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.*Learn More
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.
My office is in Bellevue and I represent DUI clients throughout the Puget Sound area. Consultations are always free and without obligation.
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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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 or if you are parked on the side of the road under a doctrine known as the Community Caretaker Function.
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DUI/physical control laws in Washington are among the toughest in the nation.
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I have been defending those accused of DUIs for most of my 20 plus year career in the law, first as a public defender and since ‘91 in private practice. 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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