Protecting Your Driving Privileges after a DUI in Washington
Safeguarding Your Rights After a DUI in Kittitas County
Being charged with suspicion of driving under the influence in Washington can be un-nerving and confusing. There are many long-term consequences and penalties that can be imposed even if you are found not guilty. Washington DUI is a criminal offense that is best resolved with a criminal defense lawyer. The Law Office of Michael P. Sheehy dedicates itself to getting the best possible results for its clients. Kittitas County DUI Lawyer Michael Sheehy will provide comfort by guiding you through every step the legal process and offering professional, affordable criminal defense services.
- Former Prosecutor, experienced, results oriented, dedicated & diligent
- Exceptional results and track record of success with former clients
- Attorney Sheehy has handled a range of felony and misdemeanor cases
- Dedicated defense attorney providing one-on-one representation
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Free Initial Ellensburg DUI Consultation
Kittitas County DUI attorney Michael Sheehy offers a free review of your case. To schedule a meeting, call (425) 329-3930 or fill out the consultation request. Your inquiry will be handled promptly and there is no obligation, so call now.
About Washington DUI Laws
Under Washington DUI laws, there are three ways the state can charge a motorist with DUI.
- Registering a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher within two hours of being stopped for suspicion of drunk driving. There are strict guidelines for the results to be admissible in court.
- Being under the influence of drugs or liquor. This can be charged without a breath or blood test, and it is based on an officer’s observation of perceived impairment.
- Being under the combined influence of drugs and liquor. This typically involves a multi-step procedure conducted by a Drug Recognition Expert, with strict guidelines for accuracy.
Cases of suspected DUI are very complex, both legally and scientifically, though they can be challenged successfully. Kittitas County DUI Attorney Michael Sheehy will conduct a thorough investigation of your case and mount the proper drunk driving defense. He will question whether the officer had probable cause to stop you, determine whether you were forced to perform a field sobriety test, review the arrest report for violations in procedure and Washington Administrative Code, challenge evidence and review equipment maintenance and calibration records.
If the prosecution cannot prove every point of its argument, there is a possibility of having your charges reduced and thus minimizing the effects and penalties of a DUI. You may even be able to have your case dismissed. Call Washington DUI lawyer in Kittitas County Michael Sheehy for more information.
Penalties for a DUI in Kittitas County
There are very strict mandatory minimum punishments if convicted of driving under the influence in Kittitas County. Being found guilty of DUI could lead to fines, loss of license, loss of auto insurance or significantly higher premiums, mandatory alcohol treatment, points on your driving record, jail and the required installation of an ignition interlock device for even first offenders.
A criminal record could impact your employment options and prohibit entry to foreign countries. Canada in particular is more effectively enforcing its long-standing policy of denying entry to those with a criminal record, even if it involves a misdemeanor.
If your case of DUI in Washington is not handled properly, it could disrupt your life. For experienced and qualified help with your DUI, contact Kittitas County DUI Lawyer Michael Sheehy.
About Your Washington Driver’s License
If you refused to submit to a breath test or you registered a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher during an arrest for drunk driving in Kittitas County, the state will move to suspend your driver’s license. Suspensions are imposed by the Department of Licensing and are separate from the criminal DUI proceedings.
The length of a license suspension depends on several factors, including the number of prior alcohol related traffic offenses and your BAC at the time of your arrest. The duration ranges from 90 days to four years.
You have the right to challenge the suspension though you must petition the DOL for a special hearing within 20 days of the date of your Washington DUI arrest. If you do not, your license will be automatically suspended.
Kittitas County Washington DUI Attorney Michael Sheehy can schedule a DOL hearing for you and represent you. The hearing is just as complex as the criminal case, and chances of retaining your driving privileges are greater with legal assistance. Time is critical; so for the best result don’t delay in contacting Attorney Michael Sheehy.
The Law Office of Michael Sheehy offers competitive, affordable legal defense. The office charges a flat fee for representation that includes all court appearances, research time, writing and filing motions, and the cost of a jury trial. For your convenience, major credit cards are accepted for services.
The initial meeting with Ellensburg DUI Attorney Michael Sheehy is free. He will review your case, discuss legal defense strategies, review the outcome of similar cases and outline legal fees for your specific DUI. Confidentiality is guaranteed and there is no further obligation, and you will learn how Michael Sheehy can make a difference in the outcome of your case. As mentioned above, time is important, so contact Michael Sheehy as soon as possible to have him begin working on your defense.
About The Law Office of Michael P. Sheehy, Kittitas County DUI Lawyer
Kittitas County DUI lawyer Michael Sheehy has a reputation of being a dedicated, aggressive, and compassionate advocate for his clients. He has produced positive results for his clients on a full spectrum of criminal offenses from misdemeanors to high profile felony cases. As a former prosecutor he has invaluable insight into the criminal justice system. Such experience will make a difference in your case.
Attorney Michael Sheehy graduated from the Washburn School of Law. He attended and completed the United States Air Force Judge Advocate Staff Officer School and is a commissioned officer for the Washington Air National Guard.
Michael Sheehy is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Snohomish County Bar Association, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Legal Assistant Bobbi Poor coordinates client communications and maintains court documents and calendars. She assists with case research, especially interviewing witnesses, and is involved with jury instructions should the DUI case go to trial.
Free Washington DUI Case Review
To schedule a free initial consultation to learn more about Kittitas County DUI Attorney Michael Sheehy, fill out the form or call (425) 329-3930. There is no obligation, so call now and start getting help with your Washington DUI.
REVIEWS"Michael worked hard on my case and he kept me updated through the whole process. His assistant was also very kind and informative. I thought we had a great team and it made me feel secure. He was way ahead of the curve compared to other attorneys I have worked with. His advice was invaluable and he made me look like a champ by the time the case was over. I not only stayed out of jail but was able to save my license. I am STILL employed and I owe it all to Mr. Sheehy. THANK YOU." - M.R.
"Michael was honest and knowledgeable. He kept me informed throughout the entire process and was willing to go the extra mile for my case. I was very happy with the result!" - Former Client
"I am extremely satisfied with the results of my case, and would recommend Mike Sheehy to anyone who needs help." - T.M.
"I appreciate how fast you came to my aid. You have my gratitude, and am very pleased with the outcome." - J.B