Violent Crimes

A conviction for a violent crime in Washington will result in a lengthy prison sentence; many of these types of crimes have mandatory minimum terms. If a firearm or other deadly weapon were involved in the commission of the crime, additional time will be added to the underlying sentence. This could result in decades of incarceration. If you or a loved one is accused of committing a violent offense, do not take chances with your legal representation. Contact an effective, experienced and knowledgeable attorney. Make your first call to Attorney Philip E. Thornton

Since 2003, I have been deemed qualified by the Supreme Court of the State of Washington to represent individuals accused of aggravated first degree murder – the most serious offense possible in the State of Washington where the only two penalties are a death sentence or life in prison without the possibility of release. I have represented over 12 individuals accused of aggravated murder in the first degree in my twenty plus years of experience.

I also have extensive experience in representing clients accused of some of our State’s most serious offenses. I have been hired to represent individuals accused the following serious offenses:

  • Assault in the First Degree
  • Conspiracy/Solicitation to Murder in the First Degree
  • Burglary in the First Degree
  • Robbery in the First Degree
  • Manslaughter in the First Degree
  • Arson in the First Degree
  • Kidnapping in the First Degree
  • Drive-By Shooting
  • Vehicular Homicide/Vehicular Assault

The State has a tremendous amount of resources to prosecute these crimes. However, you are not without protection from a wrongful conviction by the State. The first step is selecting the right attorney for the task. I have fought the State’s accusations on behalf of my clients against the most serious violent felonies and won. While no one can guarantee you results, I will guarantee you that no one will work harder at protecting your interest. When the most serious of offense have been charged, my clients have benefited from my 20 plus years of experience and knowledge. I have learned that nothing should be taken for granted when dealing with the State and law enforcement. I will research and investigate every aspect of your case. In protecting your interest, even the most simple of tasks by law enforcement must be thoroughly examined to insure no mistakes were made or shortcut taken by the authorities. Did the detectives honor the constitution in dealing with you or your property? Was evidence not collected or was it collected incorrectly? Were all witnesses contacted and interviewed? Were the witnesses influenced by the bias or prejudice of the investigating officer? Did the State’s experts properly follow sound scientific procedures? I will completely explain to you every aspect of your case and assist you in making the right choice for your defense. The Washington State Supreme Court reviews my qualifications every year and they have consistently deemed me qualified to handle our State’s most serious of cases – death penalty defense. I have the knowledge and experience to handle the most seemingly hopeless case. Contact me to discuss your case and you will understand why I have been trusted with the most difficult of cases. Call for a free consultation.

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