Padula & Associates, LLC Washington Criminal Defense Attorneys, Bellevue - SeattleDUI and Criminal Defense Attorneys

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Arrested for a DUI? Here is what you need to know right now.

It may not feel like it now, but you will survive this experience.
We are here to make sure that you do.

If you are reading this, even after hours, call us - we will answer – 425-883-3366.

First, help us fight for you; if you are reading this within a few hours of your arrest, go to a Hospital and request a blood test.
Do not drive yourself! If you can get a ride, go to the Emergency Room and ask for a blood test for alcohol and/or drugs. Do not sign a release for anyone else to see these results and do not tell the arresting Officer that you are getting a blood test. We can use these results later to compare to your breath test results in order to asses accuracy.

You only have 20 days to request an administrative hearing from the Department of Licensing.
You should have been given a form telling you this, but even if you did not, you will still be held to this deadline. If you miss this deadline, the administrative suspension from DOL will go into effect 60 days after your arrest and you will have lost your ability to fight this action. When you hire our firm, we will guide you through this process and we will make sure this hearing request is mailed in on time. Do not wait until you receive notice of your criminal charges. Your criminal case and this administrative DOL action are separate and waiting for the criminal charges may hurt your ability to challenge the DOL action.

When you hire our firm we will handle this process with DOL and fight for you.

Do not talk to anyone about the facts which resulted in you being arrested for DUI.
We understand that you will talk to your family and friends about the fact that you have received a DUI, but avoid telling people about the specific facts of your case. When you hire our firm, we will stand by you and listen to every detail of your case.

Your DUI arrest has not eliminated your ability to drive.
Although your license probably has a hole in it right now, you can still drive. (This assumes that you had a valid license at the time of your arrest.) However, you should have received a slip of paper from the Officer that you need to carry with your license in order for your license to be valid. Additionally, your license will be suspended/revoked 60 days after your arrest if you do not request a hearing. You should receive a letter from DOL informing you of this. Make sure DOL has an updated address for you. If your license has been “hole-punched” by the Officer, you have a temporary license. Although this license has an expiration date (150 days), it has no restrictions on when and where you can drive.

When you hire our firm, we will fight to prevent the interuption of your ability to drive.

Although you have been arrested for DUI, you may not have received a summons to appear in court. This is because your DUI charge may not yet be filed in court by the prosecution. When you hire our firm, we will check multiple times a week to see the moment charges are filed against you and we are ready to stand with you as you face these charges from the 1st hearing to the last.

Find time to sit down and write out everything and anything you can remember about your arrest and investigation.
The Officer has written a report that he/she can use to refresh his/her memory down the line and you should do the same. Include every detail you can recall even if you are unsure whether or not it is an important detail. After we get the officer’s report, we will sit down with you and go through all the details of your case. We will also conduct our own investigation. Your account will greatly assist our efforts to fight the officer's accusations.

Talk to us soon.
You have a few deadlines coming fast and there may be evidence that we can preserve for later use. For example, some of the police departments have video recordings that are destroyed after 72 hours if not requested right away. Hiring us sooner rather than later can assist our ability to mount an affective defense and win this battle battle for you.

Call us - 425-883-3366
You will feel the difference during our first conversation.