FORMER PROSECUTOR. EXPERIENCED.
Kirkland, WA DUI attorney Paul Hanson has 38+ years experience in defending Kirkland DUI charges, Kirkland criminal charges, and Department of Licensing (DOL) driver license suspensions. Also DUIs/criminal charges in all the other district & municipal courts of Snohomish County and north King County. Attorney Hanson helps clients get their old criminal convictions/arrests expunged/deleted from their criminal records. He is a former Lynnwood City Prosecutor.
HIGHEST ATTORNEY RATINGS
Paul Hanson has received the highest possible ratings from the national attorney rating services. An "AV-Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a "10-Superb" rating from Avvo.com.
AFFORDABLE DUI ATTORNEY FEES - FREE FIRST CONSULTATION
Hiring a very experienced DUI attorney does not have to be unreasonably expensive. Kirkland attorney Paul Hanson's fees and case costs are very reasonable, especially when compared to other local Kirkland, WA DUI attorney 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, increased SR22 auto insurance premium rates, etc. Even a first time DUI conviction can cost you $12,000 or more over the next five years. And for your convenience, Kirkland attorney Paul Hanson accepts case payments in cash, money orders or local personal checks. Lastly, Attorney Paul Hanson provides a free first consultation (office visit or by phone).
SPECIAL DUI INFORMATION
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.
Kirkland DUI 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 DUI conviction.
DUI DEFERRED PROSECUTION
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 (2) 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 at least one year, payment of court costs, and successful completion of five (5) years court probation. After 5 years, your DUI charge is then completely dismissed. Kirkland, WA DUI attorney Paul Hanson has been helping clients get the right alcohol/drug treatment and obtain court DUI Deferred Prosecutions for over 38 years.
KIRKLAND DUI ATTORNEY
If you are charged with or convicted of a DUI, there will be serious consequences for you and your family for many years, including the following:
Mandatory electronic home monitoring (EHM)
Big Fines / Fees / Costs
Driver license suspension or revocation
Restriction of driving privileges
Much higher auto insurance rates - possibly dropped auto coverage from your insurance company
Mandatory SR 22 Auto Insurance - additional auto insurance coverage with higher premiums
Mandatory Interlock Ignition Device (IID - "blow and go")
Mandatory alcohol or drug treatment (1 day to 1 year)
Loss of any Federal / State transportation licenses (CDL, Pilot, etc.)
No entry into Canada
WASHINGTON STATE DUI LAWS ARE TOUGH
DUI and Physical Control laws are strictly enforced in Kirkland and all over Washington State. The current legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 for adults and 0.02 for minors under 21. The 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 your driving was "affected" by any amount of alcohol, drugs or both. You can also be convicted of "Physical Control of Vehicle While Impaired" if you are just sitting in the driver's seat impaired but not actually driving the vehicle. The penalties for "Physical Control" are identical to those for DUI.
If your blood or breath test was 0.15 or higher, or if you refused the test, the DUI penalties are even harsher. The DUI penalties are progressively higher for a second or third DUI offenses, especially if within a 7 year period.
If you produce an 0.08 alcohol level or higher on police breath / blood tests, or 5 nanograms or higher of THC (Marijuana) on your police blood tests, or if you refuse a police breath test, then you also face an additional Department of Licensing administrative suspension / revocation of your driver's license. Even if you are found not guilty of DUI in your separate court case.
You can greatly improve your chances of avoiding a DUI conviction and a DOL administrative license suspension by hiring an experienced Kirkland DUI attorney as soon as possible after your DUI arrest. A DOL telephone hearing can be requested to contest the DOL administrative license suspension. However, the time deadline to request these DOL telephone hearings to stop the automatic suspension of your license is very short, only 7 days. Contacting an experienced DUI lawyer, like Kirkland DUI attorney Paul Hanson, right away is the best way to maximize your chances of keeping your drivers license and avoiding a DUI court conviction.
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 a court. Instead, it will be heard in a telephone conference call with a Department of Licensing (DOL) Hearing Examiner assigned to your DOL license suspension case. This telephone hearing will usually be scheduled within 30 days of your DUI arrest date (usually on the 21st to 25th day). The assigned DOL Hearing Examiner 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 20 to 40 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, there will be no license suspension. If you lose, your license will be suspended or revoked for anywhere from 90 days to 1 year to 2 years.
MARIJUANA DUI INFORMATION
An interesting 2012 video on KIRO TELEVISION News 7 showed that many vehicle drivers don't also really feel impacted when they review the THC (marijuana) legal limit of 5 nanograms when driving. Marijuana users need to be very mindful when driving. You can not just go by whether you feel high. You will usually be way over the 5 nanogram legal limit by the time you really feel high.
FREE FIRST CONSULTATION
It costs you nothing to talk with Kirkland, WA DUI attorney Paul Hanson about your case. He offers a FREE first phone or office consultation. He'll give you an immediate assessment of your case, possible defenses, and possible case strategies. Call Kirkland DUI Attorney Paul Hanson at 425-778-7339 for a FREE first consultation (by phone or office visit).