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Experienced Criminal Defense

I have spent more than thirty years defending the rights of people accused of crimes throughout Washington State. From Seattle to Spokane, from Olympia to Bellingham, I have the trial experience in representing clients for all types of crimes, with notable success in both state and federal court. I have dedicated my professional career to representing criminal defendants facing jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record.  I offer a no-obligation case consultation so that you will understand exactly what you are facing, what your options are, and how we can best proceed to keep you out of jail.

White-Collar Crime

During my legal career, I have represented clients charged with a number of white-collar crimes. White-collar crime is an umbrella term for a variety of non-violent crimes, often involving money or allegations of misuse of power. These can be prosecuted as state or federal violations, and may involve multiple charges and serious penalties depending on the facts of the case.  White-collar crimes can include:

  • Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Misuse of a Professional License
  • Money Laundering
  • Forgery
  • Tax Evasion
  • Racketeering

Penalties for conviction will depend on the specifics involved, and the defendant's criminal history. For financial crimes involving amounts under $750, the violation will be treated as a misdemeanor, with jail time of up to 1 year, and a fine of up to $5,000.  If greater amounts of money are involved, or the defendant has a history of criminal activity, or if the charge involves multiple counts, the crime would be prosecuted as a felony with up to 10 years in prison, and fines of up to $20,000.  If the crime involves both state and federal violations, penalties could be increased.  In addition to these penalties, courts can impose restrictions such as payment of restitution, community service, and probation.

If you have been accused of a white-collar crime, or believe that you are being investigated, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better the outcome is likely to be. I have spent decades developing the trial skills and legal knowledge necessary to effectively defend people accused of these crimes.

You may believe that simply by cooperating with authorities early on in your investigation will lead to leniency.  Understand what is at risk before you say anything that could be used against you.  This is why I offer a no-obligation case assessment, so that you will understand what is at stake before you decide whether to avail yourself of legal counsel, to ensure all your options remain available.

Trial Experience to Protect Your Rights

I have spent my career in the defending people accused of all types of crimes. No matter what you have been accused of, you have rights and need to have a qualified attorney by your side to ensure that your rights are defended.  White-collar crimes can involve complex issues, involving months, or years worth of documents, phone calls, e-mails and other communications. I am experienced in handling these large, complex cases, and can ensure you have the best defense possible to stay out of jail, and keep your record clean.

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