Driving under the influence (DUI) is an extremely serious offense that can carry stiff penalties. Above and beyond the immediate threat of jail, fines and the suspension of a driver’s license, the collateral consequences of a DUI conviction can be far and wide including adverse employment consequences and potential family law (divorce and custody) consequences. With so much on the line, it is important that you have an experienced legal counsel who has the skill and the commitment to protect your interests.
We have over forty years of combined experience at Spencer & Sundstrom in the Clark County District and Superior courts and in the local area municipal courts of Battle Ground, Ridgefield, La Center, Camas and Washougal. We have a complete understanding of Washington law in DUI, DWI and DUI-Drug matters, and we know what it takes to reach a favorable outcome for our clients.
There are specific rules that the police are required to follow in the course of conducting a DUI investigation. If the officer oversteps his or her authority at any point, it could constitute a violation of your rights and provide the opportunity to resolve a case in a client’s favor. Our attorneys have successfully challenged DUI arrests based on the legality of the stop, field sobriety tests, and blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tests. With Washington’s legalization of marijuana, DUI-Drug cases are on the rise and these types of cases present new and interesting challenges in the enforcement of the DUI statute. We know how to investigate these cases and what to look for in order to present a strong defense. We will review the findings of the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), police reports and any other evidence to find the flaws in the case that can be used to your advantage.
We can also represent you in your Administrative License Suspension hearing and any related appeals. Administrative actions to suspend a license arising from an alcohol related driving arrest are expected and should be taken seriously. This is separate from the criminal proceeding and only addresses the status of your driving privileges. We have substantial experience with these matters, and we work diligently to preserve your driving privileges.
Contact our office today to talk to one of our attorneys about your DUI charge. We will give you an honest assessment of your case and help you understand your legal options. You can reach us by phone at 360-356-1710 or via e-mail.