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Traffic/DUI Defense

Durflinger Oliver & Associates is committed to providing you with top notch legal support. We approach every client with a focus on integrity, advocacy, and understanding. We fight for you!

Traffic Tickets

Seeing those flashing lights in your rearview mirror and getting pulled over is horrible! The cop isn’t the nicest guy. He doesn’t care that the ticket he’s about to give you will cost you a bunch of money. He doesn’t care that the ticket might cost you your license. He doesn’t care that the ticket may cause an increase in your insurance rates, or even cause cancellation of your insurance. The attorneys and staff at Durflinger Oliver & Associates care. They can help defend you and beat that ticket.

Our experienced Tacoma speeding lawyers have represented thousands of drivers accused of committing infractions and crimes. Unlike many attorneys, we enjoy going to court and approach every case with the goal of beating the charges and not just seeking a “deal”. Don’t pay the fine on your ticket when it’s just as cheap to hire a highly skilled trial attorney to fight to keep the ticket off your record.  We charge $250 to fight most Pierce County infractions.

Even a simple speeding ticket can cost you your license if the Department of Licensing finds you to be a Habitual Traffic Offender. If you’re under 18, a second speeding ticket can cost you your license. And, of course, there’s your insurance.

Normally most insurance companies will not increase your insurance rates due to one conviction. The problem is that most people didn’t plan on getting the first speeding ticket, so a second ticket will certainly not be expected. One speeding ticket will normally not increase your rates, but a second ticket will put you in jeopardy of a rate increase. If you pay a speeding ticket without fighting it, the conviction will be on your driving and insurance record for three (3) years.

If you have too many tickets, or claims, the insurance company may refuse to renew your policy, or they can put you into Facility Rating, which means high risk insurance rates costing up to thousands of dollars per year, for at least three years, or until you have a clean record.

A couple of speeding tickets on your record could cost you thousands of dollars. The Tacoma Traffic Defense firm of Durflinger Oliver & Associates can help protect you from higher insurance rates.

Many times we see police officer give the driver a "break" by reducing the speed on a ticket down to 5 mph, or 10 mph over the limit. Many drivers believe that their insurance will not be affected. The truth is that if you pay a speeding ticket, even one with a small fine on it, your insurance company can put a strike against your insurance rate. <b>You must fight every speeding ticket to keep your driving record clean. Even if you think you are guilty!</b>.

Natalie Durflinger, Jim Oliver, Nicole Hankins, and Martha McLaughlin have extensive experience defending cases in both state and federal courts. They handle all driving and criminal cases, including the following:

  • DUI (including DMV Hearings)

  • Negligent Driving 1 and 2

  • Reckless Driving

  • Racing

  • Attempting to Elude

  • Driving While License Suspended 1, 2, and 3

  • No Valid Operator’s License

  • Habitual Traffic Offender

  • Department of Licensing Hearings

  • Department of Transportation Issues

  • Other Traffic related Misdemeanors and Felonies

 DUI/DWI Charges

The penalties for "drunk driving" no longer consist of just a slap on the wrist and an escort home. Penalties for a DUI can be worse than getting a felony. And DUI laws have grown incredibly complex. Facing the criminal and DOL license suspension procedures without the protection of an experienced Washington DUI defense attorney is dangerous.

The process typically begins when you get pulled over for weaving or driving erratically. After stopping you, the officer asking questions.  Without any right to an attorney, you’re asked to make statements that will later be used against you.

The officer may request a breath test be taken with a hand-held "PBT" (Preliminary Breath Test) device and tell you that you can say no. Then, under already very stressful conditions, the cop “asks” you to take a series of  “FSTs” (Field Sobriety Tests) which are designed to make you fail. The officer never tells you that the FSTs are not required by law. You can, and should, Just Say No!

Once you’re arrested, you must take a breath test.  You don’t get to choose a blood test unless you refuse the breath test, and the officer gets a search warrant to take your blood.  If this happens, the officer will count you as a refusal. This will cost you at least a one-year license suspension and potentially more jail time. Breath tests are often wrong. Nevertheless, your license can be affected if the test result is over .08%, or if you don’t take the test. The skilled attorneys at Durflinger Oliver & Associates will find every way of getting your breath test kicked out of court.

Following a DUI arrest, you have two separate proceedings to deal with. First is the administrative license suspension hearing. Note: It is critical that you, or preferably your lawyer, contact the DOL within 20 calendar days from the time of the arrest to schedule an administrative hearing, or you’ll lose your license.

If a hearing is not demanded, or if it has been lost, there will be a license suspension of three months for a first offense. For second time offenders (within the past 7 years), or if testing at the station or hospital was refused, the suspension will be one year.

While these suspensions can be successfully challenged by one of our qualified attorneys, a hearing must be scheduled in the first place.

The second proceeding the individual must deal with is the criminal prosecution in court. In the criminal prosecution, the prosecutor must prove one of the following: 1) That your blood alcohol level was .08 or higher within two hours of driving; or, 2) That your driving was affected by alcohol or drugs; or, 3) that you refused to submit to a breath test, or blood draw. Even if you think you are guilty, we can help you.

Again, the services of a qualified DUI attorney from Durflinger Oliver & Associates is highly recommended. If you have a CDL, YOU MUST HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO FIGHT FOR YOU! We can help. Call to schedule your no cost appointment.

Durflinger Oliver & Associates
711 St. Helens Ave.,
Ste. 209
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 683-4180
FAX (253) 683-4184
jim@durflingeroliver.com

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