Board Certified, National College for DUI Defense. Battle tested over 20 years. Free consult.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Policitcs||2012|
|Board Certification||National College for DUI Defense||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2008|
|Board Certification||National College for DUI Defense||2005|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Washington Association for Criminal Justice||2003|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||2003|
|Board Certification||National College for DUI Defense||2000|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice||1996|
|Certificate of Distinction||University of Washington Law School Foundation||1995|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice||1994|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice||1993|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||1991|
|Diploma||National Institute for Trial Advocacy||1988|
|Attorney at Law||Vernon A. Smith||2008 - Present|
|Partner||Cowan Smith Kirk Gaston||1997 - 2008|
|N/A||Vernon A. Smith, Attorney at Law||1991 - 1997|
|N/A||Hallmark, Keating & Abbott||1990 - 1991|
|N/A||The Public Defenders Association||1987 - 1989|
|N/A||U.S. Army||1968 - 1971|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National College of DUI Defense||Founding Member||1995 - Present|
|Lawyer Pilots Bar Association||member||1992 - Present|
|Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice||Member||1991 - Present|
|Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association||Participating Lawyer Panel||1989 - Present|
|Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association||Participating Lawyer Panel Member||1989 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Member||1987 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1987 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||member, judicial screeing committee||2006 - 2008|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||liason to WSBA||2001 - 2002|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Board of Governors||2001 - 2002|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1987 - 1997|
|Bothel v. Guttschmidt||over 300 cases dismissed|
|State v. Knox||Challenge to DUI stop of sleeping driver on ferry.|
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|National College for DUI Defense||N/A||Board Certification||2000|
|University of Puget Sound Law School||N/A||JD Magna Cum Laude||1987|
|Johns Hopkins University||N/A||N/A||1975|
|DUI Defense Skills Certification Program||Cross of the BAC breath test technician||1995|
Posted by anonymous
Vern represented me on a DUI case which was dismissed as a result of his thorough and detailed handling. I would recommend Vern, without hesitation, to anyone in a similar situation.
He took great pains to prepare me and my case. Immediately, he had me write down what happened, in detail. This was vital for both of us.
Then he explained the procedures we'd go through, and the possible and likely outcomes. He had me proactively take the drug assessment and attend the one-day counselling and training, obtain a copy of my driving record, and prepare to get the driving interlock in place for the administrative suspension.
Vern warned me that, despite a relatively low BAC (.099), that the state was pursuing DUI convictions aggressively. Although a plea was likely, it was by no means guaranteed. In the event, the prosecutor did not offer a plea and Vern presented motions for dismissal.
The motions process was (to me) where Vern really shone. He prepared me ethically and well. At no time did he suggest I share anything but the facts, but he did tell me to be clear and straightforward. He had minutely examined the arrest report and -- during the motions hearing -- very painstakingly questioned me and the arresting officer. He raised a number of objections to the state's case (some detailed items on the stop, the Field Sobriety test and the BAC test process; some more obscure points regarding the law) and in the end, the judge upheld these objections and dismissed the case.
At all times, Vern kept me informed. If anything, he kept my expectations low and the result was both a surprise and a relief. I cannot recommend him more highly.
Posted by anonymous
Vern was great. I had one prior DUI (had a PD at the time) and I couldn't afford another. He never pressured me to take a deal and he took the time to explain the pros and cons of each offer. After months of negotiations, the DUI charge was reduced. I highly recommend Vern Smith. He was patient, compassionate and understanding AND always answered my questions promptly!
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