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Because the consequences of a physical control arrest in Whatcom County are so severe and the penalties are so harsh, it is very important to consult with a lawyer who understands the law and defenses to the crime. Call our Whatcom County Physical Control Defense attorneys to discuss your case at (360) 293-2275.
by David N. Jolly
Whatcom County DUI Defense Lawyer
The crime of Physical Control in Whatcom County is exactly the same as DUI except for one important fact, Physical Control requires no driving. Believe it or not, you may have pulled over to the side of the road after deciding that it was not safe for you to drive and still be guilty of a crime. Physical Control is having within two hours of being in physical control of the vehicle, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher, a THC concentration of 5 (nanograms) or higher, being under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or drug, or being under the combined influenced of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug. RCW 46.61.504. This offense also has penalties that are the same as DUI including license suspensions, ignition interlocks, and jail. It may seem unfair that you can be punished as severely as those driving under the influence after you have parked your car and made a conscious decision not to drive, but that is the law and the reason for hiring the best criminal defense attorneys for your Whatcom County Physical control charge.
Recently I had a DUI in Whatcom County. I called many Bellingham lawyers but decided that David Jolly was the best choice. He was very kind and compassionate but honest, which I liked. I was also impressed by his knowledge and the fact that he has written so many books. It was a difficult time but he got my DUI reduced and saved my license.
- Kevin, Bellingham, WA
Law Firm of David N. Jolly
218 W. Champion Street
Bellingham, WA, United States 98225
We are a dedicated Bellingham Criminal Defense Law Firm whose exclusive practice is defending those charged with a crime. With more than 30 years of combined legal experience we understand what it takes to get the best results from each Physical Control case. It is our sole objective to provide our clients with exceptional service and superior results.
An arrest for Physical Control in Whatcom County is almost exactly like a DUI, except that the arrested was not actually driving the vehicle. Unfortunately, this also means that the individual faces the same harsh penalties as driving under the influence including, but not limited to, a lengthy license suspension, an ignition interlock device and Jail. Therefore, like driving under the influence, you only have 20 days to contest your license suspension and only hours before a court appearance. It is imperative that you consult with an attorney as soon as you are released from Jail and prior to court.