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The DUI First Appearance Hearing

In Spokane, Washington the criminal case for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) normally begins the next business day after the arrest. The initial court appearance for a DUI charge is a First Appearance Hearing. This hearing begins with roll call to see who is present. The judge will then advise everyone of their constitutional rights and the potential consequences of a DUI conviction. These consequences may include jail time, house arrest, fines, loss of driver's license, ignition interlock device, SR-22 insurance and alcohol/drug treatment.

What Are DUI Pretrial Conditions of Release?

Under Washington State criminal law Pretrial Conditions of Release (COR's) are legal restrictions ordered by a judge after someone has been accused of a crime, like Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Domestic Violence Assault (DV). Most people accused of a crime do not sit in jail while their criminal matter is pending resolution. On those cases COR's act like laws restricting the defendant's behavior while the case is pending. COR's remain in effect unless a judge amends or cancels them or until the criminal charge is resolved. If the COR's are violated, defendants may face more strict conditions or may even be booked into jail until the case is resolved.

There Are More DUI Arrests During the Holidays... Historically

Christmas and New Years are supposed to be times for celebration. Many of us take time off from work to travel and visit family, reflect on the past year and prepare our resolutions for next year. In Spokane County and throughout the State of Washington, this can also be a dangerous time to be on the roadways. Although this year DUI arrests during Christmas through New Year's Day appear to be lower relative to prior years, the holiday season is typically a busy time for law enforcement officers who are trying to keep our roads safe from impaired drivers.

Stopped for DUI: Should You Do Roadside Tests?

If you're pulled over for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs in Spokane County or anywhere in Washington State, then the officer will likely ask you to perform roadside tests called Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST's). These include a test of your eyes (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus or HGN), and two agility tests like walking heel to toe (Walk and Turn or W+T) and balancing on one leg (One Leg Stand or OLS). You may also be asked to blow into a handheld breath alcohol test called a Portable or Preliminary Breath Test (PBT). The Washington State Patrol website has many DUI training manuals including a recent manual regarding FST's.

One DUI Charge. Two Separate Cases

If you've been charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs in Spokane or anywhere in Washington State, then you'll likely face two separate cases: a criminal DUI case in court and a completely separate Department of Licensing (DOL) administrative case. Winning one of these cases may not necessarily cancel the other. That's why it's so important to fight both!

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