher auto insurance $ premiums, having an ignition interlock device (IID) required in your car, and not being permitted to enter Canada.

But being arrested for DUI does not mean you will automatically be convicted. A good DUI lawyer can help help you avoid these harsh DUI penalties and obtain much better options.

Bothell DUI / criminal defense / traffic / license lawyer attorney Paul Hanson investigates everything, from inaccurate blood and breath alcohol tests, to the arrest location’s road conditions, traffic patterns, weather, environmental conditions,  and your personal medical conditions which might affect your police blood/breath alcohol tests. Because police mistakes can result in improper traffic stops, DUI/criminal arrests, criminal charges/tickets, and inaccurate DUI breath/blood alcohol test results, he will thoroughly analyze all of the case evidence to find facts and evidence which can help your defense and avoid a conviction.

If you suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, and/or a mental condition which resulted in your DUI offense, you can completely avoid a DUI conviction and almost all the DUI conviction punishments, by petitioning the court for a DUI Deferred Prosecution before trial.  Deferred Prosecution requires completion of a two year alcohol/drug treatment program at a state approved alcohol / drug treatment agency, total abstinence during treatment, an ignition interlock device installed in your car for one year, payment of court costs, and successful completion of 5 years court probation.  After 5 years, your DUI charge is then completely dismissed. Attorney Hanson has been helping clients get the right alcohol/drug treatment and obtain court DUI deferred prosecutions for over 29 years.

If you think your license is suspended or revoked for DUI, you may contact Washington State Department of Licensing at their website: to find out your license status. Then call Bothell DUI / criminal / traffic / License lawyer attorney Paul Hanson at tel. (425) 778-7339 for a Free First consultation. He can help you get your driver license back.


Washington DUI penalties have been getting consistently more severe every year. The most recent changes which have further heightened the severe personal and financial costs of a drunk driving conviction.

Being charged with or convicted of a DUI can carry serious consequences for you and your family, including the following:

  • Jail time
  • Mandatory electronic home monitoring (EHM)
  • Fine
  • Probation
  • Driver’s license suspension or revocation
  • Restriction of driving privileges
  • Insurance – dropped auto coverage
  • Insurance – raised auto rates
  • Mandatory interlock ignition device
  • Alcohol or drug treatment
  • No entry into Canada


DUI and Physical Control laws are strictly enforced in Snohomish and King Counties. Washington. The current legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 for adults and .02 for minors under 21. The new legal limit for marijuana THC blood content is 5 nanograms. However, you can be charged with DUI even if you are below these limits if the Prosecution can show that you were “affected” by any amount of alcohol, drugs or both. You can also be convicted of “physical control,” even if you aren’t actually driving the vehicle at the time of your arrest. The penalties for “physical control” are the same as those for DUI.

If your blood or breath test was .15 or higher, or if you refused the test, the DUI penalties are even harsher. The DUI/DWI penalties chart also has different levels for a first, second, third DUI offenses within 7 years.

If you produce an .08 BAC or higher, or 5 nanograms THC or higher, on your DUI breath / blood test in Washington State or if you refuse a breath / blood test, then you also face an additional Department of Licensing administrative suspension of your driver’s license, even if you are found not guilty of DUI in court.

You can greatly improve your chances of stopping this DUI license administrative suspension by contacting an experienced DUI attorney like Bothell-Lynnwood DUI attorney Paul Hanson as soon as possible after your DUI arrest. A DOL telephone hearing may be requested to contest this administrative suspension. The deadlines to request these DOL telephone hearings to stop an automatic suspension of your license are relatively SHORT, only 20 days. Contacting an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible is the best way to maximize your chances of keeping your license.

If you think your license has been suspended or revoked for a DUI, contact the Washington State Department of Licensing at their website: to verify your license status. If your license is suspended or revoked, immediately contact Bothell DUI lawyer Paul Hanson at (425) 778-7339 for a free consultation.

These are the issues most DUI clients face after being charged with a DUI. There are important defenses to DUI and Physical Control which you need to raise that may apply to your case. And there is always the DUI Deferred Prosecution treatment and dismissal option for those with severe alcohol/drug problems who are willing to enter long term treatment.

It costs you nothing to talk to Attorney Paul Hanson about your case. He offers a FREE first phone or office consultation. He’ll give you an immediate assessment of your DUI case and possible DUI defenses. So call him to protect one of your most valuable possessions, your driver’s license.

Call Bothell DUI /criminal defense/ traffic/license lawyer attorney Paul Hanson for your free first consultation.

Call Tel. (425) 778-7339.

DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING – Driver License Suspension Telephone Hearings Information (For DUI Cases Only)

Your Department of Licensing DUI license suspension case will not be heard in the Bothell court. Instead it will be heard entirely in a telephone conference call by a Department of Licensing (DOL) Hearing officer assigned to your DUI license suspension case. This telephone hearing will be scheduled within 60 days of your DUI arrest date (usually on the 55th to 59th day). The assigned DOL Hearing officer will call you and your lawyer on your lawyer’s office speaker telephone…. or on your own home or cell phone if you don’t have a lawyer.

These DOL license suspension telephone hearings usually take about 25 to 50 minutes. You have the right to testify, to present witness testimony, and to present any other evidence you want to have considered in your defense. If you win, you’ll be able to get your driver license back. If you lose, your license will be suspended or revoked for anywhere from 90 days to 1 year to 2 years.

Department of Licensing DUI license suspension telephone hearings are difficult to win, even with an experienced DUI lawyer. You have almost no chance of winning without a lawyer. So you should always hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Bothell-Lynnwood DUI lawyer attorney Paul Hanson to have a good chance at winning.

If you believe your driver license may already be suspended or revoked due to a Bothell DUI or any other DUI, you may contact the Washington State Department of Licensing at their website: to find out your current license status.

Then call Bothell DUI / criminal / traffic/license suspension lawyer attorney Paul Hanson at tel (425) 778-7339 for a Free First Consultation (office or by phone) on your Bothell case/ticket. He can help you defend your driving license. Or get it back.

So if you’ve been arrested/charged with DUI, you should never  just automatically plead guilty.  There are always other, much better options. Even in the toughest cases.

Fight vigorously for your legal defense rights and learn about all your legal options.  Bothell DUI / criminal defense / traffic / license suspension lawyer attorney Paul Hanson is committed to all clients he represents. He carefully investigates and analyzes every client’s DUI/criminal/traffic/license suspension case. And then works hard to build the strongest possible case defense.

Call Bothell DUI / Criminal / Traffic / License Suspension lawyer attorney Paul Hanson for your Free First Consultation.

Call: (425) 778-7339


Conveniently located next to Alderwood mall in Lynnwood, WA