Shoreline DUI? Free First Phone or Office Legal Consulation
FREE FIRST CONSULTATION (office visit or by phone)
Shoreline DUI attorney Paul Hanson has 31 years experience in defending Shoreline DUI charges and Department of Licensing (DOL) driver license suspensions. Also DUIs in the other district & municipal courts of King County.
Paul Hanson has received the highest possible ratings from the national lawyer rating services. An "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a "10-Superb" rating from Avvo.com. He is also a former Lynnwood City Prosecutor. Attorney Hanson is very experienced, aggressive, affordable, and convenient.
Call Shoreline DUI attorney Paul Hanson at 425-778-7339 for your Free First Consultation on your case / ticket.
REASONABLE ATTORNEY FEES
Hiring a very experienced DUI attorney does not have to be unreasonably expensive. Attorney Paul Hanson's fees / case costs are very reasonable, especially when compared to other local Shoreline 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 for your convenience, Attorney Hanson accepts case payments in cash, money orders or local personal checks.
SPECIAL DUI CASE INFORMATION
DUI is a serious offense in Shoreline and 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 Shoreline DUI 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.
Shoreline 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 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.
DUI OFFENSE INFORMATION
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)
- 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 King County. 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 Shoreline or Washington State or if you refuse a breath 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 Shoreline 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.
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 with him about your case. He offers a FREE first phone or office consultations. He'll give you an immediate assessment of your case and possible defenses. So call him to protect one of your most valuable possessions, your driver's license.
Call Shoreline DUI attorney Paul Hanson for your free first consultation.