Criminal Defense

We are highly-experienced, ethical attorneys representing people accused of crimes in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

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There are few things as devastating to a person and his or her family as being accused of a crime. We understand that and can help you with your case.

Mistakes can happen to anyone. You need an experienced, understanding attorney on your side to minimize the serious impact of a criminal charge. We are skilled at finding legal defenses, and at presenting the equities of your case to the prosecutor. We have tried hundreds of criminal cases to juries with excellent results. We have a strong reputation with the prosecutors in Whatcom and Skagit Counties and can aggressively negotiate your case if you want to avoid trial.

We can answer your questions.

Although every case is different, we have undoubtedly handled many cases just like yours. We can answer questions you might have:

  • What do I say to the judge when I go to court?
  • Can the State prove my case and get a conviction?
  • Am I going to jail?
  • How can I protect my record?
  • Will I lose my license for a DUI charge?
  • How much is this going to cost me?

I have been charged with a criminal offense – what do I do now?

If you or a family member are charged with a crime, you need good information that you can trust, and you need it now. We are experienced attorneys who can advise you on the best way to proceed. We will be at your side in court to make sure your rights are protected.

If you are charged with DUI, there are some important deadlines of which you need to be aware. Please contact us immediately so that you do not miss out on the opportunity to save your driver’s license.

What is my best legal option?

Every case is different. You are likely feeling overwhelmed, afraid, and powerless. We can evaluate your circumstances, identify the best options for you, and help you decide which option to pursue – filing legal motions, preparing your case for trial, or negotiating a favorable plea bargain. You will make the final decision on how your case is handled.

What will it cost to hire a lawyer?

After meeting with you, we will propose a fee that is reasonable considering the complexity of your case. The fee will always be in writing so there will be no surprises later on. Our fees are comparable to other experienced lawyers in the community, and in many cases are lower than the fees charged by less experienced lawyers. We think you will find our services to be affordable. Major credit cards are accepted.

How do I choose the best lawyer?

There are many ways to choose the best lawyer for you. We suggest you ask other lawyers in the community what they think. You should look at the types of cases the lawyer has handled and you should feel comfortable that the lawyer is listening to you and answering your questions satisfactorily. You should beware of attorneys who promise a certain result before they know the details of your case.

What kinds of cases have we handled?

We have handled all sorts of criminal charges, from misdemeanors such as shoplifting, hit and run and Minor in Possession, to felonies, including homicides, drug cases, and sex offenses. We handle a large number of DUI cases as well.

For more specific details of our case experience, please click on Lee Grochmal and/or Tom Fryer.

If you would like to get started, please contact us by calling (360) 647-1000, or by completing our confidential contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.