Smith & White, PLLC is an elite criminal defense law firm, with offices in Tacoma and Vashon. When you’re faced with protecting your rights in court, a compassionate advocate with expert advice will ensure the best possible outcome. We have a broad range of experience with any number of criminal cases, including DUI, domestic violence, and drug-related offenses. We are pleased to offer affordable, supportive counsel to our community.Criminal Defense Attorneys That Stand With You
Being charged with a crime can leave you in shock. But making the decision to call a reputable and reliable law firm can help you move forward to reclaim your life.
As a defendant, you need a chance to tell the most thorough story you can. Smith & White will collect evidence, witnesses and information that will help win or reduce your case. By calling us as early as possible in the process, you can help safeguard that no crucial evidence is lost or forgotten.
Our services are different from those of an overworked public defender, or a firm that doesn’t specialize in the criminal matters you face. We have a full staff that includes a former law enforcement investigator, veteran trial lawyers and certified paralegals. We are solely devoted to guiding you through the often difficult and confusing state and federal court systems. We are completely dedicated to eliminating or reducing your jail time, fine, probation, treatment, or other court obligations.Criminal Defense Attorneys for the South Sound Region and Beyond
Smith & White, PLLC operates from a main office in Tacoma, while also maintaining an office in Vashon. Our locations offer strategic advantages to those prosecuted in Pierce and Thurston counties. Due to our reputation, we’ve been requested to represent those facing complex felony matters in those areas. Our partners are a daily presence in the Tacoma/Pierce County and Thurston County Courts.
Both partners have held positions in King County courthouses, and are intimately familiar with King County courts. James held a public defender position in Kent before serving in the Seattle courts, while also holding a position at a private DUI defense firm in downtown Seattle. James also has a breadth of experience with Kitsap County courts, and is excited to see that Kitsap has implemented efficient procedures to ensure it’s one of the most progressive courthouses in the state. He’s well-versed in immigration and asylum issues, and has experience defending and working with those living with mental illness.
Derek crafted many of Kent’s current procedures in his time there as a prosecutor, before spending a decade working in Seattle. Due to his stellar work defending a complex case in Thurston County, he is often contacted to handle Olympia and Thurston cases. He has also handled cases in Mason, Kittitas and Benton Counties and is passionate about taking on cases that he feels strongly about, no matter where they are.Free Initial Consultation
We know that mistakes are made: People make bad decisions. Police make errors. Prosecutors and judges make assumptions. The criminal justice system doesn’t always treat everyone equally. We want to give you every chance to be treated justly. We offer a free initial consultation, no matter what your offenses or history, and offer affordable services to serve a diverse community.Criminal Defense Attorneys for Most Criminal Charges
Senior and founding partners Derek M. Smith and James J. White have negotiated and litigated tens of thousands of criminal defense cases, including:
- State Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Federal Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Domestic Violence (DV) Assault & other Domestic Violence Crimes
- Non-DV Assaults from offensive contact to shootings, including self defense
- State Drug (VUCSA) Charges from Possession to Delivery
- Federal Drug Charges
- Murder and Manslaughter
- Vehicular Homicide
- Robbery and Burglary
- Domestic Violence Violation of No Contact Orders
- Unlawful Carrying of Firearms, Unlawful Display of Weapons, or Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
- Federal Weapons Charges
- Juvenile Matters
- Asset Forfeiture (property confiscation) from Drug and other criminal allegations
- Expunging or vacating records and Restoring civil rights