Any felony charge is an extremely serious matter that must be confronted as quickly and powerfully as possible. Under Washington State law, a conviction can potentially lead to years in prison and permanent life-damaging consequences. There are also consequences that fall outside of the criminal justice system: If convicted, the damage to your reputation, career, future job advancement and opportunities, and relationships may be difficult, if not impossible to repair. When you hire an experienced, accomplished attorney to protect your rights, it can make a significant impact in the way your case is resolved and can lessen or eliminate these potentially life-busting effects of a felony conviction record.
My name is Phillip L. Weinberg. I have more than 29 years’ experience protecting the rights of people across Washington State facing a variety of felony offenses, including:
- Felony assault
- Property crimes
- Felony violations of no-contact orders
When you are facing felony charges, it is important that you work with a felony defense lawyer who will be attentive to your needs throughout the process. I work closely with all of my clients, meeting with them frequently and otherwise maintaining continuous communication to keep them updated on the status of their case. When you are fully informed of the legal challenges and opportunities you face, you will be empowered to make the best possible decisions with my advice and guidance.
Felony convictions also result in the loss of:
- your citizenship rights to vote,
- your citizenship rights to possess a firearm
- your right to serve on a jury.
A felony conviction can also make finding employment and housing extremely difficult.
I confront every case head-on in order to develop the strongest possible defense based on the evidence. When I first accept a case, my first goal is to find all facts and defenses that support the dismissal of the charges. If a dismissal is not realistic under the facts of the case, I will then focus on negotiating the best possible plea agreement; but if one is not obtained, you may want to take the prosecution to the mat and go to trial. Note, though, that I do not ever advise trial unless there is a realistic likelihood of winning. While trials are unpredictable, some cases are obvious losers. In these situations, I dissuade clients from going that route.
An Effective Negotiator And Tenacious Advocate
I take an active approach to all felony cases, obtaining full investigation of the facts of your case, obtaining witness statements while they are still obtainable, and thoroughly researching the legal issues and all potential defenses available in order to build the strongest possible case, whether for use in negotiation and plea bargaining or for pretrial motions or for trial if you elect to proceed to trial. As your criminal defense attorney, I will do everything possible to limit or eliminate the negative consequences you face. Dismissal must always be the first goal, but it is not always possible.
In felony cases, the best possible results can sometimes, but not always, be reached through a negotiated plea bargain. That said, I know that the only way to negotiate from a position of strength is by building a compelling and well-investigated and researched defense, factually and legally. Furthermore, if trial is going to be necessary to protect your rights, which is always the client’s sole decision, I will make the strongest possible case to the jury.