About DUI Attorney Jonathan Rands

Jonathan Rands is a DUI attorney in Bellingham, WA. His practice focuses solely on DUI defense — both drug and alcohol based, as well as other alcohol-related crimes, such as minor DUI, minor in possession of alcohol, felony DUI by way of priors, or vehicular assault, and the most difficult case of all, vehicular homicide. Defending people charged with widely detested crimes — such as DUI — became a passion for him as the system does not respect citizens’ rights. When Jonathan is defending someone in court, he is not only protecting them and their freedom but the freedoms and rights of everyone living in this state and nation.

Jonathan is also currently serving as a Judge Pro Tem (temporary judge) at the Bellingham Municipal Court.

Practice Locations

Jonathan practices regularly in every District and Municipal Court in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Northern Snohomish Counties. He is well respected by Judges and Prosecutors alike, and it is not unusual for other DUI attorneys in every area Jonathan is established in, to turn to Jonathan for help, guidance, and creative solutions and collaborations in their own DUI cases.


Jonathan is qualified under National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards to administer roadside sobriety tests. Jonathan is also A.R.I.D.E qualified. Knowledge of these tests is critical in defending citizens charged with DUI- Alcohol and DUI-Drugs. Jonathan regularly discusses DUI topics on KGMI's "The Legal Docket" and publishes monthly blog posts on legal topics. He was also a contributing writer for the third edition of a DUI textbook for fellow lawyers: Defending DUIs in Washington. In addition, he has been called upon to lecture both Washington State attorneys and judges about how to defend and handle DUI cases.


Completing his undergrad studies in criminology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and law school at Seattle University School of Law, Jonathan's unique education and current proximity to the Canadian border has also allowed him to create a sub-specialization of immigration consequences for DUI and alcohol related convictions with respect to Canadian Immigration. Jonathan regularly educates other Washington attorneys with respect to DUI immigration consequences specifically regarding travel to Canada.

Jonathan Rands in his office

Beyond the Nine to Five

Outside of client work, Jonathan has his own passions and hobbies that he tends to – like being outdoors running marathons or snowboarding, acquiring certifications, or volunteering with the Whatcom Humane Society.

Whatcom Humane Society Fundraiser

Whatcom Humane Society Fundraiser

Harvard Law Summer Session on DUI Law

Harvard Law Summer Session on DUI Law

Fairhaven Runners 15k

Fairhaven Runners 15k

Awards + Certifications + Published Work

Year Award / Certification / Publication Organization
2020 2020 Washington Super Lawyers List Super Lawyers
2020  Judge Pro Tem Bellingham Municipal Court
2015  Forensic Principles of DUI-D Axion Labs
2015 DUIDLA National Conference Speaker: The DUI-Drug Defense Roadmap DUI Defense Lawyers Association
2015 Became a DUIDLA Ambassador DUI Defense Lawyers Association
2015 Became a DUIDLA Faculty Member DUI Defense Lawyers Association
2015 Winter Seminar Completion DUI Defense Lawyers Association
2014 Hands-On Forensic Drug Analysis IV Axion Labs
2014 Helped to Found DUIDLA DUI Defense Lawyers Association
2013 Top 40 Under 40 The National Trial Lawyers
2013 Super Lawyer Rising Star 2013 Law & Politics Magazine
2012 Best Legal Website Finalist Stevie® Awards
2012 10.0 Superb 100+ Client Reviews Avvo
2012 Super Lawyer Rising Star 2012 Law & Politics Magazine
2012 Hands-On Gas Chromatography (GC) Fundamentals Axion Labs
2012 Advance Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Course La Pier & Associates, NHTSA, IACP
2012 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests La Pier & Associates, NHTSA
2011 Super Lawyer Rising Star 2011 Law & Politics Magazine
2011 AWB Community Service Award Association of Washington Business
2010 The DRE Process: Drug Evaluation Classification Program La Pier & Associates, NHTSA
2010 Super Lawyer Rising Star 2010 Law & Politics Magazine
2009 Super Lawyer Rising Star 2009 Law & Politics Magazine
2008 Forensic Toxicology Toxicology Labs Inc
2007 Super Lawyer Rising Star 2007 Law & Politics Magazine
2007 Mastering Scientific Evidence National College of DUI Defense
2007 Completion of the Jury Insight Project National College of DUI Defense
2007 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests: Qualified Administrator La Pier & Associates, NHTSA
2006 Beating DUI's with Science National College of DUI Defense
2006 Harvard Summer Session National College of DUI Defense
2006 Super Lawyer Rising Star 2006 Law & Politics Magazine

* The "Rising Star" award is given by Law and Politics Magazine to attorneys who have distinguished themselves, are under 40 years old, and have been in practice ten years or less.


Jonathan is a proud sponsor of the following organizations and numerous other local non-profit organizations serving the community.

Whatcom Humane Society
Boys & Girls Club
Burned Children Recovery Foundation
St. Joseph's Hospital
Brigid Collins