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Vernon A. Smith, Attorney at Law

425-457-7474

  • About Vern

    I am not only one of the founding members of the National College for DUI Defense, but I am also one of the first lawyers in the nation to be Board Certified in DUI defense by that organization.*

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  • Washington DUI laws are among the toughest in the nation!

    You need a DUI attorney who is battle tested and on the cutting edge of the latest challenges to the law, breath and blood tests, and evidentiary issues.

  • Board Certified* with more than 25 years of DUI defense experience

    My office is in Bellevue and I represent DUI clients throughout the Puget Sound area. Consultations are always free and without obligation.

Washington DUI Attorney

Washington's DUI / Physical Control Law

DUI/physical control laws in Washington are among the toughest in the nation.  You need a DUI lawyer whose practice focuses on DUI defense and who is at the cutting edge of the latest challenges to DUI law, breath tests, blood tests, and evidentiary issues. Simply put, you need a dui lawyer who is board certified in DUI defense.* With offices in Bellevue, Vern Smith is a DUI attorney who represents clients in Bellevue, Redmond, Seattle, Kirkland, and cities in King County, Washington.
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A DUI or Physical Control conviction will trigger mandatory jail time, the loss of your driver's license, up to 5 years of probation, 3 years of high risk insurance, no driving without an Ignition Interlock Device on your car for at least one year, possible electronic home detention, and you will be barred from visiting Canada!
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What To Do If Pulled Over

If you are stopped for a DUI immediately request an attorney. Politely decline if the police officer asks you to do any roadside tests or asks any further questions and request to speak with an attorney first.

THE STOP:  A police officer needs a legal basis to stop you as you drive on the roads and highways of Washington.  Legal stops can range from any moving violation (e.g., speeding, un-signaled lane change, driving too fast for conditions) to something as simple as a burned out license plate light.  Also, a police officer may contact you after even a minor traffic accident of if you are parked on the side of the road under a doctrine known as the Community Caretaker Function.

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Recommendations

  • I truly owe to the hard work of Vern!

    The day I got my DUI was one of the worst of my life. I felt like I had no chance of getting the DUI off my record and I would have to live with it for the rest of my life. Being young and not having a lot of money, I nearly went the Public Defender route, but after talking with friends and family two of them recommended Vern. After a consultation we worked out an affordable payment plan and he assured me based on my case that we had a shot at getting it dismissed. Throughout the process Vern kept me updated on everything I would need to know and prepare for when my case went to trial. On the day of my testimony, about a month before I was set to go to trial, Vern showed me why he had come so well recommended. He was relentless in arguing my case and I couldn't have been more relieved to hear the words "this case will be dismissed" come from the judge. I never would have thought this outcome was possible, but all along the way Vern showed me it was and why we were going to get it off my record. An enormous weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I truly owe that to the hard work of Vern! Read On

  • HANDS DOWN, THE ABSOLUTE BEST DUI DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN WASHINGTON STATE!

    I have had the severe misfortune of having to use MR. Smith 3 times since 2004. The good news is that in 3 DUI arrests, I do not even have 1 DUI on my record thanks to Vern Smith! One of my arrests happened to be a high profile arrest involving my Ferrari F430 that was recorded coming across the 520 Bridge. Even though this arrest was played over and over in the local media for a week, Vern was still able to get my DUI charge dropped at trial. Most times paying a DUI attorney is sunken money. They do little if anything more for you than a public defendant. That is simply not the case with MR. Smith. Vern knows DUI's better than anyone in this state and it shows in the courtroom. During one of my Trials we went off the record and the judge commented to me: “you are very fortunate to have MR. Smith as your attorney; MR. Smith is a true professional. He is one of the best in the state at what he does, if not THE BEST!” That is a direct quote from the JUDGE! Hire Vern Smith! Read On

  • Respected by Colleagues, Judges and Prosecutors

    Vern has defended my wife and I in separate DUI cases and neither of us have a DUI on our record. In my case, I failed field sobriety tests and blew a .22. I was guilty. I was also involved in a boating accident where, while in command of a large power boat, I collided with a dark blue sailing vessel with dark blue sails that was improperly lighted at night. Naturally the state saw fit to prosecute the big bad power boat that “ran into” to poor little sail boat. In this case I was not impaired and the fact that there was no field sobriety test or blood alcohol test worked both for and against me. While there was no evidence of guilt, there was no evidence of innocence either. The state accused me of Boating While Under the Influence and then, on the day the trial began, added the charge of Reckless Endangerment. The case went to jury trial and after Vern shot gaping holes in all nine of the prosecution's witnesses including three police officers and mopped the court room floor. Read On

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DUI Laws

DUI/physical control laws in Washington are among the toughest in the nation.

DUI Penalties

DUI Penalty Chart & Relevant Washington Laws

Driver's License

Only 20 days to act after a DUI arrest!


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