David N. Jolly Washington State DUI Attorney

DUI & Criminal Defense

Welcome to my website, Washington State's best resource for those arrested for driving under the influence. I am David Jolly, a Washington State DUI attorney.  I pride myself in getting the very best result possible for each and every client. My staff and I have more than 60 years of combined legal experience in Washington State courts and I have personally handled thousands of cases to successful outcomes since 1997. To enhance my knowledge and understanding of the law, I have authored and had published more than 25 DUI and Traffic books. My sole purpose and objective is to help our clients achieve the best possible results. I encourage you to look through my website for helpful information and downloadable handouts. Call us today for a free consultation, we would love to help you!    


On March 18, 2020 the Washington Supreme Court Ordered that all Criminal Jury Trials and Out of Custody Criminal Matter shall be continued to a date after April 24, 2020.  If you have a pending or current criminal matter in Washington State, this Order applies to you.  Please contact your attorney for further clarification or read below.



Whatcom County has issued an Emergency Order that will postpone all criminal trials to a date after April 24, 2020.  Further, all Omnibus hearings will be continued to a date after April 24, 2020 (such continuances still require the presence of an attorney or submission of documentation).  Finally, all Arraignments and Motion Hearings will be continued to a date after April 24, 2020.


All Jury Trials are continued to a date after April 30, 2020. All defendants are encouraged to not attend court but must contact their attorney to arrange a waiver of their presence.


The Court has issued an Emergency Order encouraging defendants not to attend. Please contact your attorney for a waiver.


The Court remains open however, if you are ill or show signs of illness you must not attend court.  If Defendants do not appear, a Speedy Trial Waiver must be signed and presented in court by the attorney.


The Court remains open however, if you are ill or show signs of illness you must not attend court.  If Defendants do not appear, a Speedy Trial Waiver must be signed and presented in court by the attorney.


The Court issued an order effective March 19, 2020 that all out of custody criminal cases shall be continued to April 24, 2020 or beyond.




Out of Custody Calendars-  In District Court, and the Municipal Court Departments, are cancelled until at least April 24.  If the defense attorney and prosecutor do not enter their own orders of continuance, defense counsel will be sent a notice of the new hearing date that they are to appear at.  That date would be 45 days from the client’s currently scheduled date.  Parties are strongly encouraged to realize the reality that in all likelihood the Supreme Court order will be extended beyond April 24 and to work together to enter agreed continuances for dates into the summer or later depending on the type of case.  In either case, defense counsel will be responsible for sending the notice of hearing to their client.  For the time being there will be no out of custody guilty plea hearings.

Mount Vernon/Burlington/Anacortes Jail Calendar:  Will still be held at 1:30 on Tuesdays.  The hearings will now take place at District Court, not the Jail courtroom.  Anyone who desires to enter a guilty plea will need to have all of the plea paper work emailed at least 4 hours prior to the hearing.  For the Tuesday calendar that would be a 9:30 deadline.  It is preferable to get the paper work in on Monday.  The Court will allow people in-custody to also resolve their Municipal Court matters by plea on the Friday morning District Court calendar.  The deadline for getting paperwork, including a note for calendar, would be 1:30 on Thursday.  All guilty pleas must be signed by all counsel and defendant prior to filing as the Defendant will be participating via video from the jail.  Defense counsel are required to be at District Court.


By order of the court, ALL cases will be continued to June 4, 2020 and beyond.


UPDATE:  Effective immediately, all Criminal Hearings including but not limited to, Arraignments, Motions, Readiness Hearings, Jury Trials and Probation Review Hearings are continued to a date after April 24th, 2020. If you currently have a court date, that date will be stricken and you will be mailed a new date.


In Custody hearings will continue however, all other criminal court appearances are now cancelled.  


All Jury Trials are cancelled. If defendants are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they are encouraged not to attend court.


All Jury Trials are cancelled. If defendants are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they are encouraged not to attend court.


Defendants experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the are encouraged not to attend court. However, in lieu of their appearance or representation, a telephone appearance will be required.


All Jury Trials will be continued to May 5, 2020.  All other matters should be continued and may be continued without the defendant's presence through an attorney.  First appearances, bail hearings and arraignments following a criminal arrest (for example, a DUI) will remain as scheduled and defendant's are expected to appear.


Being incarcerated or being placed in custody is clearly a concern in today's environment. There is no official policy yet in local jails however, this is likely to change rapidly. Whatcom County Jail is now limiting visitation of visitors.  

Please check back for updates.

Clients and Prospective Clients

We are open and working.  However, we are primarily working from home but still available by telephone and email during normal working hours.

At the time of writing, March 2020, the world is in a medical crisis that none of us have ever witnessed. This is new to all of us, and the court system and law enforcement agencies are struggling to catch up with the reality that social distancing is likely the most effective initial antidote. The courts are currently meeting to discuss ways to continue the legal process and not impinge on the important legal rights that all Citizens have, while at the same time protecting defendants, court staff and the general population. Some courts have suspended all Jury Trials for several weeks, other courts are permitting continuances without the presence of defendants while some courts are yet to make any changes to policies. Please keep checking back to this website as all changes to local courts will be added to the column on the right.

As for our current and future clients, your heath is paramount. We have always believed that in-person meetings are best and continue to believe in that. However, the health and safety of our clients, our staff and the general population must take priority.

However, was previously mentioned, we are still working and will be offering more telephone meetings and will encourage teleconferencing if possible. Such options will including "Face-timing" and "Skype." We will be working on streamlining this service to make it available to all parties. Additionally, we will be sending written summaries of client cases before all meetings so our clients can prepare ahead of time. 

Finally, to all, stay well and put your health and the health of your loved ones, first.

Serious Offense. Serious Defense.

DUI Criminal Court Whatcom County

After a DUI arrest check your Court Date, talk to a DUI attorney and prepare!  In most courts including Whatcom County District Court, Bellingham Municipal Court and Skagit County District Court, you will be required to appear in court the very next day. Your freedom is in jeopardy so it is important to prepare immediately.

DOL Washington DUI Suspension Skagit County

You only have 7 days to save your license. Following your arrest for DUI, you only have 7 days to submit the DOL DUI Request for Hearing form. You should have been provided such a form following your release from custody. You have no time to waste, find out how we can help save your driving privilege.

Washington DUI Penalties Bellingham Attorney

A DUI conviction means Jail, loss of License, and an Ignition Interlock. Importantly, if this is not your first DUI you could be facing many months in Jail. It is critical to know your rights as soon as possible following your DUI arrest and understand your options. What is also critical is understanding that every court, Judge and prosecuting attorney does things differently and imposes different sanctions. This is true in Whatcom County, Skagit County and Snohomish County. Call us for more details.

DUI Books and Media Washington Lawyer

Knowledge is power, so the saying goes. This phrase is particularly true when facing a serious criminal charge in court. Understanding the process is important and one of our goals is to make a complicated process easier to understand. We provide all of our clients with handouts and printed summaries of their case. However, knowing the procedures early is vital to obtaining the best result possible. Please download one of our free DUI books by clicking the link below.


Our Law Firm has two offices in Western Washington, in Bellingham and Mount Vernon, and we represent clients throughout Skagit, Snohomish, Island and Whatcom counties. We offer complimentary consultations and free downloadable DUI books. 

We understand that being arrested for driving under the influence was not planned.  We equally understand that hiring an attorney to fight your DUI was not budgeted for.  In some instances, namely Whatcom County, Skagit County and Island County you will find yourself in court immediately following your DUI arrest and in need of a lawyer right away.  The same is true for many cities including Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Burlington, Anacortes, Everett, Lynnwood, and Marysville, to name only a few.  There are several courts in Snohomish County, including the District Courts in Snohomish County, where there are delays in filing criminals cases, most notably DUI charges. This can have some negative consequences so it is important to know as much as you can following your arrest for DUI.

Knowing this we offer different payment plans and fees for all cases. We can keep our fees low by not charging our clients for services they do not need. Further, we have set our retainers relatively low so to make us more affordable than comparable attorneys. All the while our clients can expect top quality legal representation but for reasonable fees. If you want the best DUI attorney at a price most people can actually afford please contact our office today to speak to one of our experienced Washington State DUI attorneys.

We have made our name and reputation with defending thousands of individuals charged with driving under the influence but by no means is this the only of law that we handle. We accept all Whatcom County traffic infraction matters, including speeding tickets and all moving violations. We provide affordable, legal counsel to the people who need it most.

Complimentary consultations are offered so you are able to consult with one of our experienced attorneys to ensure the service we provide is right for you and your case.  We also provide something that no other DUI attorney can, a free DUI book, for Snohomish County, Whatcom County and Skagit County.

Our Contact Information

Bellingham Office

218 W. Champion Street

Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 734-3847

Mt. Vernon Office

410 Myrtle Street

Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

(360) 336-8722

Helpful Information Following Your DUI Arrest

Ignition Interlock Device Whatcom County DUI Attorney

An ignition interlock device may be ordered immediately after an arrest for DUI.  This is the case if you have a prior DUI, no matter the result and no matter how old that DUI was. Further an ignition interlock device will be required if you are convicted of DUI, if the case is reduced to Reckless Driving or Negligent Driving First Degree (if you had a prior DUI conviction) or if you enter a deferred prosecution. Importantly, these devices come with lots of problems. Talk to us first!

District Court Probation Whatcom Skagit Lawyer DUI

Probation in a criminal case is likely so prepare early to avoid active probation. If you have a case that concerns the Court - for example, a bad accident, a DUI with children in the car, or a high BAC - you may be placed on pretrial probation. If you have a prior DUI, you most probably will be placed on pretrial probation. Following a DUI case, regardless of result, probation is probable. Therefore, it is critical you speak with a Whatcom County or Skagit County DUI attorney to learn more.

Bail Bonds Jail Whatcom Skagit County Lawyer DUI

Bail Bonds Company are ready to help you! Sounds a little amusing when you say this aloud, but frankly if you or a loved one is placed into custody following your arrest, the Bail Bonds companies can become your best friends. In Whatcom County the majority of those arrested for DUI end up in Jail. If you are from out of County, you will not be released until the next court day. It is important to confirm if bail has been set because if it has, you can bail out and maintain your freedom.

Alcohol Drug Evaluation DUI Skagit Whatcom Lawyer Criminal Defense

The court will require you to complete the alcohol evaluation and whatever recommendation is made as a result of the evaluation. The typical recommendation is the ADIS class (alcohol drug information school). What is often overlooked is the Washington State Department of Licensing will also require the completion of both of these to reinstate your driver's license.

DUI Victim Panel Whatcom Skagit County

The DUI Victim Panel is a requirement for any DUI case, regardless of outcome. The panel is approximately two-hours in length and costs $50 (usually cash only). Skagit County, Whatcom County and Snohomish County all have their own DUI victim panels and there are also private companies who run victim panels on weekends.  Be sure to check with your attorney in either Skagit or Whatcom County for schedules.

Deferred Prosecution Bellingham DUI Dismissed Lawyer

A Deferred Prosecution will dismiss your DUI, save your license and eliminate Jail. It sounds great, and it can be. However it is important to know as much as possible about the deferred prosecution program before making a decision. Importantly, the program requires 2-years of alcohol, drug or mental health treatment. 


218 W. Champion Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 734-3847

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410 Myrtle Street, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273

(360) 336-8722

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When your Future Matters - Call our Whatcom County and Skagit County DUI Attorneys

​​Finally, when facing a serious charged such as driving under the influence you need to hire the best criminal defense attorney available. Washington State DUI lawyer David N. Jolly is an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who provides his clients with top-notch legal representation designed to make a positive and dramatic difference in the outcome of their case. He has experience navigating the complex court system, and he is knowledgeable about complicated Washington drunk driving laws. By combining this knowledge with his familiarity of recent drunk driving rulings and defense strategies, DUI lawyer David N. Jolly is able to provide each of his clients with a personal, effective, drunk driving defense.  For the convenience of his clients the Firm operates a law office in Bellingham, Whatcom County and Mount Vernon, Skagit County. All of our offices are conveniently located next to their respective courts, whether the charge be a misdemeanor of felony crime.

Contact our Washington State DUI attorneys today for a free consultation.  I am a big believer that a consultation is priceless - and that is why there is no cost. We will talk to you about the court process, your license, how to prepare, provide you with important documentation and how to obtain the best result possible.

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