Derek brings more than 15 years of criminal law experience to the Tacoma attorney... more
Derek brings more than 15 years of criminal law experience to the Tacoma attorney team of Smith and White. His work as a prosecutor, judge, and defense attorney provide him valuable insight into Washington criminal defense law. Derek tried hundreds of criminal defense cases, including in the state Court of Appeals and Washington State Supreme Court, as a prosecutor with the cities of Seattle a... view profile
I was born and raised in the Northwest. After graduating from the University of... more
I was born and raised in the Northwest. After graduating from the University of Washington with honors,I attended Gonzaga University School of Law whereI was awarded a Thomas More Scholarship. As a Thomas More Scholar,I dedicatedmyself to helping others both in the local and international communities.My international work included a visit to Rome whereI provided services for the homeless and... view profile
I really enjoy what I do! However, I am old school and prefer to actually talk to... more
I really enjoy what I do! However, I am old school and prefer to actually talk to people rather than emailing back and forth. I believe in actual face to face or voice contact, where I can answer questions or help out otherwise. I have been in the same location for twenty years, across the street from the courthouse in Downtown tacoma. I also am privileged to have helped out many other atto... view profile
The only "work" I enjoy more then a good jury trial is coaching kids. I love the joy... more
The only "work" I enjoy more then a good jury trial is coaching kids. I love the joy and revelation on their faces when they learn a new skill. My clients get a similar look when the jury says NOT GUILTY.
I am here to offer you excellent, aggresive and effective legal representation in... more
I am here to offer you excellent, aggresive and effective legal representation in your criminal defense, personal injury and other legal matters. I am a successful trial lawyer and negotiator. In 1987 I received a scholarship to Study Mandarin and eastern philosophy in Taipei, Taiwan. In 1990 I received my B.A. in Philosophy and in Chinese Studies. In 1994 I received an M.A... view profile
Mr. Steinmetz represents people who are accused by the government of a crime or... more
Mr. Steinmetz represents people who are accused by the government of a crime or violating their licensing standards. The government makes mistakes, sometimes they accuse the wrong person or don't do a complete investigation. Mr. Steinmetz is a strong advocate who will assure that the truth comes out and help the court to understand the whole circumstances surrounding the accusations and to see ... view profile
If you are suspected of a crime or charged with a violation of law, you may require the services of a criminal defense attorney to present your defense or negotiate a penalty. As different rules and procedures exist for different offenses, you should seek a criminal defense attorney who has worked on your particular type of case to provide you with the best defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney knows what information the government will need to prove your guilt. The defense attorney will also know what information you need to prove your innocence, including whether there are any legal rules justifying your actions.