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Tacoma’s Trusted DUI Defense Lawyer

Protect Your Future with Michael Harbeson

In Tacoma, a DUI or DWI conviction can leave a lasting, damaging mark on your life. Beyond just legal penalties, it’s a burden you may need to explain to employers, affecting your job and life applications permanently. That’s where Michael Harbeson steps in—not just as a DUI attorney in Tacoma, but as your advocate and ally.

Experience on Your Side

  • Former Prosecutor, Now Fighting for You
  • 24/7 Access to Your Trusted DUI Attorney
  • Proven Success in DUI Defense, DWI Defense, and Drunk Driving Defense
  • Rated 10.0 Superb on Avvo

Defending Your Driving Rights in Washington State

Michael Harbeson’s extensive experience extends beyond Tacoma DUI attorney. As a comprehensive DUI law firm, we represent clients facing DUI (Driving Under the Influence) DWLS (Driving While License Suspended), Hit and Run, Reckless Driving, and Negligent Driving in South King County, Pierce County, and Thurston County. Tacoma DUI lawyers are your best defense strategy in Pierce County.

Clear and Consistent Communication

Your case doesn’t just matter to you—it matters to us. Our clients are updated regularly, every step of the way. From the initial consultation until resolution, Michael Harbeson is a Tacoma DUI attorney who stands with you when you need him the most, offering step-by-step guidance to best resolve your matter.

The Serious Consequences of a DUI Conviction

In Tacoma and throughout Pierce County, a DUI conviction can lead to up to 364 days in jail or a $5,000 fine. With stakes this high, don’t face your battle alone—reach out to a trusted, empathetic Tacoma DUI Lawyer who understands your struggle.

Avoid License Suspension: Act Fast and Wisely With A DUI Lawyer

In Tacoma and Pierce County, nearly all DUI or DWI cases prompt a license suspension or revocation 60 days post-arrest. This is why Michael Harbeson, your dedicated Tacoma DUI attorney, stresses the importance of contesting this suspension quickly. Having skilled legal representation during this time can be invaluable, and Michael Harbeson has your back.

Expert DUI Defense and Related Charges

With over 20 years defending clients in Tacoma, Pierce County, King, and Thurston Counties, Michael Harbeson has an exceptional DUI defense track record of reducing fines and jail sentences for thousands of clients. He’s not just a Tacoma DUI lawyer—he’s a trusted advocate giving countless first-time offenders a valuable second chance.

What Are the Penalties For DUI in Washington State?

1ST OFFENSE

  • Jail : 24 hours to 1 year
  • Fines and Penalties : $940.50 to $5,000
  • License Suspension : 90 days
  • *IID Required : Yes

2ND OFFENSE

  • Jail : 24 hours to 1 year
  • Fines and Penalties : $940.50 to $5,000
  • License Suspension : 90 days
  • *IID Required : Yes

3RD OFFENSE

  • Jail : 90 days to 1 year
  • Fines and Penalties : 2,045.50 to $5,000
  • License Suspension : 3 years
  • *IID Required : Yes

FAQ

Persons who hold a Commercial Driver’s license will have their CDL disqualified for one year if the Department of Licensing suspends their license for a DUI or Physical Control arrest, even if the person was driving a non-commercial vehicle. Such a person will be disqualified for a lifetime from driving a commercial vehicle if DOL suspends their license on a second offense

First-time DUI offenses are usually categorized as Gross Misdemeanors. Repeated DUIs and/or DUIs committed in conjunction with other acts may be categorized as felonies. If convicted of a Gross Misdemeanor a person may serve a minimum of one day in jail and a maximum of 364 days. The minimum jail time increases where there are prior offenses, where the test result is .15 or higher, or where the test was refused.

  • Do not make any admissions.
  • Do assert your rights to counsel immediately.
  • Do not submit to any tests without first speaking with your attorney.
  • Do not consent to any search of your person or property without first speaking with an attorney.
  • If your attorney is unavailable, ask to speak with the public defender.
  • Always be respectful. Law enforcement will try and make a record of everything you do or say.

FAQ

What happens if I have a CDL?

Persons who hold a Commercial Driver’s license will have their CDL disqualified for one year if the Department of Licensing suspends their license for a DUI or Physical Control arrest, even if the person was driving a non-commercial vehicle. Such a person will be disqualified for a lifetime from driving a commercial vehicle if DOL suspends their license on a second offense

What Is a DUI Offense?

First-time DUI offenses are usually categorized as Gross Misdemeanors. Repeated DUIs and/or DUIs committed in conjunction with other acts may be categorized as felonies. If convicted of a Gross Misdemeanor a person may serve a minimum of one day in jail and a maximum of 364 days. The minimum jail time increases where there are prior offenses, where the test result is .15 or higher, or where the test was refused.

You’ve Been Arrested For a DUI in Washington, Now What?

  • Do not make any admissions.
  • Do assert your rights to counsel immediately.
  • Do not submit to any tests without first speaking with your attorney.
  • Do not consent to any search of your person or property without first speaking with an attorney.
  • If your attorney is unavailable, ask to speak with the public defender.
  • Always be respectful. Law enforcement will try and make a record of everything you do or say.

Our Approach

Michael Harbeson is a criminal defense attorney with over 20 years of as a DUI defense lawyer Tacoma, as well as, in Pierce County, King County, and Thurston County. Throughout this time, he’s worked with these courts to resolve countless criminal issues, which has benefited thousands of Washington state clients in terms of reduced fines and jail sentences and benefited these communities in terms of thousands of first-time offenders who have made the most of second chances.

A conviction for a Washington DUI can lead to up to 364 days in jail or a $5,000 fine. This is why it is so important to speak with a DUI lawyer before making any decisions that can lead to these lifetime hurdles.

Communication is key in putting together any sound criminal defense, this is why my clients will be updated regularly throughout each step of my representation. From the first consultation until we resolve the matter, and in most instances, well afterward , my clients know that I am there for them when they need me. My law office is here to provide step-by-step guidance on how to best resolve their matter.

In almost all cases, sixty days following the arrest (except in blood test cases) the Department of Licensing will suspend or revoke the person’s driver’s license. This is why it is important that a person requests a hearing to contest the suspension soon after the arrest. It is critical that the hearing be requested in a timely manner or it may be waived. Few people realize how valuable it can be to have legal representation during this process. Especially in Pierce County, a Tacoma DUI lawyer is very important.

Call Michael Harbeson now for your Free DUI case evaluation at (253) 523-3063

Call us at (253) 523-3063

Send us an Email: info@harbesonlaw.com