Bellingham Criminal Defense Lawyer Whatcom County


The Whatcom County criminal defense attorneys at our Bellingham law firm have worked with thousands of individuals to successfully get their charges reduced or dismissed. We offer the highest quality criminal defense in a wide range of offenses. We help those accused of DUI in Whatcom County as well as other driving crimes such as Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving First Degree, Hit and Run, Driving While License Suspended and other traffic offenses in Whatcom County.  In addition to driving offenses we also help those accused of assault, theft, malicious mischief or probation reviews. It is critical that anyone facing any kind of criminal charges knows his or her rights. A Whatcom County criminal defense attorney at our firm knows that every case is different. We listen to each client to determine the best course of action for that particular case, and may be able to get a reduced sentence or even no sentence at all depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Whatever your criminal charge, from Felony charges in Whatcom County to misdemeanors, we can help you. 


David N. Jolly Criminal Defense Attorney Bellingham

If you have found yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing a Whatcom County criminal defense lawyer, please give our office a call as we can assist you.  Our Bellingham lawyers have over 60 years of legal experience and have appeared in court thousands of time on criminal matters.  We have the knowledge and experience in the local criminal court environment and understand how to help achieve the very bet result for your case. All consultation are complimentary.

Whatcom County District Court Bellingham

Depending on the crime, you may be required to appear in court within hours or a few days of your arrest. Please confirm the exact date, time and location of your court date. As always, please speak to a qualified local and experienced Whatcom County criminal defense attorney before appearing in court.

Whatcom County Criminal Court Probation

Never underestimate Whatcom County Probation. This department has incredible power in the court system and play an important role assisting Judges who want defendants to behave. Therefore, please follow all rules imposed by probation. If you fail to comply with probation, you will receive a probation hearing. Believe me, you do not want to face the Judge!

Whatcom County Criminal Bail Bonds

Bail can be imposed at the beginning of a case when a defendant is in Whatcom County Jail. Bail can be posted fully in cash or partially through a Bail Bondsman. If you contact a local Bellingham Bail Bonds company, you must provide 10% of the total and the Bail Bonds company will post the rest (your 10% is non-refundable).

Common Crimes and Misdemeanors


Reckless Driving is often utilized as a reduction from DUI. However, it is often charged by itself when a driver is exceeding the speed limit severely or driving in a dangerous manner. RCW 46.61.500 defines Reckless Driving as driving a motor vehicle in "willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property." 


Negligent Driving First Degree is misdemeanor crime while Negligent Driving in the Second Degree is a traffic infraction.  RCW 46.61.5249 defines Negligent Driving First Degree as operating "a motor vehicle in a manner that is both negligent and endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property, and exhibits the effects of having consumed liquor or marijuana or any drug or exhibits the effects of having inhaled or ingested any chemical, whether or not a legal substance, for its intoxicating or hallucinatory effects." 


Reckless Endangerment is a funny old crime. Occasionally it is used as a reduction from DUI as Reckless Endangerment is not a driving crime and as such, does not have any consequences. Further, it may be a good reduction from DUI if you want to avoid possible limitations of travel into Canada. RCW 9A.36.050 defines the charge as follows:

"A person is guilty of reckless endangerment when he or she recklessly engages in conduct not amounting to drive-by shooting but that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person."


Hit and Run Attended occurs when a vehicle collides with another car, causing damage, and fails to stop and remain at the scene to provide their name, address,license information and insurance. Hit and Run Attended is a gross misdemeanor and has a one-year license suspension.


Hit and Run Unattended occurs when a driver collides with other property, causing damage, and does not stop and provide identification and insurance. If you are charged with this offense there can be a creative way to dismiss the charge - and that is by utilizing the legal tool of compromise of misdemeanor. Call us to discuss this option.


This criminal charge is serious and occurs if a driver, who must only drive with an ignition interlock device, drives a motor vehicle without the device. This charge may revoke probation in a previous DUI or Deferred Prosecution and may also result in significant jail and a license suspension.


There are three separate charges of driving while license suspended and all can result in Jail. However, if you have been charged with this offense and have managed to successfully reinstate your driver's license, we may have some good news to share.


Obstructing a Law Enforcement Office and Resisting Arrest are separate crimes but are related.  In either instance it suggests the individual was not cooperating with the officer. Such crimes do not reflect well on background checks or when you face a Judge.


Minor in possession or consumption of alcohol seems rather innocuous but do not be fooled, it can have serious consequences in the future if you receive other criminal charges. Some courts will be open to negotiating our way out of this crime and may even result in a dismissal. Please call us to discuss your options.


Assault Fourth Degree is a misdemeanor and can be defined as "unlawful touching." Therefore if you, for example, simply touch another person without their permission this could be defined as an assault. Assaults are serious and are classified as a violent crime. Convictions must be at all costs, avoided.


Malicious Mischief is in layman's terms, property damage. As mentioned in another section, it would be wise to look into the possibility of a compromise of misdemeanor to avoid a conviction of this offense.


Theft is a crime of dishonesty. If you hope to gain meaningful employment you will want to fight this crime and do everything you can to avoid a conviction. Again, the fantastic tool of compromise of misdemeanor should be examined as a way out of this conviction.


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(360) 734-3847

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Criminal Defense Lawyer in Whatcom County

A criminal conviction may put your entire future on the line, and you simply cannot leave that up to chance. You must be confident that you are being represented by a criminal defense attorney who truly understands this area of the law. If you are convicted, you will be face penalties that range in severity and may result in life-altering consequences. You simply cannot take something like that lightly. At the Law Firm of David N. Jolly, we are compassionate to your plight and are fully devoted to giving you the comprehensive, aggressive legal assistance that you deserve to truly achieve your optimum outcome.  Call us today for a free consultation at our Bellingham criminal defense law office.​​

If you have been arrested for a crime anywhere in Bellingham or Whatcom County areas, it is imperative that you seek the help of a Whatcom County criminal defense attorney immediately.  It is more than likely that you will need to appear in court within days of your arrest or investigation, making the necessity of experienced counsel even more urgent.  Call our Bellingham office today at (360) 734-3847.

​At the Law Firm of David N. Jolly, you can rest assured that you will never receive anything less than professional and compassionate representation.  We live and work in Bellingham and understand the local court system, inside and out.  Our experience allows us to use innovative defense strategies that can be employed in your case in order to procure the best possible result.  We have worked tirelessly to establish ourselves as sound resources in the field of criminal defense in Whatcom County, and both our peers and clients have taken notice.

At our law firm, the legal team has been recognized for their ability to provide unparalleled dedication and commitment to our clients throughout Whatcom County.  Our goal is to defend our clients' rights, future and freedom. Despite the charges you are currently dealing with, our legal team strongly urges you to call us today for an evaluation of your case. Without the help of a competent criminal defense attorney, you may find yourself facing the harsh ramifications of a crime you did not commit.

When are facing serious criminal charges in Whatcom County the decision to hire a criminal defense lawyer should be addressed as soon as you are able.  This is an important decision and even an urgent one.  When you choose to work with one of the attorneys at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly, we always bring our most aggressive defense to the table.  Our jobs are to protect those accused and it’s a role we take very seriously.

Call us today to speak to a Whatcom County criminal defense attorney and discuss the circumstances of your arrest. Fighting any type of criminal charge in Bellingham may prove to be difficult without the help of a legal professional, so if you hope to avoid the maximum penalties of a conviction, it is advised that you speak to an attorney immediately.

Criminal charges are serious issues that will affect your life and the family around you.  This is one of many reasons why you need professional representation from a Bellingham criminal defense attorney.  If you have been charged with a criminal offense, it is absolutely necessary that you retain the help of a Bellingham criminal defense lawyer who will help you avoid serious jail time, significant fines and other severe penalties. It is probable that you have never been faced with a situation like this before and you will need someone to help guide you through the judicial process.  We can help!

My team of Bellingham criminal defense attorneys has more than 60 years of criminal law experience.  We are former prosecutors and public defenders who have spent hundreds of hours in court rooms learning how to help our clients defeat criminal charges and stay out of jail.  We can also help you if you have been charged with a crime – we are criminal defense attorneys and we know how to properly defend you.

​The Bellingham criminal defense attorneys at the Law Firm of David Jolly are here to give you the best legal defense possible and provide you with the straight facts on how we can best protect your rights together.  Call us today to schedule your free consultation and when we meet. As experienced Whatcom County criminal defense lawyers, we have dedicated our practice to helping those in a time of need.  We are ready to help any client through their most difficult time. We understand the extreme sense of urgency and importance when handling our client’s cases.

Whatcom County Court Information

Whatcom County District Court

311 Grand Avenue

Suite 401

Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 778-5400

Bellingham Municipal Court

2014 C Street

Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 778-8150

Whatcom County Probation

311 Grand Avenue

Suite 406

Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 778-5450

Whatcom County Jail

311 Grand Avenue, B2

Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 778-6500

Whatcom County Jail Work Center

2030 Division Street

Bellingham, WA 

(360) 778-6450

Friendship Diversion Services

114 W. Magnolia

Suite 109

Bellingham, WA 98558

(360) 392-3981 

Criminal Law Memberships

National Trial Lawyers Criminal Lawyer Whatcom County
Top Ranking Criminal Lawyer Bellingham Whatcom County
National College of DUI Defense Whatcom County
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Bellingham
Superior Criminal Defense Bellingham Whatcom County
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Whatcom County WA