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At Cowan Kirk, we have a combined experience of over 75 years defending DUIs in the Seattle area. Our Seattle DUI lawyers are highly trained, not only in the science of breath and blood testing, but also in the field sobriety testing techniques used by the police. We also have extensive hands-on experience with the DataMaster, the breath-testing device used in the state of Washington; in fact, we have been called upon to lecture other lawyers, in Washington and around the country, on how to deal with that machine in court.

Many lawyers practice DUI defense, but it takes years of hard work, education, and real-world experience before a firm can consider itself truly prepared to take on any DUI case. Call 1-866-822-1230 and find out why Cowan Kirk has earned the respect of clients, colleagues, and adversaries alike.

We Argue Your Case from Start to Finish

There is much more than knowledge that goes into being a top-flight DUI defense lawyer. It is a simple thing to enter a plea of not guilty and set the matter for trial, but the lawyer who does so has surrendered the greatest opportunity to obtain the best possible resolution of the case. At Cowan Kirk, we understand that most DUI cases are not won at trial – they are won through pretrial litigation.

Pretrial litigation involves raising legal challenges to every aspect of the prosecutor's case, from the time the blue lights go on until the client is released. As you might expect, it takes a law firm with uncommon dedication to defend a DUI case from beginning to end. The Seattle DUI attorneys at Cowan Kirk litigate every legal issue for which there is a tenable argument, and in the process they let the prosecutor know that they will fight until they obtain a beneficial resolution of the case. The prosecutors have learned through experience that Cowan Kirk will not plead their client guilty as charged.

We Wrote the Book on Defending DUIs in Washington

At Cowan Kirk, we take great pride in the many contributions that we have made to the practice of DUI defense law. Senior partner Doug Cowan literally wrote the book on Defending DUIs in Washington, and our other partners have also made significant contributions, including writing some of the book's newer chapters.

All of our partners have been invited to lecture other lawyers throughout the country on various aspects of DUI defense, including:

  • The DataMaster breath-testing machine
  • Field sobriety tests
  • Jury selection
  • Opening statements
  • Cross-examination of the arresting officer
  • Cross-examination of the state's experts
  • Presentation of the defense case
  • Closing arguments

We own a DataMaster and have been trained to use it, and all our partners have been through the identical training course that the police take on the administration and assessment of field sobriety tests.

We Treat You as a Valued Client and Human Being

Many Seattle DUI defense attorneys forget that they are representing a person, not just a case. For most people, the mere fact of being charged and prosecuted is one of the scariest experiences of their life. Cowan Kirk has an extremely warm, considerate, friendly and professional staff who will be available to you at all times to answer your questions, keep you informed and assist you in any way possible to ease the stressful process you are experiencing.

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Cowan Kirk 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.