Seattle Criminal Lawyers

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What should I do if I’ve been arrested for a crime in Seattle?

Even if you believe you are innocent, it is critical to reach out to a Seattle criminal defense attorney. Speaking to law enforcement without having a lawyer present to advise you can result in errors, criminal charges, and even conviction for crimes you may not have committed.

Many people erroneously believe that if they haven’t done anything wrong, they can’t get in trouble with the law. While it is true that every individual is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, do not underestimate the ability of law enforcement to find and prosecute a case. Sometimes it is their way of getting to someone else who did commit a crime, or it could be the result of an honest mistake. Either way, you should have a Seattle criminal defense lawyer on your side.

In Washington, as in other jurisdictions, the government has the burden of proving every element of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. “Reasonable doubt” must be fair and honest doubt arising from the evidence or lack of evidence presented at trial. In other words, the doubt must stem from logic and common sense after careful consideration of all the facts of the case.

What are some examples of defenses to criminal charges?

A skilled Seattle criminal defense lawyer will have a strong understand of the full range of defenses that may be applicable in your case. For example, you may be able to assert a self-defense claim to an assault charge. Other possible defenses to a crime might include entrapment, impossibility, mistake, intoxication, duress, or necessity. The stakes are extremely high in criminal cases, so finding the right Seattle criminal defense attorney to represent you is of the utmost importance.

Seattle Criminal Lawyer Timothy Healy
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I'm an experienced Washington criminal defense lawyer and represent clients who have been charged with a crime. I will fight for your rights and help you navigate the criminal justice system at every stage of your case. Read More »
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Blake Harris
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Experienced criminal defense lawyer will fight for you. Call today!

I’m an experienced Washington criminal defense lawyer and represent those who have been charged with a crime. I will fight for your rights and help you navigate the criminal justice system at every stage of your case. Read More »
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Jason S. Newcombe
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Get help now. Free consultation, aggressive representation in criminal cases.

I am an experienced criminal defense lawyer and represent clients who have been arrested or are facing criminal charges. I will fight for you and your rights and work for the best possible outcome in your case. Read More »
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Gloria Backus
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Aggressive representation in all types of criminal cases. Call today!

I’m an experienced Washington criminal defense lawyer and represent clients in all types of criminal cases. I provide personal attention, thoughtful guidance, and will fight to protect your rights throughout your case. Read More »
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Carrie Fulton-Brown
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Experienced criminal defense lawyer who will fight for you. Call today!

I’m an experienced criminal defense lawyer and represent those who have been arrested or charged with a crime. I will vigorously fight for your rights and help you at every stage of your case. Read More »
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Ernest Saadiq Morris
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(888) 938-7770 PO BOX 45637
Seattle, WA 98145
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, Civil Rights and Family
Ernest Saadiq Morris, Esq. is committed to achieving his goal of providing the highest quality legal representation to his clients, regardless of their economic or social standing. Mr. Morris is dedicated to defending the rights of those who have been mistreated or had their rights violated by individuals, corporations, or governments. Ernest Saadiq Morris has extensive successful experience in a wide range of civil rights & liberties, constitutional rights, and other individual rights litigation-- including Free Speech/First Amendment Rights, Police Misconduct, Youth Justice/Education Rights, Disability Rights, Age/Race/Sex Discrimination, Employee...
Timothy Charles Milios
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(206) 745-2371 1325 4th Ave
#940
Seattle, WA 98101
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona and University of Washington
I am a graduate of the University of Washington where I received my bachelor’s degree in 1989. In 1993 I graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law. After a brief stint working for the Pima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, I realized my talents and passions were better served to defend people and not prosecuting them. The “obtain a conviction regardless of the individual facts” mentality has never appealed to me and seems counterproductive to obtaining a just result. I moved back to Washington and began my criminal defense practice.

Though I have defended people who have been charged with...
Chris Black
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(206) 623-1604 705 2ND AVE #1111
Seattle, WA 98104
Free ConsultationCriminal, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Washington School of Law
Brent Aldrich Hart
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
810 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
Free ConsultationCriminal and White Collar Crime
University of Washington School of Law
Cassandra Stamm
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(206) 264-8586 810 Third Avenue Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104
Criminal, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Washington School of Law
Casey Stamm is a fearless criminal defense attorney intensely devoted to advocating on behalf of individuals accused of committing serious crimes in Washington state. Ms. Stamm has built an incredibly strong background in criminal trial and appellate practice and has been recognized repeatedly for her acumen in these areas. Casey has been named both a Rising Star and Super Lawyer by vote of her peers in Washington’s Law and Politics Magazine, recognized by the Washington Supreme Court’s Capital Counsel Panel as qualified to handle death penalty cases, and rated Superb (10.0 out of 10.0) by Avvo.com. ...
Robert L. Jaeggli
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(206) 818-1253 10303 Meridian Ave. N
Ste. 104
Seattle, WA 98133
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Immigration
University of Idaho College of Law
Edward Chung
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(206) 264-8999 1511 3rd Ave #1088
Seattle, WA 98101
Criminal, Business and Immigration
Villanova University School of Law
Mr. Chung is the senior partner at Chung, Malhas, Mantel & Robinson, PLLC. Mr. Chung’s primary practice is comprised of Civil and Criminal Litigation, Immigration and Business Transactions. Mr. Chung has represented clients in complex litigations before the Washington Court of Appeals and the Washington State Supreme Court. Mr. Chung has argued numerous cases before Washington State District and Superior Courts. Mr. Chung has counseled and represented clients throughout King County, Pierce County, Island County, Kitsap County, and Snohomish County. In Civil Litigation, Mr. Chung has represented various individuals and entities in Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Vulnerable Adult Protection Act (VAPA), Employment...
Stephanie Hartung
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(206) 669-1379 9709 3rd Ave NE Suite 450
Seattle, WA 98115
Criminal, Bankruptcy and DUI
Central Washington University and Seattle University School of Law
Jayson A. Haile
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(206) 486-4810 11504 28th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98146
Criminal, Estate Planning, Immigration and Real Estate
Tulane University School of Law
James Robert Dixon
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(206) 957-2247 601 Union Street, Suite 3230
Seattle, WA 98101
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of California - Berkeley
David L. Donnan
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 34 years experience

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... Read More »
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Mark Blair
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Get help now! Aggressive representation in criminal cases! Call today!

I am an experienced Seattle criminal defense attorney, defending clients in cases including sex crimes, drug crimes and violent crimes. I will fight for your rights and help you through every stage of your case. Read More »
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Eric James Schurman
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(206) 264-2979 119 1st Ave. S., Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Your Best Defense As a result of exhaustive preparation and skill, Eric has successfully defended hundreds of clients throughout the State of Washington. Eric has handled virtually every type of criminal charge ranging from aggravated felonies to minor traffic offenses. Eric has earned a superior reputation in the legal community as an effective and experienced criminal defense trial attorney and legal advocate. Whether it’s a jury trial or plea-bargaining, obtaining the best possible results for his clients is his goal. Eric is available 24/7 for a free emergency consultation.
Marcel Andre Green
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(206) 395-6568 PO Box 20241
Seattle, WA 98102
Criminal and International
Lewis & Clark Law School
David O
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney
(206) 459-6392 2211 Elliott Avenue
Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98121
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
David O is a DUI and criminal defense attorney that has been practicing criminal law for approximately 10 years. No one works harder than David O to advocate for his clients rights and interests. He is well-respected throughout the legal community and has great working relationships with court officials, prosecutors, and judges.
Jennifer Ellen Horwitz
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(206) 799-2797 2317 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Criminal
Harvard Law School
Peter J Simpson
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(206) 639-0454 600 First Avenue #428
Seattle, WA 98104
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Gonzaga University School of Law
Experienced criminal defense attorney serving King County and Island County.
John E. Gross
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(206) 618-1629 PO Box 30887
Seattle, WA 98113
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
California Western School of Law
Jonathan Smith
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(425) 452-9797 701 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Aimee Marie Sutton
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(206) 658-2410 705 Second Ave.
Suite 1111
Seattle, WA 98104
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Aimee believes that everyone deserves a zealous advocate by their side when they are in the unfortunate position of being charged with or suspected of a crime. Aimee became a lawyer because she wanted to help people who are faced with just such challenging situations. Aimee spent more than seven years as a public defender representing thousands of clients accused of crimes ranging from shoplifting to murder. Whether at the felony or misdemeanor level, she always worked hard to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients. As a public defender she had many trial successes, including not guilty verdicts in...
Coleen St. Clair
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(206) 578-2200 2211 ELLIOTT AVE STE. 200
Seattle, WA 98121
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Oregon School of Law
Steve Karimi
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(206) 621-8777 119 1st Ave South #500
Seattle, WA 98104
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Immigration
Pepperdine University School of Law
A Seattle/Eastside native. Attended Redmond High School, University of Washington and Pepperdine Law School. Awarded honors throughout academic career. Originally hired by King County Prosecutor's Office. After many years of criminal trials, Attorney Karimi went into private practice. Defending clients accused of crimes, Attorney Karimi's trial record is exceptional.
Brad A. Meryhew
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience

Brad Meryhew is a passionate and highly regarded advocate for individuals accused in Washington of any form of sexual misconduct. Brad’s track record of success at jury trials, negotiations, and in getting cases... Read More »
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Deborah Alexander
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Free consultation, aggressive representation in all types of criminal cases.

I’m an experienced Seattle criminal defense lawyer and represent clients in all types of criminal cases. I provide personal attention, thoughtful guidance, and will fight to protect your rights throughout your case. Read More »
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Dan Fiorito III
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(206) 395-5384 844 NW 48th St
Seattle, WA 98107
Criminal, Business, DUI and Personal Injury
Seattle University School of Law
Arturo D. Menendez
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(206) 467-5987 1001 Fourth Ave., Ste. 3200
Seattle, WA 98154
Free ConsultationCriminal
Arturo Menéndez is a criminal defense attorney who represents individuals charged with serious crimes – felonies or federal cases involving sex, drugs, guns, or violence. Mr. Menéndez is a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington where he serves on the Judicial Evaluation Committee and volunteers at the monthly free legal clinic at El Centro La Raza.
Kevin James Trombold
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(206) 382-9200 720 3rd Avenue, Suite #2015
Seattle, WA 98104
Criminal and DUI
Shakespear Feyissa
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(206) 292-1246 1001 4th Avenue
Safeco Plaza, Ste. 3200
Seattle, WA 98154
Criminal, Business, Employment and Immigration
Seattle University
Heath Eilers
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(206) 330-4351 1001 4th Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98154
Free ConsultationCriminal
Seattle University
Scott Shawver
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(206) 686-5075 4409 California Avenue
Seattle, WA 98166
Criminal, Business, DUI and Insurance Claims
University of Oregon School of Law
Liza Burke
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(206) 933-2414 2701 California Avenue SW - 302
Seattle, WA 98116
Free ConsultationCriminal, Domestic Violence, Education and Juvenile
Raymond Ejarque
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(206) 621-1554 1001 4th Ave
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98154
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
John Wheaton
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney
1001 4th Avenue Plaza, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98154
Criminal and Immigration
John Wheaton is an experienced immigration lawyer and criminal defense lawyer. He has represented numerous clients in immigration court, including clients seeking asylum, cancellation of removal, U visas, and many other forms of immigration relief. In addition, he has worked on criminal cases in both state and federal courts. John received his B.A. in English and B.S. in Physics from Stanford University in 2005. He graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Law in 2010. While at law school, John represented clients in immigration court as a member of the Immigration Law...
Saad Qamer Qadri
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(206) 233-1601 1325 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Criminal
Travis Moeller
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney

Travis Moeller is an associate attorney at Blair & Kim and a recent graduate of Seattle University School of Law. Travis practices criminal defense, family law, and personal injury law. Travis previously worked as a... Read More »
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Greg Sarkisyan
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney
(206) 771-4343 Columbia Tower
701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4200
Seattle, WA 98104
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Kevin Cole
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(206) 985-8356 7010 35th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Criminal and Personal Injury
Robert Dunn Rhodes IV
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(206) 708-7852 918 South Horton St
Ste 901
Seattle, WA 98134
Criminal, Business and Health Care
Michael Frans
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(206) 246-5300 645 SW 153rd St
Seattle, WA 98166
Criminal
Mitchell Reuben Greene
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SEATTLE, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(206) 760-9822 P.O. Box 88139
SEATTLE, WA 98138
Free ConsultationCriminal, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Bill Bowman
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(206) 622-8000 810 Third Avenue
Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104
Criminal
Rebecca Thorley Esq.
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(206) 239-8755 155 NE 100th St. Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98125
Criminal, DUI, Immigration and Traffic Tickets
Kurt Edward Boehl
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(206) 728-0200 1001 4th Avenuie
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98154
Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
Criminal and Cannabis Law
Sheryl Pewitt
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(206) 941-0009 720 Third Avenue Suite 2015
Seattle, WA 98104
Criminal and DUI
Sheri Pewitt founded Pewitt Law, PLLC after working as a Snohomish County public defender for several years. She has handled hundreds of cases through all phases of the criminal process, from arraignments to motions and trials. She has significant experience defending DUIs,criminal traffic, domestic violence, felony and misdemeanor matters. She has a reputation as a strong courtroom presence who vigorously advocates for her clients using her significant courtroom experience and legal training. She has been a featured speaker for the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Citizens for Judicial Excellence, Washington Criminal Justice Foundation, and the and the Washington State...
Edward H Becker III
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(206) 799-8525 1001 4th Avenue
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98154
Criminal and DUI
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

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.

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