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About Me

I graduated from the University of Washington in 1994 with a double major in History and Political Science.  I then attended Gonzaga University School of Law, obtaining my Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1997.

I have been in criminal law for 18 years now.  The first eight were as a senior deputy prosecuting attorney in Yakima and Whatcom Counties.  Since then I have been a criminal defense attorney here in Whatcom County.  I also handle vacation/expungement of old records and traffic infractions of all kinds, like speeding and no seatbelt tickets.  I also help client's petition the superior court to restore their rights to possess firearms.


Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    18 years
  2. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 20%
    10 years
  3. Juvenile: 10%
    15 years



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

17 total 

  • David Christopher Mason

    I endorse this lawyer. Carl is a hard working, ethical and detail oriented advocate for his clients


    David Mason Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Judd S Nemiro

    Not only do I endorse this lawyer, but I also give them five stars for their tremendous work with the community.


    Judd Nemiro Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

119 N Commercial St Ste 860
Bellingham, WA, 98225-4462



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2013 Top ContributorAvvo2013
Avvo Clients Choice AwardAvvo2012
Avvo Top ContributorAvvo2012
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Pro Tem JudgeBellingham Municipal Court2010 - Present
N/ALaw Office of Carl A. Munson2006 - Present
Tribal AdvocateNooksack Indian Tribal Court2012 - 2015
Senior Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyWhatcom County Prosecutor's Office2003 - 2005
Senior Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyYakima County Prosecutor's Office1997 - 2002
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Nooksack Tribal Bar AssociationTribal Advocate2012 - 2015
Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2012 - 2013
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of Washington vs. M.T.8 felonies amended to one gross misdemeanor
State of Washington vs. B.W.Not Guilty Verdict
State of Washington vs. A.S.1st Degree Robbery and 2nd Degree Assault amended to 4th Degree assault
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Publication NameTitleDate
EzineArticles.comRepresenting Yourself In A Criminal Case - Don't Do It2012
EzineArticles.comBail Jumping For Beginners In Washington State2012
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawDoctorate of Jurisprudence1997
University of Washington -SeattleHistory and Political ScienceBachelor of Arts1994
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Yakima County Citizen's AcademyThe Criminal Justice System1998