While a DUI is a crime and punishable by law in all states, Washington (and in particular Anacortes, Skagit County Courts) is known for having one of the harshest systems when it comes to dealing with those charged with DUI. A good Anacortes Skagit County DUI attorney may help you avoid the most serious consequences that accompany a conviction for DUI which include:
If you have been arrested for a City of Anacortes, Skagit County DUI or Physical Control, you will be required to appear before a judge in a very short time following your arrest, usually, the next business day (or next available court date). If you have any prior alcohol-related offenses, it is imperative that you have an attorney at your side for your first court appearance. If not, you will face the judge alone and that may result in the judge imposing severe restrictions on you, such as taking you into custody, requiring a high bail amount be posted, requiring that you take Anabuse, or the requirement that you have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle you drive. Please never go to court alone!
At the first court hearing, you will be advised of the charge against you and of your constitutional rights. You will be asked to enter a plea: guilty or not guilty. We always recommend that you only enter one plea, NOT GUILTY. Following the plea of not guilty the Judge may impose some “pre-release” conditions and release you from the court’s custody with a new court date. Without question, it is highly advisable you have an Anacortes DUI attorney at your side at the first and all future court dates.
However, if you have a prior alcohol-related offense, an extremely high breath or blood test result, or if an accident happened, the prosecutor may ask the court to impose more stringent restrictions of release, including the posting of bail. This may require that you have a friend or family member engage a bail-bondsperson to pay a premium and post a bond for your release.
If you have been arrested for an Anacortes, Skagit County DUI please contact one of our Anacortes DUI attorneys immediately at (360) 293-2275 or (877) 293-2275. We are available 24/7 and will be able to talk to you about your case, upcoming court dates, and the Department of Licensing issues that are present in nearly every Anacortes, Skagit County DUI or Physical Control case.
Usually we take for granted our freedom, our ability to drive, make a living, and to provide for our families. Our Anacortes DUI lawyers talk to people every day whose lives have been impacted by one mistake. If you have been arrested for DUI or Physical Control then all of these essential rights that you now enjoy are at stake. This is one of many reasons why you must talk with an Anacortes DUI attorney as soon as you can following your arrest.
The attorneys at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly talk with people who have experienced the effects and the trauma of being arrested for DUI every day. Most people arrested for DUI are good people and law abiding citizens who have simple made one bad mistake. The anxiety and even depression they feel after their Anacortes arrest is often overwhelming.
The DUI attorneys at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly are here to help. We are here to help those accused of an Anacortes, Skagit County DUI understand the DUI process, the potential consequences, and the options and strategies that give our clients some hope and an element of peace.