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Trials

When the accusation is false, when the State's evidence is weak, when the circumstances provide legal justification, but the court and prosecution will not dismiss, we take a case to trial.

I have tried many cases, ranging from misdemeanors to felony theft to assault to child sex abuse to rape to murder. I regularly teach trial skills to other lawyers for the Washington Defender Association and the Office of Public Defense.

A trial still begins with a thorough investigation. We find reasons the jury should not believe the prosecution's witnesses. We review and challenge the prosecution's evidence, both with questions and with independent experts and evidence. We find the best way to present the defense case.

I rely on expert witnesses to explain special matters to the jury and to challenge the prosecution's evidence such as: how child abuse or domestic violence affects a person's perceptions, why children might make up an accusation, how anesthesia does and doesn't work, what medical records mean, how ballistics work, or whether a gun could have fired accidentally.

I challenge not just the evidence, but the law itself. I ask the court to change the law if my client's facts call for justice. I ask the jury to think differently about how the law applies to human behavior.

Because no lawyer wins every trial, I prepare a trial with legal issues to lay the groundwork for an appeal. Most of these legal issues have to be presented to the trial court in order to be able to present them to an appeals court.

Successful examples of Trials


Practice Areas
Investigations
Preserve Evidence of Innocence
Challenge the Law
Address Client's Underlying Problems
Plea Negotiations
Pretrial Motions
Trials
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Homicide
Rape
Child Sex Offenses
Child Abuse
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Theft/Fraud/Shoplifting
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Arson
Threats to Kill
Identity Theft/Forgery
Criminal Trespass
Self-Defense
Defense of Property
Property Destruction
Violating Anti-Harassment Order
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