Seattle Defense Attorney
Experienced Assault / Domestic Violence (DV) Lawyer & Drunk Driving / DUI Attorney Serving the Seattle, Washington Area
If you’re facing charges for Assault / DV or Drunk Driving / DUI in Seattle you may be experiencing a number of undesirable side effects and consequences that can impact you both now and in the future. For over 25 years, Attorney Phil Weinberg has consistently obtained outstanding results for his clients in and around Seattle, Washington. If you need effective legal representation for your Assault / DV, DUI or other criminal charge; Call Attorney Phil Weinberg at (206) 624-1662.
Effective Seattle Criminal Defense Attorney
It is crucial that you take action immediately if you’ve been charged – or think you might be charged – with a crime in Seattle.
Why should you call Phil?
- Over 25 years of criminal defense experience in Washington
- Free initial consultation and case evaluation
- Personalized service for your unique situation
- A tactful but relentless approach to your case
Call Attorney Phil Weinberg at (206) 624-1662 today. Having a dedicated advocate on your side as soon as possible can make a substantial difference in the outcome of your case.
Free Initial Consultation
Have you been charged with Assault / DV, Drunk Driving / DUI or another crime in Seattle? Call Attorney Phil Weinberg at (206) 624-1662 to schedule a free no-risk legal consultation and case evaluation. Attorney Phil Weinberg understands that your situation is unique. He will listen patiently as you describe what happened before offering his honest opinion of how he can help. Phil cares about his clients’ legal rights.
About Seattle Courts & Arrests
There are three courts that serve Seattle; a Municipal court, District court and Superior court.
Seattle Municipal Court handles misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, infractions and civil violations. It enforces the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC), which is similar (or in some sections identical) to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). If you’re arrested by a Seattle Police officer for a crime like Drunk Driving (DUI) or Assault / DV, it is likely your case will be heard at Seattle Municipal Court.
Seattle Municipal Court
600 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
The Seattle District Court is a division of the King County District Court System (West Division). It has jurisdiction over state and King County cases; including Seattle arrests for Drunk Driving / DUI or Assault DV arrests made by a King County Sheriff or Washington State Trooper that result in misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charges are handled by Seattle District Court.
Seattle District Court
516 3rd Ave., Room E-327
Seattle, WA 98104
The Superior Court primarily handles felonies; including Seattle felony Assault / DV or felony Drunk Driving (DUI) cases.
King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
After being booked into jail, you will appear before a judge on the next court day. Arrestees booked on a Friday night, over the weekend or the day before or day of a legal holiday must wait until the court reopens to appear.
How it works
At the arraignment hearing; the plea you enter should always be “Not Guilty”; regardless of the details and circumstances of your case. At this hearing, prosecutors will often request that the judge require strict release conditions such as bail or an Ignition Interlock Device (in the case of DUI). An experienced Seattle defense attorney can frequently avoid these conditions, especially on first-time offenses.
Pretrial Conferences; also called Pretrial Hearings (aka PTR); are the next step. Most cases have several PTR’s before they are resolved or set for trial. If the prosecutor presents an acceptable plea bargain (plea deal), the case can be concluded at a PTR. Throughout this process, your defense attorney will be investigating and gathering any evidence relevant to your case.
If a case is not resolved at a pretrial hearing (“PTR”); your attorney will likely make pretrial motions. Depending on the facts and laws surrounding your case, there are several pretrial motions that can have a significant impact on your defense.
Many cases do not go to trial – a last resort due to risk and cost. You may decide to proceed to trial if, for example, the prosecution has not offered an acceptable plea deal or if a conviction would cause considerable damage to your career or personal life.