Randle, Washington Criminal Lawyers

Michael Harbeson
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Puyallup, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(253) 209-6366 105 W Main Avenue
Suite B117
Puyallup, WA 98371
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
Gonzaga University School of Law
I have been a local resident of Pierce County for over 40 years and have strong ties with the local community. I am the proud father of two daughters and maintain active ties with my local church and community. Upon graduation from Seattle University in 1993, I decided to become a trial attorney. At the age of 25 years, I graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law and have been a successful trial attorney ever since. My experiences include being a former prosecutor with King County and the City of Auburn. I have successfully...
Mr. John William Fuhrman
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Puyallup, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(253) 848-7788 112 West Meeker
Puyallup, WA 98371
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Military
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
John grew up in Pierce County and has been practicing law in Puyallup since he began his career back in 1993. John has become well respected in his community for his legal knowledge and exemplary client service. Most of John's clients come to him by way of referrals from community members and former clients. A former Field Artillery officer in the Washington Army National Guard, John commanded a unit in Baghdad, Iraq from February 2004 through March of 2005 where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
Enumclaw, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(360) 825-1289 2010 Park St
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Criminal, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Bonney Lake, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(253) 863-3366 8910 184th Ave E
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Criminal, Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Puyallup, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(253) 770-8122 122 E Stewart Ave
Puyallup, WA 98372
Criminal and Personal Injury
Puyallup, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(253) 864-3061 1011 E Main
Puyallup, WA 98372
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Puyallup, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(253) 845-2711 803 39th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98373
Criminal, Business, Employment and Estate Planning
Puyallup, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(253) 841-2382 112 W Meeker
Puyallup, WA 98371
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Elder
Puyallup, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(253) 840-0288 3708 14th St Pl SW
Puyallup, WA 98373
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
Puyallup, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(253) 840-5266 112 3rd St SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
Criminal, Divorce, Employment and Family
Enumclaw, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(360) 825-3757 1837 Cole St
Ste B
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Criminal, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Cristine Beckwith
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(253) 238-8273 1115 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationTacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Gonzaga University School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Cristine Beckwith is a compassionate defender that will give you an honest assessment of your case. She can almost always uncover evidence that works in her client's favor, resulting in a case dismissal or significantly reduced charges.

Even if incriminating statements or an admission of guilt has been made to law enforcement, hope is not lost. A strong defense combined with a positive history in the community can still result in a favorable outcome.

Cristine is rated 10/10 by the Avvo lawyer rating service. She offers a reasonable flat fee pricing structure as well as a free consultation.
Linda Medeiros Callahan
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(253) 336-5576 1107 Tacoma Ave S.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Personal Injury
University of Notre Dame
At Callahan Law, we are inspired to give our clients the peace of mind and confidence that only experience, skill and knowledge can provide. We are dedicated to extraordinary service and to aggressive, innovative advocacy, seeking the winning strategies necessary for every client's case.
David Nelson Jolly
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Everett, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(425) 493-1115 2731 Wetmore Avenue
#401
Everett, WA 98201
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Northern Illinois University
I have been practicing law in Western Washington since 1997. Since my first day of practice my area of emphasis has been DUI law. My first few years of practice were as a Prosecuting Attorney then in 2001 I moved to private practice representing those accused of the crime. Since 2004 I have only practiced this DUI and Criminal Defense. My knowledge in this area is immense and has been helped by my work in completing a total of 20 DUI books including, "The DUI Handbook for the Accused" in 2007. I have two more...
Ryan Witt
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(253) 312-3838 5800 Soundview Drive
Bldg C Suite 103
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Free ConsultationGig Harbor, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Gonzaga University School of Law
My philosophy in all cases is that there can be no fair resolution without a thorough review of each and every detail in a case. You can learn more about how I dissect a criminal case on my blog (located on our website) where I detail some of the methods I use to analyze how your defense will take shape. In my 16 years of trial experience as a felony-level prosecutor and a defense attorney, it is rare that the court documents accurately provide the Judge and the Prosecutor the true account of the situation. For me, every client must...
Nadine Bertman
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(206) 855-3964 101 Yesler Way, Suite 603
Seattle, WA 98104
Free ConsultationSeattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Seattle University School of Law
Nadine Bertman is a criminal defense attorney in Seattle, Washington. She is a managing attorney at Beckwith Law.

At Avvo.com she is rated a 10/10 and has over 50 client reviews. Nadine is accessible to clients and has a history of generating favorable outcomes in difficult cases.
Angela Horwath
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(253) 620-0033 117 Tacoma Ave S.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Seattle University School of Law
Angela Horwath is the owner of a 3 attorney firm that represents clients charged with crimes. She has successfully represented 1000s of clients in Washington and has a 10/10 rating on avvo. She is well liked by her clients and nearly 50 clients have provided online reviews of Ms. Horwath.
Carrie Fulton-Brown
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(253) 753-1941 1201 Pacific Ave Ste C7
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationTacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
Criminal and Domestic Violence
Seattle University School of Law and University of Washington - Bothell campus
My career as an elite criminal trial lawyer has focused on defending good people. When facing allegations of sexual crimes, domestic violence and felonies and misdemeanors. These types of cases are high-stakes and emotional. Of course, these allegations have a devastating impact on the accused if not handled correctly.

I understand that being charged with a crime is beyond stressful. As such, I strive to explain each step of the case. More importantly, I give each client a road map to getting their life back.

Without exception, I promise that when you hire me, I...
Stephen Grant
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(253) 366-5576 ** Ask about our pay in full discount and payment plans **
1107 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Gonzaga University School of Law
Stephen Grant has always known that he wanted to be a lawyer. As a young boy growing up in Everett, he was fascinated with the idea of becoming a lawyer and helping those in need.

He completed his law studies at Gonzaga University School of Law, where he also completed his undergraduate studies in political science. After passing his bar exam, he turned his attention to the areas of criminal defense and personal injury.

When handling DUI cases, he overlooks no detail when searching for the strongest defense route. He works hard to deliver legal representation of the highest caliber....
Emily M. Gause
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Tukwila, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(206) 660-8775 130 Andover Park East, Suite 300
Tukwila, WA 98188
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Juvenile
Seattle University School of Law and Washington State University
Recognized as an aggressive defender who gets impressive results in serious cases, Emily M. Gause is committed to compassionate representation, working with clients to devise an investigation plan and craft the most effective defense strategy. She defends people charged with serious felonies in state and federal courts across the State of Washington. Ms. Gause has overturned convictions in the Washington State Court of Appeals and obtained many favorable results in felony trials. She has carved an impressive reputation in the criminal defense legal community as a rising star.

After graduating with a degree in criminal justice from Washington...
Gregory Wayne Schwesinger
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(206) 293-9590 Harborscape Professional Bldg
1524 Alaskan Way, Ste 110
Seattle, WA 98101
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Willamette University College of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Following a successful career as a Judge Advocate and subsequently as a Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Seattle, I chose to enter the private sector and represent those who unfortunately find themselves charged with a crime. I have handled hundreds of criminal cases throughout my career. I represent my clients zealously and with an abundance of compassion and care, and I continue to look forward to the challenge of serving those who find themselves in need of my professional services.
David L. Donnan
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(877) 264-1591 200 Broadway
#301
Seattle, WA 98122
Criminal, Appeals and Juvenile
California Western School of Law
David Donnan is an experienced advocate who has successfully represented clients in the trial and appellate courts of Washington and California. David’s success in the state and federal courts over the past 30 years has been a testament to the skills and insight he can provide in your legal representation. As a result, David was recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2006 by Washington Law & Politics and as an Outstanding Mentor in 2011 by the King County Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division.

David previously served as the Executive Director of the Washington Appellate Project, one of the leading appellate public...
Shane McKinnie
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(206) 395-9175 119 1st Ave S
Suite 310
Seattle, WA 98104
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Military and Traffic Tickets
Seattle University School of Law
Attorney Shane McKinnie is a former criminal prosecutor, and has experience working for both large and small law firms in the Seattle area. Shane approaches his cases from a practical perpective and above all, seeks to help his clients solve their problems in the way that best suits their circumstances and desires.
Shane is a fourth-generation Washingtonian and military veteran. He grew up in Snohomish County and attended Washington State University where he was a member of the Honors College and president of a fraternity. Shortly after graduating from WSU, he attended Navy Officer Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned as...
Timothy Healy
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(253) 785-9944 10116 36th Ave St Ct SW, Ste 310
Lakewood, WA 98499
Free ConsultationLakewood, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
Criminal, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Seattle University School of Law
We are a winning criminal defense firm with over twenty years of experience successfully representing clients charged with all types of criminal offenses. We have helped numerous clients avoid conviction and incarceration and are proud of our consistent record of success. Our success stories include multiple cases of dismissals and not guilty verdicts on behalf of our clients. We pride ourselves on our ability to save people's freedom, and even lives.

While we are often proud of our system of justice, at times we are shocked when people aren't defended well. Things happen quickly in a courtroom....
Megan M. Dunn
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Bellevue, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(425) 643-1606 1606 148th Ave SE
Suite 200
Bellevue, WA 98007
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
As a criminal defense attorney, Megan is an aggressive and compassionate advocate for all of her clients. Megan Powers attended the Walter F. Georgia School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, GA. Before law school, she attained her Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. This combination of degrees gives Megan a unique perspective when advocating for her clients. At Mercer, she was the president of the Association of Women Law Students as well as the Vice Chair of Mock Trial for the Mercer Advocacy Council. Competing in the National Trial Competition is where she honed her oral argument...
Courtney James Will
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(206) 209-5585 701 5th Ave. #3510
Seattle, WA 98104
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Court was born and raised in Tacoma and has had an interest in the legal system ever since he can remember. While he always knew he would ultimately make his home in the Pacific Northwest, the draw of the sun and surf beckoned him to Southern California where he completed his undergraduate and law degree at Pepperdine University. Following internships at multiple Prosecutor’s offices, the FBI, and the United States Attorney’s Offices, Court initially decided to stay in Southern California after school and cut his teeth as a criminal defense attorney in the trenches of the most overburdened...
Elizabeth A. Arwood
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Vancouver, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(360) 693-8471 1101 Broadway Street, Suite 250
Vancouver, WA 98660
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Gonzaga University School of Law
Elizabeth is an experienced litigator and practitioner in the areas of juvenile law, family law, business law and criminal defense. Within the area of family law, she has represented clients in parenting and child support, parentage, nonparental custody, dissolution, modification, and adoption cases. Within juvenile law, Elizabeth has experience with Becca Bill cases (Truancy, At Risk Youth, and Children In Need of Services), representation of youth in juvenile dependency proceedings, and juvenile offender matters. She has successfully resolved many criminal matters including domestic violence cases, assault, DUI, MIP (minor in possession), violations of the Vancouver Municipal Code, unlawful camping, trespass,...
Michelle Dellino
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(206) 659-6839 4130 1st Ave S.
Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98134
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Seattle University School of Law and Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Devoted. Prepared. Accessible. Compassionate. Michelle Dellino is the managing attorney at Dellino Law Group. At Dellino Law Group our practice is results oriented and heavily focused on both preparing an aggressive defense right away and client communication. We provide non-judgmental and efficient representation with an emphasis on achieving client goals through immediate problem solving.
Andrew Schwarz
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(206) 622-9909 2601 fourth ave
suite 470
Seattle, WA 98121
Criminal, Family, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
Seattle University
As a founder and principle of the Schwarz~Garrison Law Firm I am committed to providing the highest quality representation to our clients. We listen to our clients and we pursue their goals tenaciously. Recent Verdicts: State v. Gipson: Assault Charge: Not Guilty, Self Defense: $256,000 in fees and costs reimbursed to client by the court following verdict. Dunakin v. Ronngren: Dog Bite: $229,015.73 jury verdict for plaintiff. Rollins and Hendershot v. King County Metro: Assault on Metro Bus: $250,000 Jury Verdict for plaintiffs, On appeal, plaintiffs were able...
Jeffrey Veitch
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(425) 452-1600 2122 112th Ave NE, Suite A200
Bellevue, WA 98004
Bellevue, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Capital University Law School
Jeffrey Veitch, Esquire named a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Jeff has previously been honored with the distinction of being named a "Rising Star" by Law & Politics magazine on several occasions and has also been recognized by Law & Politics magazine in its "Who's Who in Criminal Defense & DUI/DWI Law" edition every year since 2007. Jeff has also achieved a 10/10 Superb rating from AVVO.COM, an independent attorney rating service and was also Selected as a "Top 100" Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. Jeff has been the author of...
Charles Henry Williams
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(877) 373-0835 707 S. Snoqualmie St., Ste. 4A
Seattle, WA 98108-1700
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Seattle University
After obtaining his law degree (Seattle University) and serving for four years as an administrative law judge, Charles started his own law firm in Olympia and worked in a number of areas of law. Eventually he limited his practice to criminal defense.   In 2010 he moved his law practice to Seattle. In the course of his career as a criminal-defense lawyer, Charles has successfully defended persons accused of everything from homicide, sex, firearm and drug charges to DV assault and DUI.  He has also served as a pro tem judge in juvenile and district courts. And he...
Jeremy Aaron Morris
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Port Orchard, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(360) 519-3500 569 Division Street
Suite 320
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Criminal, Administrative, Appeals and Personal Injury
Lewis & Clark Law School
I have been licensed to practice law in Washington since 1998. After years as a deputy prosecutor and appellate attorney, I now focus my practice on personal injury litigation.
I specialize in making sure my clients receive the maximum possible compensation from their personal injury cases. If you have been hurt as a result of someone else's negligence, I would be happy to talk to you about how we can help.
Martha A McLaughlin
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
711 St Helens Ave Ste 209
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Seattle University School of Law
I graduated Seattle University School of law and immediately began working at the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office. After two years with the Prosecutor's Office, I joined Durflinger Oliver & Associates where I help those who have been accused of committing crimes. I have handled thousands of cases ranging from domestic violence to DUI's. I have helped hundreds of clients keep or restore their driving privileges by prevailing in administrative hearings with the the Department of Licensing. I have also helped many clients vacate felony and misdemeanor convictions and restore their firearm rights. My previous experience as a prosecutor...
Alex Thomason
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(206) 262-7900 701 5th Avenue Suite 4200
Seattle, WA 98104
Criminal, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Seattle University School of Law
Alex grew up on his family’s apple farm in Brewster, Washington. He learned every trade required to run a farm, but specialized in being the certified “gopher.” Alex graduated from high school ranked 2nd in the nation and top 25 in the World for his age in downhill ski racing. Alex studied at Jerusalem University in Israel, completed undergraduate studies from Seattle Pacific University, and finished his legal education at Seattle University School of Law where he was the Graduation Speaker. Alex learned trial skills by working as a Prosecutor for King...
Andrea R. Kim
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Tukwila, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(206) 660-8775 130 Andover Park East
Suite 300
Tukwila, WA 98188
Criminal, DUI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
Seattle University School of Law
I knew that I was destined to be a criminal defense attorney at seven years old when my mother told me that I should be a lawyer because I argue so much. Throughout my life, I watched people I loved get chewed up and spit out by the criminal justice system and that cemented my passion for defending those accused of crimes in our complicated court system.

I studied Political Science and Criminal Justice at Washington State University. I then attended Seattle University School of Law to fulfill my dreams of becoming a criminal defense attorney. During law school I interned...
Brian Ashbach
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Mill Creek, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(888) 925-2969 15117 Main St.
Suite #208
Mill Creek, WA 98012
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Seattle University School of Law
Brian’s legal career started at the Snohomish County Public Defender’s Association, representing juveniles charged with crimes. After that position, he worked for one of the most successful personal injury attorneys in Montana. Brian now focuses primarily on criminal defense, using his skills and experience to aggressively represent those being prosecuted by various governmental agencies. Brian is a successful trial attorney, and has represented clients charged with crimes including assault, domestic violence, drug charges, DUI, theft and more. He has been referred cases by prosecutors, judges and other attorneys due to his reputation in the field of criminal defense.
James H. Curtis
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Tacoma , WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(253) 327-1063 1216 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Suite 1
Tacoma , WA 98405
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
University of Washington School of Law
With over ten years' worth of work as a prosecutor, extensive legal research and writing experience, and a demonstrated commitment to community service and outreach, James Curtis is the attorney you need in the Tacoma, WA, area.

James Curtis received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 2005. For the next few years he worked in Seattle in several firms where he gained experience in legal research and writing, drafting motions, conducting interviews and depositions, and case evaluation. In 2007 he began working as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Pierce County (Tacoma). He has conducted...
Sharon Elizabeth Chirichillo
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Olympia, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(360) 943-8999 1801 West Bay Dr NW
Suite 207
Olympia, WA 98502
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Juvenile
Seattle University School of Law
An effective defense requires a good relationship between you and your attorney. When I meet with a client for the first time, usually he or she is scared & humiliated of being accused of a crime. Entrusting me along with my staff is a calling I take to heart. Together we navigate our client through the tedious and exacting criminal justice system. We care for a client's best outcome. Our firm is dedicated to the aggressive defense of dui and other serious traffic matters such as reckless driving charges, negligent driving offenses, and driving with a suspended license. Prosecutors and police...
Stryder J. Wegener
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(206) 973-0407 100 W Harrison St Ste N440
Seattle, WA 98119
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Seattle University School of Law
After law school, Stryder worked at the YWCA of Pierce County in the legal services department, where he represented primarily Spanish speaking victims of domestic violence in matters ranging from criminal hearings to protection orders and dissolutions.

These experiences fostered Stryder’s perspective on how cases are practically handled and instilled a deep appreciation that everyone deserves responsive and aggressive legal representation. This guided him to establish Emerald City Law Group, which is dedicated to protecting people’s rights. With a unique focus on listening to our clients and fostering real, lasting relationships, attorney Wegener and every member of our firm is committed...
Sarah Lowell
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Redmond, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(425) 885-7500 8201 164th Ave. NE #200
Redmond, WA 98052
Free ConsultationCriminal and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Born in Texas, Sarah and her family moved to Washington when she was 7 years old to be closer to their family. Growing up in Woodinville, she attended Woodinville High School where she met her high school sweetheart, Josh. They graduated high school and attended the University of Washington together. After three short years, both headed straight to Seattle University School of Law.

Throughout law school, Sarah worked at the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in the Sexually Violent Predators unit and Special Assault unit. She also worked as a Rule 9 intern in the Juvenile Division for a summer and...
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Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.