Spokane DUI Defense Attorneys
Too many people fail to read or fully understand the documents they sign at the time of their drunk driving arrest. Frequently, these documents are packed with complex legal language, deadlines and other important considerations. However, just one mistake regarding the language of these documents can present major consequences. At the Spokane Law Offices of Christian J. Phelps, we will protect your rights after your DWI. You only have one opportunity to put together a strong DUI defense, so make sure you retain the services of a lawyer you can trust.
When Your Future and Freedom Are at Risk
Contact the Law Offices of Christian J. Phelps
Every DUI defense is comprised of two parts: the criminal and the administrative. We will protect your rights in court, fighting to keep you out of jail and minimize your insurance points. We will also fight your DUI license suspension at the Department of Licensing.
Criminal DUI Defense
If you are convicted of a DUI or DWI in Washington, Oregon or Idaho, you face mandatory jail time and significant fines. For many people, the most significant penalty is the suspension of their driving privileges, which could lead to job loss. Even after your driver's license is restored, you will likely face expensive high-risk insurance rates and have an ignition interlock installed on your car.
Having litigated drunk driving cases for over fifteen years, we know that there are multiple defenses to a DUI/DWI charge:
- The officer may have lacked probable cause to stop you
- There may be insufficient evidence of impairment
- The officer may have failed to follow proper procedures
- The officer may not have been certified to operate the Breathalyzer machine
- The Breathalyzer machine may not have been properly calibrated
We will also explore the possibility of deferred prosecution. While you will need to attend intensive alcohol treatment, deferred prosecution will allow you to avoid jail and driver's license suspension. We will discuss all of your options in order to give you the softest landing possible after your DUI or DWI.
Department of Licensing DUI Defense
If you have been arrested for a DUI or DWI in Washington, you have only twenty days to request an administrative hearing before the Washington Department of Licensing. If you fail to request a hearing within this timeframe, your license will be automatically suspended. As your attorneys, we will challenge the evidence the government presents against you at this hearing.
With so many criminal and administrative concerns to take care of in the wake of a DUI, you want to make sure everything is in the right in order. From our offices in Spokane, we will protect your rights. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.