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Mark Wesley Garka

Mark Wesley Garka

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI

About Me

Mark W. Garka is an attorney in the State of Washington, limiting his practice to DUI defense. Mark is a Sustaining member of the National College for DUI Defense.

Further, Mark is qualified to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFTS) according to NHTSA standards and to evaluate an officer’s opinion as to sobriety. In addition, Mark has been qualified as an SFST instructor by NHST and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. DUI & DWI: 100%

Attorney Endorsements

26 total 

  • Valerie Semmes Bouffiou

    Mark is one of the most knowledgeable DUI attorneys I have ever met, and I would not hesitate to refer him to a friend.

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    Valerie Bouffiou Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jon Thomas Scott

    Mr. Garka has few peers when it comes to offering effective representation to people accused of driving under the influence. I would strongly encourage anyone with such a problem to seek out his services.

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    Jon Scott DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Mark W. Garka, PLLC

16708 Bothell Everett Highway
Suite 104
Mill Creek, WA, 98012

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199705/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Attendee - Incarceration & Alternatives to IncarcerationCJE2015
Certificate of Instruction - SFST TrainingLa Pier & Associates2014
AttendeeWashington Foundation for Criminal Justice2013
Attendee: Defending the Marijuana DUIWashington Foundation for Criminal Justice2013
Certificate of CompletionForensic Chromatography Theory & Practice IX - Axion Training Institute2013
ARIDE Certificate of CompletionLa Pier and Associates2012
Certificate of Instruction - SFST TrainingLa Pier & Associates2012
participant DWi = Defend With IntegretyNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2012
Mastering Scientific Evidence - Certificate of CompletionTexas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2012
attendeeCalifornia Public Defenders Association DUI CLE2011
Certificate of CompletionNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & National College for DUI Defense2010
Favorite Place on GoogleGoogle2010
Mastering Scientific Evidence - Certificate of CompletionTexas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2010
participantDWI: Defend With Integrety2010
Certificate of Completion - SFST InstructorLa Pier & Associates2010
Certificate of CompletionCareerTrack2009
Certificate of Completion - Winter SessionNational College for DUI Defense2008
Certificate of Completion - Summer SessionNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & National College for DUI Defense2007
Certificate of Completion Mastering Scientific EvidenceTexas Crininal Defense Association & National College of DUI Defense2007
Certificate of Completion DRE ExaminationLa Pier & Associates2006
Understanding Substance Use EvaluationsPraxis2006
Certificate of CompletionNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & National College for DUI Defense2006
Award of ExcellenceDUI-Help.com2006
Certificate of Completion - Winter SessionNational College for DUI Defense2006
Bocce Ball ChampionRiu2005
Certificate of CompletionMastering Scientific Evidence / Texas Criminal Defense Association & National College of DUI Defense2005
Certificate of Completion - Winter SessionNational College for DUI Defense2005
Certificate of Completion - SFST InstuctorLa Pier & Associates2005
Certificate of CompletionNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & National College for DUI Defense2005
Certificate of Completion - DataMaster TrainingCharles Rathburn & Associates2004
Certificate of CompletionNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & National College for DUI Defense2004
Certificate of Completion Drug Evaluation & ClassificationWalden & Platt & Associates2004
Certificate of Completion SFST StudentLa Pier & Associates2003
Certificate of CompletionNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & National College for DUI Defense2002
Certificate of AppreciationKiwanis - Snohomish Tillicum Retirees2002
Certificate of CompletionNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & National College for DUI Defense2001
Certificate of AppreciationSnohomish County District Court - South Division2000
Certificate of AppreciationWashington State Attorney General - Corrections Division1996
Client Counseling Competition Regional Competition ParticipantAmerican Bar Association1995

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Law Office of Mark W. Garka2002 - Present
Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney1998 - 2001
Snohomish County Superior Court1997 - 1998
Law ClerkWashington State Attorney General1996 - 1997

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Citizens for Judicial ExcellenceTreasurer2013 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseWestern Regional "Super" State Delegate2012 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseWashington State Delegate2012 - Present
Citizens for Judicial ExcellenceBoard Member2011 - Present
Mill Creek Condo AssociationSecretary2010 - Present
Citizens for Judicial ExcellencePlatinum Member2007 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseSustaining Member2007 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member2002 - 2007
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersGeneral Member2001 - 2013
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersGeneral Member2001 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1998 - 1998
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaN/A1995 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In the Licensing Matter of S.S.Client won the Department of Licensing hearing.

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College of DUI DefenseDUI/DWIUnknown2013
National College of DUI DefenseDUI/DWIUnknown2011
National College of DUI DefenseDUI/DWIN/A2009
National College of DUI DefenseDUI / DWIN/A2007
National College of DUI DefenseDUI / DWIN/A2005
National College of DUI DefenseDUI/DWIN/A2003
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of Washington -SeattlePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1994

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Lunch SeriesThe Other Field Sobriety Tests – Dealing with the Officers Observations2013
DUI AssessmentsEthical Obligations and Considerations of the Alcohol Evaluation Process2013
Alcohol/Drug Assessment 101Ethical Obligations and Considerations of the Alcohol Evaluation Process2013
Defending DUIs SeminarStandardized Field Sobriety Tests: An Ideal or a Standard?2012
The Essentials of Handling DUI & DOL CasesCross Examination of the Arresting Officer in DUI Cases2011
DUI Strategies for Defense AttorneysSFST - Fun & Games2011
DUI Refresher CLEIntroduction to the Drager BAC Machine2011
DUI DefenseThe Last Gasp for the BAC DATAMASTER? Comparing the new Drager Alcotest Machine2010
Understanding Standardized Field Sobriety TestsDUI Defense2009
Standardized Field Testing InstructionNHTSA SFST Practitioner Certification Course2009
Rights & Responsibilities as a DriverConstitutional Issues as Drivers2009
The "Real" Field Sobriety TestsDUI2008
Standardized Field Sobriety Test InstructionNHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instruction2008
SFST BasicsDUI2008
The Basics of DUI Defense - SpokaneTesting the Validity of SFSTs2007
The Basics of DUI DefenseThe Validity of SFSTs2007
The Pros and Cons of DUI & DRE CLEDefending against Drug Recognition Examinations2006
Standardized Field Sobriety Tests In WashingtonField Sobriety Tests: What a DUI Attorney Needs to Know About The Tests, and How To Defend Against Them2006
NHTSA SFST InstructionStandardized Field Sobriety Test Instruction2006