Criminal Defense

Being charged with a criminal offense is a life-changing experience. If convicted, you risk losing your family, your job and your freedom. Hefty fines are often imposed in conjunction with other penalties. Depending on the nature of the offense, if you are a divorced or divorcing parent, you may have problems with child custody and visitation. If you are not a United States citizen, certain criminal charges can have immigration consequences that could result in deportation. With the risks so high, you need the assistance of an experienced Bellevue criminal defense attorney.

Call the law offices of James Pleasants P.C.

At the law offices of James Pleasants P.C. we recognize that mistakes can happen. We can help. We have more than 35 years of experience assisting clients through the criminal process. We thoroughly investigate all the facts of the case and review police reports and witness statements.

There are times when it may be in your best interest to negotiate for a reduced charge or sentence. If that is the approach that is in your best interest, we have the experience that is needed to work with prosecutors to resolve the case outside the courtroom. If negotiations fail, and we are unable to get an acceptable agreement, we will take your case to trial and provide you a vigorous defense.

Defense of DUI charges

If you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) you face both the criminal justice system as well as administrative penalties that may result in the revocation or suspension of your driver’s license.

At the law offices of James Pleasants, we have represented clients throughout Western Washington. We help with both the criminal charges and the Department of Licensing administrative process. We will work with the prosecutor to try to get the charges reduced or at least a mitigation in the penalty. We regularly work with treatment providers to find a program that will keep you out of jail.

Please see our DUI page for an expanded description of DUI issues and solutions.

A Bellevue criminal defense attorney will fight to uphold all of your constitutional rights

No matter how minor or serious the criminal charges against you are, you are entitled to the protection of the constitutional rights afforded you by the Washington State and U.S. constitutions. Those rights include:

  • The Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable warrantless searches and seizures. This includes a warrantless arrest without probable cause.
  • The Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and not be a witness against yourself. This affords you protection in all cases. You even have the right to remain silent when a law enforcement officer stops your car and asks you if you have had anything to drink. This amendment also gives you the right to due process of law, which essentially means the process must be fair.
  • The Sixth Amendment right to an attorney and a speedy trial.

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