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    Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew Leyba

    Best Criminal Defense Lawyer Near You

    Facing criminal charges is likely one of the scariest things you’ll ever face in your life. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side is vital for your well-being and the success of your defense case.

    If you’re facing a criminal defense charge, contact our criminal defense attorney, Matthew Leyba, at Leyba Defense PLLC for a free consultation. Our boutique criminal defense firm is staffed with a professional, focused, and successful criminal defense attorney available 24/7 for a free consultation.

    Our main office is located in the heart of downtown Seattle, but we also have offices in Bothell and Bellevue. Don’t settle for poor criminal defense — call Leyba Defense today to speak with the firm owner Matthew Leyba.

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    Common Criminal Defense Charges Our Attorneys Handle

    We have a high success rate in getting a DUI or Criminal charge dismissed or reduced. Review just a sampling of our successful cases here.

    • Assault Arrests
    • DUI Arrests
    • Physical Control Arrests
    • Minor DWI Arrests
    • BUI Arrests
    • Marijuana DUI Arrests
    • DUI Deferred Prosecution
    • Reckless Driving Arrests
    • Negligent Driving 1 Arrests
    • Theft Arrests
    • Burglary Arrests
    • Driving while license suspended Arrests
    • Possession charges
    • Prostitution arrests
    • Traffic violations

    Our Criminal Defense Services

    Criminal Defense Attorney, Matthew Leyba, is available to answer your call any time of the day or night, any day of the week. It’s important that our clients feel confident, protected, and heard, so we make it a priority to return every phone call or email within an hour of receipt. Any questions that you have regarding your criminal defense case will be answered promptly. At Leyba Defense, we take a limited number of clients on at a time. We don’t believe that you should be treated as just another number or as a dollar sign. We want to make each of our clients a priority. Your DUI attorney will provide you with more personal attention and spend more time preparing your defense than any other law firm out there.

    Each client’s criminal defense strategy is built by a lead attorney, Matthew Leyba. We gather physical evidence, police reports, witness statements, and more. The information gathered during this phase will often reveal information that can be used to your advantage, such as faulty evidence or improper police procedure. We’re careful that your case is built strategically, with your best interests always in mind.

    If you’ve been charged with criminal activity, Leyba Defense PLLC will fight for you every step of the way, from initial arrest to jury trial. We’ve built our law firm on successes. Would you like to be our next criminal defense success?

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    We look forward to defending you contact us today.

    Questions to Ask Criminal Defense Lawyer

    1. Do you practice exclusively in DUI Defense?

    There are literally hundreds and hundreds of Attorneys out there advertising themselves as a DUI Attorney or Criminal Defense Lawyers. Especially in the Seattle area and Western Washington and like all professions, there are good ones and there are bad ones. When you interview them you need to weed out the good ones from the bad ones. So I have compiled a list of 5 questions to take with you when interviewing a DUI Lawyer.

    This is important because there are a lot of attorneys that do advertise as Seattle DUI Attorneys. However, there are very few that exclusively practice DUI Defense. DUI practice is very specialized and in order for you to have the best chance of beating this type of charge you need an Attorney that exclusively limits their practice to DUI Defense. You need someone who knows the prosecutors and Judges and understands the ins and outs of this particular area of law.  You wouldn’t hire a dentist to perform brain surgery, would you?  This is no different. Leyba Defense PLLC exclusively practices DUI Defense. I would say about 95% of our cases are DUIs.

    2. How much experience do you have?

    This question is pretty similar to the one above. When I mean experience I don’t mean how many years have you been practicing law (although that is important). I mean how many DUI cases have you defended. This is important because you need a DUI Attorney that knows what it takes to defend a case and has the experience to rely on. Anybody with a law degree can go and start their own law firm. In fact, I’ve met a lot of attorneys who have done that. However, in a DUI case, there are many different types of situations that can unexpectedly arise. Having a DUI Attorney that has been there and done that, will greatly enhance your chances of beating it. I would say a DUI Attorney that has defended over a thousand DUI cases would have this type of experience. Most of the cases I have defended as an Attorney have been DUI’s. I first began work at the Spokane County Public Defenders Office, I worked for two years in their DUI court. Meaning all of the cases I had were DUI’s. The next four years I worked at one of the largest criminal defense firms in the State, probably 75% of my cases there were DUI’s. In 2010 I opened Leyba Defense PLLC, my own law firm which focuses exclusively on DUI Defense. At the time of writing this, I have probably defended a couple of thousand individuals accused of DUIs.

    3. How many cases have you taken to trial recently, what were the results?

    As I stated before there are literally hundreds and hundreds of attorneys advertising themselves as a DUI Attorney. However very few actually go to trial and have the experience needed to get you a not guilty verdict. Going to trial is hard work. It’s really hard. Ask any trial attorney, and when a client is facing jail if you lose, there is a lot of pressure knowing that. This is why it’s important to find a DUI Attorney that shows they go to trial. In Washington State any time a person is charged with a DUI they face a mandatory jail sentence and fine. Lots of times the Prosecutor is not willing to negotiate and wants the mandatory jail and fine. Well, my firm’s philosophy on defending DUI cases is very simple. If you believe you’re not guilty, or if the Prosecutor wants you to plead guilty then I say set the case for trial. Because in DUI cases if a person is found guilty at trial, then most times they will receive the exact same sentence that the Prosecutor wanted them to plead guilty to in the first place. So my question to other DUI Attorneys, who don’t have this same philosophy, is why not. I’ll tell you why it’s because they are either scared, or they don’t want to work hard. Either way that is not the type of Attorney you want on your side. As I am writing this, out of the last 100 DUI’s I have defended around 50 have been set for trial and 25 have been taken to verdict. Currently, I have an extremely high success rate in getting a DUI dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge.

    4. What are your fees?

    As you know by now there are hundreds and hundreds of DUI Attorneys and they all have different fees and retainers. Ask what they are and like all things you get what you pay for. If you’re going to hire the least expensive person you can find, then most likely that person will do the least amount of work for your case. But at the same time, I don’t think you need to hire the most expensive person either. My fees vary depending on the facts of the case, a person’s criminal history, and the number of witnesses involved. However, I believe our fees are very competitive with other firms out there and they are always completely spelled out in the fee agreement. I will never try and nickel and dime you for more money.

    5. How many DUI cases do you have right now?

    In this business, there are attorneys known as “Turn em and burn em” type of attorneys. These are the DUI Attorneys that have lots and lots of clients and they only have one goal to get you to resolve your case as soon as possible so they can move on to the next person. Typically this is the attorney that charges the lowest fee you will find. Or the DUI Attorney that will say “even though you don’t have any criminal history, and this DUI case does not have egregious facts, you could get a substantial amount of jail time if you lose at trial, you should just plead guilty.” I have no respect for these types of attorneys, and in my experience, I would say there are quite a few DUI Attorneys I see do this. Part of the reason I left my last job was because of the high caseload I had. It was very difficult for me to give everything I had for every client and still remain sane. At Leyba Defense PLLC I keep my caseload small for a reason. By limiting the number of clients I take, I can devote substantially more time to each case and each client. Which in the end makes me a better attorney, and gives you a better chance of beating your DUI charge.

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      Schedule your free 60-minute confidential criminal defense consultation with Matthew Leyba via email, or by calling our office. A Seattle Criminal DWI Lawyer cannot make any guarantees or promises regarding the outcome of a case. However, Leyba Defense PLLC guarantees we will not rest until you receive an outcome that is to your satisfaction and in your best interest.