Whether you've been arrested for DUI / DWI or any other alleged crime, you need to ensure your rights are protected by a criminal defense attorney with the knowledge, skills, motivation and ability to aggressively defend against the allegations brought against you.
With Convenient Locations in Burien and Maple Valley, The Wood Law Office can provide you with the DUI /DWI, Felony, Misdemeanor, or Traffic Infraction representation in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.
With the quickness that a case is built against you, it is very important that you begin to protect your rights and build a defense as swiftly as possible. This is true of any criminal case, but especially with Driving Under the Influence and Physical Control cases; evidence is gathered and a case is built against you, often before you even realize it.
In a DUI INVESTIGATION, the case against you typically begins with the officer observing your driving, then the initial contact where he or she searches your eyes, smells your breath, watches your movements, and notes everything that can later be used for probable cause to arrest you for DUI.
The officer will usually require additional evidence and will attempt to get what he or she needs through the use of voluntary Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs). Regardless of whether you've practiced these tests in the past, you will only help the officer's search for evidence by taking the FSTs, even if you are not intoxicated. That's why most, if not all attorney's will advise you to POLITELY DECLINE VOLUNTARY FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS. This includes declining the Roadside Portable Breath Test (PBT), which is completely voluntary and may be declined without adverse consequences to your license. Remember, these tests are "voluntary," meaning you do not have to volunteer to incriminate yourself.
Be Courteous to the officer.
FSTs generally consist of 3 standardized tests: The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), the Walk & Turn (W&T) and the One Leg Stand (OLS).
The HGN test is typically the first FST the officer attempts to conduct by having you follow a stimulus with your eyes (usually a pen or something similar). The officer will ask if he or she can look at your eyes, or ask you to perform a quick test. Regardless of the manner in which the officer asks you to take the test, be sure to decline. The officer is looks for certain clues that an intoxicated person's eyes will generally reveal. It is possible, however, to exhibit those clues even when you are not intoxicated, so politely let the officer know you do not consent to a search of your eyes. The W&T and OLS physical tests can be very difficult for many people to perform, even when completely sober.
If the officer places you under arrest, be sure to immediately INVOKE YOUR RIGHTS to REMAIN SILENT and to consult with an ATTORNEY. This advice applies to any type of arrest... I cannot stress enough the importance of remaining silent and being very clear that you wish to speak to an attorney before making ANY statements. Statements you make can (and typically will) be used against you later on. Do not answer questions after being arrested. Do not volunteer information. Finally, DO NOT REFUSE the Breath Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Test (often referred to as a "breathalyzer") at the police station/jail without first speaking to a lawyer. There are many factors to consider before choosing to take or refuse a BAC at the station, so BE SURE YOU'VE TALKED TO A LAWYER PRIOR TO TAKING OR REFUSING THE BREATH TEST AT THE STATION.
The Wood Law Office firmly believes that every client deserves to be treated with courtesy and respect, and receive diligent, competent, and effective representation. Cory Wood has the integrity, motivation, and a strong work ethic that was strengthened during four years as commercial fisherman in the Bering Sea prior to attending law school at Gonzaga University School of Law. Additionally, his vast knowledge of Washington DUI and criminal law, together with the associations he has with a number of very experienced defense attorneys, ensures clients receive the aggressive, top-notch legal representation they deserve.
Cory Wood's consistent track record of uncompromising ethics instills confidence and trust. With an eye toward criminal law for more than seven years, Mr. Wood has experience from working at the King, Pierce, and Spokane county prosecuting attorneys' offices, and with some very high paced private criminal defense offices. Mr. Wood can effectively advocate your DUI, Felony, Misdemeanor, or Traffic matters with the most relevant information and with a unique perspective on criminal defense.
The Wood Law Office is dedicated to achieving the best outcome for every client. Cory Wood will earn your trust and leave you feeling confident that you are being provided the aggressive representation with the dedication that you deserve.
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