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Felonies & Misdemeanors

When it comes to felonies and misdemeanors, many people feel hopeless. The good news is that there is hope. Derek Smith and James White, the lead attorneys for The Law Offices of Smith & White team, bring to the table the experience of nearly fourty years combined. The team at Smith & White know the ins and outs of criminal defense and will sit down with you so that they understand your case completely. With knowledge in hand, they will then prepare a defense strategy that will be rigorous and comprehensive enough to get you the best possible results.

Possible Charges

The Law Offices of Smith & White can help you with your criminal case. The following are some possible cases that you might be facing:

Violent Offenses

Violent crimes often reap some of the harshest consequences. You might be facing life in prison or even something worse. Hiring a Tacoma criminal defense lawyer who has experience in this area of the law is the best thing you can do for yourself. At The Law Offices of Smith & White, we will represent you in cases involving:

  • Murder, Homicide and Manslaughter
  • Assault, Harassment & Robbery.
  • Domestic violence and kidnapping.
Serious Traffic Offenses

This includes a DUI charge, as well as other serious traffic crimes. In order to make sure your record is protected, you will need professional help in the form of a Tacoma criminal defense attorney. We will work to protect your record and license in addition to contesting charges to obtain the lightest possible sentence for your charges.

Drug Offenses

Unfortunately, there are severe fines and penalties for any crimes that are drug related. The good news is that we are experienced in this area of the law and will work hard to minimize the penalties that you are given for your drug crime.

Property Crime Offenses

Property crimes often carry a fine as well as a prison term. We are experienced in this area of the law as well and can defend you in cases involving:

  • Theft, shoplifting, and burglary.
  • Identity theft.
  • Money Laundering.
  • Arson.

If you are in District or Municipal Court then your case is a misdemeanor. Most Misdemeanors are gross misdemeanors—meaning they are punishable by up to 364 days in jail and/or a $5,000.00 fine. Superior Court has general jurisdiction meaning it can handling felonies and misdemeanors. However, the court is so busy that misdemeanors are generally left to the district and municipal courts. So, as a general rule, if you do not know what type of case you have, if you are in Superior Court then it is a felony. If you are in District or Municipal Court then it is a misdemeanor.

Even if you are charged with a felony in Superior Court, a strong challenge to the case may result in the prosecutor being willing to plea bargain down to a misdemeanor. This case will still be in Superior Court but the penalties and the record are all greatly reduced.

Client Reviews
I was represented by James White and have been nothing but satisfied with the outcome. Jame is very efficient and eliminates much of the stress that the judicial system can place on an offender. I am very grateful to have such a great attorney and owe him my gratitude for helping me when times were rough. Not only is he professional, but he is also someone you can talk to on a personal level. I highly recommend James White and would undoubtedly use him again in the future. If you are in search of an attorney, do yourself a favor and have the law offices of Smith & White represent you. Mike D.
I contacted James after my charge for reckless endangerment, and right from the start he was informative and reassuring. James worked hard to get me the best possible outcome, and was always very quick to return a call or text. He was straightforward and honest with me about my case, explaining both the good and the bad in a way that was reassuring without being misleading. Overall, I highly recommend Smith and White to anyone who is looking for the most professional representation in their legal matters. Matthew B.
Attorney James White was a beacon of hope for me at a time when my options appeared limited and the likeness of a satisfactory resolution seemed close to nothing. Not only was he able to defend me in a specific sticky situation in which I hired him for, I felt as though he also went above and beyond in efforts to provide me with the best outcome possible. His calm and professional demeanor offered such a great assurance to myself and those I care about around me. I am completely grateful for his service and I most definitely recommend Mr. White. Leyasha J.
Derek Smith guided us through a troubling legal situation with absolute professionalism. This was my first experience with a trial situation and Mr. Smith was able to address all of my questions and concerns in a way that helped address some of the fear I had regarding the legal system. Mr. Smith was highly effective during the trial and the result ended up in our favor. Legal troubles are scary and it was great knowing we had a fantastic legal team on our side to help navigate the somewhat confusing situation. My wife and I emphatically recommend this law firm. Steve B.
Mr. Smith was wonderful to work with. He was professional, knowledgeable and effective!! He takes the time to listen, which is amazing and can be a hard quality to find! He is informative and straight forward, which I truly appreciate! He was quite helpful on another matter that I asked his advise on. Thank you!!! Melika