Being arrested is a horrible experience. It seems like it changes everything, throws your life out of whack and threatens to do it permanently.
Everything happens fast. From the arrest and the first court appearance everything is a blur.
There's no time to take a deep breath, never mind make decisions. And you have a lot of decisions to make. Every one of them will have consequences - long and short term. Those decisions usually lead to more decisions.
This is no time for a misstep. You need help as early as possible.
Act quickly. As unpleasant as the arrest was, the repercussions can be worse. An arrest sets off a chain reaction that can't help but affect your personal, family, and business life if not managed quickly and efficiently.
Knauss Law will help you break that chain.
Call Knauss Law as soon as possible. From the police station if possible.
Contact Us. We'll help you get your life back.
Don't hesitate. Talk to us, see how we can help anywhere in King and Snohomish counties. We also serve clients in Bellevue, Redmond, Renton and Lynnwood.
We have helped hundreds of clients over the years and we understand every case is unique, requiring tailored solutions specific to our clients' needs.
Knauss Law has the experience and knowledge to defend most criminal charges. We've been on both sides of criminal law, our founder, Matt Knauss, was a prosecutor before becoming a defense attorney. With his insider knowledge, he levels the playing field.
As soon as you contact us, we will immediately set off to stabilize the situation. Then we will work with you to plan your approach and strategize a defense. We scour the police reports while starting our own investigation.
We do everything in our power to eliminate or minimize the effects the arrest will have on you and your family.
In Washington, a stop and arrest for DUI can start with a stop for speeding, a broken taillight, changing lanes without signaling, driving in and out of the shoulder, a crash, or even sitting on the side of the road.
Contrary to popular belief, you can be charged with DUI even if your blood alcohol level is below the 'legal limit' of .08 if the arresting officer thought your driving showed 'noticeable impairment' and/or you exhibited 'dulled senses' during the stop.
You need to act as quickly as possible. There are deadlines that must be met, steps that need to be taken. You need a sound strategy. You need to do all this while you try to deal with the reality of the arrest and the immediate consequences at home and at work.
We know you feel like the walls have closed in and you can barely sleep or breathe.
We understand the stresses you are under. We know the stakes.
We can help. It starts with your call.
One solid fact about being arrested for Physical Control: a Physical Control charge is serious.
An arrest for 'An arrest for' is almost always confusing. It almost always leads to the question: 'What did I do wrong?' It doesn't help that there's no legal definition of what, exactly, physical control is.
One more solid Physical Control fact: When you are arrested for physical control, you face two legal actions - in criminal court and with the Department of Licensing (DOL).
A conviction carries the same penalties as a DUI conviction: a fine, mandatory alcohol treatment program, jail time, suspended driver's license, and more.
Don't try to go it alone. You need help as quickly as possible to save your driver's license and stay out of jail.
When you're arrested for assault and the haze of booking clears you have questions.
There are several degrees of assault that range from misdemeanor to serious felony charges. How and what you are charged with depends on a wide range of circumstances.
Don't try to make sense of this yourself. Don't try to fix it.
A domestic violence charge takes a threatening or assault charge and stigmatizes it. The charge is treated differently. You'll be treated differently.
It will seem like you've already been found guilty and have to prove your innocence.
It's not fair but that's the way it is.
Don't try to 'fix' this yourself. Don't talk to the victim or the authorities. Talk to us. We will help.
There are usually fine lines between being arrested for Negligent Driving 1st and 2nd and Reckless Driving.
Don't stare at the ticket and try to figure it out yourself. You don't have the time. You must act quickly. Your license is at risk. In some cases your freedom is at stake. You are definitely facing a large fine and other unpleasant consequences, long and short term.
Call us. Now. While there's time.
Knauss Law has extensive experience with charges for Disorderly Conduct, Shoplifting, Theft, Malicious Mischief and more.
Don't wait for the courts to contact you. Don't wait for a court date. Don't try to manage any of these charges yourself - what seems simple now will turn out to have unforeseen consequences later.
Contact us. We can help.
How TO Get Help
Call Knauss Law as soon as possible, from the police station if possible.
Until you speak to us, do not talk to anyone else. Anything you say or do can only hurt you and your possible defenses.
Instead, tell us your story. We will investigate and develop a strategy. We will listen, we will vigorously see that your rights are respected and enforced.
Contact us. We will fight for you; we will work with you to get your life back.
The 'New Hope Act' was passed in 2019 to allow more people an opportunity to clear their criminal records and 'start over."
There's a lot of moving parts. Forget everything you think you know about expungement in Washington. Ignore most of what you find on the internet.
Contact Knauss Law if you think you're eligible to take advantage of The New Hope Act. We have the experience (and history of success) to guide you through the process.
We'll ensure that every 'I' is dotted, and the petition is detailed and complete and ready for a judge's signature.
A new world can open up - but it's up to you to take the first step and call us.