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Vernon A. Smith, Attorney at Law


  • 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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  • 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

  • Recommending Vern Smith

    I highly recommend Vern Smith to anyone that is currently facing a charge of DUI, or other potential ramifications due to drinking and driving. Vern represented me during 2008. He was there every step of the way, and was always honest and up front with regards to the options that I had. He's persistent, professional, and has years of experience to assist his clients, and that certainly provided me comfort while he was my legal representation. Like everyone else in this predicament I researched and interviewed several potential lawyers, yet after having gone through all of it, I am relieved that I elected to go with Vern. Read On

  • Vern Smith IS THE BEST!

    I found myself in the unfortunate position of having 2 outstanding DUI warrants dating back to 1998 and 1999. I had used Vern in the past as counsel and went right to him after my arrest in April of 2013 for these very old charges. Vern is so knowledgeable, competent, and was vigilant in his defense of me and always made me feel confident that we would get a favorable outcome in my case. In the end, he was able to get both charges reduced and the judgement was quite minimal considering I was facing some serious jail time along with other very costly requirement that go along with DUI. Vern fought hard for me and was able to get a very reasonable deal considering the Prosecutor wanted to throw the book at me and did not want to deal at all! I would recommend Vern 1000% for anyone facing these difficult circumstances, and know that he will work extremely hard for you, is always accessible, and will always keep you informed every step of the way. I was also very impressed with the respect shown to him by the other attorneys, prosecutors and Judges and the rapport that Vern has developed within the legal community is to be admired! Just know, when choosing a DUI attorney, Vern Smith IS THE BEST! 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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