We believe that a DUI charge should not define who you are or control your future. This may be the first time that you have had to hire a criminal defense attorney, and we understand that you may be scared and troubled by the prospect of going to jail or having a DUI on your record.


If you have been arrested or charged with a crime of Domestic Violence in Pierce County or King County the consequences can be very serious. Even misdemeanor DV charges can result in jail of up to 364 days and fines of up to $5000.


Accusations of Washington State drug crimes are taken very seriously by law enforcement, prosecutors, and the courts. A conviction for a Washington State drug crime will have serious long-term consequences including, but not limited to potential jail time and significant fines.


Property crimes are considered acts of dishonesty, which brings with it unique and expansive consequences, including denial professional licenses, employment opportunities and immigration/deportation issues. Juveniles and students charged with property crimes may face academic consequences that are far reaching.


We have successfully handled all facets of the most complex charges and provide the same dedication and effort into each case. When you hire our firm to represent you, you are investing in superior representation to aid you in your DUI or criminal defense.

If a law enforcement officer suspects, based on their observations, that a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Thurston County they can ask the driver to perform field sobriety tests as well as a portable breath test.

The tests are 100% voluntary and may be the deciding factor as to whether an arrest for Thurston County DUI is made. If the officer collects enough incriminating information to make an arrest for driving under the influence then they inform the individual of their implied consent rights and ask them to perform the blood alcohol concentration test or BAC.

The legal limit for alcohol in Washington is .08. However, a person can be charged with a DUI even if their BAC reading is below .08. Under Washington law, if it can be shown that a person’s driving is effected to an “appreciable degree” by drugs or alcohol then they may be charged and convicted of a DUI.

Upon arrest for Thurston County / Olympia DUI two processes begin, the criminal case and the DOL license suspension case. Washington State’s Department of Licensing automatically suspends the license of individuals arrested for DUI from 90 days to 2 years. In order to prevent the automatic suspension a hearing request must be made within 20 days from the arrest. At the telephonic DOL hearing your Olympia DUI attorney can present evidence, require the officer to testify, and make legal arguments.

The criminal process begins with the arraignment. Appearance at criminal hearings is mandatory and failure to appear at a hearing will result in an arrest warrant being issued. At the initial appearance your DUI attorney attempts to minimize conditions and restrictions that the court may impose such as bail, electronic home monitoring, and ignition interlock devise.


Once you have been pulled over for DUI, the police officer will have either given you notice of a court date or you will await a notice in the mail. In Thurston County District Count the court date is typically given by the arresting officer. This hearing is called your arraignment, where the prosecutor will formally tell you that they are charging you with a crime. The judge may impose certain conditions on you, which are rules that you must follow while you are released (not jail). After your arraignment, a month or so later, there will be a pretrial hearing, to determine what happens next. At this hearing, a few outcomes could occur: 1) another pretrial hearing will be set for further negotiation and investigation; 2) a plea deal could be taken; or 3) the case will be set for trial.

Horwath Law is here to represent you at each hearing from start to finish.


"My Husband DUI Case Was Dismissed..."
     I hired Horwath Law to represent my husband for a DUI case and a year later the case was dismissed because of all their hard work. A DUI case dropped in one if the hardest counties in Washington. Thank you so much for driving all the way down to help us. I recommend everyone to this office. They let us make payments and truly helped us. Thank you to both ladies Kelsey and Hayley.
– Sarah Linne Miller
"Truly Fights for Her Client's Rights..."
Ms. Horwarth is an extremely dedicated, professional and dependable attorney. I found her knowledge and application of the law to be great; likewise, her compassion and dedication in practicing law is evident in her work ethic. Her personal character is high and I found it extremely easy to place my trust in her and found her true to her word. Ms. Horwath is an attorney that truly fights for her client’s rights and does not allow them to be abused or infringed on. I highly recommend Ms. Horwarth for her professionalism, dedication and compassion for the law.
– Michael
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Horwath Law is a great firm to work with. The staff is very knowledgeable and customer orientated. Mrs. Horwath is a very professional attorney that I loved having on my side. Her knowledge of the law was very impressive and her resources seemed endless. I would and will recommend Horwath Law firm to all my family and friends. The outcome of my cases turned out unbelievable all due to Mrs. Horwath's relentless pursuit of my case. I hope I never need to use and attorney again but if I do Horwath Law will be the first and only call I make!
– Brian


Angela Horwath is the owner and lead attorney of Horwath Law. Her career has been dedicated entirely to criminal defense and she has been lead counsel on thousands of criminal cases. Mrs. Horwath maintains excellent relationships with her clients and that is why the majority of Horwath Law’s clients are referrals from previous clients.

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Kelsey Ault is a lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest and received her law degree at Seattle University. She earned her B.A. at Chapman University, graduating with a major in Sociology with a focus on Criminal Justice. Kelsey believes that there are two sides to every story and works diligently to ensure that each client is given a voice.

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Alison Ganem is a compassionate advocate for those accused of a crime. While she works aggressively to represent her clients, she also respects that each of her clients is different, each with different circumstances and stories. She understands the stress and fear the uncertainty of the criminal process can bring to a client and their loved ones…

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Olympia / Thurston County DUI Lawyer Specialties

If convicted of a first time DUI the court imposes mandatory jail time, alcohol/drug treatment, fines, and license suspension. A DUI Attorney will evaluate the case and negotiate with the prosecutor in an attempt to avoid unnecessary sanctions. Ideally, the DUI conviction can be avoided. Many times a competent criminal defense attorney can get the charge amended to a Negligent Driving, Reckless Driving, or Reckless Endangerment charge thereby avoiding jail time, and minimizing a license suspension, and fines.

We specialize in:

  • Olympia, Lacey, Yelm / Thurston County DUI
  • Minor In Possession
  • License Suspension

Our Thurston County Criminal Defense Law Firm also works in the following areas:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Crimes
  • Juvenile Defense
  • Property Crimes
  • Pre-Charging Representation
  • Other Serious Crimes


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