These are questions often asked by clients. The answers given are not necessarily our opinion, but many clients have vouched for their accuracy. Keep in mind that much of what may be decided in your case may be determined by local politics and the skill of your attorney.
No, not necessarily. There are a number of alternatives to license suspension, perhaps the most frequently used is called "Deferred Prosecution" pursuant to the revised code of Washington (RCW) 10.05. When you choose deferred prosecution and you don't plead guilty, you don't go to jail and avoid a conviction on your record. Call our office for several attorney referrals you can contact that are familiar with Deferred Prosecutions.
Yes, DUI's are often reduced to a lessor charges such a negligent driving, reckless driving or dismissed altogether. Call our office for a attorney referral who is familiar with reducing DUI charges.
There are a number of treatment options that range from a few days to a couple of years. None of the treatment options actually require a great deal of time. Even the ones that last 2 years consist of mostly monthly meetings (One time a month for a hour or two).
Yes, there is a 8 hour class known as "Alcohol/Drug information School (ADIS)" that can be taken that will satisfy the Court and the Washington State Department of Licensing depending on your circumstances. Call our offices to find out more about this opportunity.
This is a simple process of meeting one of our counselors for a few minutes and reviewing your driving and criminal history. The counselors are not the police, they are here to help you, not punish you. The counselors are bound by the Federal Rules of Confidentiality and may not speak to anyone about your evaluation unless you sign a release of information. We recommend you only sign a release to your attorney so that we may work directly with them to arrive at a recommendation that would work for you and minimize legal sanctions.
Yes, We caution you to check out your treatment agency options and pick the one you feel most comfortable in. Some agencies may appear like doctors offices, full of "stuffed shirt" appearing professionals. Others appear homey and are staffed with people who look and talk like you and are so professional they know better than to look too professional. You should seriously consider these choices carefully, as the wrong choice could find you in a program full of professional technicalities and rules you may find difficult to live with. If an agency is the wrong fit for you it may result in your failure at the program, which can then lead to you going to jail or loss of your drivers license.
No, Domestic Violence always involves past or present family or live in relationships where there is a pattern of power & control used to dominate the relationship. Alternately, Anger Management deals with unrelated parties where assault or display of some type has infringed on the dignity of another. Call STOP for further information.
The Washington State Administration Code Requires that Domestic Violence classes last one year.
Yes, any misdemeanour can be deferred or stipulated order of continuance can be granted by the court. Call STOP for further information.
No, the court could dismiss it on condition that a individual does treatment or complies with an court order. Call STOP for further information.
Not necessarily, That is why it is important for your lawyer to suggest a bench deferred or a stipulated order of continuance that allows the court to dismiss the charge when you have fulfilled the courts conditions.
Yes, Domestic Violence agencies must be state certified with specialized personnel. Be sure to go to one of these clinics or the court may not recognize any treatment or education you do.
Often times they are the same or similar. The reasons they are is because these types of test to one degree or another are testing for violence. Additionally, they usually screen for Alcohol/Drug use which can be major contributors to violence.
Yes, and if there are child custody issues involved, you would be smart to contact an attorney that specializes in family law and child custody issues.
No, But it is important that you go to an agency that has a sliding scale fee schedule or an easy payment plan where your ability to pay is taken into consideration.