Bellingham Attorney Aggressively Defends Clients Against Criminal Charges
Experienced criminal defense representation in Northwest Washington State
For over 38 years, Douglas Hyldahl P.S. has been defending clients throughout the Bellingham area who have been charged with crimes. If you have been arrested in Whatcom County, you could be facing life-altering consequences. In addition to fines, incarceration and other harsh penalties, a conviction can impact your reputation in the community as well as your ability to work, own a firearm and vote. I understand what is at stake and, over the decades, I have helped thousands of Washington clients achieve favorable results in criminal cases and can begin working on your defense immediately.
Protecting your rights in felony and misdemeanor cases
Washington, like most states, classifies crimes into either misdemeanors or felonies.
Misdemeanors are less serious crimes, and a conviction carries a maximum $5,000 fine and up to one year in jail. Felonies are the most serious crimes, with potential fines of up to $50,000 and sentences that can run as high as life in prison.
Regardless of the charges you face, my law firm will fiercely protect your rights. I take the time to thoroughly understand your situation so that I can develop the strongest defense possible against the charges you are facing.
Defense against all types of traffic offenses and DUI charges
From an ordinary speeding ticket to a repeat DUI charge, my law firm defends clients against all types of traffic offense allegations. I fight aggressively to help you avoid serious penalties, including license suspension.
In Washington, you can be charged with DUI if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or higher. If you’ve been arrested for DUI in Washington, my firm will fight to minimize the disruption to your life, and can represent you at your Department of Licensing Hearing.
Attorney assists individuals accused of drug crimes
Washington State takes drug crime charges seriously. If convicted, you will face steep fines and possible incarceration. I represent clients in state and federal drug cases involving allegations of:
If the authorities violated your rights at any point during the investigation or arrest, I may be able to get certain evidence ruled as inadmissible or have your charges dropped entirely. When conviction is likely, I also push for entry into a rehabilitation program instead of prison.
Strong legal advocacy in the face of sexual offense charges
The stakes are incredibly high if you’ve been accused of a sex crime. If convicted of a sexual offense in Washington State, you could face serious penalties that include fines, a prison sentence, and having to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. The damage to your reputation and future can be tough to overcome. As an experienced attorney in this area, I fully appreciate the impact of a conviction and zealously defend my clients to the fullest extent of the law.
Contact a Whatcom County criminal defense attorney for a free initial consultation
At Douglas Hyldahl P.S. in Bellingham, I am determined to assert your rights if you’ve been charged with a crime. Please call 360-594-0690 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation.