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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2008|
|Partner||Cowan Kirk Gaston Wolff||2005 - Present|
|Partner||Veitch, Gaston & Kennedy||2000 - 2005|
|Attorney||Weyrich and Verge (Weyrich and Gaston)||1998 - 1999|
|Deputy Prosecuting Attorney||Skagit County Prosecutors Office||1997 - 1998|
|Deputy Prosecuting Attorney||Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office||1995 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice||Secretary||2008 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||N/A|
|Northwest Academy for DUI Defense||Founding Member||N/A|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice||Member||N/A|
|Northwest Academy for DUI Defense||President||2005 - 2005|
|Criminal Law Section, WSTLA||Chairman||2005 - 2005|
|City of Seattle v. T. Fountain||Charges dismissed.|
|City of Seattle v. J. Stewart||All charges dismissed.|
|State v. Weimer, No. 7036A-09D (Sno. Co. Dist. Ct. WA)||Blood Evidence Suppressed|
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|Defending DUI's in Washington||DUI and the Commercial Driver||2007|
|King County Bar Association||Defending DUIs-A Defense Perspective||2003|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Judge, Jury and Executioner: The DOL and Due Process in Administrative Hearings||2001|
|National College for DUI Defense||N/A||N/A||2005|
|Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of Washington||English Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Defending DUI's in Washington||The Science of DUI||2014|
|Defending DUI's in Washington||DOL Hearings: Winning the War||2013|
|Defending DUI's in Washington||The Ethical Lawer||2012|
|Discovery: It's Elementary||Co-Chairman||2010|
|Defending DUI's in Washington||FST: Forcing Standardized Testing||2010|
|Defending DUI's in Washington||Mastering Pretrial Motions||2009|
|Defending DUI's in Washington||The Devil, Details and the DOL||2008|
|Suppressing Breath Test Evidence||An Innovative Challenge to the Implied Consent Warnings||2007|
|DUI's in a Post Jensen World||The Coercion Inherent Under the Implied Consent Law||2007|
|2007 Defending DUI's Program||Cross Examination of Field Sobriety Testing||2007|
|Wasington Trial Lawyers Association||An Overview of Misdemeanor Practice, Early Years of Litigation Practice||2004|
Posted by Chase
Unfortunately, in 2012 I was irresponsibly driving after drinking alcohol and got in a moderately serious accident with another vehicle- and I was at fault. After being taken to the Hospital the Police took blood and I was released. I immediately began searching for attorneys and likely called 20 and met 10, all referrals from other attorneys or legal friends- Eric was one. Since I had not been charged I simply waited, as I didn't now what we would be dealing with. 13 months later, yes 13, I received a letter charging me with Vehicular Assault, a felony. Sadly, a person in the other car I was in the accident with broke her finger, triggering the felony; and my BAC was high. Having a prior Reckless Driving charge x years earlier that was alcohol related (failed a field sobriety test, no BAC test, reduced from DUI), I was looking at 6-9 months in jail minimum and a felony conviction. As a corporate executive who also travels internationally- this would have ended my career. Even if this was reduced a DUI was going to cause me serious consequences. So I was in a very emotionally distraught state- and Eric was always able to talk be down off the ledge.
I decided to hire Eric after meeting he and his partners; he is compassionate, smart, works very hard, knows the law, knows the system, knows the courts, knows prosecutors, knows judges, and most importantly- trust me on this- he focuses on the legal agreement and supporting that first rather than trying to negotiate or plea and pray.
We did not go to trial for another year and two months; and in the mean time Eric was always available to talk, meet, respond to emails and texts-- and trust me I had some very bad days during this two year period. His commitment is supreme- to you, the law, and the defense.
Now, on the legal side Eric was masterful in getting evidence suppressed due to the fact that my constitutional rights were violated, using a supreme court ruling-- this is VERY difficult in a blood draw and was very high drama. His legal skill and preparation was exceptional, and this allowed us to get the felony reduced to a DUI in a plea. We pondered going to trial on the felony-- but the plea outweighed the felony conviction as Eric negotiated a solid outcome. He advised and assisted me, along with his staff, on all of actions one must deal with in a DUI-- assessments, licensing, treatment, classes, court hearings and locations, paperwork, fines, the works. This should be a very important part of your thought process.
I have subsequently been in a program of recovery that puts me in contact with hundreds who have dealt with DUIs-- and a common topic are attorneys and the legal issues. Most thought using their wallets instead of the recommendations of professionals; and most received more consequences than I for far less serious situations. Nothing is guaranteed in legal cases; but do not think with your wallet-- and I can guarantee Eric will put you on the best footing possible for your defense, be there for you, and be solid as a rock-- he is "good people".
Posted by anonymous
Almost a year ago I got pulled over for driving under the influence in downtown Seattle. I did a lot of research on attorney's specializing in this area of law, narrowed down the field to 5 and met with each in turn. Every single attorney I interviewed informed me that DUIs in Seattle over the past 1-2 years have become increasingly more difficult to beat. There have been some very nasty, high profile DUI related accidents recently.
I decided to have Eric represent me and I'm very glad that I did. Eric is knowledgeable, well spoken and kept me informed throughout the lengthy process. He is extremely effective in court and was able to answer all my questions. Ultimately, my charges were reduced to reckless driving with minimum sentencing.
I have no hesitation in recommending Eric.
Posted by anonymous
DUI case of about 4 months ago. Eric calls me back asking numerous questions and I immediately felt better about my situation by listening to his thoughts. Many times encouraging me that I am going to be fine. Any problems come up and he will take care of the issue. What was very cool was that I did indeed end up with issue. Just as Eric had initially stated to me. He worked to address the specifics and the out come (one where I was worried about) ended as Eric had thought it would.
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