Tacoma Criminal Lawyers

Compare 509 top rated Washington attorneys serving Tacoma.
Tacoma Criminal Lawyer Carrie Fulton-Brown
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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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Michael Harbeson
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Washington Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience

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... 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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Blake Harris
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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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Linda Medeiros Callahan
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Get help now! Free consultation, aggressive representation in criminal cases.

I’m an experienced criminal defense lawyer and represent clients in all types of criminal cases throughout Washington. I will vigorously fight for your rights and help you through every stage of your case. Read More »
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Angela Horwath
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 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.
Cristine Beckwith
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(253) 238-8273 1115 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationTacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 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.
Stephen H Carpenter Jr.
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(833) 446-8265 621 Pacific Avenue
Suite 214
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationCriminal, International and Military
Georgetown University Law Center and University of Oregon School of Law
PROTECTING YOUR MILITARY CAREER, YOUR ROAD TO RETIREMENT AND YOUR FAMILY'S FUTURE FINANCIAL SECURITY

Whatever your rank, worldwide location, charged offense or circumstance, your military career deserves more than just a competent legal defense. We "exclusively" defend active-duty members facing courts-martial around the world.

Stephen has published several articles on military justice, including: Federal Criminal Practice: A Military Justice Primer; A PTSD Primer: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things; Resolving the Torture Memo Conundrum by Court-Martial; Guantanamo 101: Rejecting Cruel, Unusual and Degrading Justice; Military Commissions: Justice Guantanamo Style; Defending Gay Soldiers Who Defend America; and Blessed are the Peacemakers: Remembering...
Derek Michael Smith
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(253) 203-1645 717 Tacoma Ave S
#C
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatTacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Seattle University School of Law
I was a prosecutor for 15 years for the cities of Kent and Seattle. I serve or have served as a pro tem judge for the cities of Kent, Federal Way, Des Moines, Algona/Pacific and Issaquah. Since 2011 I have practiced as a defense attorney doing criminal defense, civil rights restoration, and protection order litigation. I represent individuals on cases from murder in the first degree to traffic infractions.
James White
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(253) 203-1645 717 Tacoma Ave S
Suite C
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatTacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Seattle University School of Law
Get your case dismissed with a motion or because the government is unable to proceed. On a recent dismissal the Judge said she had not dismissed a case in 20 years but she was dismissing mine.

99%+ client satisfaction. All of our clients give us positive reviews.

Where I grew up in the mountainous Redwoods people prided themselves on their common sense. Common sense is not something frequently associated with the law. But there is a lot of common sense behind the ideas of the law. Re-introducing...
Kurt Hermanns
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney
(800) 240-5051 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Criminal, IP, Real Estate and Tax
University of Puget Sound
Kurt represents South Sound businesses and individuals in White Collar Crime matters. He advises clients on corporate criminal risks, federal grand jury investigations, financial crimes, securities frauds, bankruptcy crimes, government contract frauds, real estate schemes, Medicare frauds-and tax frauds. He is GTH’s authority on cybercrime and legal issues relating to cybersecurity and data privacy. His work includes assisting South Sound businesses in creating cybersecurity plans consistent with the US protocols issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He also advises clients on data privacy requirements arising from the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulations (GDPR)...
Natalie Lynn Durflinger
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(253) 683-4180 711 St. Helens Ave.
Ste. 209
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Gonzaga University School of Law
I was born and raised in the Northwest. After graduating from the University of Washington with honors, I attended Gonzaga University School of Law where I was awarded a Thomas More Scholarship. As a Thomas More Scholar, I dedicated myself to helping others both in the local and international communities. My international work included a visit to Rome where I provided services for the homeless and co-leading a mission in Honduras where our group of students provided much needed repairs at local village schools, and distributed needed school supplies which our group had purchased through fundraising....
Christopher Courtlandt Van Vechten
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(253) 666-8987 705 S. 9th St Suite 206
Tacoma, WA 98405
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Seattle University School of Law
Chris Van Vechten moved to Tacoma from Portland in 2004 to attend the University of Puget Sound. He studied history, volunteered in the community, worked as a legislative staff member for a state representative and later a state senator, and even personally ran for school board before enrolling in Seattle University School of Law. Prior to launching the Law Office of Chris Van Vechten, Chris worked as a Rule 9 prosecuting attorney with the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office and later with the Lakewood City Attorney’s Office. In addition, he interned with the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Civil Division...
James B. Feldman
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(253) 759-4555 4947 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Seattle University School of Law
James B. Feldman is an experienced trial and criminal defense attorney in Pierce, King, Kitsap and Thurston counties Tacoma and other areas of Western Washington. He is a graduate of the College of the University of Chicago and the University of Puget Sound School of Law. For twenty-eight years, he has been fighting to protect the rights of people accused of crimes both misdemeanors and felonies including DUI, domestic violence, property crimes, fraud and murder. He is a member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association, The Federal Bar of the Western District of Washington, the...
John Cyr
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(253) 888-5993 1105 Tacoma Ave South
Tacoma, WA 98402
Criminal, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Seattle University School of Law
John Cyr is a founding partner of the Law Offices of Johnson & Cyr and a lifelong resident of Washington State. John is a rising attorney in the legal field with a record of not guilty verdicts and dismissals.

John started his legal career in private practice where he aggressively and successfully litigated cases involving workers’ compensation, employment discrimination, property disputes and real estate litigation. John took a natural affinity for advocating for the rights of the underprivileged and wrongfully accused and quickly expanded his practice to include personal injury and criminal defense. John has successfully negotiated highly favorable settlements for...
James White
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience

Get your case dismissed with a motion or because the government is unable to proceed. On a recent dismissal the Judge said she had not dismissed a case in 20 years but she was dismissing mine. 99%+ client... Read More »
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Timothy Healy
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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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Martha A McLaughlin
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 12 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...
John Rodney Crowley
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(206) 621-5700 1105 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98402
Criminal
Seattle University
Attorney John Crowley has spent his entire career as a lawyer of 21-years working in the field of criminal law. In 1990, he served as a Law Clerk with the United States Department of Justice, before accepting an Assistant District Attorney's position with the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office. As an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Crowley was the prosecutorial voice for the State of Washington. And it was during his seven-year tenure in this position that he became well versed with the legal strategies and applications of criminal law, as they are implemented by the State of Washington. He also became...
Scott Mills
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(855) 469-2889 317 South 72nd Street
Tacoma, WA 98408
Free ConsultationCriminal and Immigration
The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
If you were having heart problems, you wouldn’t hire an eye surgeon. So don’t turn to a tax lawyer when you have an immigration problem. Choose a lawyer dedicated to immigration law. I am attorney Scott D. Mills, and I have developed my expertise in immigration law by practicing exclusively in immigration law for years. The United States was founded by people seeking freedom and the chance to work and build a life for their families. I fight for my clients so they can have those same opportunities. I am a Washington licensed attorney authorized to provide United States...
Antonio Hill
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(253) 835-4455 201 South 34th Street
Tacoma, WA 98418
Criminal
University of Oklahoma College of Law
Antonio Hill, a bilingual (Spanish) criminal defense attorney, is located in Tacoma, WA. With 20+ years experience in the criminal field of law, he is knowledgeable of the processes and procedures required to proceed through the legal process. Antonio Hill has worked as a public defender, a prosecutor, and now as a private criminal defense attorney dealing exclusively in criminal defense cases. Antonio Hill dedicates himself to getting the best possible results for his clients. He will guide you through every step of the legal process and offer professional, affordable criminal defense services.
Jordan Foster
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(253) 222-4878 1008 S. Yakima Ave, Ste 100
Tacoma, WA 98405
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Jordan K. Foster, Criminal Defense Attorney I started my career doing real estate, business, and construction law. A few years back, I decided a change of pace was in order and began practicing criminal defense law. Since entering the criminal defense arena, I have been voted a Rising Star in Criminal Defense Law by Washington Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Today I focus primarily on criminal defense and also perform some real estate and contract matters. I assist people facing misdemeanors, felonies, and traffic infractions. I am an active member of the Washington State Bar Association,...
Steven J. Krupa
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(855) 384-2237 705 S 9th Street
Suite 202
Tacoma, WA 98405
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Military and White Collar Crime
Seattle University School of Law
Barry J. Wallis
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(253) 272-1245 1101 Fawcett Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatTacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Family and Personal Injury
University of Oregon
Michael Austin Stewart
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(253) 383-5346 1105 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98407
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
University of Puget Sound
Michael Austin Stewart has been practicing as a defense attorney for over 22 years. His practice is based on respect, rapport, accessibility, trust, and a keen understanding of the law. He has a solid record of successful outcomes in a wide variety of cases, ranging from murder cases to DUI cases. He is dedicated and committed to protecting your Constitutional Rights.
Kelsey Ault
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(253) 620-0033 1117 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Seattle University School of Law
Mark Samuel Treyz
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(253) 272-8666 705 S 9th St. Ste 206
Tacoma, WA 98405
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Seattle University School of Law
Mark began his legal career in 1986 as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with Pierce County and moved on to work with a criminal defense firm in 1988. In 2002 Mark started his own criminal defense firm, The Law Office of Mark Treyz.
Mr. John William Fuhrman
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Washington Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience

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... Read More »
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Derek Michael Smith
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience

I was a prosecutor for 15 years for the cities of Kent and Seattle. I serve or have served as a pro tem judge for the cities of Kent, Federal Way, Des Moines, Algona/Pacific and Issaquah. Since 2011 I have practiced as a... Read More »
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Thomas Andrew Balerud
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(253) 573-1111 417 S G St
Tacoma, WA 98405
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Juvenile and Nursing Home
Thomas Balerud, after 17 years with the same firm, has opened his own law practice, located in downtown Tacoma. Tom is a graduate of both Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound. Tom has enjoyed success in many well publicized high-profile State and Federal cases. He is currently serving as a Trustee to the TPCBA. Tom and his experienced staff are currently available to assist clients in his two practice areas: Criminal Law and Personal Injury.
Harry Steinmetz
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(253) 272-4575 724 S. Yakima Ave
Suite 200
Tacoma, WA 98405
Free ConsultationCriminal, Administrative and DUI
Santa Clara University School of Law
Tacoma's Trusted Criminal Defense Law Firm The Law Office of Harry S. Steinmetz takes care of clients. The firm's experience in criminal defense in all levels of the Washington State Court system and the Federal Court system inspires clients to entrust their cases to us. The practice focuses on criminal defense, specifically: * Criminal Law * Juvenile crimes * DUI * Sex crimes Helping clients throughout their cases The firm's effective legal representation is two-fold: skilled legal counsel and aggressive advocacy on behalf of clients. Harry Steinmetz helps you make good,...
Morgan Fletcher Benfield
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney
(253) 234-1880 1201 Pacific Ave
Ste 600
Tacoma, WA 98402
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
At The Law Offices of Morgan Fletcher Benfield, PLLC, we believe everyone is entitled to the best possible defense. If you’ve been charged with a crime in the Tacoma area, we understand what you’re facing. Whether it’s a DUI, domestic violence, a misdemeanor, or a felony charge, attorney Benfield can offer real guidance and solutions when you need them most.

Morgan Benfield can help if you have been accused of a criminal charge. For more information, call Morgan today: (253) 234-1880.
Donald William Winskill
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(253) 597-8813 15 N Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98403
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Juvenile
Seattle University School of Law
Tracey V. Munger
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney
(253) 220-3511 1001 S Yakima Ave
#1
Tacoma, WA 98405
Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
Jennifer Vickers Freeman
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(253) 651-0660 1115 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Juvenile
The George Washington University Law School
Robert Kendall Ricketts
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(253) 535-2211 8849 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98444
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
Scott Moriarity
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(253) 830-5848 215 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Arthur Colby Parks
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(253) 682-1960 1008 Yakima Ave Ste 100
Tacoma, WA 98405
Criminal, Business, Civil Rights and Elder
Nathan L. Johnson
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(253) 254-5353 539 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Emory University School of Law
Facing criminal charges is a complicated and intimidating process, requiring an experienced and zealous advocate on your side. Throughout this challenging time you need someone unafraid to stand up and protect your rights. I have practiced criminal defense exclusively for my entire career and am passionate about defending people.
Cristine Beckwith
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience

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... Read More »
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Stephen Trinen
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(253) 798-3375 930 Tacoma Avenue, RM 946
Tacoma, WA 98402
Criminal and Appeals
University of Puget Sound and University of Puget Sound
Shane M Silverthorn
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(253) 686-4489 4008 South Pine Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Family
Gonzaga University School of Law
Claire Kintanar
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney
(253) 298-7133 724 Yakima Ave. Suite 100
Tacoma, WA 98405
Criminal and DUI
Claire Kintanar Valdez is a respected Tacoma DUI Lawyer and criminal defense attorney with abundant experience in a wide variety of criminal cases from Theft to Driving Under the Influence. Claire has dedicated her practice to criminal defense focusing on Domestic Violence and Driving Under the Influences cases. She is dedicated to providing each client with expert representation, no matter what the charge is. Claire gained important trial experience as a criminal defense attorney in King County, Thurston County, and Pierce County, Washington. As a public defender for the City of Puyallup and Milton, Washington, she handled hundreds of criminal...
Daniel J. Murphy Jr.
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TACOMA, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(253) 312-6122 506 s. 11th St.
TACOMA, WA 98402
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Insurance Claims and Traffic Tickets
Coleen St. Clair
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(206) 578-2200 1201 Pacific Ave Ste 600
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Oregon School of Law
Melissa Hanson
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(253) 798-7093 949 Market Street Suite 334
Tacoma, WA 98402
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Family
Robert Martin Krinsky
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(253) 463-2712 1546 Market St
Tacoma, WA 98402
Criminal, Business, Entertainment & Sports and Personal Injury
Douglas Barnes
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(425) 559-7897 14715 Pacific Ave S. #109
Tacoma, WA 98444
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Gonzaga University School of Law
MS Julie C Rho
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(253) 389-2020 4003 Sixth Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Insurance Claims and Juvenile
Ross D. Brittain
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Tacoma, WA Criminal Law Lawyer
(253) 683-4180 711 St. Helens Avenue
Suite 209
Tacoma, WA 98402
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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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