Criminal Defense – Former Prosecutors on Your Side

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Criminal defense clients and their families who are facing a serious criminal charge in Bellingham and Whatcom, Skagit, or San Juan County don’t have to be alone in the criminal law process. The attorneys and staff of Lustick, Kaiman & Madrone are prepared to represent clients in all aspects for criminal defense, including:

  • Defense of All Class A, B, and C Felony Offenses (Homicide, Major Assault, All Sex Offenses, Major Theft, Vehicular Homicide, & Drug Cases).
  • Defense of Gross Misdemeanor and Simple Misdemeanor Offenses (DUI, Simple Assault, Theft, DV).
  • All Criminal Matters in the Juvenile Courts.
  • Criminal Traffic Offenses (DUI/DWI, BUI, Reckless Driving, Vehicular Assault).
  • Contested Traffic Infractions (Negligent Driving, Speeding, Seat Belt & Cell Phone Violations).
  • Pre-Arrest Police or FBI Criminal investigations
  • Vacation of Post Criminal Convictions & Records Sealing
  • Probation Violation Defense and Representation at Contested Violation Hearings

We regularly handle cases in the following courts:

  • Superior Courts of Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan Counties.
  • District Courts in Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan Counties.
  • Municipal Courts in Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, Lynden, Everson, Mount Vernon, Burlington Sedro Woolley, Anacortes, and Friday Harbor.
  • Federal Courts in Bellingham and Seattle.
  • Military Courts from the Pacific Coast States and Alaska to the Midwestern States.
  • Aviation matters all across the United States.
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How Will Your Case End?....

Some criminal defense law firms focus on getting criminal charges reduced while others focus on getting their client the minimum sentence. But at Lustick, Kaiman & Madrone we use our experience to present the legal issues, facts of your case, and other important information about you in a manner aimed at obtaining a dismissal so that you never need to go to trial.

A dismissal of your case means that the prosecutor and the court agree to drop the criminal charge. Your case ends right there with the dismissal. When your case is dismissed, you have no conviction, no fines to pay, no probation or jail time to serve, and you don’t have to go to court any more. You also have no criminal conviction on your record.

Obviously, not every criminal charge can be dismissed. But by striving for a dismissal as our primary goal. We believe we better serve the needs and desires of our clients.

The first 48 hours....

You never expected this to happen. But it has, and once an arrest occurs, the criminal prosecution process progresses rapidly.

The first 48 hours after any encounter with the police can weigh heavily on the ultimate outcome of your case. Will there be confinement in jail awaiting court dates? Will the court allow for bail? Will the police conduct an interrogation? What charges will the prosecution ultimately file? All of these things and more can be permanently decided within the first 48 hours directly following an arrest, so it is highly imperative to have legal representation who can be proactive and give sage and correct advice.

With lawyers on our staff who are former prosecutors, Lustick, Kaiman & Madrone stands ready to help clients during this crucial 48-hour period and beyond. We routinely represent clients at their first court appearance or arraignment as well as provide an initial free one-hour consultation.

Proper legal representation at this crucial stage can result in a reduced bail or maybe ever result in release without any bail. Our attorneys can also guide the accused through police questioning and help clients understand charges.

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"Jeff is a strong advocate with command in the courtroom. He is not afraid of hard work. As a fellow attorney in the criminal defense community, Jeff is an attorney to whom I can turn with confidence for a second opinion on a sticky case."

– Kristin Slone, criminal defense | Bellingham, Whatcom, WA attorney, Bellingham, WA May 17, 2016