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Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
I was a first year UW student, heading from Seattle to Hawaii for some much needed sun. I had recently brought my pistol up (properly and legally) from Florida to Seattle. In a hurry to catch my flight, I had forgot to take the handgun out of my bag (it was still in it's FAA approved safe/carrier). I went through security with a Glock 9mm in my carry on! Can you get any more dense than that?
Of course, it took all of 30 seconds before police started racing to the security point and before they could ask me a question I realized what was happening.
After missing my flight, the port police had clearly wanted to question me. I answered a few basic questions before letting them know I wasn't a criminal and that I was uncomfortable speaking without an attorney. I received charges 2 weeks later in the mail. Vern Smith came HIGHLY recommended so I setup an appointment. He agreed to take the case, and after watching him walk into the courtroom, I knew I had a well respected attorney. He knew EVERYONE, and EVERYONE had absolute respect for Vern. Most impressive was how much the judge seemed to respect Vern. It was alsmost as though MR. Smith was His Honor. After 30 minutes in the courtroom, I walked out with the charges dismissed. I had to agree to a minor amount of community service for my stupidity, but a clean record was the result!
You will not find an attorney that is more highly regarded, and capable! If Vern Smith says he will take your case, it's because he is confident that he can help you! He will not take your money if he doesn't feel he can make a difference! Don't get me wrong, if he takes your money, it won't be the lowest cut rate around! You will pay a premium that's well worth it!
Posted by Janet,
I found myself in the unfortunate position of having 2 outstanding DUI warrants dating back to 1998 and 1999. I had used Vern in the past as counsel and went right to him after my arrest in April of 2013 for these very old charges. Vern is so knowledgeable, competent, and was vigilant in his defense of me and always made me feel confident that we would get a favorable outcome in my case. In the end, he was able to get both charges reduced and the judgement was quite minimal considering I was facing some serious jail time along with other very costly requirement that go along with DUI. Vern fought hard for me and was able to get a very reasonable deal considering the Prosecutor wanted to throw the book at me and did not want to deal at all! I would recommend Vern 1000% for anyone facing these difficult circumstances, and know that he will work extremely hard for you, is always accessible, and will always keep you informed every step of the way. I was also very impressed with the respect shown to him by the other attorneys, prosecutors and Judges and the rapport that Vern has developed within the legal community is to be admired! Just know, when choosing a DUI attorney, Vern Smith IS THE BEST!
Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
Like any ordinary human being, people make mistakes. So often they are made twice. That's exactly what happened to me. I had a prior DUI in which I was on a probationary period. I was pulled over and got a 0.81! My previous lawyer had gotten my first charge down to Reckless, however this second charge was WAY more serious. Vern was extremely professional, and set the facts straight. I had the toughest Judge in Lynwood. Vern was very communicative and thorough in his work, and promptly on time to every hearing.
Because of Vern I was able to get it down to a stipulation of continuance of 24 months, down to a Neg 2! A traffic ticket! Without Vern, I would be in some serious trouble. This man has all the right connections in the Northwest and just by his presence in the court you can see the prosecutors, judges and fellow lawyers respect him. I highly recomend his services
Posted by a DUI client,
I have used Vern on 3 DUI cases and 2 were dismissed and 1 was negotiated down to a negligent driving. In 2 cases during the motion part of the hearings he proved succesfully that the Police had no right to pull me over and sighted Supreme Court cases. Vern is very intelligent, professional and hard working. He also explained all of my options thouroughly and is an excellent communicator and does follow up. He likes to play hardball with the prosecutors and will not give in to accepting a plea bargain deal unless he feels it is in your best interest. More importantly he knows most of the prosecutors and judges and they respect him and his abilities and they know they have their hands full when they come up against him. I do not anticipate using Vern again as I cannot drink and drive as it is to risky. But if I were you I would look no further and go visit with Vern as you will not be sorry that you did. Plus his fees are reasonable and more than competitive.
Posted by a DUI client,
Vern Smith has the experience and expertise I was looking for to defend me on my second DUI charge in a decade.
The previously DUI lawyer I hired sold me on his ability in the interview but the moment he got my check he began trying to convince me to take a plea deal. This was not the case with Mr. Smith.
I did a significant amount of research before I came to the decision to hire Vern Smith as I wanted a lawyer that was going to work hard on my case all the way through trial.
Long story short; Due to Mr. Smith's experience the D.O.L. licensing case was Dismissed. The result of the Motions hearing due to Vern's extensive knowledge was that we won 4 of 6 motions. And finally in the end Vern stood by me for nearly 6 hours as the jury deliberated before retuning a verdict of NOT GUILTY.
All through the 7 month process I could tell that Vern was very well respected by the other defense Lawyers in the court rooms, was respected by and well liked by the Judges we dealt with, and was definitely respected by, (and my have been intimidating to), the prosecutors who doubled up to take on Vern.
I hope to never have the need again but for anyone else I recommend Vern 1000%
Posted by Todd, a DUI client,
Contacting Vernon A. Smith was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. He was very responsive and kept me well informed, while minimizing the amount of time I had to spend dealing with the issue in and out of court. Vern’s ability to minimize the disruption to my life was absolutely fantastic, and greatly appreciated by me, since I have a ridiculously busy life.
The legal process, my options and the possible likely outcomes of those options were clearly explained to me, and updated as the case progressed. Vern’s dedication and expertise were absolutely vital. I had a rather complicated case and Vern knew exactly how to deal with it. He expertly assessed and responded to the situation every step of the way. He is very professional, and has excellent technical knowledge which he applies and explains with great skill.
Vern’s abilities in the courtroom were amazing to watch; he knew exactly what to say, as well as when and how to say it. Thanks to him the charges against me were dismissed, and I will never forget the skill with which he was able to dismantle the prosecution’s case. I’m sure that everybody else in court that day was wishing that Vern was there to defend them. And I know that I am one of many people who are quite thankful to Vern for getting the best results possible. His knowledge of DUI law is astounding, and I doubt that you will be able to find anyone with more knowledge in that particular area. Furthermore, his abilities to minimize his clients stress and fight for them in the courtroom are unsurpassed in my experience. So if you find yourself in need of legal services I would absolutely recommend that you call Vern right away. If you are facing serious consequences you really shouldn't risk it with anyone else!
Posted by Erin, a DUI client,
When it became clear, at the 25th hour, that my client was going to need representation far beyond the scope of the public defenders office, I called Vernon A. Smith as was recommended to me by another colleague.
Both he and I were unsure as to whether the court would allow a change in representation at such a late date. Vernon agreed to take the case, contingent upon whether the court allowed him to step in. Vern immediately started making the necessary calls, making his presence known both to the public defenders office, and the prosecutors. The following week, we all went to court. Vern not only had himself made Primary Council, but brought with him new information on my clients case, that had been overlooked in the initial preliminary motions. This information, made it mandatory for the court to lower one of the charges, to a lesser charge, and in the end find my client Not Guilty on all other charges.
Mr. Smith is Schooled in all there is to know about DUI/DWI legal-ease. More importantly however, is his ability to read people and situations. It is this gift, which makes him truly extraordinary at his profession.
To say that Vern is a Master of his Craft, would be a vast understatement. I whole heartedly recommend Vernon A. Smith to all in need of the best.
Posted by BJ, a DUI client,
I became in contact with Vern Smith the morning after i was pulled over for driving under the influence. Vern assured me that he would do everything possible to get the results that both he and i wanted; I knew that we were on the same page. Throughout the process of the case, Vern was very responsive to any need that i had or any questions that I needed answered. He kept me very well informed of everything that i needed to do to make this process go as smoothly as possible. (ie, classes, appointments, court hearings) Not only would he get the proper paper work out in a timely manner, but he would follow up with a phone call to make sure everything was taking care of. In the court room, Vern was the ultimate professional in every sense of the word. He got me the results that i needed, and I'am sure that he will get you the results that you need as well. It is very apparent that Mr Smith is very well respected by his co-workers, and by the judges that he has worked with. In my opinion, Vern Smith is one of the best DUI defense lawyers int the entire state.
Posted by a DUI client,
My father, also a lawyer, referred me to Vern. I’ll go give him a hug right now for that referral. I faced a DUI with a refusal; I failed the sobriety tests and also had numerous verbal altercations with the officers. Needless to say, my police report was a painful sight. Worst of all, it was in Bellevue which offered basically nothing in the way of plea bargains. People told me I was wasting my money hiring an attorney. They were wrong. Vern set up a motions hearing where he made the officer look utterly ridiculous. The hardest thing I had to do was not crack a smile. We won the motion in addition to the DOL hearing which had looked dismal as well. In the end, my license was never suspended and I left my spot in jail available for some poor person who didn’t hire Vern.
Posted by a DUI client,
I met Dr. Smith in a very difficult situation, and I can tell he not only guided me on the process and got the best posible result, but also helped me to endure the stressful days. I really thank Dr. Smith for his serious and professional work and I can tell that he is the man I will recommend to anyone who needs a good lawyer.