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DUI - Driving Under Influence
In 2009 there were 41,006 people charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in Washington State. DUI arrests are painful. The embarrassment from the roadside field sobriety tests given to suspected drunk drivers quickly gives way to the terrible reality of handcuffs, followed by the fear of the consequences that could follow a Washington State DUI conviction, like the possibility of being sent to jail or losing your Washington driver's license for months, or even years. We understand just how you feel.  More importantly, we know how to defend you from the consequences of a DUI arrest.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Washington, we can help you. Kleyner Law Offices focuses on defending those accused of driving under the influence and related drunk driving cases. Washington DUI law is complex, and Pavel R. Kleyner has the unique education, training and experience necessary to successfully defend a Washington DUI arrest anywhere in the state.
Helpful Tips
If you have been arrested for DUI, it is vital that you act quickly to protect your driver's license. You have only 20 days from the date of arrest to request a DOL Administrative Hearing with the Washington Department of Licensing.
•  DO NOT admit to drinking. However, you don't want to lie
to the police officer either. While staying respectful, advise the officer that you would like to consult an attorney before answering any questions.
•  DO NOT complete Field Sobriety Tests. Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) are voluntary and driver has no obligation to perform them. FST's commonly include Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), Walk and Turn, One Leg Stand, and Portable Breath Testing (PBT). These tests could be tricky and are almost always used by law enforcement to establish a probable cause for your arrest. FST results may also be introduced against you in trial or your DOL Administrative hearing. In addition, a police officer may not lawfully arrest you solely for a refusal to participate in sobriety tests.
•  DO be polite and respectful to the police officer. Your initial contact with the police officer will often determine the amount of scrutiny you will receive from the officer.
•  DO ask to speak to an attorney at your first opportunity to do so. Be respectful about it. Advise the officer that you would like to consult an attorney regarding your rights, prior to answering any of the officer's questions.
•  DO NOT answer any questions following your arrest. When a police officer advises you that anything you say may and will be used against you, they mean it. Simply tell the officer that you will not answer any questions prior to consulting with your attorney.
•  DO speak with an attorney before submitting a breath or blood test. There are important rights and serious consequences associated with refusal of these tests.
•  DO contact Kleyner Law Offices, PLLC as soon as possible after your arrest. Every little detail of a DUI arrest is important. It's crucial that you tell us as thoroughly as possible about you arrest while it is still fresh in your memory. In addition, our attorney will meet with you to go over your rights as well as important deadlines for scheduling administrative hearing with Department of Licensing. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we may begin building a defense strategy for your case.
Contact Washington DUI lawyer Pavel R. Kleyner now to protect your legal rights if you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, drunk driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or any drinking and driving arrest in Washington.
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