When you first meet with a King County criminal defense lawyer, he or she will conduct an initial interview with you, to discuss the facts of your case and evaluate your legal options. Your lawyer will explain the defenses available to you and discuss the potential penalties for the charges you are facing. if the state wins.
A significant part of a DUI case evaluation is a review of the state’s case. In every DUI case, the state must establish several elements to prove the offense. Because a DUI is a criminal offense, the state must meet the standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt” for each element, in order to win a conviction. For example, if probable cause for the traffic stop is an issue in your case, you may be able to cast doubt on this element of the state’s case by presenting evidence of your appearance, your driving, and your activities prior to the stop. If, for example, you were pulled over at 11:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning, when you were driving your family home from church, and you were not exceeding the speed limit or otherwise driving erratically, these facts will undermine the officer’s claim that he had probable cause to stop you on suspicion of drunk driving.
In addition to the strength of the state’s case, your King County DUI lawyer will consider and discuss with you:
• The police reports
• Results from field sobriety tests
• Lab test results from chemical testing
• The availability of witnesses to testify on your behalf
• The information to be provided by potential prosecution witnesses
• Your criminal record including, in particular, any prior DUI arrests and/or convictions
The case evaluation process will give both you and your King County DUI lawyer a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the state’s case against you, and help you decide whether to consider a plea bargain or defend yourself at trial. If you would like to speak with an experienced King County DUI lawyer about your legal options, please contact me. Use the Free Case Evaluation form on this page to tell me about your situation, or call or email me directly.