LAW FIRM OF DAVID N. JOLLY
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Welcome to Washington State's best resource for those arrested for driving under the influence. I pride myself in getting the very best result possible for each and every client. My staff and I have more than 50 years of combined legal experience and I have personally handled thousands of cases to successful outcomes.
On April 29, 2020 the Washington Supreme Court Ordered that all Criminal Jury Trials and Out of Custody Criminal Matter shall be continued to a date after June 1, 2020. If you have a pending or current criminal matter in Washington State, this Order applies to you. Please contact your DUI attorney in Skagit County or Whatcom County for further clarification or read below.
WHATCOM COUNTY DISTRICT COURT
Whatcom County District Court is back! Sort of! As of June 1 all cases that can be resolved will be resolved in person and the defendant is required to attend. The court has outlined some very specific rules regarding the wearing of face masks (mandatory) and social distancing (mandatory) and is limiting the numbers of people in offices and courts. It seems to be working at the present time. If your case will not resolve (will be continued) then you need not attend and your attorney will appear on your behalf.
BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL COURT
Bellingham Municipal Court is open for business but not open physically. All continuances are being done administratively and all resolutions (pleas and deferred prosecutions) are being conducted over the telephone. From experience, the telephonic pleas seem to be working very well.
BLAINE MUNICIPAL COURT
The Court has issued an Emergency Order encouraging defendants not to attend. Please contact your attorney for a waiver.
EVERSON-NOOKSACK MUNICIPAL COURT
The Court will adhere to the Supreme Court Order and all court dates will be continued to a date after June 1, 2020.
SUMAS MUNICIPAL COURT
The Court is closed and will re-open after June 1, 2020, pursuant to the Supreme Court Order.
FERNDALE MUNICIPAL COURT
The Court is closed and will re-open after June 1, 2020, pursuant to the Supreme Court Order. The court is now gradually opening but continances are encouraged to be done off the record.
SKAGIT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT and ANACORTES, BURLINGTON AND MT. VERNON MUNICIPAL COURTS
SKAGIT COUNTY COURT UPDATES:
Out of Custody Calendars- In District Court, and the Municipal Court Departments, are cancelled until at least June 1, 2020. 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. If your Skagit County District Court case is set for a resolution (plea or deferred prosecution) your attorney can arrange a plea via video conferencing. The number of video pleas per week is very limited and the results have been a little clunky, but I applaud the Court for being bold and attempting to resolve cases.
Mount Vernon/Burlington/Anacortes Jail Calendar: The Municipal Courts in Skagit County remain closed pursuant to the most recent Supreme Court of Washington Court Order closing courts until June 1, 2020.
SEDRO WOOLLEY MUNICIPAL COURT
By order of the court, ALL cases will be continued to June 4, 2020 and beyond. Quick update: The court will permit video continuances but the defendant and attorney have to appear together - interesting. More to come.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY DISTRICT COURT
District Courts in Snohomish County are now opening and will be doing pretrial conferences and pleas via video conferencing. The Snohomish County Judges will permit telphonic conferences but their preference is video. We'll see how it works.
LYNNWOOD MUNICIPAL COURT
In Custody hearings will continue however, all other criminal court appearances are now cancelled.
MARYSVILLE MUNICIPAL COURT
All Jury Trials are cancelled. If defendants are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they are encouraged not to attend court. Video conferencing is being phased in as we speak.
EVERETT MUNICIPAL COURT
All Jury Trials are cancelled. If defendants are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they are encouraged not to attend court.
EDMONDS MUNICIPAL 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.
ISLAND COUNTY DISTRICT COURT
All Jury Trials will be continued to June 1, 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.
WE ARE OPEN AND WORKING. However, we are primarily working from home and in a closed office environment but still available by telephone and email during normal working hours. We are offering telephone and "Zoom" (video) conferencing. Please call us if you have any questions.
For our current and future clients, we are working towards reopening our offices when permitted and creating a safe work environment. We take the health of our clients and community very seriously. To that end, our staff will always wear masks and we will also require the wearing of masks by our clients. Further, we are installing plexiglass safety barriers for the furtherance of global safety. Finally, we have equipped our offices will hand sanitizers on all desks.
At the time of writing, June 2020, the world is in a health 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. More DUI Podcasts are to be uploaded soon.
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.
218 W. Champion Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Mt. Vernon Office
410 Myrtle Street
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Law Firm of David N. Jolly
218 W. Champion Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 | 410 Myrtle Street, Mt. Vernon, WA 9827 | 2731 Wetmore Ave, Everett, WA 98201
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The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Further, if you are not a United States Citizen we strongly encourage consulting with an immigration attorney to determine how a criminal charge may affect your immigration status.
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