Brett Purtzer's client was charged with the following Domestic Violence charges: Rape, Unlawful Imprisonment, Assault, Malicious Mischief and Felony Harassment in Thurston County Superior Court. After battling the charges for more than a year, this morning, the prosecutor's office agreed to dismiss all charges. The client, and his family were thrilled with the result!
Through negotiation, Casey Arbenz was able to have his client's felony strike offense charge (assault in the second degree) amended to two misdemeanor charges with a sentence of credit for time served. The client and his family were thrilled with the result.
This morning, in Federal District Court, Casey Arbenz assisted his client in pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of possession of methamphetamine with an agreed sentence of only probation. In exchange for the plea, the client's felony possession charge in Clallam County Superior Court will be dismissed. The client was thrilled to avoid a felony and the corresponding jail/prison time.
In Cowlitz County District Court, Lance Hester reduced his client's case from a criminal Reckless Driving charge to an infraction.
- June 15, 2017
Attorney Casey Arbenz helped a client who owed roughly $70,000 in restitution substantially reduce the amount owed so as to close a Pierce County Superior Court file that was more than 20 years old.
- May 23, 2017
Casey Arbenz helped a client get a petition for domestic violence restraining order dismissed following two hearings in Pierce County Superior Court. Mr. Arbenz filed declarations on his client's behalf which showed the petitioner was unable to prove his case.
- May 19, 2017
Lance Hester successfully negotiated a resolution for his client in Tacoma Municipal Court whereby the client's DUI (refusal) case was amended to Negligent Driving in the first degree. The client received no jail time and roughly a $300 fine.
- May 11, 2017
Casey Arbenz successfully convinced the Court of Appeals to reverse a finding of summary judgement against his client who was injured while riding her bike on the Foothills Trail. The defendant (Pierce County) had claimed immunity. Thanks to Mr. Arbenz's good work, his client will get her day in court. Read the opinion here: http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/?fa=opinions.disp&filename=486598MAJ
- May 10, 2017
A Pierce county defendant was being told by his lawyer to plead to a 10-year sentence. Instead, the defendant hired Wayne Fricke and was thrilled when Mr. Fricke convinced the prosecutor to agree to a 27-month DOSA sentence that will likely lead to the client being out of custody in less than a year.
- May 9, 2017
Wayne Fricke convinced the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office to dismiss all his client's charges, including second degree assault with a firearm enhancement and four counts of felony harassment - an INCREDIBLE result.
- May 8, 2017
Brett Purtzer helped a client obtain a DISMISSAL of a fourth degree assault charge - domestic violence - out of Lakewood Municipal Court.
Attorney Brett Purtzer secured a $225,000 settlement for a client who was hit by a negligent driver while walking on a sidewalk.
- May 4, 2017
Lance Hester helped a client have her DUI case from 2005 dismissed with prejudice in Lakewood Municipal Court.
- April 26, 2017
Brett Purtzer just convinced a jury to find his client not guilty of unlawfully displaying a weapon (a handgun) in Tacoma Municipal Court. The client was looking at a lengthy jail term and was very pleased with Mr. Purtzer's effort in proving that he was acting in self-defense. This is the second time the Hester Law Group has obtained a not guilty verdict for this same client. Roughly six years ago, Lance Hester and Casey Arbenz convinced a jury to find the client not guilty of trespassing in the second degree.
- April 25, 2017
Two years after obtaining a favorable verdict for his client, Mr. Arbenz was successful again - this time in the Court of Appeals - where the trial verdict and an award of attorney fees in his client's favor were affirmed. The Court of Appeals opinion can be reviewed here: http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/index.cfm?fa=opinions.showOpinion&filename=487616MAJ
- April 20, 2017
Brett Purtzer recently defended a case where his client had been convicted of five counts of first degree assault - two of which included a mandatory five-year (consecutive) sentencing enhancement. The client was likely to receive a 60+ year sentence. Mr. Purtzer convinced the judge to impose an "exception downward" sentence of 18 years.
- April 14, 2017
Casey Arbenz successfully convinced a King County District Court judge to reverse an award of attorney fees stemming from a protection order hearing commenced several years ago when the client was unrepresented. Mr. Arbenz appealed the case to Superior Court and won just enough to have the $8,000 attorney fee award imposed against his client excused.
- April 13, 2017
Lance Hester successfully negotiated a policy-limit settlement for a homeless pedestrian who attepted to cross a busy four-lance road without using a crosswalk and was struck by a vehicle that failed to "lookout" for the pedestrian.
- April 12, 2017
Lacey Municipal Court charge amended from domestic violence assault to disorderly conduct.
- April 12, 2017
Lance Hester's hard work convinced a Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney to dismisses serious theft/embezzlement charges (without prejudice) against a client who was falsely accused by a former employer.