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.
We understand that being arrested and/or charged with a DUI or any criminal offense is upsetting and stressful. We also understand that you need an experienced and knowledgeable advocate who will competently represent and defend you. Please contact us to discuss your case and how we can help you in Court and during the Department of Licensing administrative process. We offer reasonable payment plans to make the process more affordable.
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 prosec
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. Watch our latest video which discusses the alternatives to actually going to Jail. Did you know that Washington State offers many alternatives to jail, including work release, work crew, the one-day offender program (Sk
Knowledge is power, so the saying goes. This phrase is particularly true when facing a serious criminal charge in court. Watch our latest video which discusses the alternatives to actually going to Jail. Did you know that Washington State offers many alternatives to jail, including work release, work crew, the one-day offender program (Skagit County only) and community service? Watch the latest video and all of our videos for more details.
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On November 15, 2020, Governor Inslee announced the State of Washington will be reentering Phase I of COVID enforcements. This will impact courts and, if you have a pending or current criminal matter in Washington State, this will impact you. Please contact your DUI attorney in Skagit County or Whatcom County for further clarification or read below. More information will be added to this website shortly.
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 in Blaine is now back in business. There are some changes that have been caused by COVID so please check with your attorney prior to going to court.
EVERSON-NOOKSACK MUNICIPAL COURT
Everson-Nooksack Municipal Court is back open! Check with your attorney before your court date.
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 now gradually opening but continuances 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, "Zoom" court is now the order of the day. Defendants will be provided with Zoom ID and passcodes in the mail or, if you have an attorney please check with your attorney. Further, there will be no trials until the end of January, at the earliest.
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. Please check with your attorney or each individual court as all courts have subtlel differences. Presume it's zoom!
ISLAND COUNTY DISTRICT COURT
All Island County cases are still being heard in person at this time. Of course, check with your attorney for updates.
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.
WE ARE OPEN AND WORKING.
For our current and future clients, 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.
Finally, to all, stay well and put your health and the health of your loved ones, first.
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 98273
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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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