When you have been charged with a crime, it is vital to have someone in your corner who is looking out for your best interests. My name is Phillip L. Weinberg. As an attorney, I am both an advocate and a counselor, in addition to a litigator. In addition to these important roles, I view myself as a consummate problem solver. I look at every case as unique, and I never follow a single, predetermined strategy. Instead, I follow up on all possible defense strategies to find the solution that suits my clients’ best interests. I put a great deal of effort and energy into every unique case, communicating frequently with my clients.
I believe that an attorney should be very accessible to his or her clients. If you do retain me as your lawyer, I encourage you to contact me whenever you have a question or concern about your case. I am frequently available to speak after hours and on weekends, ensuring that you have access to legal advice whenever you need it.
Litigating or Negotiating Relentlessly for a Favorable Result in Your Case
Throughout my career, I have learned that the best approach is not always the most aggressive one, though sometimes there is no other choice. My first goal in every case is the dismissal of my client’s charge(s). In many situations, however, I have found that negotiation offers better opportunities for success. When a dismissal of all charges is not a realistic possibility, a favorable and 99 percent predictable plea agreement can minimize the potential more serious consequences you would face, if you had me take a weak or iffy case to trial and did not prevail.
I have more than 26 years of experience defending my clients’ rights. I handle all cases personally from start to finish, ensuring that each of my clients gains the full benefit of my many years of experience. At my firm, there are no associates right out of law school showing up in court knowing practically nothing about you or your case, I know my way around the courts and how they work. When you work with me at my Bellevue, Washington, law firm, your case will never be passed off to a paralegal or a less-experienced associate. I am a solo practitioner and always have been. As a perfectionist, I have no other option.
As an example of just one DUI / criminal defense approach Phil has developed and refined, the Washington State DUI statutes now contain RCW 46.61.5055 (‘Alcohol Violators’), which sets forth the sentencing factors for DUI convictions, and contains a rarely used exception to the usual imposition of the applicable mandatory minimum jail time for a DUI conviction. In relevant part, it provides that “…the imprisonment may not be suspended or deferred unless the court finds that the imposition of this mandatory minimum sentence would impose a substantial risk to the offender’s physical or mental well-being. Whenever the mandatory minimum sentence is suspended or deferred, the court shall state in writing the reason for granting the suspension or deferral and the facts upon which the suspension or deferral is based.
If one of Phil’s clients has some physical condition that cannot be well managed in the jail setting, he’ll try to pursue that as a basis to avoid jail time. But, those cases are exceedingly rare as the jails do have some (minimal) health care on staff, though it’s usually not of the best quality of medical care. However, over the years, Phil Weinberg has kept hundreds if not thousands of people from going to jail based upon documentation from private mental health care professionals whom he routinely works with, including psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed mental health counselors, depending somewhat on the client’s budget. If incarceration would impose a substantial risk to their mental well-being, Phil is highly skilled at presenting that situation and its risks to the courts to keep them out of jail. Often, these clients do not even know that they are suffering from mental issues until it has impacted their lives resulting in legal problems. This approach is clearly not for everyone, and is but one example of the creative approaches Phil takes, but many people have benefited from it. You will probably not see other lawyers using this defense strategy as effectively and usually with such impressive results. It is a fairly unique and very effective approach to a case that is not winnable at trial or by motion for a client with bona fide mental health issues.
For other clients who do not fit this defense, many other strategies are available, and I’ll use the right one for your unique case.