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Mr. Derek Smith is a no nonsense lawyer. He is personable an obviously well regarded in the lawyer field. We interviewed several lawyers and even hired another lawyer before finding Derek. Our previous lawyer said there was "nothing more he could do" and it was either trial or face jail time. He was fired and we found Derek.
Derek was immediately forthright with the possible outcomes and he was honest, didn't sugar coat anything. It just felt right to hire him, there was no doubt that he would do a better job that our previous lawyer.
Derek immediately got to work on the case. He interviewed all parties and presented the scenario to the prosecutor. After some negotiations, he was able to negotiate no jail time, only community service and a very small fine. Everyone else told us it would be for sure jail time.
I would not hesitate a second to recommend Derek to anyone needing a criminal lawyer.
I was face with a situation that could had a huge impact on my personal life and career life, But Mr. Smith was very understanding, attentive and determined to assist and resolve my situation. From the first meeting to the over and over continuance this attorney was honest and to the point without ever losing focus. Mr. Smith is extremely confident in the court room back by superb knowledge and understanding of Court rules and Common Laws. Thanks Derek!
Last year, I was charged with a shocking assault felony that threatened my entire future. It was a self-defense case, but the alleged victim twisted the story to make me seem horrible. I felt hopeless and crushed with nowhere to turn. Before Derek, I had two other lawyers. They were unresponsive, pessimistic about my case, and didn't do much research, even though I knew I was innocent. 8 months into the case, and just two weeks before trial, I met Derek.
I had scheduled meetings with several other attorneys, but I decided to sign Derek immediately. It was more than just the fact that he was intelligent. He also cared a lot. With only two weeks to prepare, he worked tirelessly to do research into the case. (Research that my previous attorneys had not done.)
I have very high standards for attorneys, yet I trusted Derek. He didn't pressure me to make decisions (or take plea bargains), but he carefully explained the pros and cons of each choice. When I decided I wanted to go to trial, he didn't flinch. He went to trial and performed with astute intelligence and eloquence in the courtroom. He advocated for my rights and the truth, and I was fully acquitted of the charges.
Keep in mind that many people thought this case was impossible to win. But Derek won it. If you find yourself in a complicated situation with the law, I highly recommend Derek. My life and future are exponentially better today because I hired him.
I am extremely happy with the service that I was provided by Derek Smith. He kept me informed and got me the best results he could!
I would recommend Derek to anyone! Derek helped me with 2 cases I had brought against me by Kitsap County a year after the fact when they happened. I am a college student that relies on financial aid for my education and both these cases were putting my funding at risk. When I went to my arraignment before hiring Derek the prosecutor was a complete B word. She wouldn't work with me and was definitely trying to throw me under the bus as I did not have representation and was looking at applying for a public defender. Luckily I located Derek Smith on this website and he was more than willing to work with me on payments which made it possible to hire a REAL lawyer.
From the time Derek stepped into the court room he commanded attention. Both times we appeared in court Derek was knowledgeable about what was going on and literally got me in and out. The prosecutor seemed to be much much nicer now that I had Derek on my side and was more willing to see reason .
In closing I would like to say I was no angel growing up and have had many run ins with the law in Kitsap County and have never, I mean never before had a lawyer that was able to get Kidnap County off my back the way Derek did. He always answered my emails and phone calls, even outside of his office hours. If you want a lawyer that is straight up with you, will keep you posted on whats going on and definitely do everything he can to help you, Derek Smith is your man!!
Derek M. Smith and James L. White are professional lawyers and I highly recommend them because they proved me that they can do the best by working on my criminal case. I was in a bad situation , stressed and didn't know what to do after my incident, but Derek Smith helped me to stay calm and answered all of my questions right at that moment i needed help where to start and how to act. I trusted them my criminal case and I can be proud of how professional and fast it was done. I am very glad that online provided me the best Lawyers out all and would never search for anyone else because Derek M. Smith and James L. White really made me feel like my case was important and not just some extra work. I am very pleased and was treated with respect in any situation during my case. I promise you guys will not regret for hiring them to work on your case. I would like to Thank You Derek M. Smith And James L. White for your time , hard work , excellent job and patience. God Bless You and everything you do :-)
Mr. Smith was wonderful to work with. He was professional, knowledgeable and effective!! He takes the time to listen, which is amazing and can be a hard quality to find! He is informative and straight forward, which I truly appreciate! He was quite helpful on another matter that I asked his advise on. Thank you!!!
Derek did a great job advising me about my son's case. He was always there and talked us through this tough time in our lives. I don't know what I would have done without him!
Mr. Smith responded to my e mail in a timely manner. I might have been charged with a serious crime and needed some advice in a calm manner since I had never been in trouble with the law and was freaking out. He kept me calm with his legal expertise and put it in a way that I could understand. He gave me the worse case and the best case and didn't sugar coat it. In the end no charges have been filed and I never had to meet with Mr. Smith, but if the need arises and I ever need a REALLY good lawyer, I know who to call.
I have worked with Derek on several cases over the years and completely trust his counsel, wisdom, guidance, and knowledge of the law. Specifically, on the personal side, Derek helped my family navigate through some very troubling times when my son unfortunately found himself on the wrong side of the law. What I appreciated the most through that ordeal is how Derek dealt strictly in facts and not emotions. He made us face the harsh reality of the real world and didn't candy coat the path that was ahead of us. Because of his expertise, and specifically because of his prior background and experience as a Prosecutor, we were able to successfully negotiate an acceptable settlement. Derek saved my family untold thousands of dollars, and more importantly, spared my son from facing a long and drawn out trial.
On the business side, Derek has served as my attorney on various fronts. I had worked with many other attorneys over the years, but none of them delivered the same level of service as does Derek. He is prompt, fair, and has a knack for being one step ahead of the other side. I view Derek as a critical part of my business team and would not venture too far out without first seeking his counsel. I wholeheartedly recommend Derek for any matter relating to the law.