Whether you've been arrested for your first DUI or your fifth, I can help. Even though it may seem like the end of the world, I will get you through this. The state of Washington has some of the toughest DUI laws in the country, but you can feel confident in knowing that I have gone to trial hundreds of times and negotiated countless plea bargains.
I'm Schöen Parnell (pronounced "Shane"), a respected DUI defense lawyer who has taught at DUI seminars attended by hundreds of Washington criminal defense lawyers. I dedicate much of my law practice to defending people who face all types of drunk driving charges:
While DUI is the term commonly used in Washington state, drunk driving is also known as DWI (driving while intoxicated) in other states.
I have been a criminal defense lawyer for more than 15 years. Before opening my DUI defense law firm, I was the lead trial lawyer for one of the busiest DUI defense law firms in Washington. I have the experience and trial skills to provide the effective representation you need. If the prosecutor does not offer us a deal that is acceptable to you, I will not hesitate to take your case to trial.
Nobody budgets for a DUI, and if you call around to some of the boutique law firms, you'll likely get sticker shock. Many attorneys will include a trial fee in their price even though a typical DUI attorney may only go to trial five percent of the time. Why pay for something you probably won't need? Many of Washington's criminal defense attorneys will also include a private investigator fee in their price. Most of the time, I am able to perform my own investigation. This saves you money and makes me all the more knowledgeable about your case. I accept Visa and MasterCard and in some cases, I have set up payment plans.
Whether you are facing first-offense DUI charges, are confronting allegations involving gun crimes, need assistance vacating a criminal arrest record, or need assistance with any other Washington criminal defense matter, I can help. As my client, you will feel the weight on your shoulders lift as I step in to take over your case. I will give you my personal e-mail address and cellphone number to contact me after hours if you have a question about your case. I know that this is quite possibly the most difficult and embarrassing situation you have ever found yourself in. I will stand by you and fight for you. That is what I do, and I love doing it.
Contact my office for a free initial consultation. This typically lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. We will discuss the details of your case, possible defenses and strategies, and go over what you can expect in terms of court appearances, possible consequences, and costs. When you call, I will get some preliminary information from you over the phone to better prepare me for our initial meeting, and then e-mail you a document that I'd like you to complete which will give me even greater detail about the circumstances surrounding your arrest.