Criminal Defense Cases Won

Criminal Defense Cases Won

Freedom for the Innocent and Fairness for the Rest

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This page contains just a partial list of cases we’ve won; the cases were won outright at trial, dismissed prior to trial, or the case was dismissed at or subsequent to sentencing. Cases won at trial are in red.


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Tacoma v DRM

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence  Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree, Domestic Violence  


Washington v JJR

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree 


Puyallup v DPB

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence,  Interfering with Reporting Domestic Violence 


Washington v JNF

1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Organized Retail Theft in the First Degree, 7 counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property in the First Degree, 3 counts of Organized Retail Theft in the Second Degree,  1 count of Organized Retail Theft in the First Degree  


Washington v CKW

Assault in the Fourth Degree  Trespassing in the First Degree

(Won at Jury Trial) 


Steilacoom v LAM

Violation of No Contact Order, Domestic Violence , Harassment, Domestic Violence  


Washington v MM

Violation of No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Washington v CDY

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Washington v BMP

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Distribute


Washington v RQY

Reckless Driving


Washington v MRI

2 Counts of Identity Theft in the Second Degree & 2 Counts of Forgery


Washington v TZE

Organized Retail Theft in the Second Degree


Washington v JAJ

Possession of Stolen Property in the Second Degree and Identity Theft in the Second Degree


Washington v TM

Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle


Washington v ACC

Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle & Attempting to Elude


Washington v DWP

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance


Washington v AKC

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance


Washington v SHC

1 Count Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession; 1 Count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1 Count Driving With a Suspended License in the Third Degree


Washington v DLR

Taking a Motor Vehicle Without Permission in the Second Degree; Assault 4 Domestic Violence; Interfering with Reporting Domestic Violence


Washington v RCB

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance


Washington v CLF

Two Counts of Violation of a No Contact Order Domestic Violence


Washington v. JAD

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance


Washington v JAN

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance: Suboxone and Bail Jumping


Washington v BNB

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance


Washington v KLO

1 count of Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, 1 count Possession of Stolen Property in the Second Degree and 1 count Identity Theft in the Second Degree.


Washington v CAE

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Washington v LMB

Hit and Run


Washington v CLB

Organized Retail Theft in the Second Degree


Washington v TRE

Retail Theft in the Third Degree


Washington v TTC

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender


Washington v BSB

Malicious Mischief in the Second Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v MMF

Trafficking in Stolen Property in the first Degree


Washington v JJR

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Lakewood v DJS

Assault in the Fourth Degree with Sex Motiv


Washington v JCP

Three counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree 4, domestic violence


Washington v JCP

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Washington v TBN

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance: heroin


Tacoma v CRAB

Violation of No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Washington v TRS

Violation of No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Milton v CRV

Obstruction


Milton v CRV

Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree


Washington v JMW

Assault in the Fourth Degree with Sexual Motivation


Washington v JJEMH

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance


Washington v SFH

Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree & Trespass in the Second Degree


Tacoma v DDO

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Tacoma v NSRN

Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree


Tacoma v SEE

Theft in the Third Degree, Obstruction and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Tacoma v DKC 

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence 

Assault in the Fourth Degree 


 United States v MBH 

Reckless Endangerment  

Criminal Mistreatment in the Third Degree 


Kent v JRT 

Hit and Run Attended  


 Washington v JAJ 

2 counts of Assault in the Second Degree, Domestic Violence  

1 count of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence 

1 Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence 


Tacoma v DKC 

Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence  


 Washington v SGH 

Identity Theft in the Second Degree, Possession of another ID 


Washington v HMM

Hit and Run Attended 


Washington v TMH

2 counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v KCP

2 counts of Residential Burglary; 1 count of Trafficking in Stolen Property in the Second Degree; 3 counts of Theft in the Second Degree


Tacoma v CDK

1 count of Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree, Domestic Violence; 1 count of Misdemeanor Harassment, Domestic Violence; 1 count of Interfering with Reporting Domestic Violence


Washington v TSM

1 count of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree & 1 count of Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree


Washington v JAK

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance: Heroin


Tacoma v KMK

Disorderly Conduct


Washington v TAP

Failure to Obey a police officer


Washington v JAK

2 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance


Washington v LAD

DUI & Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree


Washington v LMJ

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance: Meth


Tacoma v PCMR

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


United States v JWD

Obstruction & Resisting Arrest


Washington v MMG

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence  & Malicious Mischief in Third Degree, Domestic Violence


Fife v MDH

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence, Obstruction & Resisting Arrest


State v JRJ

Possessing Stolen Property in the Second Degree and Assault in the Fourth Degree


Washington v JMR

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Fife v MDH

2 counts of Bail Jumping


Fife v MDH

Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Washington v JKM

Theft in the Third Degree


Washington v PPP

Obstruction,  False Statement to a Police Officer, and Lending Criminal Assistance in the Third Degree


Washington v TEJ

Hit & Run Attended


Tacoma v SC

Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v DMD

DUI – Marijuana


Washington v LMD

Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute


Washington v TMR

1 counts of Assault in the Third Degree


Fife v MDH

2 counts of Bail Jumping


Puyallup v AMS

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v TAP

Theft in the Second Degree


Washington v TRM

Retail Theft with Special Circumstances in the Third Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance


Washington v MDM

3 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Distribute each with a Firearm & School Zone Enhancement


Tacoma v CTM

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v ABG

Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle


Washington v DWB

Felony Violation of a No Contact Order


Puyallup v CJC

Pistol Loaded in Vehicle Without Concealed Pistol License


Washington v AMSR

Hit and Run unattended


Washington v DRC

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance


Washington v KJF

Felony Harassment Domestic Violence; Assault in the Fourth Degree Domestic Violence; Theft in the Third Degree


Washington v JAT

Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree

Tacoma v DKC 

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence 

Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence  


Washington v MJG 

Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree, Domestic Violence 


Washington v CLI 

Felony Harassment 


Washington v JMA 

Robbery in the First Degree 


 Tacoma v ALB 

Hit and Run Attended, Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree


  Tacoma v MVZ 

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Tacoma DRL 

Obstruction 


Washington v SJS

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance


Washington v ODC

Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle


Washington v BJS

Theft in the Third Degree


Washington v JLL

Theft in the Second Degree


City of Lacey v PK

Hit and Run Attended


Washington v TEB

Assault in the Fourth Degree; Obstruction & Resisting Arrest


Washington v DMH

Theft of a Motor Vehicle


Washington v NDM

Assault in the Fourth Degree & Trespass in the Second Degree


Washington v KLL

Theft in the Third Degree


Washington v DPM

Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle


Washington v DPM

Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle


Washington v PAG

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Washington v JCM

Fugitive from Justice


Kirkland v AIM

Theft in the Third Degree


Tacoma v BLK

Destruction of Property, Domestic Violence


Washington v PJC

Harassment of Property


Washington v YC

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v CMC

Theft in the Second Degree


Tumwater v ABA

Theft in the Third Degree, Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree


Washington v MDR

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v AGL

Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree


Olympia v ELL

3 counts of animal cruelty in the second degree


Washington v JAR

Use of a Firearm by a Minor


Washington v JMA

Two Counts of Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v SJS

1 count of Burglary in the First Degree, 1 count Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1 count malicious mischief in the third degree


Fircrest v TJP

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v TMD

3 Counts of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent.


Tacoma v RV

Malicious Mischief 3, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v WR

Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v CRAB

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence and Malicious Mischief 3, Domestic Violence


Gig Harbor v RHD

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v RTGA

DUI


Washington v BMB

Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle; Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree


Tacoma v JAA

Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree & Obstruction


University Place b MIAJ

Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v KLB

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v JSW

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v JCT

Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Washington v LJG

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence

Washington v DDC 

DUI


 Washington v CP 

Animal Cruelty in the Second Degree  


Chehalis v BWB 

Assault in the Fourth Degree 


 Washington v MWJ 

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Tacoma v AMB 

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence 


 Tacoma v ALB 

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Olympia v AK

Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree


Washington v. JCS

1 count of Theft in the Second Degree, and 1 count of Unlawful Issuance of Checks


Tacoma v. CL

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Fife v LGLJ

Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree


Fife v LGLJ

Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Fife v LGLJ

Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Fife v LGLJ

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v GJ

Theft in the Third Degree


Washington v JAK

3 counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property in the First Degree; 1 Count of Theft in the Second Degree, 1 Count of Residential Burglary, 1 Count of Theft in the Third Degree.


Tacoma v DDC

1 count of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence and 1 count of Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v ALA

1 count of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence; 1 count of Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree Domestic Violence; 1 count of Interfering with Reporting Domestic Violence.


Washington v MAW

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v ARS

Minor In Possession of Alcohol


Tacoma v BC

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence 4 DV


Washington v MLT

Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v KDM

Theft in the Third Degree


Tumwater v SCB

Theft in the Third Degree


Washington v JMR

5 counts of Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Washington v CJL

Allowing Unauthorized Person to Drive


Washington v RT

Minor In Possession of Alcohol


Tacoma v AGL

Theft in the Third Degree


Tacoma v JMH

Hit & Run, Attended


Washington v IEM

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v AKK

1 Count of Theft in the Second Degree and 1 Count of Bail Jumping


Washington v MLT

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v JAS

Hit & Run Attended


Washington v EAP

Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v DF

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v SW

Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Washington v MADM

Two counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v JMB

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v DZP

Misdemeanor Harassment


Puyallup v DBS

1 count Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence; 1 count of Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree Domestic Violence; 1 count Animal Cruelty in the Second Degree


Washington v SEM

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance


Federal Way v AEB

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Tacoma v MLD

Indecent Exposure


Tacoma v DLJ

Reckless Driving & Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree


Puyallup v DMP

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence and Malicious Mischief 3, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v SA 

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence  


Washington v KAA 

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Tacoma v BAV 

Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence  


Tumwater v NCM 

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence  


Washington v NNW 

Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree, Domestic Violence 


Tacoma v ALB 

Violation of No Contact Order, Domestic Violence 


Washington v KSG

2 counts of Second Degree Identity Theft and 2 counts of Forgery


Tacoma v. KLLJ

1 count of DUI and 1 count of Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree.


Tacoma v. JM

First Degree Trespassing


Bonney Lake v DBS

2 counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence, and one count of Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree, Domestic Violence.


Washington v ETIM

Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v JACC

Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree, Domestic Violence


Fife v TN

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Washington v TAP

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v DMK

Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree


Tacoma v MGW

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v SRC

Theft in the Second Degree


Washington v ACS

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Gig Harbor v KALN

Minor in Possession – Marijuana


Tacoma v. SC

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v WMM

1 count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Deliver and 1 Count of Unlawful Use of a Building for Drug Purposes.


Tacoma v. JES

Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree, Domestic Violence


Kent v. RT

Reckless Driving


Tacoma v WTC

Theft in the Third Degree


Washington v CT

1 Count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree and 1 county of Unlawful Possession of a Dangerous Weapon


Washington v TMM

2 Counts of Second Degree Identity Theft, 2 Counts of Theft in the Second Degree , 1 Count of Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree.


Tacoma v DLD

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Tacoma v PCMR

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Washington v TEJ

Assault in the Third Degree


Tumwater v KKR

Minor in Possession of Alcohol


Washington v WMH

2 Counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Lakewood v RLN

Theft in the Third Degree


Washington v TLJ

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Washington v DOS

Violation of a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v MJ

Violation on a No Contact Order, Domestic Violence


Milton v AORS

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Tacoma v BALN

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


University Place v. MS

Obstructing a Police Officer


Washington v LRB

Assault in the Fourth Degree


Washington v KLY

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence


Washington v AS

Computer Trespass in the Second Degree


Washington v KSG

1 Count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth), 1 Count of Possession of Stolen Property in the Second Degree, 1 Count of Bail Jumping, 1 Count of Unlawful Possession of a Payment Instrument


Auburn v AVS

Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree


Washington v JJC

Possession of Stolen Property in the Second Degree


Lakewood v NDM

Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree


Washington v DJLH

Burglary in the Second Degree & Theft in the Second Degree