First Time Car Buyers

Buying your first car can be a little scary. Jumping at the first car you like is easy to do but there are a few things every new buyer should consider when shopping for a car. When buying your first car check out the easy to use loan resource at to get guaranteed approval for a car loan.


Cost of Ownership

Young drivers with new credit are often wanting to purchase the best car they can get. This is often easy with young credit but not normally the best idea. It is important for new owners to not only think about the monthly cost of the car but the full cost of ownership. Make sure to take into account maintenance costs, insurances and fuel.


Again, it is important to consider other factors than just the cost of the car when making a decision. The car you have chosen may be a great price but what about the maintenance cost is something needs to be fixed. If something does go wrong, how long will it take for the work to be done? Are parts readily available? What about the cost of those parts? Think about the after sales cost of the car, some brands have much higher maintenance costs than others.

Resale Value

For whatever reason, you are most likely going to update your car at some point. And most likely, sell the old car to help pay for the new one. It may not seem important now but when the time comes and you need to sell, a high resale value is important.

When purchasing your new car it is important to think about the resale value for when the time comes. There is no way to figure out the exact resale value but with a little research of the resale value of similar vehicles, you should be able to get a pretty good idea. Popular brands with inexpensive and easy to get spare parts are often high in resale value. Therefore, a great choice for your first car.

Should a person represent themselves in a DUI case?

Lately, I have had several people ask me if they could just represent themselves in a DUI case. Each time I tell them the same thing. You have a legal right to do so, but it is not recommended.

I have been a Seattle DUI Attorney for 5 years. During 4 of those years I worked as a public defender, which means I was in court every single day, dealing with hundreds of clients a month. On occasion I had the opportunity to view people who elected to represent themselves on a DUI charge. Not once did this work to the advantage of the accused. I saw some interesting theories on why they were arrested, but I never saw anyone who actually did this get found not guilty. Consider using the best Seattle DUI attorney when you need the proper defense.

There are many reasons why representing yourself on a DUI charge is not a good idea.

First there are numerous rules that you need to be familiar with. Both rules of evidence, and local court rules. A good DUI defense attorney has spent a significant amount of time familiarizing themselves with these rules, procedures, and court decisions.

Secondly a DUI attorney is going to have the experience that you don’t. Whether it involves knowing the prosecutor, judges, and police officers. Or having the necessary experience in trial. Experience goes a long way in this field.

Lastly there is a science to defending a DUI. An accomplished DUI attorney will understand this science and be able to mount arguments against it. Defending a DUI is not as simple as saying the accused’s ability to drive was not impaired by alcohol. There is a lot more to it than that.

If a person does choose to proceed “pro se” then a Judge will determine whether the defendant is fully aware of their rights, understands that going at this alone will not be a basis for appeal, and they will be held to the same standards as a practicing attorney.

If you are contemplating representing yourself on a Seattle DUI or a Washington State DUI charge, please contact my office immediately. I can certainly help with any questions you may have, and give you my thoughts on how you should proceed. I offer a free 60 minute consultation.

Leyba Defense PLLC
3326 160th Ave SE Ste 215,
Bellevue, WA 98008
(206) 357-8454