Criminal Defense

MHB attorneys who practice in this area:

Miguel A. Bocanegra
Timothy K. Ford
Leslie J. Hagin
Joe Shaeffer
David Whedbee
Tiffany M. Cartwright

MHB lawyers have broad experience in criminal defense and related civil rights matters, from investigations to trials to appeals and post-conviction litigation. We have handled such cases in both state and federal courts at all levels, from trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States. We have successfully defended persons threatened with, accused of, or convicted of a wide range of criminal charges. We have handled cases ranging from misdemeanor harassment and drug possession, to felony employee/workplace embezzlement or theft, to Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)/trade secret violations, to assault, robbery and capital murder. Working with our partners in the Immigration Group, we have helped many non-citizen clients deal with the immigration consequences of criminal charges and convictions. We have won compensation under federal civil rights laws, state wrongful conviction statutes, and in legal malpractice lawsuits, for people who were wrongfully convicted or whose rights were violated during criminal trials and investigations. MHB lawyers have long been at the forefront of the movement to protect individual rights and liberties, serving in leadership roles and receiving awards from the Washington Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the ACLU of Washington, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. And we are frequently featured as speakers at legal conferences and in the media as authorities on a wide variety of criminal law and related civil rights issues, and have been recognized by state and federal courts as experts on professional standards in criminal defense.