DUI/Traffic Misdemeanor

DUI/Traffic Misdemeanor

Every Hester Law Group attorney has significant Washington DUI defense experience.  If you are arrested for DUI in Washington you will immediately be facing two cases: the criminal charge in court and the Department of Licensing's (DOL) action to suspend your driver’s license.  Both cases can result in the suspension of your driver’s license and you need to act fast.  If you’ve been arrested for DUI, you need to contact us as soon as possible so we can optimize your chances of keeping your license. Any delay could result in missing a court date, having your license suspended, or other actions that could be detrimental to your case, your future and your livelihood.


Criminal DUI charges

When somebody is arrested for DUI, he or she will either be held in custody until a court date or summoned into court at a later date.  Sometimes it is the location of the arrest that determines where the case is prosecuted. Sometimes it is the type of officer who does the arresting that determines the court. There are places within the City of Tacoma that can result in a case being prosecuted by Pierce County prosecuting attorneys in Pierce County District Court or in Tacoma Municipal Court.  If you contact us early enough, we will be able to assist determining your proper municipal or district court location so you don’t accidentally miss a court date or find yourself in the wrong jurisdiction or even worse - having a warrant for your arrest. The same dilemma can occur between Pierce County and Gig Harbor Municipal Court as well as in the City of Lakewood court, University Place, Puyallup Municipal Court, Bonney Lake Municipal Court, and many other jurisdictions. When we are retained, we will compassionately assist you through this initial and sometimes stressful  process - all the while of aggressively defending the DUI charges against you.

You deserve to have an experienced and talented Washington DUI defense attorney by your side at every court appearance and one who best represents you throughtout the DUI legal process.  Whether you are in Kitsap County, or one of its cities such as Port Orchard, Bremerton, Poulsbo, Puyallup or Silverdale, or if your case is anywhere in Pierce County or King County (including Bellevue, Redmond, Des Moines, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Tukwila, and any number of other cities, we will do our best to be right there by your side at your first hearing.

In defending your DUI criminal case in Washington, our attorneys will explain the process and what you can expect as well as answer any questions you have. We know this may be your first experience in court, and we want to ensure you fully understand everything that happens. No question is too small. We also understand that this can be overwhelming and are happy to explain things in multiple ways to ensure you truly understand everything about your case and have all of your questions answered. A benefit of hiring Wayne Fricke, Brett Purtzer, Lance Hester, Casey Arbenz, and Monte Hester is that you’ll be hiring lawyers that work as a team, and we can make more appearances on short notice than many other firms are able to accommodate.


DOL Licensing Hearing

As DUI defense attorneys, each of the attorneys at the Hester Law Group have handled hundreds of Department of Licensing Hearings (DOL hearings).  There are tight timelines for preserving your right to contest the DOL action against your license. The DOL also charges significant fees if you want to preserve your hearing right. Brett Purtzer, Casey Arbenz, Lance Hester, and Wayne Fricke will not only navigate this part of the process for you, but they will identify the issues and aggressively represent you at the hearing.  

At Hester Law Group, our Washington Criminal Defense Assault Attorneys provide the customer service of a small firm with the experience and knowledge of a larger firm. We put our clients first and will put all of our experience, knowledge and skills to fight for you.

We know this process can feel intimidating and overwhelming, and we know you want to make sure you have the right attorney on your side. Because of this, we offer free consultations. Contact us today to ensure you have the best criminal defense attorneys by your side.