Horwath Law is quite simply the cream of the crop. The specially selected team is continuously educated in DUI law and trial tactics. Not only are the attorneys of the highest caliber, you can also expect effortless communication. This firm is next generation of attorneys, who answer the phone 24 hours a day, who respond to text messages, and who will never leave you in the dark.


Our firm has over 25 combined years of experience in DUI and Physical Control defense. Our firm’s founder, Attorney Angela Horwath has a 10 out of 10 “Superb” Avvo Rating, and over 50 5-star reviews. Our team of lawyers are chosen and trained by Ms. Horwath to use their extensive knowledge to your advantage. We always offer a free consultation, email, call, or text us if you have questions about your DUI.


IIf this is the first time you have come into contact with the criminal system it can be extremely confusing and overwhelming. Knowledge and communication is the key to feeling comfortable throughout this process. To help our clients understand the process we have put together a detailed flow chart that explains each of the stages of your criminal DUI case.


Horwath Law has received the clients’ choice award for DUI Defense from AVVO for the last five years. We have over 75 FIVE STAR REVIEWS from accredited sites like AVVO and Google. To hear what our clients are saying.

>> Rated in the Top 3 DUI Lawyers for Tacoma, WA


Ms. Horwath has a 96% success rate of obtaining dismissals or amendments to lower charges on first time DUIs, thereby avoiding jail time, reducing financial obligations, and avoiding a license suspension.

Tacoma has some of the toughest laws for DUI offenders. In Washington, you can be charged with Driving Under the Influence if you blow over the limit of .08, if you have marijuana or other drugs (including legal prescriptions) in your system, if you refuse a breath test, or even if your driving is considered impaired. The Tacoma DUI criminal process can be complicated and it is important to have an experienced attorney representing you.

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Angela Horwath is an aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer who routinely helps drivers facing all types of DUIs including:

  • Alcohol DUI
  • Prescription drug DUI
  • Marijuana DUI
  • Refusal DUI
  • Washington Military DUI
  • Under 21 DUI (and Minor in Possession – MIP).

Call us today at 253.620.0033 for a free consultation and see how we can help you.


"Angela was ALWAYS on top of things in the courtroom. Her performance is stellar."

Angela was ALWAYS on top of things in the courtroom. Her performance is stellar. I'd recommend her to anyone, and do.
– Jarrod, DUI Client
"If you need legal help, Angela is the person to choose."
All my questions were answered very promptly. If you need legal help, Angela is the person to choose.
– Arron, DUI Client
"Ms. Horwath is an attorney that truly fights for her client's rights and does not allow them to be abused or infringed on."

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.
– DUI Client, Tacoma


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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Washington License Suspension Lawyer

Both a DUI arrest and a DUI conviction can trigger a license suspension in Washington. This means that you could lose your license even if you have not yet been found guilty of the crime. Once a Tacoma DUI arrest occurs, the Department of Licensing is notified and the process to initiate a license suspension begins. In cases where there was a breath test or a refusal to take a breath test, you must request a hearing with the DMV within 20 days. If a request is not made within that time frame, the license suspension will be automatic. It is crucial to hire an attorney immediately after arrest so that your rights can be protected. An experienced Tacoma DUI attorney can represent you in your hearing with the Department of Licensing and present legal arguments to prevent your license from being suspended. The license suspension for DUI can range from 90 days to several years, depending on the level of alcohol/drugs and prior criminal history.

Criminal Penalties

DUI is a gross misdemeanor in Tacoma and has a maximum sentence of a year in jail. The crime of Driving Under the Influence also has mandatory penalties that the judge must impose if you are convicted. Depending on the level of impairment and criminal history, the mandatory penalties include jail time, electronic home monitoring, drug or alcohol treatment, license suspension, ignition interlock, and fines. Additional penalties could include probation, community service, work crew or restitution.


A qualified Tacoma DUI lawyer can successfully negotiate the reduction or dismissal of a driving under the influence charge. Possible reductions include reckless driving or negligent driving, which do not have mandatory jail time or ignition interlock requirements. An experienced Tacoma DWI attorney can also research and identify potential legal issues that could result in a complete dismissal of the charge.

Ignition Interlock

If you are convicted of a Tacoma DUI charge you will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed and maintained on your vehicle for at least one year. Depending on criminal history, the requirement could be for up to ten years or more. A DUI defense attorney can successfully negotiate a reduction of the charge so that the requirement can be avoided.

Alcohol / Drug Treatment

If you are convicted of an alcohol related driving offense, the court will require that you obtain a chemical dependency evaluation and follow through with any recommended treatment. An attorney can guide you through this process to ensure that you complete the requirements imposed by the court. So don’t wait, contact Horwath Law, DUI attorney Tacoma, today.


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