If you were arrested for an Edmonds DUI (in the city of Edmonds by the Edmonds Police) your case will be filed in the Edmonds Municipal Court. The filing of your DUI in the Edmonds means that the prosecutors working on your case will be from a local law firm who contract as the prosecutors for the city of Edmonds as well as for several other municipalities. Your judge will be the sole appointed judge for the city of Edmonds or a Pro Tem judge..
At this time, DUI cases that are filed in Edmonds Municipal Court will be filed very quickly, usually within 72 hours and certainly within two weeks. On some occasions you will be held in custody until you have seen the judge. This means that you must seek an Edmonds DUI attorney immediately. Not only is 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) but there are also several steps that you can begin working on now that will ultimately be helpful in the preparation and negotiation of your case. By being proactive you and your Edmonds DUI lawyer will be prepared when your case is filed. This will save you money, time and stress at your arraignment.
In the Edmonds, the prosecutors will often ask for conditions of release at a DUI arraignment that will require you to be proactive and prepared. They regularly ask for bail as well as for alcohol monitoring via the “SCRAM” system. SCRAM requires that you wear a bracelet that detects for alcohol in your system. It is expensive and the costs fall to you. Having retained an experienced Edmonds DUI attorney you will have the benefit of our insights into the issues around these conditions and the judge who will be presiding over your case. This will influence not only the conditions of your release but the future outcome of your case as well.