Most people who have contacted us for help with a DUI arrest (sometimes referred to as DWI or drunk driving) have never been in trouble with the law before. They certainly did not intend to commit a serious crime that could cost them their driver’s license, a substantial amount of money in fines and fees, and even their freedom. They needed the help of an experienced defense lawyer who knows how the system works. If you’ve been arrested for DUI, so do you.
At the Tacoma law office of Joseph Cutter, our DUI defense practice is characterized by honesty, integrity, a thorough knowledge of the criminal justice system and a detailed understanding of the science of DUI evidence. We offer aggressive and intelligent defense for adults and minors charged with DUI. Our firm also handles felony DUI charges and other serious cases, including vehicular assault and manslaughter.
As a former prosecutor, Joseph Cutter knows how to break DUI cases down to determine exactly what happened and locate the weak points in the prosecution’s case. He also offers straightforward guidance regarding alternatives to challenging DUI evidence in court, including opportunities to obtain deferred prosecution by completing a substance abuse program.
The Law Office of Joseph B. Cutter has a proven record of success in defending clients charged with DUI. Call 253-255-7428 for immediate legal advice and prompt, personalized defense representation. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.
DUI charges are serious. The consequences of a DUI conviction are severe. Penalties can include substantial fines, jail time, mandatory alcohol treatment, an ignition interlock device, and lengthy driver’s license suspension or revocation. Your auto insurance rates will almost certainly increase and will skyrocket if you have a second or subsequent conviction. Your policy may even be cancelled. A conviction will appear on your driving record for fifteen years and if you are arrested and convicted for DUI again, the penalties increase dramatically.
You can be arrested on suspicion alone. You should know that a police officer can arrest you for DUI based on your performance on a field sobriety test, or even from observations about your driving (such as weaving, speeding, or being involved in a traffic accident). The charges against you may be based on a subjective guess as to whether you are “drunk” or legally impaired.
There is hope. There are many defense strategies a DUI lawyer can use to challenge DUI evidence used against you in court or in a driver’s license suspension (DOL) hearing. If you took a breath test, the machine maintenance and calibration records and Washington State Patrol data logs should be requested to see if the machine was working properly and whether the officer took the required 15 minutes of observation time prior to the breath test. There are many more defenses that may apply to your case. Don’t plead guilty without first talking to an experienced attorney to see what can be done.
At the Law Offices of Joseph cutter, your initial consultation is free and our fees are extremely reasonable. Call our offices at 253-255-7428 for immediate assistance. You can also e-mail us now for answers to your important questions or to schedule an appointment.