If you were arrested for a Shoreline DUI ( in the city of Shoreline by the Shoreline Police Department who are King County Sheriff’s officers on contract with the city of Shoreline), your case will be filed in the Shoreline Municipal Court at the King County District Court West Division, Shoreline Courthouse. The filing of your DUI in Shoreline means that the prosecutors working on your case will be from a local law firm that contracts legal services to the city of Shoreline as well as for several other municipalities. Your Judge will be an elected King County District Court Judge or a Judge Pro Tem. A Judge Pro Tem is a substitute Judge.
At this time, a DUI that is filed in Shoreline Municipal Court may take several weeks to a couple of months to be filed. This does not mean that you should wait before speaking with a Shoreline DUI attorney. Your privilege to drive is at risk of administrative suspension through the Washington Department of Licensing. You have 20 days from the date of your DUI arrest to request an administrative hearing. There are also several steps that you can begin working on now that will ultimately be helpful in the negotiation of your case. By being proactive you and your Shoreline DUI lawyer will be prepared when your case is filed. This will ultimately save you money, time and stress when your case is filed.
In the Shoreline Municipal Court the prosecutors will usually ask for standard conditions of release such as not driving without a valid license and insurance, maintaining law abiding behavior, not consuming alcohol or other non-prescribed drugs during the pendency of your case. However, if you have prior DUI history, this court has been known to order conditions of release such as the imposition of bail or the installation of an ignition interlock device. Having retained an experienced Shoreline DUI attorney, you will have the benefit of our insights into the issues around these conditions and the judge who will be overseeing your case. This will influence not only the conditions of your release but the future outcome of your case as well.