DUI Dismissals & Not Guilty Verdicts

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Burg & Lantz: WA DUI Defense
Burg & Lantz: WA DUI Defense

Give Us A Call: 206-467-3190

We have helped hundreds of people who are in a similar situation to you fight their WA DUI charges.
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Dismissals are great, but the exception, not the rule.

We love dismissals and not guilty verdicts on our DUI cases!  They make both us, and our clients very happy.  However, these are more the exception than the the rule. 

We have found most Washington state law enforcement officers do their jobs well enough to avoid a clearcut, fatal error that causes the case to be thrown out.  However, they are all human and make mistakes.  Thus, cases can be dismissed for a variety of reasons.  Maybe there was not probable cause for the police officer to stop you.  Maybe there was not probable cause to arrest. 

We will talk to you about what happened on the night of arrest and review the police officer's report to see if there is anything that would require the judge to dismiss the case against you.

In the rare event that a case is dismissed, it is often because the police officer did something seriously wrong -  like pull over a vehicle without a lawful reason.  Washington state DUIs are not like traffic infractions, they do not get dismissed for very minor technicalities.

When there is a legal problem with the case, the prosecutor will often make an offer to reduce to the charges from DUI to something else, such as reckless driving or negligent driving first degree. 

As the client you then have a difficult decision to make.  Should you take the offer and minimize the risk?  Or should you gamble and go to legal motions and hope that the judge agrees that the case should be dismissed?  The hard part is that, if you don't take the offer and the case is not dismissed by a judge at legal motions, the prosecutor generally takes the offer away and you are more likely to face a DUI conviction. 

As your lawyer, we will help you make this hard decision of whether to take the offer, fight the case in court.  We are never afraid to fight a case and will always respect a client's decision to do so.

Not Guilty - the best two words in the English Language.

Not guilty verdicts are also wonderful - they are what keep us coming back to trial.  They happen when a judge or jury finds that the government has not been able to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.  For a not guilty verdict to occur, either six members of a jury must find you not guilty, or the judge must find you not guilty.  We have found that, if a prosecutor believes that there is reasonable chance that you will be found not guilty, the prosecutor will make an offer to reduce the charges to reckless driving or negligent driving first degree.  Again, you will have to make that hard decision about whether or not to take that offer, or roll the dice and go to trial.  Yes, we will also help you make that decision and give you our opinion.  Again, we are very confident in our trial skills and always respect a client's decision to go to trial.

Facing a DUI Charge in Washington State?

Give Us A Call: 206-467-3190

We will not try to "hard sell" you.

Finally, we will not try to “hard sell” you to hire us. We know choosing an attorney is a big decision and one you must make carefully – not under pressure. Because an effective attorney-client relationship requires a lot of communication and trust, we really only want to represent people who feel comfortable with us and have complete confidence in our abilities. If you don't, then you have the right to an attorney that you do feel would be a better fit.

Thank you for taking the time to look through this web site. Please contact us if you would like to meet and further discuss how we may assist you.

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Burg & Lantz is committed to answering your questions about DUI or physical control law in Washington.

We offer a Free Initial Consultation and we'll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact us today at 206-467-3190 to schedule an appointment.