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Schoen R Parnell

Gun Law Attorney at Lynnwood, WA

4.6   18 reviews

About Schoen

Learn Schoen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Assault/Self-Defense, DUI/DWI, Domestic Violence, Vehicular Assault - I have successfully handled just about every kind of criminal charge there is. And I can help Expunge, Vacate, Seal convictions.

    24 years

  2. Gun Law
    50%
    Restoration of firearm rights, Self-Defense, Brandishing, Justifiable Homicide, Concealed Carry.

    24 years

Getting arrested and thrown into the legal system can be very intimidating if you are not confident in your defense attorney. I have gone to trial hundreds of times in the last 23 years and negotiated countless plea bargains. I vigorously defend my clients and their rights. Please visit my website to see some of my client testimonials. By the way, Schoen is pronounced "shane".


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To serve my clients better, I have two offices.  My King County office is located in Kirkland, WA.  My Snohomish County office is in Lynnwood, WA.  Depending on your circumstances, I can meet you for a free case consultation or discuss the matter over the telephone - confidentially.  To me, it is most important that a client is able to trust their attorney.  To that end, during your case consult, we will discuss you, your case, me, my practice, and whether I believe I can help you.  My goals at the case consultation are to educate you, to help you understand what you are about to go through, what your options are and the possible consequences, as well as your chances.  Even if you do not hire me, you will walk out of my office far more knowledgeable and informed than before.  Call me to schedule a consult at 206-619-two-five-two-one, I might even be able to talk with you right now on the phone; you can also send me an inquiry from my website at parnelldefense.com 

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Licensed for 24 years
State ID
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 11/20/2022
State AK
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 09/08/2022
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/25/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 06/08/2022
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 1998
Updated 02/13/2017
State MD
Status Inactive - Retired
Acquired 1999
Updated 07/12/2022

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

Contact Schoen

Parnell Defense, PLLC
4208 198th St SW
Ste 202
Lynnwood, WA, 98036
Parnell Defense, PLLC
11335 Northeast 122nd Way
Ste 105
Kirkland, WA, 98034
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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Deb | January 27, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional and Talented
Excellence! Mr. Parnell was not only exceptionally talented but very personable, easy to work with and really seemed to care about us and the outcome. Although our challenge was fairly simple, we felt as if he treated us like the most important people in the world. If you have a need for help reach out to him we are certainly lucky to have him help us. Highly recommend!
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
2nd Amendment Services
“Mr. Parnell protected my 2nd Amendment rights with the utmost skill and professionalism following the seizure of my firearm by law enforcement. I categorically recommend his outstanding legal services.”
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI
Would recommend. Schoen was sure to keep me in the loop and was thorough in my case. I was recommended to him when i was considering a public defender and was impressed.
Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Advice even before I pursued a case
Mr. Parnell was one of about 10 Seattle attorneys I had contacted with regards to expunging existing court records. Mr. Parnell was by far the most thorough in his evaluation of the case. He responded to me on time, and gave me complete details of the information available with the court, along with the different approaches I could take. He also advised me to get some additional information before hiring an attorney and pursuing this path. If I had not listened to his advice, I may have inadvertently spent a bunch of money on another attorney and gotten zero benefit from it. In my limited experience, he has shown me the most thoroughness and customer obsession. If I do end up pursuing the expungement process, he will definitely be the attorney I go with. Thank you Mr. Parnell.
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Posted by Jay | May 17, 2014
Schoen Parnell - A DUI Attorney that has Integrity and is of Exceptional Value
In this 1st paragraph I want to summarize Schoen's level of excellence without making you read everything below. He is professional, confident, and thorough. . .but most of all he is personally vested in ensuring that his clients become better people. He takes the time to explain things to his clients because he has the heart of a teacher. If there were one word to describe him--I'd say it was "integrity." If I get two words--I'd describe what he offers as "exceptional value." In fact, I do not think our money could have been better spent. Schoen -- My family and I really can't thank you enough. After I was charged with a DUI I spent a good deal shopping around for many lawyers by word of mouth, on the web, and even this site. I considered very well known expensive options and also others who were rated a 10 on this site, and it was very tempting to go with them. My situation was also extra delicate since I had a significant conviction in my past--that I knew would be used in any way against me during the case. After about 3-4 weeks, I decided to hire Schoen (after much prayer and consulting with my family) to take my case since he had experience with Felony DUIs, he was calm, clear, and professional, and he genuinely cared about who I was. I wasn't just a job to him (which I have experienced with other attorneys before). Now that my case is over, I can't imagine walking through this process with anyone else. Many of the first meetings were to help us understand what we (my family and I) were up against. He listened and acknowledged how we felt. No punches were pulled. My wife and I are also armchair researchers -- and he was amazingly patient with us while we asked him many questions about the specifics. He followed up on everything he didn't immediately know the answers to. He also helped me to do everything I needed to in order to minimize the damage. He always set expectations well for me on what the next steps were, and followed up just before each of the court appearances to ensure we were ready (charging, discovery hearing, continuances, readiness, trial, and sentencing). He responded very quickly by phone, email, or texts. Usually he was able to get our case moved through quickly with the prosecution/judge so we didn't have to wait. During the build up, he was extraordinarily thorough. . .able to get the toxicology evidence suppressed. Also, he was able to get testimony from the arresting officer to bring into question damaging statements I had made against myself. He always came to the table with strategic suggestions, but was clear that I had to make key decisions that I was comfortable with. In fact, when the initial felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor -- he refunded half of our original retainer-THAT'S INTEGRITY! Since we received no reasonable offer from the prosecution, we took this case to trial. Stating this as objectively as I can -- I felt we had a superior defense. There was little to no hard evidence admitted in the case that indicated I was guilty, other than the officer's testimony of my field sobriety test. Again, he was calm, collected, and thorough. My only complaint would be that maybe a couple of the arguments (examples) weren't as clear as they could be considering the ability of the jury to understand. However, a more polished argument wouldn't have helped. My sense is that the jury would have convicted no matter what. At sentencing, the prosecutor recommended 180-days due to my past conviction. Schoen ensured that he understood the elaborate specifics of my prior conviction, and had several folks testify on my behalf. Additionally, he prepared key information from my prior case to help temper the exaggerated character that was being described by the prosecutor. We won this hearing with only a month in Home Monitoring so I could continue to support my family without interruption. You won't be disappointed with Schoen.
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Posted by Seattle Client | October 24, 2012
Great Experience with this attorney
I contacted Schoen after I was arrested for a DUI charge in the Seattle area. I had never even had an interaction with a police officer other than a speeding ticket in my life (> 40y). I have an executive level software job in the Seattle area so this whole episode was quite the shock to me. I am 100% responsible for not keeping track of my drinking that evening but on the cab ride home that night after being arrested and booked I thought my life was about over. I called Schoen the next morning and his calm demeanor and vast knowledge of the legal system was a huge relief to me. I met with him the following week to discuss my case. I could tell within 15m that I would hire him to represent me. I never felt judged by him even though I fully admit that I was guilty. He gave me good advice and explained in detail what would happen. If you call/email him he will get back to you right away and never makes you feel like your questions are rushed. Schoen also has a DOL expert who can answer questions about license suspension, ignition interlock devices, ORL, and how to get your license back. All of which I needed in my case. He even answered a few questions after officially he was not required to do so about my driving restrictions. In my case having a conviction was a serious career issue. Schoen went into detail about what was possible and talked to the prosecutor on multiple occassions. While I wished I could have had my entire case dismissed that was just not possible given the evidence the state had. Schoen got me the best possible deal and helped me understand each step of the way. I am grateful that I hired him to handle this case and would highly recommend him to any other people that get into a bad situation.
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Posted by Rod | June 13, 2012
Schoen Parnell is an exceptionally competent, responsive, professional attorney
You received a letter from the Municipal Court charging you with a criminal act and now you’re scared because your back is against the wall and the real consequences of being convicted are loss of professional license, security clearance, job, promotional opportunity, future employment, time in jail and a fine. That was my position a few months ago; however it is not how things are now. Mr. Schoen Parnell worked successfully to get the charge “dismissed”. A dismissal was the best possible outcome and I am very grateful for Mr. Parnell’s efforts in this matter. Mr. Parnell filed a well written, well researched motion to dismiss based on exculpatory evidence. Sitting in the courtroom while the motion was presented, it was clear to me that I had hired an exceptional Trial Lawyer. The motion was denied by the judge, but the fact that the motion was filed provided a basis for appeal. Mr. Parnell deposed (questioned) the complainant in the presence of the prosecuting attorney and the prosecutor agreed that day to dismiss the case. My attorney did two very skillful things here. He asked the right questions in an effective way, and he effectively negotiated a dismissal. Now I can move on with my life. Thank you Schoen! I greatly appreciate your efforts in this matter.
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Posted by John | June 12, 2012
Schoen Parnell is everything you look for when hiring an attorney and more
I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Parnell on a DOL stay hearing over the last six months. From the first time I contacted Scheon he has gone above and beyond all of my expectations. Mr Parnell worked this case with extreme due diligence and kept me informed every step of the way. He treated me with respect and handled my case as if it was the most important case of his career. There are many attorneys out there that could learn from Scheon on how to treat their clients. Mr. Parnell is everything a person is looking for in a great attorney, he knows the law and will handle your case both personally and professionally. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for great legal representation.
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Posted by Dino | November 18, 2011
Very efficient
hello, my name is Dino, from Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. because i am not familiar with the USA traffic and court system, i needed a good lawyer...And boy did i have one...Schoen - pronounced (Shane) Parnell was patient with me and my little knowledge of the systems...made it easy for me to understand what was up and helped me with the contact #'s i needed to helped me sort out all the frustrating confusion and finally end up with a "dismissed" case! I highly recommend him to anyone needing legal advise, Schoen is a loyal, honest and most of all, just a nice guy! Thank Schoen! looking forward to lunch when im pass thru the USA next!
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Posted by Gilbert | November 18, 2009
Professional and Thoughtful Throughout
Schoen defended me when I got myself into some trouble with a DUI. Having never run into trouble with the law before, I was lost on what to do next. Schoen walked me through the system step by step to a better than expected conclusion. He alleviated my concerns by answering my questions quickly and he is definitely an advocate for his clients. Would highly recommend to anyone facing a DUI or DWI (especially with WA's strict criminal laws and DOL process) though I have to admit I don't want to ever require his services again. :)
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2008
Excellent!
Dear Schöen, I wanted to thank you for a job well done. After our first meeting, I knew instantly you were the perfect lawyer to represent me and since then I never questioned my judgment. You have a tremendous amount of character. Your honesty and willingness to fight will not be forgotten. Every time I had a question or concern you promptly responded with a detailed answer. I am very pleased with the results you procured. God forbid if anyone I know needs a defense attorney, in a heart beat you will be highly recommended. I can't thank you enough. Seriously Thanks again!
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2008
Dan Gettemy
My nephew had a bad year, and had severl legal issues that he had to deal with. My niece had used Schoen before and was extremely satisfied. I called Schoen and we set up a meeting. I must say that end of all of the issues I was more than satisfied. Schoen had pulled off a few what I would classify as miracles, due to his knowledge of the legal system and his untiring committment to solving issues and seeing it all through. He continually guided us through all of the obstacles and was very communicative. I am in hopes that we would not have to deal with anymore legal issues, however If that ever does occur Schoen will be the first person I call. I would not hesitate in endorsing Schoen for any legal issue that you may have. He is tops in my book.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2008
DUI Assistance
Mr. Parnell was my attorney for a DUI case. He was great to work with and always ready and willing to take the extra time and spend the extra energies to resolve my case. It turned out much better than expected, and I would recommend him to anyone that needs a knowledgeable and talented attorney.
Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2008
Ralph Rodriguez and Carol Sablan
We live in Texas, and our son had an incident outside of Seattle that required attorney attention. We did some internet research and found a few attorneys that would qualify, but, after speaking with Mr. Parnell, determined he was the best fit for our situation. Mr. Parnell was timely, knowledgeable, and always answered his phone, or returned the call quickly. Being in another state, this was crucial. The outcome was certainly better than we expected, and his diligence is noteworthy. We feel very fortunate to have found Mr. Parnell, and would recommend him highly to anyone that needs legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2008
Excellent DUI Lawyer
Shoen was always there for me regardless of the nature of the call. He showed distinct concern and cared how I felt emotionally. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Parnell's services. He will fight for you.
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2007
Very Proffesional
Mr. Parnell was unbeleivable, i do not know what else to say. Everytime i called him he answered the phone or called me right back. He kept me very informed throughout the entire process of everything that was going on. He clearly went over all of the different options that were available to me at all times. When the time came for trial he was very good, went over everything very carefully and got me a more then favorable outcome. i would reccommend Mr. Parnell to everyone who needs a good attorney that they can trust. He never once talked down to me or treated me unfairly or judged me in anyway what so ever. Mr. Parnell thank you for everything you did, i will always owe you one.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very inactive in my situation after receiving payment.
After he was paid, He filed paperwork for my situation, and ever followed up until I contacted him about the progress 2 months later. Now 6 months and still nothing. Hire someone else.
Response from Schoen Parnell August 17, 2021
If you were one of my clients, please contact me directly via email or on my cell phone so I can personally discuss your specific concerns with you. Please also check your junk mail box for any communication from me or my staff. I've recently learned from another client (who had not added our email addresses to their Contacts list) that our email communications had been going unnoticed to their junk box for many months. While this may or may not have been at the root of your issue, I work very hard for our clients and would appreciate knowing what kind of case this may have been and would appreciate the opportunity to look into it by receiving a personal call/email from you.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI
I hired Shoen for my 3rd DUI. He did a thorough job of walking me through the steps of the process, gave me advise, and was patient, until we got to the Sentencing. I was not consulted before sentencing so the discussion between the judge and us was very uncomfortable and almost dishonest.
Response from Schoen Parnell August 9, 2021
This matter does not sound familiar, and I always strive for the utmost client satisfaction in every case. If you were one of my clients, please contact me directly via email or on my cell phone so I can personally discuss your specific concerns with you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Parnell Defense, PLLC
  • 1998 - Present

Education

  • LaPier & Associates
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2009
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2008
  • LaPier & Associates
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2006
  • Regent University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • California Lutheran University
  • B.A. (Minor in Speech)
  • 1986
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Legal Cases

  • Seattle vs. T. Mallery
  • Not Guilty on both charges!
  • Marysville vs. T. Sweet
  • Dismissed
  • State of WA v. R. Myers
  • Dismissed!
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Associations

  • Northwest Academy for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Attorney at Law
  • 2002 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Attorney at Law
  • 1999 - Present
  • D.C. Bar Association
  • Attorney at Law
  • 1999 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Attorney at Law
  • 1998 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Legislative Committee
  • 2005 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Defending DUI's
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2016
  • Defending DUI's
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2015
  • Defending DUI's
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2014
  • Defending DUI's
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2013
  • Defending DUI's
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2012
  • Defending DUI's
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2011
  • Defending DUIs
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2010
  • Certified Instructor - Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • LaPier & Associates - NHTSA Program
  • 2009
  • Defending DUIs
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2009
  • Graduate
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2008
  • Defending DUI's
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2006
  • Certified, Administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • LaPier & Associates - NHTSA Program
  • 2006
  • Defending DUI's
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2005
  • Defending DUI's
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2004
  • Who's Who in American Law Schools
  • Who's Who
  • 1997
  • Moot Court Qtr Finalist
  • Regional Law School Moot Court Competition
  • 1997
  • Speaker of the Year
  • California Lutheran University, Communication Arts Dept.
  • 1986
  • State Champion Expository Speaker
  • Alaska State Forensics Competition
  • 1982
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Publications

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: DUI News
  • DUI While Armed
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • DUIs for Dummies
  • Winning Your DOL Hearing
  • 2007
  • DUIs In A Post Jenson World
  • DUI Defense
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (12)
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Schoen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Schoen is a consummate professional. Friendly, knowledgable, and tenacious. Having seen Schoen in action many many times, I would not hesitate to refer potential clients to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Schoen has one of those detail-oriented, analytic minds that help him be completely prepared for any situation that might arise. He looks at issues from every possible angle and comes up with ideas that leave me thinking, "Dang, I wish I had thought of that." Schoen is also the consummate professional. He is always early, prepared, and impeccably dressed. He simply has a presence in court that lets a prosecutor know that Schoen is ready to go to the wall for his client--every time. Schoen is on a very short list of attorneys that I would allow to represent me if I were ever charged with a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This guy knows his stuff. He works extremely hard for his clients and keeps his clients informed of the requirements ahead of them. I endorse him without qualification; great attorney--great guy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Schoen is a sharp and tenacious attorney to whom I refer clients all the time. He is dependable, honest and obtains great results. His reputation in the community is stellar."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mr. Parnell for years and can attest that Mr. Parnell will work and fight hard for his clients. He is also very professional and always explain everything to his clients thoroughly. I endorse Mr. Parnell's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of watching Schoen practice law. He is a creative, intelligent and hard working lawyer respected by the Judges, prosecutors and attorneys with whom he works. Although he has a calm demeanor, he is a fierce advocate for the interests of his clients and obtains excellent results. Schoen’s professionalism and knowledge are a credit to the legal profession."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Schoen in a classroom setting, and have seen him in action in court. Schoen is also a successful appellate lawyer, fighting to protect the constitutional rights of all Washingtonians. You could not find a more intelligent, hard-working and compassionate advocate. If I were accused of a crime, I would hire Schoen in a heartbeat."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Schoen for several years and have always respected the thoroughness of his work and his diligent advocacy on behalf of clients. I have also attended two lenghthy professional training courses with him in recent years and have witnessed first hand his exceptional work ethic and extensive knowledge. I highly endorse Schoen."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Schoen is an outstanding criminal defense lawyer. When I needed a partner to act as co-counsel in a First Degree Murder case, I called on him without hesitation. Through his efforts we were able to conduct a successful defense and obtained Not Guilty verdicts on all counts. Throughout the trial, Schoen demonstrated a mastery of his subject matter and a style that was relentless and persuasive. I recommend him with enthusiasm."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Parnell is a very competent criminal defense attorney with a thorough knowledge of the law and procedures. "
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Schoen is an outstanding lawyer who will fight tenaciously for you in the courtroom. He is also a second amendment scholar who works daily to help Citizens maintain their constitutional right to bear arms. Whether you are facing a criminal charge or have concerns about your right to own, carry or use a firearm, I recomend him without hesitation."
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