Being arrested for DUI, drug possession, assault, theft or any other criminal charge can be intimidating if you do not have confidence in your defense lawyer. If you are convicted of a crime, you will have to live with the consequences for a long time. That conviction can come back to haunt you every time you apply for a job, rent an apartment or even take out a loan.
Additionally, depending on the offense, you could face suspension of your constitutional gun rights. To protect yourself, you need a lawyer who is as concerned about your future as you are.
I’m Schöen Parnell, a Snohomish and King County criminal defense lawyer with more than 20 years of experience. I have gone to trial hundreds of times and negotiated countless plea bargains for my clients. I have handled criminal cases involving all types of misdemeanor and felony crimes, including:
Any attorney can walk into a prosecutor’s office to ask for a plea bargain. However, only an experienced criminal defense lawyer will know if that offer is good enough based on the facts of your case. An offer of probation may not be good enough if it results in a lifetime criminal record.
Years ago when I served as a public defender, my boss received letters from people in jail asking that I be allowed to defend them because they heard how hard I would fight for them. As your lawyer, I will review all police reports and evidence. I will interview the police officers and witnesses. To try to weaken the state’s case, I will file and argue motions to suppress evidence. If the state does not offer a plea bargain you can live with, I will be prepared to defend you at trial.