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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Bob Goldsmith on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Bob Goldsmith on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"I wanted to do something to help people, especially the underdogs...and I wanted to stand up for people."

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Kallie Ferguson on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Kallie Ferguson on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"Our country over-criminalizes and doesn’t seek out good alternatives to jail. I want to be a driving force against that system."

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Nancy Neal on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"The conduct that is defined as 'criminal' is often regular human behavior."

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In Re Griffin No. 42012-1-II

In an unpublished decision COA Div 2 remanded for a new trial because the state failed to disclose evidence favorable to Mr. Griffin that created a reasonable probability that the outcome would have been different.

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City of Kent v. Corey Cobb No. 73929-8

Is the statutory provision contained in RCW 46.61.502(1)(b) which establishes that a THC concentration of 5.00 ng/ml or higher unconstitutionally vague.

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Emily M. Gause on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Emily M. Gause on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"There is never a dull moment in criminal defense. I love fighting the good fight."

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