It is imperative you learn as much as possible about the court system, the Washington Department of Licensing and the DUI process prior to stepping into a court room. Please look around this website and our other Bellingham DUI website for details about the DUI process. Better yet, give us a call and schedule a time to talk about your case. All consultations are complimentary and a great way to learn about the process quickliy.
For information regarding Bellingham Probation, alcohol-drug evaluations, DUI Victim Panels, your driver's license, the DOL process, ignition interlock devices, bail bonds and so on, you have come to the right place. For the most detailed information please download our free Whatcom County DUI Handbook, the only book for its kind in this County, ever!
If you are convicted of a DUI in Bellingham or have a prior DUI, you will will be required an Ignition Interlock Device, even as early as your first court appearance. These devices are problematic so talk to us before you get it installed.
Probation is a big deal and should never be overlooked, ignored or taken for granted. Importantly, probation may begin at the first court appearance if you have a prior DUI or the facts of your case are particularly concerning to the court.
In many Bellingham or Whatcom County DUI cases the person arrested will be deposited into the Whatcom County Jail after the police officer has finished. To avoid spending the rest of the night and following day in jail the defendant may bail themselves out.
If you have been charged with DUI in Bellingham or anywhere in Whatcom County, an alcohol and drug evaluation is a necessity. We recommend you do one as soon as possible and this recommendation is particularly important should your Bellingham DUI not be your first brush with the law.
Following an arrest for DUI in Bellingham or anywhere in Whatcom County the Court will require you to attend a DUI Victim Panel. There are two DUI Victim Panels in Whatcom County, one run privately in conjunction (same day) with the ADIS class and the other by the County at the Whatcom County District Court.
Deferred Prosecution programs come with huge benefits but with many burdens. While the program will dismiss your case, result in no jail and no license suspension (for non-refusal cases), you must successfully complete a two-year alcohol-drug treatment program.
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