Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer in Edmonds

If you've been accused of DUI/DWI, it is extremely important for you to get skilled legal advice as soon as possible. Involving an attorney quickly lays the groundwork for your efforts to save your driver's license, avoid insurance rate increases and stay out of jail.

John F. Segelbaum, Attorney at Law has extensive experience defending clients against charges of driving under the influence (DUI, known in some other states as DWI). He also handles criminal charges and driver's license hearings. Contact John at his office in Edmonds to schedule a free initial consultation about your DUI/DWI case.

There are two realities in DUI cases: what happened on the street and what happens in the courtroom. If your behavior was not observed or recorded in a fair, objective and reliable fashion, it cannot be brought into the courtroom.

Helping You Understand Your Rights and Options

There are several legal concepts and options that it may be helpful to understand if you have been charged with DUI in Washington, including the following:

  • Driver's license hearings: The Department of Licensing (DOL) can suspend your driver's license before you are convicted of or even charged with DUI.
  • Field sobriety tests: The police may ask you to take one or more tests at the scene of your traffic stop.
  • Breath tests: If you have been pulled over, you may refuse the preliminary roadside breath test. However, the situation may change once you are arrested and brought to the station.
  • DUI arrest: If you are arrested and charged with DUI, an experienced attorney can help you understand what to expect.
  • DUI punishments and alternatives to jail: If you are charged with a DUI, there are alternative punishments for drunk driving.
  • Deferred prosecution: If you choose to enter an approved treatment program, your DUI charges may be deferred and eventually dismissed.
  • Ignition interlock licenses: A new law in Washington allows you to continue to drive with a device that administers a breath test installed in your vehicle, even if your license has been suspended or revoked for a DUI arrest or conviction.
  • Implied consent: Under Washington's implied consent law, there are several consequences if you refuse to take a DUI breath test.
  • DUI do's and don'ts: There are several steps you can take during a DUI traffic stop to reduce your risks of serious consequences.
  • Consequences of DUI in Washington: Minimum and maximum penalties for drunk driving depend on a number of specific factors.

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

New laws in Washington State target drivers who are operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Drivers who are suspected to be driving under the influence of marijuana may be subjected to a test that measures THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. The limit is 5 nanograms per milliliter. If you have been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, talk to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Significant Criminal Defense Experience in Edmonds and Lynnwood

Conveniently located in Edmonds, Washington, John represents clients throughout Snohomish County and King County, including the communities of Lynnwood, Bothell, Shoreline, Everett and Mountlake Terrace. Contact him today if you've been accused of drinking and driving.