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James Kotlowski
Seattle, Washington
Mr. Kotlowski is a Seattle and Washington State DUI Attorney.
Interests: travel, reading, politics, working-out, fishing and camping.
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In Seattle Municipal Court if the Warrant amount is less than $10,000.00 you can go to the first floor of the Seattle Justice Center, 600 Fifth Ave and set a hearing. (you will see clerk windows after security on right) You will not usually be taken into custody by the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at DUIWA.COM BLOG
In Seattle Municipal Court if the Warrant amount is less than $10,000.00 you can go to the first floor of the Seattle Justice Center, 600 Fifth Ave and set a hearing. (you will see clerk windows after security on right) You will not usually be taken into custody by the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Seattle Municipal Court DUI cases
In Seattle Municipal Court if the Warrant amount is less than $10,000.00 you can go to the first floor of the Seattle Justice Center, 600 Fifth Ave and set a hearing. (you will see clerk windows after security on right)... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
In Seattle Municipal Court if the Warrant amount is less than $10,000.00 you can go to the first floor of the Seattle Justice Center, 600 Fifth Ave and set a hearing. (you will see clerk windows after security on right)... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
The State Legislature is proposing a bill that gives repeat DUI defendants an option to swear they won’t drive, instead of getting an ignition-interlock device (IID) installed while awaiting trial. See story interlocks Some Courts such as Seattle Municipal Court... Continue reading
Reblogged May 4, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
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Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is a Gross Misdemeanor in Washington State. The maximum sentence is $5000.00 in fines and 364 days in Jail. However, unlike a DUI there are no mandatory minimum on Jail or fines. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
It is when DUI charges are formally filed against you. At your DUI Arraignment Court Hearing the Judge or prosecutor will go over basic information about you (full name/date of birth - want to make sure got right person) and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
Yes. DUI filings (non-felony) in Washington State are down approximately 25% since 2010 according to Washington State Court Statistics. We were at nearly 40,000 annually in 2010 - but are now below 30,000. Not sure whether this is result of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
Unfortunately, the 4-month period will keep extending itself. You will not get rid of the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) requirement until you have met it. You simply will not be able to obtain a driver's license without that IID restriction.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
Yes/No Obviously, it depends on the DUI attorney. Many in the Seattle metropoliation area require full payment of the fee in advance. We know it can sometimes be difficult to get that intitial payment to get yur case started. Therefore, Kotlowski Law Office PLLC offers very flexible down payments and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at DUIWA.COM BLOG
Probably not a good idea. Usually, I would recommend against entering a deferred prosecution on a first offense DUI. In Washington you get one opportunity to do a deferred prosecution in your lifetime. However, there are exceptions, many clients have little choice because of personal, career or employment considerations. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at DUIWA.COM BLOG
Yes. In my opinion, it is well worth the money to vacate a negligent or reckless driving conviction. That said, it really depends on why you need to do it. Professionals often need it for career or travel reasons. Others... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
Ballard - according to yesterday's Seattle Times Article analyzing crime data in Seattle. Most DUI's arrests I am not at all surprised by this having had many cases past and present including Washington State Patrol (WSP) from Ballard. The State... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
Yes. See link for selected forms. Forms online However, this is very limited. Most Courtrooms will have a full Selection of Seattle Municipal forms in them. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Seattle Municipal Court DUI cases
Yes/No. It depends on the attorney. Many in the Seattle/Bellevue metro area require full payment of the fee in advance. However, our office offers very flexible monthly payment plans for your DUI attorney fee. (minimum down payments vary from $1000.00... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
In most DUI cases, it is advisable to complete your alcohol/drug evaluation as soon as possible. I have had many cases where the client's very pro-active behavior helped get a desired resolution. That said, it is equally important to get... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
Most DUI Lawyers use a flat fee structure. For example, you pay so much without Jury Trial and an additional amount for Jury Trial. Some require full payment in advance, while others allow smaller down payments and monthly payment plans.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
I believe everyone should have at the minimum the following estate planning documents: Last Will and Testament; Durable Power of Attorney (financial); Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care; Health Care Directive; Funeral and Burial Instructions; Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Washington State Estate Planning
If you have the funds and do not want to go to the downtown or MRJC in King County you can ask the Court to approve other alternative jails. (make sure to ask at sentencing hearing) These jails tend to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
My typical DUI case lasts 6-12 months from start to finish. Obviously, this is case by case. Cases that go to Jury trial can last up to 12-18 months. The goal is to get an acceptable resolution no matter how... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
Maybe soon. Current Washington State law is that a fifth DUI within 10 years is a felony. There is a proposal this 2015 legistative session to make a 'fourth DUI a felony. See story http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Bill-would-make-4th-offense-DUI-a-felony-in-Wash-state-289354051.html Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
20 days from the date of your arrest. This can be completed online or by mail. See link to Department of Licensing (DOL). Request DOL Hearing Cost is $375.00. See Mail in Form Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
Yes. Unfornuately, due to recent changes to Washington State Public Disclosure Rules (Supreme Court General Rule 31) alcohol/drug evaluations can be viewed by the public. We are now exploring ways to protect our DUI client's privacy since every DUI requires... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG
Yes. Washington State Court Rule - CrRLJ 7.6 (b) (2) says at your probation violation hearings "the defendant is entitled to be represented by a lawyer and...A lawyer shall be appointed for a defendant financially unable to obtain one." It... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at THE DUISEATTLE.COM BLOG