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Washington Attorney Defends Clients Accused of Drunk Driving

Aggressive Seattle firm takes on DUI charges

An arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious matter, particularly in Washington, which has some of the nation’s toughest DUI penalties. It is crucial that you have an experienced lawyer on your side to guide you through this stressful time. At Thorley Defense Law, I’m an experienced defense attorney with office in Seattle who understands how serious a DUI charge is — and what’s at stake with a DUI conviction in Washington State. You will face a criminal hearing and a Department of Licensing hearing. You could face mandatory jail time, steep fines, loss of your license, and being put into a high-risk insurance pool, raising your premiums substantially. DUI defenses can be complex, but with my help, you have a chance at a resolution that protects you and your license.

Dedicated advocate identifies problems with police stops and testing

If you’re like most motorists charged with DUI, you are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system and may be tempted to surrender your rights because you don’t know your options. But I will arm you with the knowledge you need to fight the charges against you. No matter how difficult your case seems, my firm delivers comprehensive counsel on key legal issues such as:

  • Evidence — If police officers don’t have the proper legal justification to make a vehicle stop or arrest, I’ll press to have improperly gathered evidence excluded. A strong defense is essential: even in the absence of a test showing intoxication or drug use, you can face sanctions if your ability to drive is lessened to any appreciable degree.
  • Testing — A per se drunk driving charge is filed when a motorist’s blood alcohol level is .08 percent or higher. However, various factors can taint a breathalyzer test, including something else the driver might have ingested or problems handling the sample. If a driver is suspected of recent marijuana use, even a trace amount of THC in their system (five nanograms per milliliter of blood) will support a DUI charge.
  • Sentence reduction — The minimum sentence for a first DUI conviction includes one day in jail, but penalties are much higher for multiple offenders and drivers who are accused of causing an accident while impaired. My firm advocates for resolutions that are appropriate, which can include lowering the charge to a negligent driving count, electronic home-monitoring, and adding an ignition interlock device to a car, which prevents the car from starting if the driver is intoxicated.

I’ll evaluate the relevant facts in your case and develop a strategy to counter the allegations against you.

Accomplished litigator represents motorists in civil accident cases

If you’ve been accused of causing an automobile accident while intoxicated, criminal charges may not be your only legal problem. In addition to handling prosecutions, my firm also defends motorists in civil actions where allegedly injured plaintiffs seek payment. After a review and analysis of the relevant insurance terms, I’ll work to protect you from unwarranted liability.

Contact a skillful Washington DUI defense lawyer

Thorley Defense Law defends Washington clients against charges of driving under the influence and related allegations. Call 206-239-8755 or contact me online to schedule a consultation at one of my offices, located in Seattle. Se habla español.

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      155 NE 100th St. (located in Northgate)
      Suite 210
      Seattle, Washington 98125
      Phone: 206-239-8755