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Federal Way Municipal Court DUI Informaton

Federal Way Municipal Court DUI Defense Information

Being charged with DUI in Federal Way Municipal Court can feel like the end of the world.  We understand what its like to be unexpectedly cuffed by a Federal Way Police officer and taken to their precinct.  We know them and the prosecutor and will use their protocols and procedures to obtain justice for you in your particular DUI case.

Kevin Trombold is a well respected DUI Attorney in Federal Way, who understands how to break down a DUI case into its component parts and show the Federal Way Prosecutors that you don't need to have the book thrown at you.  He has more than two decades of experience walking good people like you quietly out the side door of the Federal Way Courthouse.  His reputation and professionalism, his knowledge and understanding, all come together in each individual DUI case to achieve the best results possible.

Because Kevin Trombold is well respected for DUI litigation across the State of Washington prosecutors understand that his clients need a quick and painless resolution to their DUI charge.  And for the clients who want to challenge every aspect of the DUI allegation in Federal Way, Kevin stands ready to defend his clients in front of the jury and judge.

First, let us explain the process to you and remind you that we prefer to sit down and spend a free hour with you so we can hear your story and fill you up with information about Federal Way DUIs - its easier in person.  Call us at 206-382-9200 24/7.

A Federal Way DUI is the same as any Washington State DUI in law and science.  Under the law, the DUI charge is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to one day short of a year (364 days) in jail and a five thousand dollar fine.  There are mandatory jail sentences if convicted of DUI in Federal Way, Tacoma, Puyallup, or anywhere in Washington.  The judge has no choice if he or she receives a guilty verdict from a jury or a plea from a defendant - he or she has to order you to serve jail.  And since most people are released or bail out of jail after a DUI arrest in Federal Way, they are short of the required twenty-four hours dictated by the statute.  Sentences are larger for breath test results over .15 or refusals and again even higher for second or third offenses within a seven year term from the first offense.

Criminal Penalties For Washington DUI Case

As the charts below show, potential criminal penalties include mandatory jail, fines, license suspension for at least ninety days, ignition interlock on your car, an alcohol evaluation and treatment, and attendance of a DUI victims panel and high risk insurance.

The mandatory penalties in your case will vary in severity depending on your prior driving record. But remember that the prosecutor and the Department of Licensing have to prove numerous things before any of these penalties apply.

The Judges in Federal Way Municipal DUI Court consider prior convictions within seven years at sentencing to trigger mandatory sentencing times.  Convictions prior to seven years is considered but doesn't trigger mandatory jail terms.  Within seven years means that the arrest for the prior offense occurred within 7 years of arrest for current charge.

DUI – 1ST CONVICTION IN 7 YEARS
Offense Penalty License Action
BAC < .15 or No BAC Jail: 1-364 days (or 15 days EHM allowed)
Fine: $866-$5000
Interlock: Required
90 day suspension
BAC ≥ .15 or refusal Jail: 2-364 days (or 30 days EHM allowed)
Fine: $1121-$5000
Interlock: Required
1 year revocation for BAC over .15
2 year revocation for refusal
DUI – 2ND CONVICTION IN 7 YEARS
Offense Penalty License Action
BAC < .15 Jail: 30-364 days & 60 days EHM
Fine: $1121-$5000
Interlock: 1 year minimum
2 year license revocation
BAC ≥ .15 or refusal Jail: 45-364 days & 90 days EHM
Fine: $1546-$5000
Interlock: 1 year minimum
2.5 year revocation for BAC over .15
3 year revocation for refusal
DUI – 3RD CONVICTION IN 7 YEARS
Offense Penalty License Action
BAC < .15 Jail: 90-364 days & 120 days EHM
Fine: $1971-$5000
Interlock: 1 year minimum
3 year license revocation
BAC > .15 or refusal Jail: 120-364 days & 150 days EHM
Fine: $2821-$5000
Interlock: 1 year minimum
4 year license revocation
RECKLESS DRIVING
Offense Penalty License Action
Reckless Driving Jail: 0-364 days
Fine: $0-$5000

30 day license suspension (IID on 2nd offense)

NEGLIGENT DRIVING 1ST DEGREE
Offense Penalty License Action
Neg 1 Jail: 0-90 days
Fine: $0-$1000
None (IID on 2nd Offense)
MINOR DUI—BAC ≥ .02
Offense Penalty License Action
Minor DUI Jail: 0-90 days
Fine: $0-$1000
None
DEFERRED PROSECUTION REQUIREMENT:

Based on alcohol, drugs or mental health

Deferred Prosecution Jail: 0 days
Fine: 0
Interlock: 1 year minimum
Probation costs: $25-$50/month
None
HOW IT WORKS:

2 year treatment program, case dismissed after 5 years.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GETTING LICENSE BACK

Court Suspensions and Revocations

License Suspended License Revoked
SR-22 insurance for 3 years
$150 re-issue fee
Alcohol evaluation & follow-up treatment
Minimum alcohol information school
SR-22 insurance for 3 years
$150 re-issue fee
Pass Driver's Ability Test
Alcohol Evaluation & follow-up treatment
Minimum alcohol information school

Civil Penalties

Civil penalties imposed by the state Department of Licensing include license suspension or revocation and a requirement for SR 22 high-risk insurance.

CIVIL DUI PENALTIES

Department of Licensing Administrative Sanctions

Offense First Offense License Action Second Offense License Action
BAC ≥ .08 90 day suspension 2 year license revocation
Refusal 1 year license revocation 2 year license revocation (or until 21,
whichever longer)
Minor BAC ≥ .02 90 day suspension 1 year license revocation

REQUIREMENTS FOR GETTING LICENSE BACK

Court Suspensions and Revocations

License Suspended License Revoked
SR-22 insurance for 3 years
$150 re-issue fee
SR-22 insurance for 3 years
$150 re-issue fee
Pass Driver's Ability Test

High Risk Insurance (SR-22)

If the Department of Licensing suspends your license, you will be required to carry SR-22 high-risk insurance for the three years after your license is reinstated. Clients are often worried about how much their rates will go up, and the answer depends on your driving record. It is important to shop around to find the best rate.

Pulled Over: Do's & Don'ts

No one plans to get pulled over for driving under the influence, so don't feel that you made a terrible mistake if you didn't follow the guidelines below. But for future reference, here are the rules of the road.

When you are pulled over:

DO:
  • Do give the officer your papers—driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance
  • Do blow into a breath-test machine BUT ONLY AT THE STATION
  • Do give blood at the hospital if your DUI involves an accident or suspected drug use
DON'T:
  • Don't say anything. As you have heard so often on TV, you have the right to remain silent. Be polite but decline comments.
  • Don't perform any Field Sobriety Tests. You are not legally required to take these voluntary tests and even a sober person can fail them.
  • Don't blow in the portable breath machine which officers keep with them in their squad cars. This machine is prone to serious errors. Simply tell the officer you are only willing to take the test on the larger machine at the station.

Directions to Federal Way Municipal Court

33325 8th Ave. S.Federal Way, WA  98003

Ph: 253.835.3000

Federal Way Judge Rebecca Robertson

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Judge Rebecca Robertson

Judge Robertson has been a judge in Federal Way since January 2010.  She has taught and presented at various Federal Way schools, is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Federal Way, and performs marriages in Federal Way.  Judge Robertson participates in the South King County YMCA High School Mock Trial Competition held at Federal Way Municipal Court every year.Judge Robertson is on the District and Municipal Court Judges' Association Rules Committee, and is a liaison to the Washington State Bar Association's Court Rules and Procedures Committee.  She is the past chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Criminal Law Section and Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee.  Judge Robertson has written articles and taught Continuing Legal Education Courses on Domestic Violence and DUI issues, and is the past chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Criminal Justice Institute.

Prior to taking the bench in Federal Way, Judge Robertson was a Judge Pro-Tempore.  Judge Robertson presided over criminal and civil cases in Bellevue District Court, Redmond District Court, Issaquah District Court, Kirkland Municipal Court, and Issaquah Municipal Court.As a prosecuting attorney for the Cities of Kent and Seattle, Judge Robertson handled Domestic Violence, DUI, Assault, Theft, and Stalking cases.  Judge Robertson also handled numerous appeals to the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Washington State Supreme Court.

Judge Robertson has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington and a law degree from Seattle University School of Law.  Prior to taking the bench Judge Robertson was a prosecuting Attorney at the Seattle City Attorney's Office, Appellate Unit and before that she was with the City of Kent Prosecutors office.

Federal Judge Dave Larson

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Judge David Larson

Judge Dave Larson is the presiding judge of the Federal Way court. Judge Larson has lived in Federal Way since 1967 and attended Federal Way Schools.  He is listed as a notable alumni of Federal Way Public Schools. He earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Puget Sound in 1980 and a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law in 1984.

Judge Larson is a member of the Legislative Committee, Technology Committee, and Long-Range Planning Committee of the District and Municipal Court Judges Association (DMCJA). He is a past member of the Rules Committee and the Education Committee.  He is also the DMCJA representative to the Washington State Bar Association Council on Public Legal Education and the DMCJA representative to the Washington State Bar Association Escalating Cost of Civil Litigation Task Force. He is also an instructor at the State Judicial College.

Judge Larson was active as a member of state and local bar association committees addressing court rules, professionalism, litigation, young lawyer mentoring and continuing legal education. He was also appointed as a member of the Washington House of Representatives Municipal Court Task Force in 1999. Judge Larson earned an AV Peer Review Rating as a lawyer through Martindale-Hubbell. According to Martindale-Hubbell this rating "is a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him...at the highest level of professional excellence."

Judge Larson is and has been heavily involved in the Federal Way community. He teaches Street Law at Todd Beamer High School and helped start their youth court. He is also the convener for the South King County YMCA High School Mock Trial Competition held at our courthouse. He was president of the Federal Way School Board before joining the court. He had also been a member of the city's Human Services Commission and was the very first chair of the city's Board of Ethics. He is a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Federal Way where he has been recognized with a Hixson Fellowship, Everyday Hero Award, Kiwanian of the Year, and Distinguished Past President awards. He is the founder and Kiwanis Adviser for the Aktion Club of Federal Way, a service club for persons with disabilities.  He was also a founding board member of the Kiwanis Foundation of Federal Way. He is presently a member of the Kiwanis Board, Kiwanis Foundation Board, and Todd Beamer High School Air Force JROTC Advisory Board. He was also a Cub Scout pack leader and a coach for Federal Way National Little League and Federal Way Hawks Junior Football. He lives in Federal Way with his wife and their two sons.

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