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The DUI Pre-Trial Conference

It is important for individuals who have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to understand the legal process and their legal options should they choose to fight the charges. An experienced attorney can help you formulate a defense and will typically help with the pre-trial conferences and any hearings that are held.

The pre-trial conference is typically used to help make sure the DUI trial process goes smoothly and that the court is alerted to the progression of the case. If you have been charged with DUI, contact the experienced Seattle DUI lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm at 866-822-1230 to discuss your legal options.

Pre-Trial Conferences

Before a DUI trial commences, pre-trial conferences may be held to:

  • Request a “continuance” if all of the evidence has not been delivered to the defendant's attorney
  • Discuss the merits of the case and negotiate alternative charges if the prosecutor and defense attorney agree that the case should not go to trial
  • Set pre-trial motions and other actions if the case is set to go to trial
  • Legal challenges may be submitted and discussed

The pre-trial conference often serves to help streamline the DUI process and may result in lesser charges against the individual if the defense attorney and the prosecutor can come to a mutually beneficial agreement during the negotiation process.

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DUI charges can have a serious effect on your life, and may require spending significant amounts of time and money. If you or someone you love is facing DUI charges, contact the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn at 866-822-1230 to discuss your defense.

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Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn is known throughout Washington and the nation for representing all of its clients with commitment, creativity and compassion. We recognize how devastating a DUI charge can be, particularly when our clients learn how incredibly tough Washington's DUI laws have become, even for a first-time offender.

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If you need a DUI defense attorney in Seattle, Bellevue, or King County, contact us today to find out why respect for our clients, a passion for justice, and our commitment to winning have earned each of us the highest honor a member of the bar can receive from our colleagues – their referrals.