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Avvo Client's Choice Award 2018
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Practice Areas

Smith & White have focused as criminal defense attorneys since their first year in law school. Taking criminal law, they participated as a team in the “moot court—reasonable doubts”—a simulation trial for a criminal case. Smith & White have been a great pair ever since. Aside from sex offenses, Smith & White defend any case that is considered criminal. Whether its Murder 1, a simple assault or merely threatening words, we have the experience and knowledge to provide an elite defense.

As Tacoma criminal defense lawyers, Smith & White have several areas of practice excellence because the partners have litigated a huge breadth of criminal charges. While a significant portion of our clientele consists of DUI and domestic violence cases, most of our practice represents clients accused of felony-level offenses like assault 1-3, robbery, firearms or drug charges. We also welcome cases related to civil rights restoration, expungement and/or vacation of criminal records, drug asset forfeiture defense and personal injury matters.

As Tacoma DUI attorneys, we can handle regular DUIs because we know the legal challenges based on probable cause to stop or arrest, the drug recognition protocol, the BAC protocol, the training requirements for law enforcement, the testing requirements for the equipment, challenges to the proper taking and storing of blood samples, etc. Also, because of our felony experience, we can handle the serious DUIs, where someone is injured or killed, charged as vehicular assault or vehicular homicide.

We can provide excellent defense because: 1) we are very experienced at what we do, 2) we are excellent researchers, and 3) we are well connected in the legal community. This means we have a number of legal challenges on hand, many not commonly known by other defense attorneys, that can be used to give you an added advantage. Often, our legal challenges are so novel to the prosecution that they do not have the time nor want to take the effort to respond and would rather give you a better deal. Whatever the tactic or strategy that we might use to achieve your desired outcome, you’ll be consulted to make sure it truly serves your goal/s for your case.

Military personnel often have significant additional ramifications to a criminal charge. Whether it is because the prohibition on a firearm might end their career, or because certain convictions may result in their discharge, even dishonorable discharge, the Tacoma criminal defense lawyers at Smith & White are very aware of these added penalties and take steps to avoid or minimize those consequences.

Similarly, persons who are not US citizens have may their presence in the US terminated because of a criminal charge. Smith & White know options for avoiding mandatory removal. The separation from work and family, perhaps forever, can be worse than a prison sentence. We’ll mitigate your immigration consequence if possible.

Even if you don’t see your particular charge listed, we very much want to hear from you to determine if we’d be a good fit for your needs. Please contact us with any questions about our practice areas.

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