Mercer Island Defense Attorney
Experienced, Accessible Assault / Domestic Violence (DV) Defense Attorney & Drunk Driving / DUI Defense Lawyer Serving the Mercer Island, Washington Area
If you’re facing charges for Assault / DV or Drunk Driving / DUI in Mercer Island you may be experiencing a number of undesirable side effects and consequences that can impact you both now and in the future. For over 25 years, Attorney Phil Weinberg of Evergreen Criminal Defense has consistently obtained outstanding results for his clients in and around Mercer Island, Washington. If you need effective legal representation for your Assault / DV, DUI or other criminal charge; Call Evergreen Criminal Defense at (206) 624-1662.
Effective Mercer Island Criminal Defense Attorney
It is crucial that you take action immediately if you’ve been charged – or think you might be charged – with a crime in Mercer Island.
Why should you call Phil?
- Free initial consultation and case evaluation
- Over 25 years of criminal defense experience in Washington
- Personalized service for your unique situation
- A tactful but relentless approach to your case
Don’t delay, call (206) 624-1662 today. Having a dedicated advocate on your side as soon as possible can make a substantial difference in the outcome of your case.
Free Initial Consultation
Have you been charged with Assault / DV, DUI or another crime in Mercer Island? Call Evergreen Criminal Defense at (206) 624-1662 to schedule a free no-risk legal consultation and case evaluation. Attorney Phil Weinberg understands that your situation is unique. He will listen patiently as you describe what happened before offering his honest opinion of how he can help. Phil cares about his clients’ legal rights.
About Mercer Island Courts & Arrests
There are three courts that serve Mercer Island; a Municipal court, District court and Superior court. The city of Issaquah provides jail services for non-felony offenses. Felony offenders are taken to the King County Jail in Seattle.
Mercer Island Municipal Court handles misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, infractions and civil violations. It enforces the Mercer Island City Code (MICC), which is similar (or in some sections identical) to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). If you’re arrested by a Mercer Island Police officer for a crime like Assault / DV or Drunk Driving / DUI, it is likely your case will be heard at Mercer Island Municipal Court.
Mercer Island Municipal Court
9611 SE 36th St.
Mercer Island, WA 98040
The Issaquah District Court is a division of the King County District Court System (East Division). It has jurisdiction over state and King County cases; including Mercer Island arrests for Drunk Driving / DUI or Assault / DV arrests made by a King County Sheriff or Washington State Trooper that result in misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charges are handled by Issaquah District Court.
Issaquah District Court
5415 220th Ave. SE
Issaquah, WA 98029
The Superior Court primarily handles felonies; including Mercer Island felony Drunk Driving / DUI or felony Assault cases.
King County Superior Court
516 Third Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
After being booked into jail, you will appear before a judge on the next court day. Arrestees booked on a Friday night, over the weekend or the day before or day of a legal holiday must wait until the court reopens to appear.
How it works
At the arraignment hearing; the plea you enter should always be “Not Guilty”; regardless of the details and circumstances of your case. At this hearing, prosecutors will often request that the judge require strict release conditions such as bail or an Ignition Interlock Device (in the case of DUI). An experienced Mercer Island defense attorney can frequently avoid these conditions, especially on first-time offenses.
Pretrial Conferences; also called Pretrial Hearings (aka PTR); are the next step. Most cases have several PTR’s before they are resolved or set for trial. If the prosecutor presents an acceptable plea bargain (plea deal), the case can be concluded at a PTR. Throughout this process, your defense attorney will be investigating and gathering any evidence relevant to your case.
If a case is not resolved at a pretrial hearing (“PTR”); your attorney will likely make pretrial motions. Depending on the facts and laws surrounding your case, there are several pretrial motions that can have a significant impact on your defense.
Many cases do not go to trial – a last resort due to risk and cost. You may decide to proceed to trial if, for example, the prosecution has not offered an acceptable plea deal or if a conviction would cause considerable damage to your career or personal life.