David Hatch
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Grays Harbor DUI Lawyer

Grays Harbor DUI Lawyer


Attorney David Hatch is an aggressive and successful criminal defensetrial lawyer with extensive experience with DUI cases as well as all serious felony and misdemeanor charges.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE:

Zealous representation at every stage of your case, from pre-arrest consultations through trial, and any subsequent litigation.

DUI:

Driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance is a crime in Washington that can carry serious consequences, beginning with jail, loss of your driving privilege which can lead to loss of employment, costly fines, electronic home monitoring, court ordered alcohol and drug treatment and probation for five years. Representation from David Hatchcan ensure that your rights are respected and protected as we examine the evidence against you and hold the prosecutors to their burden of proof. Remember that you as the accused citizen are presumed innocent and we will work diligently and aggressive to keep it that way. Of course not all cases are meant for jury trial, and when cases are headed for settlement negotiations you want to have experienced trial lawyers advocating for the best possible outcome.

David Hatch Aberdeen Washington DUI Lawyer

David Hatchhas tried so many cases to a Not Guilty verdict that we're starting to lose count, but here is partial list of charges that he has successfully defended against: Murder, Robbery First Degree, Vehicular Homicide (3 strikes you’re out case), Vehicular Assault, Assault Second degree (3 strikes you’re out case), Arson First degree, Theft First degree, Medicaid False Statements (9 counts), Possession with intent to deliver Oxycontin, Unlawful possession of a Firearm, Possession of Methamphetamine, Failure to Registers as a Sex Offender, Residential Burglary, Burglary Second degree, Assault Second degree, Assault on a Police Officer, Assault Third degree, Malicious Mischief Second degree, Custodial Assault of Prison Guards, Assault Fourth degree Domestic Violence, Unlawful Hunting Big Game Second degree, Driving While License Suspended, and of course Driving Under the Influence.

Attorney David Hatchis a 1988 graduate of Brigham Young University, earning a BA there. He later attended the University of Idaho College of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in May of 1991. Mr. Hatch is certified to practice law in Washington and the United States District Court Western District of Washington.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Mr. Hatch has been in practice since 1992 handling an extensive caseload involving both criminal and civil litigation.
  • Mr. Hatch has personally handled in excess of 1,000 felony cases (including 8 Murder Cases) and countless gross misdemeanors and misdemeanors.
  • Mr. Hatch is a Aberdeen Superior Court Commissioner.
  • Mr. Hatch is a Judge Pro-Tem for Aberdeen County District Court One I & II
  • Mr. Hatch is the former Judge for the City of Elma (9+ years).
  • Mr. Hatch is Judge Pro-tem or the former Judge Pro-tem in the following Cities: Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis, Oakville, McCleary, Elma, Montesano, and South Bend.

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Certified to Practice in Washington State
  • Certified to Practice in the United States District Court Western District of Washington (Federal)
  • Admitted Pro Hoc Vice United States District Court Southern District of California (Federal)

EDUCATION:

  • University of Idaho College of Law, Juris Doctor, May 1991
  • Member Idaho Law Review
  • Lead Article Editor Idaho Law Review
  • Member Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity International
  • Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Arts, April 1988
Washington DUI Law Highlights: BAC Levels and Implied Consent (Table 1)
State "Per Se" BAC Level "Zero Tolerance" BAC Level Enhanced Penalty BAC Level "Implied Consent" Law
Washington .08 .02 .15 Yes

DEFINITIONS:

"Per Se" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level As of August 2005, all states have DUI laws that deem "per se intoxicated" any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .08 percent. This means that drivers with a BAC at or above .08 are intoxicated in the eyes of the law, and no additional proof of driving impairment is necessary.

"Zero Tolerance" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level All states carry "zero tolerance" laws that target drivers under the legal drinking age. These laws penalize persons under 21 for operating a vehicle with any trace of alcohol in their systems (a BAC above 0.0), or with negligible BAC levels such as .01 or .02 percent.

"Enhanced Penalty" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level Many states impose harsher penalties on DUI offenders with a particularly high BAC at the time of the offense, typically .15 to .20 percent. DUI offenders with a BAC at or above their state's enhanced penalty standards will likely face additional jail time, harsher fines, and more severe driver's license sanctions.

"Implied Consent" Laws "Implied consent" laws require vehicle drivers to submit to some form of chemical test, such as breath, blood, or urine testing, if suspected of DUI. If a driver refuses to submit to such testing, implied consent laws carry penalties such as mandatory suspension of a driver's license, usually for six months to a year.

Washington DUI Law Highlights: Selected Penalties (Table 2)
State Administrative License Suspension/Revocation (1st/2nd/3rd Offense) Mandatory Alcohol Education and Treatment/Assessment Vehicle Confiscation Possible? Ignition Interlock Device Possible?
Washington 90d/ 2y/ 3y Both 2nd offense Yes

Note: Persons arrested for DUI will be subject to additional criminal law penalties not addressed here -- including jail time, fines, and community service. Such criminal penalties are typically more discretionary than those identified in this chart, and are therefore more difficult to accurately predict. Generally speaking, first-time DUI offenders can expect to incur a fine, and face the possibility of jail time. Repeat DUI offenders will incur harsher fines, and will almost certainly be sentenced to a number of days in jail. Penalties will be harsher still if the DUI offender was involved in an accident in which someone else was injured or killed.

DEFINITIONS:

Administrative License Suspension/Revocation The Administrative License Suspension/Revocation penalties indicated here refer to minimum mandatory penalties imposed on drivers whose BAC is above the state limit for intoxication, or drivers who refuse to submit to BAC testing. Administrative suspension or revocation of a driver's license is usually carried out by a state agency (such as a Department of Motor Vehicles), distinct from any criminal court penalties. Most states impose harsher penalties for second or third DUI offenses, typically defined as those that occur within five years of a prior DUI offense.

Note:the penalties identified here do not include variations for DUI offenders operating commercial vehicles, or drivers who have violated "zero tolerance" and "enhanced penalty" DUI laws (see Table 1). Most states recognize different sanctions for these types of DUI offenses.

Mandatory Alcohol Education and Assessment/Treatment Alcohol education and treatment/assessment penalties for DUI offenders can include mandatory attendance at DUI prevention programs, and assessment of potential alcohol dependency problems. Such programs are often made "conditions" of a suspended sentence or probation, meaning that a DUI offender can avoid jail time and payment of hefty fines if he or she completes participation in the program.

Vehicle Confiscation Vehicle confiscation penalties allow a motor vehicle department or law enforcement agency to seize a DUI offender's vehicle, either permanently or for a set period of time. Such penalties typically apply only to repeat DUI offenders, and often the return of the vehicle requires payment of fines and significant administrative costs.

Ignition Interlock A vehicle ignition interlock breath-testing device measures a vehicle operator's BAC, and will prevent operation of the vehicle if more than a minimal amount of alcohol is detected (i.e. BAC level of .02). DUI offenders will usually be required to pay the costs of installation, rental, and maintenance of an ignition interlock device.

Representing clients in Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties