Anacortes Criminal Defense

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If you are facing criminal charges in Anacortes, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. You need someone who has experience handling criminal cases in Anacortes, has strong relationships with Anacortes prosecutors, is familiar with the local judges, and understands the unique processes and procedures at the Anacortes Municipal Court.

Your Defense Against Anacortes Criminal ChargesAnacortes criminal defense lawyer Justin Campbell has been defending people accused of having committed crimes in Anacortes since 2014, and Washington State since 2009. He knows the prosecutors and staff at the Anacortes Municipal Court, and has practiced extensively before the judges who preside there.

Your Defense Against Anacortes Criminal Charges

If you have been charged with a crime in Anacortes, you may be wondering, “Are there any criminal defense lawyers near me?” Look no further. The Campbell Law Firm is here to help.

The Anacortes Municipal Court hears vehicular crimes such as those involving DUI, Negligent Driving 1, Reckless Driving, Driving with a Suspended License, and other criminal traffic violations. The court also hears non-traffic criminal cases involving Assault 4, Theft 3, Disorderly Conduct, and Criminal Trespass, as well as traffic infractions such as speeding, failure to obey a traffic device, no valid operator’s license, and no insurance.

The Anacortes Municipal Court, also known as the “Eugene Anderson Municipal Court,” is located at 1218 24th Street on the corner of 24th Street and M Avenue, inside the Police Department Building. It is directly across the street from Island Hospital and Anacortes Middle School. Parking is accessible from 24th Street.

The Anacortes criminal court pretrial calendar is held on two Thursdays per month. Proceedings are overseen by Skagit County District Court judges who are familiar with the lawyers that regularly handle criminal cases in Anacortes and throughout Skagit County.

If you have a pending case, you can search court records to find your court date.

Call The Campbell Law Firm for Anacortes Criminal Defense

Anacortes criminal defense lawyer Justin Campbell has been defending people facing criminal charges in Anacortes since 2014, and Washington State since 2009. He represents people who have been accused of all manner of criminal charges that are filed in the Anacortes Municipal Court, including misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, traffic violations, and non-traffic criminal cases such as assault, theft, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespass.

Justin Campbell has a keen attention for detail and prepares every case as if it is going to trial. After your initial meeting, attorney Campbell will gather and evaluate all the evidence. He will explore procedural issues that may be helpful to your case, challenge the evidence through motions to suppress, and prepare your case for trial.

All too often the government decides to prosecute a case without having all of the evidence. Through thorough preparation and zealous advocacy, attorney Campbell will try to negotiate a resolution of the case on your behalf. In some cases, this is outright dismissal of the charges, while in others it involves a significant reduction of the charges.

Anacortes DUI Lawyers Near Me: DUI Charges

Washington DUI charges are serious. Conviction carries severe penalties, including up to 364 days in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both. Additional penalties may include:

  • Suspension of your driver’s license
  • Mandatory installation of an Ignition Interlock Device
  • Evaluation for chemical dependency
  • Prohibition from traveling to Canada

State Route 20 is the major highway in and out of Anacortes. It is heavily patrolled by both Washington State Patrol and Skagit County Sheriff's deputies. Once you enter Anacortes city limits, the Anacortes Police Department takes over.

Anacortes is also a homeport for the Washington State Ferry, which offers service throughout Puget Sound to Lopez Island, Shaw Island, Orcas Island, and San Juan Island. The ferry also provides access to Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. International travelers who have been charged with a DUI in Anacortes should beware - if you are convicted of a DUI in the United States, you could be prohibited from entering Canada for 10 years.

Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Defense in Anacortes

If a law enforcement officer believes you were operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you can be charged with Boating Under the Influence (BUI). BUI is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 364 days in jail.

If you refuse to submit to a breath test you can be charged with a Class 1 Civil Infraction that carries a maximum penalty of $1,000. Unlike a DUI there is no license suspension for BUI, but you may be subject to a hearing before the USCG where you would face significant fines.

Anacortes Marijuana DUI Defense

If you are operating a motor vehicle or a boat while under the influence of marijuana in Anacortes, you can be charged with a DUI. Even though Washington has legalized marijuana use, it is still illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. You can be charged with a marijuana DUI if you operate a motor vehicle with a THC content of 5 nanograms per milliliter of whole blood or if your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is impaired to an appreciable degree.

Penalties for a marijuana DUI are the same as if you were convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Campbell Law Firm — Conveniently Located Near the Anacortes Municipal Courthouse

With offices just a few blocks north of the courthouse, attorney Justin Campbell has easy access to the Anacortes Municipal Court. His office is located at 1101 8th Street, on the corner of O Avenue and 8th Street. He is one block west of the Anacortes Licensing Department, and diagonally across the street from Wells Fargo. If you are approaching from the West, his office is one block East of Causland Memorial Park.

The Campbell Law Firm — The Criminal & DUI Defense Lawyers Near Me, Serving Anacortes

Attorney Justin Campbell has been defending people charged with crimes in Anacortes since 2014, and Washington State since 2009. If you are facing criminal charges in Anacortes Municipal Court, contact the Campbell Law Firm today to schedule a free 90-minute consultation to discuss your case.