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Primary areas of practice
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES
I represent people in all types of domestic violence situations. I have extensive experience handling both misdemeanor and felony domestic violence charges and getting results for my clients. Most often I represent the person accused of a domestic violence crime. I also sometimes represent the alleged victim in a domestic violence case who wants to ensure that the prosecutor and court understand his or her perspective and wishes on the case. Often the police are contacted, but the alleged victim does not want to see charges pursued, and I have experience representing alleged victims who wish to push to see the charges against their partner or family member dismissed.
I have been representing juveniles since 1996 and have extensive experience in juvenile court. I also have experience representing juvenile victims of crimes and witnesses. Juvenile court is different than adult court and juvenile clients are different than adult clients. I can forge good relationships with juveniles and can often help identify and address mental health, cognitive or addiction issues that may be at play in their case. I handle all types of criminal cases for juvenile clients.
I have recently expanded my practice to include representing family members or other parties in inquest proceedings.
PROTECTION ORDER AND ANTI-HARASSMENT CASES
A large part of my practice involves representing either petitioners or respondents in protection order or anti-harassment order cases. I have been successful in persuading the court to issue lengthier and more detailed protection orders on behalf of my clients and have also had success defeating requests for orders that were not justified.
NOTE: If the protection order is connected to a family law case, I will refer you to a family law attorney
Clemency is a request to commute a long sentence once all appeals on a case have been exhausted. A clemency petition is filed and a small percentage of those cases are granted a hearing by the Clemency Board. If the Clemency Board votes to recommend release, the recommendation is forwarded to the Governor of Washington State who considers whether to approve release. I have filed a petition for clemency, obtained a hearing and won a unanimous vote for release from the Clemency Board for my client. I am currently co-authoring a manual on how to approach Clemency petitions.
FEDERAL CRIMINAL CASES | WHITE COLLAR CRIME
I have 16 years of experience handling federal criminal cases, including white collar fraud cases. I handle pre-charge cases and represent people subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury.