I tell every potential client I meet with that setting realistic expectations is paramount. Unlike many Seattle DUI lawyers who claim to focus in DUI Defense, I am not going to make promises I can't keep. The large majority of our firm's clients come from referrals (from other lawyers, past clients, law enforcement, etc...) Just as in any form of business, we wouldn't have been able to run a referral-based practice for over 20 years if we were promising the world and not delivering. Thus, we are ALWAYS clear (from the get-go) regarding where we intend on getting in one's case. In every initial meeting, I tell potential clients that "nothing ruins a month for me like a DUI conviction." Does it happen? Sure, I have clients who are found guilty after jury trial. Keep in mind that we win more cases than we lose. Further, barring extremely unusual circumstances, we will NOT plead you guilty as charged. Finally, we only have to try a very small number of our cases, as the overwhelming majority of our clients are eventually presented with offers of reduced charges.
Quite honestly, if an attorney tells you that they don't have to try cases and/or don't lose trials, you should run like the wind. Seattle DUI charges are tough, and any attorney claiming to not lose cases is doing what 95% of the lawyers I know do: merely plea their clients guilty when prosecutors indicate an unwillingness to amend charges. It is my strong opinion that attorneys who do this should be writing wills or practicing tax law. If I can go to trial-lose-and end up with a resolution similar to what a prosecutor previously conveyed, why in the world would we not make the prosecutor work and see what a jury thinks? Our clients are obviously the ones calling the shots in their cases, but if you've been arrested for DUI and are looking for a Seattle DUI lawyer who will accept a prosecutor's unwillingness to resolve your case in a favorable manner, it's time to stop reading and go to a different website. Unfortunately, I can name the Seattle DUI lawyers that I would consider hiring (to represent myself or a family member) on one hand. As for answering the question posed in the title of this post, "Can I Get My Seattle DUI Charge Reduced," such depends on the specific jurisdiction the case is being heard, the facts/issues of the case, and, just as important, who you hire for a lawyer.
The attorneys at Veitch Ault & Associates focus in the defense of those accused of serious traffic offenses, including DUI. If you or someone you know has been arrested for DUI in Washington State, contact Veitch Ault & Associates immediately (425-452-1600) to make sure one is given the best chance to defend themselves.