If convicted of a DUI, you are facing mandatory penalties, including jail time, fines, loss of your license, permanent criminal record and other consequences. That's why it's so important to have an experienced DWI lawyer who knows the best strategies and arguments to use while working to reduce or eliminate the charges against you.
More Than 30 Years of Legal Experience
At the law firm of Charles H. Williams, Attorney and Counselor at Law, P.S., we provide experienced DUI defense for individuals living in and around Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Olympia and Everett, Washington. Attorney Charles Williams has more than 30 years of experience handling a variety of criminal matters.
To speak with a Seattle DUI dismissal attorney contact the firm online or by calling 206-707-8524 or 800-854-3458.
Dispositions Alternative to DUI Conviction
The aim of negotiation is to save you from the consequences of a DUI conviction. The principal leverage is a weak prosecution case - i.e., the lack of admissible evidence in support of the DUI charge. Once the defense investigation has been concluded, possible alternative dispositions, short of DUI conviction, can be identified. These alternative dispositions can include:
- Dismissal of a charge before trial or acquittal as a result of trial;
- Reduction of charge to civil (non-criminal) infraction;
- Reduction of charge to first-degree negligent driving;
- Deferred prosecution;
- Substitution of a reckless driving or reckless endangerment charge; and/or
- Compromise of penalty enhancement or other mitigation of sentence.
Many alternative dispositions are deferred or continued instead of being granted immediately. Here the prosecution may agree to an alternative disposition - such as compromise of penalty or substitution, reduction or dismissal of charges - but only if the defendant gives up his or her right to contest the charge and only after the lapse of a designated period of time, usually one or two years.
During the time of such "dispositional continuance" the defendant must fulfill certain conditions such as payment of court costs, completion of treatment and staying out of trouble. If he defendant fulfills all condition within the designated period, then the alternative disposition is granted. Should the defendant fail to fulfill conditions, he or she is automatically convicted of the original charge.
One common type of dispositional continuance that doesn't require agreement by the prosecution is the "deferred prosecution." This program is governed by a state statute, namely, chapter 10.05 RCW. It is available only once in a defendant's lifetime and results in dismissal of charges after a five-year period of deferral, including two years of treatment.
Working Toward Reduced Charges and Reduced Penalties
By working toward alternative disposition, we are able to avoid going to trial, and you avoid having to pay a trial fee, thus keeping the cost of your case down.
Along with experienced representation and affordable rates, of the utmost importance to us is responsiveness and service to our clients. Our lines of communication are always open. We work to ensure that you understand the legal process and have all the information you need to make the necessary decisions of your case.
To speak with a Bellevue reduction of charge attorney contact the firm online or by calling 206-707-8524 or 800-854-3458.