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.
- Asset Forfeiture Defense
- DUI Defense
- Expunging Records
- Felonies & Misdemeanors
- Military Personnel Defense
- Weapons Charges
- Restoring Civil Rights
- Federal Criminal Defense