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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Washington

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Washington. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Washington, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Washington State. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
Cassandra L Stamm
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Seattle, WA
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Stephen Thomas Graham
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Spokane, WA
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Edwin S Budge
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Seattle, WA
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Thomas Peters
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Bellevue, WA
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Jordan Foster
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Tacoma, WA
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Matthew T Hale
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Seattle, WA
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Irwin H Schwartz
Federal Crimes and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Seattle, WA
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Daniel J Murphy Jr
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Tacoma, WA
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Alberto Guadagno
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Seattle, WA
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Sergio G. Garcia
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Seattle, WA
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Timothy J. Murphy
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Vancouver, WA
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Scott Emmett Wonder
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Bellevue, WA
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Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) - The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), established in 1987, improves the practice of defending those accused of crimes. WACDL members enjoy CLE seminars, an attorneys listings directory on the WACDL website, networking opportunities to enhance their work, and other member exclusive perks. The WACDL is an affiliate of the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NACDL).

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

Washington Government and Court Resources

Office of the Attorney General of Washington

Office of the Attorney General of Washington - The Office of the Attorney General of Washington, led by the Attorney General elected by the people, serves as the chief legal advisor for the state. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Washington in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a pivotal role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a diverse array of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Washington Courts

Washington Courts - The Washington Courts are responsible for upholding justice within the state by interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters. The courts in Washington operate through a hierarchical system, including the Washington Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Superior Courts. They play a pivotal role in addressing diverse legal challenges, reflecting the state's legal landscape.

Washington Office of Public Defense

Washington Office of Public Defense - The Washington Office of Public Defense (OPD) is committed to providing legal representation for individuals who lack the financial means to hire their own attorneys. Established to uphold constitutional rights, OPD offers defense services, legal counsel, and advocacy for those facing criminal charges or legal proceedings. The office collaborates with skilled attorneys, sets standards for representation quality, and ensures that the right to counsel is upheld.

Washington State Legislature

Washington State Legislature - The Washington State Legislature operates as a bicameral body, comprising the Washington State Senate and the Washington State House of Representatives. The Senate has 49 members serving four-year terms, while the House consists of 98 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and environmental regulations. Members of the Washington State Legislature work collaboratively to represent the interests and concerns of the state's citizens, ensuring the effective functioning of Washington's government.

Washington Supreme Court

Washington Supreme Court - The Washington Supreme Court operates as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary duty involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court hears a diverse range of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, setting legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Washington. Additionally, the Washington Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

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