707 S. Snoqualmie St., Ste. 4A
Seattle WA 98108-1700
Yes. We provide initial consultations at no charge. Consultations are completely confidential.
Yes. We offer our services at a competitive flat fee. We also offer payment plans.
Not usually charged, except with client approval in advance.
Officially, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday--but willing to meet on weekends and after-hours by appointment.
English, but willing to work with clients who require interpreters.
It was a decision based on many years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer.
I started my legal career as an administrative law judge for the State of Washington, deciding disciplinary actions against employees. Then I became a publicly appointed attorney initially defending low-level felonies and later trying homicide and rape cases. Eventually I found myself being retained privately to do basically four kinds of cases--sex crimes, domestic violence, drug offenses, and DUIs.
Of these cases, the most likely to come through my doors were DUIs. Though gross misdemeanors (for the most part), DUIs are among the most technically challenging of all criminal cases, both to prosecute and to defend.
There was another especially important thing about DUI cases. Anyone can be accused of driving under influence of alcohol or drugs. Over the years, my clients have come from all walks of life, including corporate executives, academics, health care professionals, police officers, and even professional athletes.
Overall, DUI clients tend to be less troubled and more readily helped than other clients and so I find myself gravitating more and more to this clientele.
After more than 30 years in practice as a criminal defense lawyer, I have seen just about every type of criminal case and engaged in innumerable negotiations, contested hearings and jury trials.
This means that I'm not likely to be surprised by any particular tactic, ploy or maneuver by a legal opponent or be stumped by the many problems that arise in DUI litigation.
It also means, more importantly, that I have been exposed to a great many scenarios and issues during my career. As a result I have greater professional knowledge than less experienced lawyers.
I know and understand how the field has evolved, because I was there when it happened--from the introduction of the current breath testing technology, to the development of police standards for investigating DUIs, to various regressions and progressions in the law over time, to each new theory employed in defense of these cases, etc.
Obviously, the more the DUI lawyer knows, the more issues he can raise in defense of his client. Experience does matter.
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