MONROE DUI LAWYER PAUL HANSON 425-778-7339Alderwood Business Center Bldg 3400 3400 188th St SW, Suite 565 Lynnwood, WA 98037 (next to Alderwood Mall) Email: email@example.com
Monroe DUI lawyer Paul Hanson has 31 years experience in defending Monroe DUI charges, Monroe criminal charges, and Department of Licensing (DOL) driver license suspensions. Also DUIs/ criminal charges in the other district & municipal courts of Snohomish County. Hanson also helps clients get their old criminal convictions/arrests expunged from their criminal records.
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.
AFFORDABLE LAWYER FEES
Hiring a very experienced DUI lawyer does not have to be unreasonably expensive. Paul Hanson's fees and case costs are very reasonable, especially when compared to other local lawyers 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, Lawyer Hanson accepts case payments in cash, money orders or local personal checks.
SPECIAL DUI CASE 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.
Monroe DUI 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 Monroe 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 and 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.
MONROE DUI LAWYER
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 Monroe and Snohomish 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 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 Monroe 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.
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.
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 Monroe 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.
New Marijuana DUI Information
This interesting video on Kiro News 7 shows that most drivers wont even feel affected when they go over the new marijuana THC legal limit of 5 nanograms when driving. Marijuana users have to be very very careful when driving. You cant just go by whether or not you feel high. You will usually be way over the 5 nanogram legal limit by then.