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Posted by Thomas, a Domestic Violence client, Flag
X-girlfriend accused me of Domestic Violence & I took it to trial. Ken & his team researched the incident & reccomended taking it to trial & I did. He tore her up on cross. It took 30 min for the jury to return a 'not guilty' verdict. Thank you & will reccomend him anytime.
Posted by Dylan, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
Ken got me off my serious Assault charge, almost was sentanced to a year, and $60,000 restitution. We went to trial and not only was I found NOT GUILTY, but he showed I was wrongfully accused and won back all the money spent on my case from the state! He was on point the whole time. He saved my career in the fire service and I couldn't ask for a better person, who would care and represent me better than he did!
Posted by a Child Abuse client, Flag
Mr. Harmell represented me in a very sensitive matter, was able to obtain the desired result, and made me feel comfortable throught the entire ordeal. I would reccomend Mr. Harmell to anyone charged with a serious crime.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client, Flag
Ken represented me on a case, did an excellent job and got my case dismissed!
Posted by Dave, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
In 2005 I was arrested and charged by the city of Kent (Washington) for Extortion and Harassment. The city claimed that I was harassing them and then tried to extort money from them. Total BS.
Attorney Ken Harmell represented me in the case. I would have done better representing myself. I notified Mr Harmell by fax and e-mail that I wanted to fight the charges. Mr Harmell soon talked me in to accepting a plea deal. The fact that my father had recently passed away, and my mother needed my help in California, I agreed to the plea deal as long as their was no jail time involved so I could put an end to this and take care of family business.
At the hearing Mr Harmell briefly explained the plea deal and asked me to sign two papers. Mr Harmell failed to show me a third page that stated / implied that I was stalking and harassing a child for immoral purposes. The city's complaint against me was for harassment and extortion. There were NO children involved.
Earlier this year I requested copies of my file from the city. That was when I saw the third page falsely accusing me of stalking and harassing a child for immoral purposes. I was pist. I sent a nasty letter to the attorney blasting him for this, explaining that I would never have agreed to any plea deal if I had seen the third page with the "stalking and harassing a child for immoral purposes" statement.
Ken Harmell denied any wrongdoing and refused to help me fix the situation. Ken Harmell and his company are also public defenders for the city of Kent. My opinion? Ken was over worked and did not want to take the time for a trial. With the exception of a few minutes conference time before each hearing, Mr Harmell never met with me to discuss my case. I was prepared to fight the charges but Mr Harmell talked me in to a plea deal and then withheld info about the deal that could portray me in a negative light.
I should have spent the time, and more money, on a better attorney. These are my opinions based on my personal experience with this attorney. I could have ignored this. Chances of anyone seeing my misdemeanor case file from a town up in Washington state are very slim. I just don't want to see others get screwed over with false allegations. I believe most attorney's prefer plea deals to avoid costly court trials. Before accepting any plea deal, please make sure you read every detail, and spend a few extra dollars if you can for a more qualified attorney.