You’re driving home after a long and stressful day. Your heart sinks as your rear-view mirror reveals the flashing lights and you hear the siren of a cruiser overtaking you. You’re being pulled over. You had a couple of drinks with co-workers to relax before facing the drive home, but you feel sober and in control. The officer conducts a field sobriety test, rapidly and incomprehensibly mumbling a series of instructions that you can’t hear properly, and then informs you that you’ve failed and will need to blow into the breathalyzer. When you do, you are handcuffed and taken to jail, charged with DUI. You need a trusted Tacoma DUI lawyer in your corner.
You’re facing criminal penalties including jail time, fines, the suspension of your license, an ignition interlock device, and even worse, a criminal record.
This is one scenario that is played over and over again on Washington’s roads. If you’re convicted of driving while intoxicated and faced with a DWI in Tacoma, your life may never be the same again. How will you get to work? Go to the doctor or dentist? Shop for groceries? Take the kids to school and activities? A DWI conviction in Washington State will have consequences that follow you for the rest of your life, even after all the legal penalties have been satisfied, affecting your ability to earn a living and care for your family and destroying your reputation in the community. You will need the help of a seasoned DUI attorney in Tacoma, WA like Mark Treyz.
Given the severity of the repercussions, it is surprising how many people just give up and plead guilty to driving under the influence, assuming that there is no way to fight back. But there are many ways to fight DUI charges. You need an experienced Tacoma criminal defense attorney working to protect your rights and your future as soon after your arrest as possible. Tacoma DUI attorney Mark Treyz can represent you in a Department of Licensing hearing to help you avoid an automatic driver’s license suspension and will investigate to determine whether errors or procedural mistakes have occurred that might invalidate the evidence. Secondly, Mark Treyz will handle your DWI in court, assisting you as you face the judge, deal with the prosecutor, and will obtain and analyze your police reports and other evidence in your case. Here are several examples of areas that are critical to examine in a DUI matter:
Even if it is not your first drunk driving charge, there is help. At the Law Offices of Mark S. Treyz, we will investigate the circumstances of your arrest and take a microscopic look at the way it was handled, the actions of the arresting officer, the maintenance of the equipment and conditions surrounding its use, and any medical conditions you have that might have caused an inaccurate reading.
We are often successful in having the evidence thrown out and charges dropped or reduced. We also have other strategies available that can help keep you from the dire consequences of a DWI, by having the charges deferred upon completion of a deferred prosecution program that results in having your charges ultimately dismissed while avoiding jail time.
We are passionate in the belief that every person accused has the right to a first-rate defense, and when you hire Tacoma drunk driving lawyer Mark S. Treyz, we will work tirelessly to protect that right.
Call immediately after your arrest to put our nearly three decades of drunk driving defense experience on your side. The first consultation is free, and we will set you up with a convenient payment plan with flexible monthly payments to make our skilled representation affordable. Tacoma DWI lawyer Mark Treyz gives his personal attention to every case. His commitment to every client is that no detail will be left unexamined in developing an aggressive and effective defense. For your future and the security of your family, call the Law Offices of Mark S. Treyz today for a free consultation.
When you are accused of driving under the influence in Washington State, you face 2 separate matters that need immediate legal attention and the help of an experienced drunk driving lawyer.
First is the Department of Licensing administrative action to suspend your driver’s license. Once you are arrested and processed for a DUI, the time to contest the administrative suspension of your license starts. You have 20 days, from the date of the incident, to formally request a hearing with the DOL to contest the suspension of your license.
If you took the breath test, and this is the first offense within 7 years, you are facing a 90-day suspension of your driver’s license. If you are alleged to have refused the breath test, you are looking at a one-year revocation of your privilege to drive. If you have prior alcohol-related matters in the past 7 years, the period of revocation is much longer.
For those of you with a commercial driver’s license, the stakes are even higher. The DOL will revoke your CDL for at least 1 year on a first offense DUI, even if you were not driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the incident.
If you wish to avoid this administrative suspension, and the increased insurance costs and ignition interlock requirements that come with the DOL’s action, it is essential to contact us before the 20-day time frame on the hearing request expires. While our DWI lawyer does win many Department Of Licensing hearings, we cannot guarantee a successful outcome. However, we will make sure that every single issue is thoroughly and completely researched and addressed with the DOL and make every effort to preserve your ability to drive.
The second matter that needs immediate action is the criminal prosecution that you are facing. In Washington State, you may be given a court date by the police officer at the time of your arrest or you may be sent a court date at a later date by the court. In Washington State, many jurisdictions do not have the police give court dates to DUI offenders on their first offense. They have the officer send the police report to the prosecuting attorney and court dates are later mailed to the individual.
Whether you have a court date or not, it is important that you begin your defense immediately. There are a number of matters that can be addressed early that will save you time and grief later on in the process. These matters include obtaining an alcohol evaluation and securing the police reports early on so that issues within your case can be addressed. It is better to be proactive in DUI cases then reactive.
If our criminal defense lawyer in Tacoma is contacted early on in the process, we are often able to minimize, or even do away with, restrictive conditions that can be placed on individuals by the court at arraignment.