Seattle DUI

Selecting a Seattle DUI Lawyer

There are dozens of DUI lawyers in Seattle, finding the right one will be instrumental in ensuring that you get the best possible result in your criminal case.

Driving Under the Influence, and its sister crime physical control of a vehicle while under the influence are serious charges in Washington and an adequate defense will require the services of an experienced Seattle DUI lawyer. These charges are gross misdemeanors meaning that you could be facing up to one year in jail and a $5000.00 fine. A good Seattle DUI Lawyer can usually ensure that you face substantially less than those maximums, through aggressive investigation, negotiation, and if necessary by going to trial.

Findley & Rogers, PLLC is a firm founded by Seattle DUI Lawyers with the goal of providing effective personalized defense for our clients. Through hard work and hard bargaining we have been able to regularly achieve good results for our clients. We are often able to negotiate reduced sentences, a reduction of criminal charges, and we have sometimes been able to get criminal charges dismissed outright. As dedicated Seattle DUI lawyers we know that each case is different, and as a result the best possible outcome will also be different. We strive to achieve that result by thoroughly investigating every aspect of each case that we take on, and providing an honest analysis of that case to our clients.

Even the best Seattle DUI lawyers cannot handle your defense without your help. If you have been charged with driving under the influence you should keep a few things in mind throughout your case.

- Timing is important.

o Evidence starts disappearing almost immediately after you are arrested. You may not be charged by the prosecutor’s office for a year or more after the incident, but the evidence may be long gone by then. For example, police only keep video recordings for a short time usually days or weeks, for this reason you have no time to waste. If you are arrested you should contact the Seattle DUI lawyers of Findley & Rogers as soon as possible so that we can collect the essential evidence of your case while it still exists.

- You will need to be ready to take responsibility for your actions.

o Only a dishonest Seattle DUI lawyer will guarantee that you will be able to walk away from a DUI free and clear if you have actually done something wrong. The job of a DUI lawyer is to make certain that your rights are protected, and to make sure that the prosecutor, judge, and jury know your side of the story. Sometimes people are accused unfairly, and sometimes the police do their job inappropriately, in these cases it may be possible to get your case dismissed. In most situations, however, the job of a Seattle DUI lawyer is to make sure that you are not punished unfairly. This may mean seeking a reduced sentence, or getting the charge changed from DUI to something lesser like negligent driving to better suit the facts of your case. In almost every DUI case, you can expect at the very least to need to accept some counseling for alcohol abuse.

- Complete honesty is essential.

o Everything you tell your attorney is confidential. This means that we cannot talk about anything you tell us unless we get your permission first. This means you are not risking anything by telling absolutely everything to your DUI lawyer. Seattle prosecutors will find out about your criminal past, usually even if it occurred in another state, it is important that your attorney knows everything that the prosecutors do. It will hurt your case if your attorney is preparing your defense without knowing everything that the prosecutor will use against you. It will also hurt your relationship with your attorney. No matter which Seattle DUI lawyer you hire, we do not like being lied to, and if we do not trust you, we will not be able to provide you with an effective defense.

There are many types of DUI lawyers in Seattle. There are public defenders who are assigned cases by the court, and defend people who are unable to afford a private attorney to handle their defense. There are many dedicated and skilled Seattle DUI lawyers in the public defender’s office, but you may have trouble qualifying for their representation if you work a steady job. If you are considering representation by the public defender you should contact the office of the public defender as soon as possible to set up an appointment for ‘screening’ so that the public defender’s office can determine if you qualify for the assistance of one of the DUI lawyers they work with in Seattle.

Private Seattle DUI lawyers offer you the advantage of allowing you to personally choose the attorney that will be handling your case, and you should be careful because not all private DUI lawyers in Seattle have been created equally. Some private DUI lawyers take on as many clients as they possibly can in order to increase their revenues, the result of this is an overloaded attorney who is not able to spend as much time on your case as you think they should and may do little more than recommend you take the first offer the prosecutor makes.

At Findley & Rogers, we pride ourselves on carefully managing our caseloads, so that we never have more clients than we can provide a complete defense for. Sometimes this means turning away clients, but we believe it is more important to do a good job for the clients that we do take on, and maintain our reputations than it is to make a quick dollar. You should look for private DUI lawyers in Seattle that emphasize a few basic ideals.

- Communication

o Any criminal case will be stressful, but it will be much easier to endure if you understand what is going on in your case. Look for an attorney that promptly returns phone calls.

- Honesty

o Any good DUI lawyer in Seattle will tell you if you have a strong case or a weak one. It is better to know what to reasonably expect than it is to be told sweet sounding stories that will never come to pass.

- Diligence

o The only way you will get the defense you need is if you have an attorney who is willing to do the legwork necessary. Make sure that your attorney is active in your defense.

Findley and Rogers, PLLC was founded with these ideals in mind, and when you hire us you will see them put into action, and experience the difference they can make.

-Every case is different, Findley & Rogers, PLLC can make no guarantees about the outcome of a case, and nothing in this article is intended to be a comment on the abilities of any particular attorney.

Contact us today to discuss your case.

Phone: 206-331-7377

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