Woodway, Washington Criminal Lawyers

Timothy Healy
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Experienced criminal defense lawyer will fight for you. Call today!

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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David L. Donnan
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Washington Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 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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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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Carrie Fulton-Brown
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Washington Criminal Law Attorney

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... Read More »
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Mark Blair
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Get help now! Free consultation, aggressive representation in criminal cases.

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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Edmonds, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(206) 546-4382 9607 236th St SW
Edmonds, WA 98020
Criminal and Estate Planning
Edmonds, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(425) 776-1985 320 Dayton St
Edmonds, WA 98020
Criminal, Business, Collections and Personal Injury
Edmonds, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(206) 372-9917 PO Box 1701
Edmonds, WA 98020
Criminal
Lance Rodman Fryrear
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Lynnwood, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(425) 670-9090 19401 40th Ave. W.
Suite 340
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
University of Washington School of Law
My name is Lance Fryrear. I'm a former prosecutor. Call me now for your free consultation. I will identify your best defense and tell you what to do. You may be asking yourself "Why should I call this guy?" Well, the bottom line is that I know what I'm doing. I have been successfully defending people charged with crimes for over a decade. In addition, I paid my dues as a prosecutor for seven years so I know how the system works. If you have a legal defense, I will find it. If not, my experience as...
Justin Elsner
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Mountlake Terrace, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(206) 447-1425 23105 58th Ave. W.
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Seattle University School of Law
Elsner Law Firm, PLLC is committed to our clients. We have had great success and growth because of the life long relationships we create with our clients. We are here to serve you. We will strive to give you the best legal representation while keeping you informed and explaining the legal process every step of the way.
James Johanson
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Edmonds, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(425) 776-5547 7009 212th Street Southwest #203
Edmonds, WA 98026
Criminal and DUI
If you or someone you care about has been accused of a crime, it is important to get professional legal help as soon as possible. The Johanson Law Group, Inc., your Edmonds criminal defense attorney, has the knowledge and experience to be able to represent you as you deserve. With more than 20 years of experience, attorney Jim Johanson is committed to doing his utmost to ensure that his clients have a smooth and professional experience. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Johanson possesses valuable insight that can greatly benefit his clients' cases. The firm...
Paul Gerhard Hanson III
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Lynnwood, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(425) 778-7339 3400 188th St SW Suite 580
Lynnwood, WA 98037
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of San Diego School of Law
Defending DUIs, criminal charges, traffic tickets and driver license suspensions. Auto accident injury insurance claims representation. Expunging / deleting old criminal records. Over 36 years experience. Former Lynnwood City Prosecutor. Top ratings by the national lawyer rating services: an "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell and a "10-Superb" rating by Avvo.com Aggressive. Affordable. Experienced. Convenient. located right next to the Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood,WA Free First Consultation (office or by phone) Military $ discounts.
Brent Thompson
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney
(206) 569-8630 2317 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107-4027
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Liberty University School of Law
Brent P. Thompson is a local attorney from Oak Harbor whose practice emphasizes criminal defense including but not limited to DUI, DWI, Assault, Domestic Violence, and Vacating/Expunging Prior Convictions. Mr. Thompson further represents clients with personal injury claims. Beyond this Mr. Thompson is a general practitioner who is capable of handling a variety of matters. He is dedicated to providing passionate representation and will seek to obtain the best results possible.
Schoen Parnell
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Lynnwood, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(425) 744-1500 3405 188th St SW
Ste 301
Lynnwood, WA 98037
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Regent University
I am Schoen Parnell (pronounced “Shane”), a leading criminal defense attorney in Washington. I have over sixteen years of experience defending individuals and protecting their rights. I am the former lead jury trial attorney for one of the busiest DUI defense law firms in Washington. I have extensive knowledge of the DUI process and am never afraid to go to trial. Over the past 13 years, he has tried hundreds of cases and have spoken at DUI seminars for Washington criminal defense attorneys. I am an active member of both the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) and the...
Jason S. Newcombe
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(844) 925-2943 10700 Meridian Ave N
#108
Seattle, WA 98133
Free ConsultationSeattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Boston College
We are a dedicated team of legal professionals who are here to help you in your time of need and crisis. Our Washington State lawyers have the resources, the knowledge, and the experience to assist you with your legal matter in our practice areas.
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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Duncan Ives Lewis
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Washington Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience

Duncan I. Lewis has been a criminal defense attorney for over 31 years, practicing primarily in the federal and state courts of Washington. Many of his cases and clients have been featured prominently in the media. A... Read More »
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Jonathan Dichter
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Mill Creek, WA Criminal Law Attorney
(425) 424-9401 16708 Bothell-Everett Hwy
Suite 104
Mill Creek, WA 98012
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Seattle University School of Law
Are you facing a criminal charge such as DUI, domestic violence or a drug charge? At Dichter Law Office, Lynnwood criminal defense lawyer Jonathan Dichter will be able to assist with your criminal charge by providing an experienced and defensive approach. Having a knowledgeable attorney who understands how important your rights are to you is essential. Contact the firm and discuss your offense with a Lynnwood defense attorney you know you can trust. Call 866-620-9524 today.
Craig Alan Platt
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(206) 569-8630 2317 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107-4027
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Stanford Law School and University of Illinois College of Law
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.
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
Enrico Salvatore Leo
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Bothell, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(425) 481-2600 18920 Bothell Way NE, Suite 208
Bothell, WA 98011
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Brett Nagle
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Lynnwood, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(425) 280-8906 19000 33rd Avenue West
Ste. 100
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
I am a Judge Pro-tem, former prosecutor, and experienced trial attorney. I use this experience to fight for my clients in court and negotiate positive outcomes.
Stephanie Hartung
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 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
Patrick Michael Moriarty J.D.
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Lynnwood, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(425) 670-0800 3500 188th St SW
Suite 502
Lynnwood, WA 98037
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Western New England University School of Law
Chad Foster
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Bothell, WA Criminal Law Attorney
(425) 785-8679 18323 Bothell Everett Hwy #320
https://ChadAtLaw.com
Bothell, WA 98012
Criminal, Divorce and Family
Jennifer Ellen Horwitz
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(206) 799-2797 2317 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Criminal
Harvard Law School
Brad A. Meryhew
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Washington Criminal Law Attorney with 22 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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Travis Moeller
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Washington 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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Michael Sheehy
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Lynnwood, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(425) 276-7276 19000 33rd Ave W, Suite 100
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Criminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
Dan Fiorito III
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(206) 395-5384 844 NW 48th St
Seattle, WA 98107
Criminal, Business, DUI and Personal Injury
Seattle University School of Law
Rebecca Thorley Esq.
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(206) 239-8755 155 NE 100th St. Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98125
Criminal, DUI, Immigration and Traffic Tickets
Anthony Howard
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Bothell, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(425) 743-5737 16300 Mill Creek Blvd
Bothell, WA 98012
Criminal and Civil Rights
Stefanie Dorn
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney
(206) 931-1315 5706 17th Ave. NW #17621
Seattle, WA 98107
Criminal
Ryan Witt
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(360) 773-8598 19793 Hamilton Court NE
Suite 101 B
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Free ConsultationPoulsbo, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 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...
Jacey Liu
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Bellevue, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(425) 998-7045 1408 140th Pl NE
Ste 250
Bellevue, WA 98007
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Willamette University College of Law
A graduate of Willamette University College of Law where she was presented with the Distinguished Legal Writing Award for her contribution to the International Human Rights Clinic. As an advocate for the accused, Jacey is one of a small group of attorney's factory trained and certified by the National Patent Analytical Systems on the BAC Datamaster Breath Testing device to help bring legal challenges to breath testing results across Washington State. She is also a graduate of the prestigious Spence's Trial Lawyer College and Trial Skills University which teaches invaluable skills in protecting her clients rights and has led...
Gregory Wayne Schwesinger
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 25 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.
Duncan Ives Lewis
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(206) 512-3464 600 University Street
Suite 3010
Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
Criminal
Willamette University College of Law
Duncan I. Lewis has been a criminal defense attorney for over 31 years, practicing primarily in the federal and state courts of Washington. Many of his cases and clients have been featured prominently in the media.

A 1987 graduate of Willamette University School of Law, Mr. Lewis and his clients have enjoyed extraordinary success in thousands of cases ranging from the death penalty mitigation to misdemeanors.

Mr. Lewis has also successfully won the pretrial dismissal of dozens of criminal cases based on motion practice and intensive investigations.

Mr. Lewis has particular expertise in how mental health intersects with the law and his collaborative...
Stephen Grant
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81 S Main Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Free ConsultationSeattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
Criminal, 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....
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.
David Nelson Jolly
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Everett, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 22 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...
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...
Megan M. Dunn
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Bellevue, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 5 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...
David Stanley Marshall
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(206) 202-1633 1001 4th Avenue
Suite 4400
Seattle, WA 98154
Free ConsultationCriminal
University of California - Berkeley
Since 1997, David Marshall has been committed to providing the best possible defense to persons accused of child abuse, sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, and other special assaults. He does this in criminal cases, civil claims for compensation, Title IX disciplinary proceedings on college campuses, administrative hearings, dependency cases—any kind of case except family law. His commitment has shown in decades of victories, many in trial, and some without need for trial.

From his office in Seattle, David handles cases around Washington State and throughout the Northwest.

David began his career as a deputy prosecuting attorney. He decided to focus on child...
Stephen H Carpenter Jr.
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(206) 357-8434 1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100
21st Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
Free ConsultationCriminal, International and Military
Georgetown University Law Center and University of Oregon School of Law
“Stephen is a gifted military defense lawyer whose reputation as an advocate is among the very best in the Western United States.….” Kyle Van De Water, Attorney, former U.S. Army Trial Defense Lawyer (JBLM)

CONTACT:
Cell: (206) 326-0803
Office: (206) 357-8434

BACKGROUND:
LAW OFFICES COURT & CARPENTER, P.C., – Seattle, WA (2008–Present)
- 24+ years’ experience aggressively defending active-duty members around the world in Courts-Martial, Boards, and in other UCMJ-related actions.

WASHINGTON STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE – Olympia, WA (2005–2007)
- Prosecuted professional licensing cases against doctors and dentists accused of professional misconduct.

U.S. ARMY JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL’S CORPS – Charlottesville, VA, and...
Stryder J. Wegener
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(206) 973-0407 1366 31st Ave South
Seattle, WA 98144
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...
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...
Timothy Healy
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(206) 512-3464 701 Fifth Avenue, 42nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 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....
Steven Wells
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Seattle, WA Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
1111 3rd Avenue
Suite 2220
Seattle, WA 98101
Free ConsultationCriminal, Tax and White Collar Crime
California Western School of Law
Steve Wells is a criminal defense attorney with nearly two decades of experience, including 10 years practicing in Alaska. He handles criminal cases at the state and federal level, and has a 97% record of success. Steve’s commitment to excellence has earned him the recognition of his peers, with inclusion in the 2014 edition of the Alaska Super Lawyers list and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He takes an active role in the profession, such as by serving on the board of directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and as a founding president of...
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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.