Recent Results

DV Protection Order DISMISSED!
  • 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. 

DUI (refusal) amended to Negligent Driving
  • 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. 

Appellate Victory
  • 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

New lawyer - hugely improved results!
  • 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.

Serious felony charges DISMISSED
  • 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.

Not Guilty
  • 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.

Appellate Victory
  • 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

Exceptionally Low Sentence
  • 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.

Reversal of attorney fees award
  • 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.

Insurance "policy limit" Settlement
  • 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.

Serious theft charges dismissed
  • 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.

Case Dismissed
  • April 11, 2017

Casey Arbenz helped a client accused of Negligent Driving have his case dismissed in Thurston County District Court.

Federal Probation Violation
  • April 7, 2017

A client was facing several violations for violating his federal felony probation. Mr. Arbenz was able to convince the judge to release his client from custody with credit for time served and to terminate the client's remaining term of probation. The client was released from the federal court house and went home with his wife.

Not guilty verdict in King County Superior Court
  • March 1, 2017

After a month-long trial in Seattle (King County Superior Court) attorney Casey Arbenz obtained a NOT GUILTY verdict for a client charged with first degree theft with a "major economic offense" aggravator. Mr. Arbenz's client was very relieved at the result and extremely pleased with Mr. Arbenz's hard work and dedication to the complex embezzlement case. 

Suspension of DUI Suspect's Drivers License
  • November 15, 2016

During an administrative hearing regarding whether to suspend a DUI suspect's Drivers License, Casey Arbenz successfully argued that the citing officer's report was statutorily inadequate. The Department of Licensing's motion to suspend the client's license was dismissed.

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