For the past 17 years I have successfully and effectively represented clients facing felonies and misdemeanors throughout Northwest Washington.
The clients I represent are facing felonies and misdemeanors including:
DUI/DWI and all Alcohol Related Driving Charges
Domestic Violence Charges
Minor In Possession of Alcohol (MIP)
White Collar Crimes
Disorderly Conduct Charges
Speeding Tickets, Infractions and Moving Violations
Firearm Rights Restoration
Vacation, Expungement and Sealing
I practice criminal defense almost exclusively and I am a solo practitioner. That means you always get me and my hard earned knowledge, skill and know-how, not a less experienced associate.
Located in downtown Bellingham, just a few blocks from the Courthouse.
Contact me today to schedule a FREE initial consultation.
I accept cases throughout Northwest Washington including:
120 Prospect Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Criminal Defense and Traffic Infractions is all I do. I have represented thousands of people charged with criminal offenses. So you can feel confident that you are getting a lawyer that is focused on criminal defense.
My lengthy experience has taught me the importance of providing honest, aggressive and responsive legal representation. If you retain me you will get a dedicated and caring professional who will work with you to protect your rights and help you maneuver through the complicated and often unforgiving criminal justice system.
Contact me for strong, knowledgeable criminal defense.
I represent clients in a wide range of felony and misdemeanor matters, including:
Minor in Possession (MIP)
Disorderly Conduct/Loud Parties
Child Sex Cases
Every criminal case is unique because every client is unique. Choosing a lawyer to defend you is a difficult decision. I know how disturbing and traumatic it can be to be charged with committing a crime. I value my clients and treat them with the respect and attention they deserve. I offer a free initial consultation so you can get to know me and I can give you an honest evaluation of your case. While it is important to act quickly, but it is also important to choose someone you feel comfortable with and can trust to protect you and represent your interests.
If you are facing felony charges, you need to have a plan in place to deal with the prosecution. I represent and defend my clients thoroughly and completely. I am not afraid to take on prosecutors to get you the results you deserve. Don't simply plead guilty without exploring all your options. Discuss your options with me personally in a free initial consultation.
I have 17 years of experience in criminal defense. At my Bellingham, Washington office, I vigorously and completely defend clients facing drunk driving charges, along with those charged with any type of moving violation.
I got a DUI last night, now what do I do?
DUIs are stressful, complicated and expensive. When you are charged with a DUI or related offense, not only are you at risk of going to jail for up to a year with fines of up to $5,000, there are also loads of additional consequences including electronic home detention (EHD) following jail, potential loss of driving privileges, alcohol and drug treatment, SR-22 (High Risk) insurance, ignition interlock requirements and a 10 year bar on your ability to travel to Canada.
But you can avoid some or all of these penalties and restrictions with the help of a good attorney with experience defending DUIs and other criminal offenses.
DUIs in Washington:
An arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI) calls for the immediate attention of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Contact me today for honest, aggressive, compassionate representation.
During my 15 year career I have handled hundreds of DUI & DWI cases. Every case is different and it is important to have an attorney who understands the process involved with a successful DUI defense. I will take the time to understand your situation, concerns and unique circumstances. My experience allows me to quickly assess your case, explain your options, and prepare a strategy for your defense. I believe in open, honest and regular communication. In other words, your phone calls will be returned promptly. I care about my clients and I am dedicated to pursuing the best outcome in every case.
The possible consequences of a DUI conviction include jail time, heavy fines, increased insurance costs, the loss of a license and much more. A DUI is not the end of the world. Many of these consequences can be reduced or avoided altogether with the help of a knowledgeable defense lawyer. From dismissal on pretrial motions to voluntary treatment programs to plea agreements meant to avoid time spent in jail, it is vital to have an attorney dedicated to protecting your interests.
I also appreciate and address the unique problems facing Canadian clients charged with DUI and U.S. residents who travel regularly to Canada. A conviction for DUI, or even a reduced charge such as Negligent Driving in the First Degree or Reckless Driving may prevent admission to Canada for ten years!
Administrative Suspensions and Hearings before the Department of Licensing (DOL):
One aspect of DUIs that most people don't understand is that the Department of Licensing (DoL) can and will act independently of the Courts to suspend your privilege to drive for from 30 days to seven years. Merely getting your DUI reduced to a charge that will not suspend your license is only a partial victory if you don't prevail at the DOL hearing. You have only 20 days to request a hearing from the DoL to postpone and hopefully, avoid a loss of your driving privilege. And remember, the public defender cannot represent you in a DoL hearing.
DUI/DWI Deferred Prosecutions:
A lot of clients and potential clients ask me about a Deferred Prosecution as a way of resolving their DUI charge. While a Deferred Persecution can be a great option for the right client, it is all too often misused as an easy way out. It is not. If a lawyer has suggested a Deferred Prosecution as way way to resolve a first offense DUI, than, barring some very unique circumstances, that lawyer is providing bad advice. Since you can only get one Deferred Prosecution in your lifetime, it should be saved for the unfortunate, but very real possibility of a 2nd or 3rd offense within 7 years when the benefits will outweigh the burdens of a 2-year treatment program and a long and costly period of supervision (probation).
There is no more important time that a person needs exceptional legal representation then when the government seeks to deprive them of life or liberty. That is why I practice criminal defense. The government has the police, the prosecutor and, all too often, the judge, on their side. My clients have only me. And that's why I have to be at my best when my clients have given me the trust and privilege of representing them when they are in greatest peril.
National College of DUI Defense(NCDD),Cambridge, MA, 2005
National Criminal Defense College (NCDC), Macon, GA, 2002
National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), Chicago, IL, 1996
Practicing Criminal Defense in Washington since 1998
Finding the right attorney to defend you in criminal matters is crucial. But how do you find a good, competent criminal defense attorney? Unlike plumbers or even physicians, it can be awkward or embarrassing to ask a friend or family member to recommend a criminal defense lawyer. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s why I encourage you to call or schedule a consultation to find our how I can help. I am available evening and weekend hours when necessary by appointment. I have no associates, so your matter always gets my personal attention. I believe in being honest and direct with my clients from the beginning. You have the right to know what you are facing and what I can do to help. I can discuss your situation, explain your options, and provide you with a plan for going forward.
Phone: (360) 756-5120
Fax: (360) 671-1285
Email: Contact me
Finding the right attorney to defend you in criminal matters is crucial. But how do you find a good, competent criminal defense attorney? Unlike plumbers or even physicians, it can be awkward or embarrassing to ask a friend or family member to recommend a criminal defense lawyer. That is why I encourage you to call or schedule a consultation to find our how I can help. I am available evening and weekend hours when necessary by appointment. I have no associates, so your matter always gets my personal attention. I believe in being honest and direct with my clients from the beginning. You have the right to know what you are facing and what I can do to help. I can discuss your situation, explain your options, and provide you with a plan for going forward.
No matter what the situation, you deserve a strong advocate to protect your rights when charged with a crime. I even offer evening and weekend hours by appointment.
Areas of Practice:
Traffic Tickets, Violations and Infractions
Litigation & Appeals
Expunction and Vacation of Criminal Convictions
Contact us for honest, aggressive, compassionate criminal defense.
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1996
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1997
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1998
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1998
University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin, 1996
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, 1992
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Whatcom County State Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National College for DUI Defense
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Pro Bono Activities:
Law Advocates: Street Law & Law Day
University of Wisconsin Law School
Juris Doctorate, 1996