The Law Offices of Smith and White, PLLC

Tacoma Criminal Defense & DUI Attorneys

The Law Offices of Smith and White, PLLC

1019 Pacific Avenue
# 701

Tacoma, Washington 98402

Phone(253) 203-1645
Fax (206) 400-1145

E-mail  Contact James J. White

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Law Firm Overview

The Law Offices of Smith & White, PLLC is a criminal defense law firm with a main office in Tacoma, Washington but providing legal representation to clients facing criminal charges throughout the surrounding counties of Washington.
The firm’s attorneys have nearly 40 years of legal experience and have the knowledge and the expertise to handle even the most complex problems.

The attorneys at The Law Offices of Smith & White have represented numerous clients and successfully defended against all types of criminal charges from DUI/DWI and other misdemeanors to serious felonies like drug crimes and violent crimes. The firm also handles defense for military personnel in martial and civilian courts, as well as represents immigrants and other non-citizens. Prior criminal charges on your record can negatively affect your ability to find employment of secure housing, and the firm can help with the sealing/expungement of these records so that you can move forward with your life.

Facing criminal charges can be an extremely daunting experience, particularly when society and the media are constantly pressuring authorities to give out longer sentences and harsher penalties for even minor offenses. No matter how severe your charges may be, it is important to remember that you still have rights guaranteed to you by the law. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Smith & White will aggressively represent you in court and make sure your rights are protected, and will work tirelessly to resolve your case with the best possible outcome.

Year this Office was Established: 2011

Languages: English & Spanish

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Gun Rights; Restoring Civil Rights; Drug Asset Forfeiture Defense; Military Personnel; Immigration Consequences; Court Order Violations; Harassment; Marijuana; Serious Traffic Defense; Kidnapping; Self-Defense; Military Criminal Defense.

Areas of Law Description

Our areas of practice include:


If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Washington State, you need to act quickly and take a series of steps to mitigate the consequences of your arrest. Among the issues that need to be addressed at the outset; any evidence needs to be preserved, and you need to request a hearing to avoid a mandatory minimum 90-day (up to two-year) suspension of your driver’s license or CDL. The steps are intricate and the consequences are severe, and the Tacoma DUI lawyers at The Law Offices of Smith & White PLLC have been through the process hundreds of times.

- Criminal Defense

With more than thirty years of combined experience negotiating and trying cases in the Washington criminal justice system, Derek Smith and James White know what it takes to win a favorable outcome for their clients. Regardless of the charges you are facing, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Smith & White PLLC will take the time to sit down with you, understand your case, and then prepare and implement a rigorous, comprehensive and passionate defense strategy in order to help you obtain the best possible result in light of your charges.

- Domestic Violence

Many crimes committed against spouses, co-habitants and parents of shared children are treated as crimes of domestic violence under Washington law. Crimes committed in situations involving domestic violence have special consequences in Washington, and individuals charged with crimes of domestic violence need experienced counsel familiar with the procedures, judges and prosecutors involved in domestic violence cases. The Tacoma domestic violence lawyers at The Law Offices of Smith & White PLLC have decades of experience representing criminal defendants in Washington courts, and will provide the dedicated and passionate representation you need to protect your rights.

- Gun Rights

You shot someone. They broke into your house while you were at home, or they attacked you or someone close to you in public and you felt threatened for your or their personal safety, and maybe even for your or their life. You're not entirely sure. All you know is that this is too much to deal with on your own, and you have no idea what to do next. The Tacoma criminal law lawyers at The Law Offices of Smith & White PLLC can explain your situation to you, and help you establish a plan for moving forward. You should consult an experienced gun rights and self-defense lawyer in Tacoma before talking to the police or investigators.

- Expungement/Vacating Records

If you have a juvenile or adult criminal record in Washington, this can be a significant impairment in both your personal and working life. Employers, schools, lenders, housing providers and others may be turning you down or treating you less favorably as a result of your criminal conviction. Fortunately, Washington law provides procedures for seeking to expunge criminal records, seal criminal records, and even vacate past convictions. If you have a criminal record in Washington, Speak with us regarding expunging, sealing or vacating your criminal record.

- Restoring Civil Rights

Depending on the nature and severity of your criminal conviction, in addition to the other conditions of your sentence you could be facing loss of certain fundamental civil rights. These include the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury, and the right to possess firearms. While the right to vote may be provisionally restored automatically following your release from incarceration, you still face hurdles to maintaining the permanent right to vote—and restoring your right to possess firearms is an intensive process all on its own. Your conviction has taken enough of a toll on you already—don't let procedural hurdles stand in the way of exercising your civil rights. Our Attorneys can help restore your right to possess firearms and other civil rights in Washington.

- Drug Asset Forfeiture Defense

If you have been charged with a felony in Washington and you obtained money or property for, from, through or as a result of the crime, federal and state law enforcement have the power to "seize" that money and property and hold it pending the outcome of your trial. If you are found guilty of the crime alleged, the court may also decide that the money and property should be "forfeited," in which case it then becomes the property of the law enforcement agency that seized it. Don’t give up your property without a fight. Whether you are facing drug charges or civil asset forfeiture, you have rights, and you need seasoned defense counsel to protect them. We can help.

- Assault & Battery

If you have been charged with assault in Washington State, there are a number of important factors that play into defending the charge. Between understanding the "degrees" of assault and "classes" of felonies, and analyzing the implications of Washington’s self-defense, deadly weapon and three-strikes laws, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side to help you make informed decisions about your defense. The Tacoma assault and battery lawyers at The Law Offices of Smith & White PLLC have decades of criminal defense experience, and can represent you every step of the way.

- Theft

If you are facing a theft charge in Washington State, you need an experienced and passionate criminal defense lawyer to represent you. Not only are you facing possible prison time, but a conviction could also have implications under Washington's Persistent Offender ("Three Strikes") Act. The Tacoma theft attorneys at The Law Offices of Smith & White PLLC have decades of experience representing defendants in the Washington criminal justice system.

- Robbery

Robbery is a violent offense in Washington that can be described generally as the use or threat of force in committing a theft against another person. Because robbery includes an element of violence, the punishment for the crime is more substantial. With a possible prison sentence of years even for first-time offenders, individuals facing robbery charges need experienced and passionate criminal defense counsel on their side. With decades of experience representing criminal defendants in Washington, the Tacoma robbery lawyers at The Law Offices of Smith & White PLLC will make sure you present the best possible defense to avoid conviction or reduce your punishment.

- Burglary

Burglary is the crime of entering a residence or other building with the intent to commit another crime once inside. It does not require any "breaking" in order to enter the premises, and "entering" can mean as little as sticking a hand, tool or weapon through an open window or door. Still, all degrees of burglary are classified as felonies in Washington; and, with the possibility for other crimes committed during the burglary to be prosecuted as separate offenses, you need an experienced criminal defense team on your side. Tacoma burglary attorneys Derek Smith and James White have over 30 years’ combined experience representing criminal defendants in Washington, and they are passionate about getting the best possible results for their clients.

- Military Personnel

Military service members charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or another crime in Washington face additional consequences not applicable to civilians. Tacoma military criminal defense attorneys Derek Smith and James White understand what these consequences can mean for you, your family, and your career, and they are honored to provide seasoned and passionate representation to military service men and women charged with military, state and federal crimes in Washington.

- Immigration Consequences

For lawful permanent residents (green card holders), resident aliens, and illegal aliens, being charged with a crime in Washington has additional consequences beyond fines and jail time. In fact, the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction can be much more severe. Before pleading guilty or saying anything to law enforcement or immigration officials that might jeopardize your immigration status, speak with one of our experienced, knowledgeable and passionate criminal defense lawyers who can explain the immigration consequences of your criminal charge.

- Court Order Violations

If you are subject to a no contact order, restraining order or protective order in Washington, you need to be very careful not to violate the order. Violation of a court order in Washington is itself a punishable criminal offense, and even an unknowing violation or a violation approved or elicited by the protected party can get you into serious trouble. If you are facing charges for violating a court order, or if you need advice on what you can and cannot do because you are subject to a court order, our firm can help.

- Harassment

"Harassment" in Washington is the crime of threatening to harm or unlawfully confine another person, or to cause damage to another person's property. "Harm" refers to both physical harm and damage to mental health, and what constitutes a "threat" is largely subjective. Depending on the circumstances, harassment can be charged as either a gross misdemeanor or a Class C felony. As a result, if you are facing harassment charges in Washington, you need experienced criminal defense counsel on your side, such as the experienced Tacoma harassment lawyers at The Law Offices of Smith & White.

- Drugs

Drug crimes in Washington are considered serious felony offenses. If you have been accused of any type of drug crime, you need the counsel and representation of an experienced drug crimes lawyer who can evaluate your case, explain your options, and develop a strategy to minimize the negative consequences of your charge. With decades of experience negotiating and trying Washington State drug crimes cases, the Tacoma drug crimes lawyers at The Law Offices of Smith & White PLLC have the expertise and dedication you need in order to present the strongest possible defense

- Marijuana

Washington treats marijuana crimes as serious offenses. If you are caught with any amount of marijuana in Washington, you are facing a fine and possible jail time. Fortunately, there are several possible defenses that can be raised in marijuana cases depending on the circumstances of your citation or arrest. Also, if you are unable to avoid conviction, Washington offers various alternative sentencing options for marijuana convictions that might allow you to avoid jail time. The Tacoma marijuana attorneys at The Law Offices of Smith & White PLLC have more than fifteen years of experience representing individuals charged with marijuana crimes in Washington.

- Firearms Defense

In Washington, possession or use of a firearm in the commission of a crime has significant consequences in terms of the sentence you are likely to receive. Depending on the severity of your charges, the so-called "weapons enhancement" for use or possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony can be anywhere from eighteen months to five years. Importantly, this weapons enhancement is applied per-offense, meaning that if you are charged with multiple crimes, an enhanced sentence may be applied to each of your charges upon conviction. With decades of experience negotiating and trying criminal defense cases, the Tacoma firearms defense lawyers at The Law Offices of Smith & White PLLC have the reputation and expertise you need to successfully defend firearms charges in Washington.

- Serious Traffic Defense

Convictions for serious traffic offenses in Washington can result in hefty fines, driver's licenses suspensions, and even jail time. Serious traffic convictions will also impair your driving record; affect your insurance rates; and, for CDL holders, potentially even impact your ability to keep your job. As a result, if you are facing serious traffic violation charges in Washington, you need the representation of an experienced criminal traffic defense lawyer who can question police evidence, challenge the prosecutor's case, and help you avoid unjustified punishment. With hundreds of Washington driving under the influence (DUI) and other serious traffic cases under their belts, the Tacoma traffic offense attorneys at The Law Offices of Smith & White PLLC are here to help you every step of the way.


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