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Fight Your DUI today with DUI Defense Attorney, Michael Harbeson

A DUI or DWI conviction can never ever be expunged from your criminal record. It can become something that you will have to explain to employers or address on applications for the rest of your life. Not only can a DUI conviction lead to driver’s license suspension but can lead to jail time, especially for repeat offenses.

Prior to opening Harbeson Law and serving as a DUI Defense Attorney, Micheal Harbeson prosecuted these cases as a Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Auburn. This experience showed him how these cases are built against you. Micheal uses these insights to better anticipate the actions that the opposing side may take, and build a winning defense strategy.


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What Are the Penalties For DUI in Washington?


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


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


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

Our Approach

Michael Harbeson has over 20 years of experience defending clients in Pierce, King, and Thurston Counties. Throughout this time, he’s worked with these courts to resolve countless criminal issues, which has benefited thousands of 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 DUI can lead to up to 364 days in jail or a $5,000 fine. These are just a few reasons why it is so important to speak with an attorney 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. I am 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.


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.

Call us now to receive your Free DUI case evaluation at (253) 209-6366

Read What The Customers Say About Michael

Michael helped me with a DUI charge and was able to get it reduced to the best-case scenario. The situation turned out exactly like he presumed it would on our initial phone consultation. Michael answered any and all questions I had and communicated very clearly with me what was happening through the whole process. And to top it all off, he was the best price around. I couldn’t be happier with hiring Michael and would recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney

Preston McDonald5 Stars on Google My Business

I have recommended Michael Harbeson to my friends and family for years now. Every time I have had a speeding ticket or hear of a friend who received a DUI I call Michael. He always keeps me informed on where the case stands and delivers results. I highly recommend this lawyer. – Brett – 5 Stars on avvo.com

Michael was so helpful in getting a traffic ticket dismissed for me. He was very prompt, professional and thorough in his communication with me through the whole process. I would recommend Mike’s services to anyone – Jack Lindley – 5 Stars on Google My Business

I retained Mike to represent me in court while facing a DUI in Puyallup Court. He was knowledgeable of the best course of action to avoid a 5-year interlock on my vehicle. I appreciate that he is comfortable with texting, as this is an easy and fast way to communicate simple questions. His fees are reasonable and he knows the folks at the Puyallup Courthouse. I am a local business owner, so it was important to me to ‘buy local.’ According to his peers he is also a great attorney with a great reputation within the law community. Highly recommend! – Jeremy Hamel – 5  Stars on Google My Business

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