Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

WACDL was formed to improve the quality and administration of justice.  WACDL has over 900 members – private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, and related professionals committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.

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News & Information

State v. Wayne Evans (No. 90608-4)

On March 19, 2015, WACDL filed an amicus brief in State v. Wayne Evans.

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State v. Ramos (No. 92454-6)

Petition for Discretionary Review to the WSSC for a determination of the proper application of Miller v. Alabama, 132 S.Ct 2455, 183 L.Ed.2d 407 (2012) in Washington.

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Thank You for Making WACDL's Annual Fundraising Auction a Success!

Many thanks to the fantastic people who made the WACDL 2015 holiday party and fundraising auction possible.

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State v. Michael Leon Shemesh (No. 91750-7)

Significant constitutional rights and public interests are impacted when there is a systemic breakdown in a county's public defense system that cause a criminal defendant to be incarcerated more than three years awaiting trial.

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State v. Chad Duncan (No. 90188-1)

On August 10, 2015 WACDL signed on to an amicus brief on this case concerning imposition of costs without the court making an individualized finding that the defendant had the ability to pay.

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State v. Zahid Aziz Khan (No. 89657-7)

On December 30, 2014, WACDL filed an amicus brief in State v. Khan

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