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John Van Dyke Jensen

John Van Dyke Jensen

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Car Accidents, Personal Injury

About Me

           I spent my first 6 1/2 years as an attorney in the Benton County Prosecutors Office.  After the first 2 1/2 years I was promoted to Chief Criminal Deputy and maintain that postition until I left for defense work.  I have done over 70 felony jury trial and numberous misdemeanor. 

           I have done criminal, DUI, DWI defense for 10 years now.  I believe a defense attorney's job is to zealously represent their client.  I do not make any judgment about guilt or innocence.  I believe my duty is zealous representation. 

 I practice criminal and DUI defense in Pasco, Richland, Kennewick and the surrounding Tri-Cities area.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    21 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    15 years
  3. Personal Injury: 5%
    15 years
  4. Car Accidents: 5%
    15 years



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Nicholas Dominic Jones

    I have known John for about 8 years. He is zealous advocate for his client. I have referred clients to John over the years. He takes care of his clients and gets them positive outcomes. I endorse this lawyer.


    Nicholas Jones DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • George E. Telquist

    John has a reputation of being a tough criminal defense attorney who is willing to take cases to trial. As a former prosecutor he has experience on both sides of the issues. I recommend him to anybody with a criminal law need.


    George Telquist Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Offices of John v. Jensen

7014 W Okanogan Place
Kennewick, WA, 99336-5076



CONot authorized to practice-Administrative199308/30/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Outstanding AchievementState Historical Society1999
Dean's ListUniversity of Puget Sound1993
Cum LaudeUniversity of Puget Sound1993
Am JurAmerican Jurisprudence1992
Dean"s listUniversity of Puget Sound1992

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
LawyerLaw Office of John Jensen2001 - Present
Chief Criminal DeputyBenton County Prosecutors Office1994 - 2001
Specialist 4US Army1982 - 1985


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeMember2007 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - 2009
Benton Franklin County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
City of Richland V. TeverbaughDismissal and reporting witness charged with false reporting.
State v. ERNEST LEE TABORSuccessful as prosecutor

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Publication NameTitleDate
Tri CityRetired Coach Cleared of Assault2009
Tri City HearldJustified Shooting Gannon2008
Spokesman ReviewDeputy Prosecutor John Jensen asks for exceptional sentence for 3 killings1997


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
National District Attorneys Advocacy CenterApplied Trial AdvocacyN/A1999
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJuris Doctor1993
Metropolitan State College of DenverFinanceBS1989

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Leadership Tri-CitiesCriminal Justice System2014
Leadership Tri-CitiesCriminal Justice System2013
Hammer Training FacilitySaving Culture Resourses1999
Mini acadamey for reserve officersSearch and Seizure1996