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Michael D Laws

Criminal defense Attorney at Mount Vernon, WA

4.2   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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I worked in the mental health field for a number of years prior to attending Law School at the University of Montana.  I was a prosecutor in Yakima County for 8 years and also acted as a Judge Pro-Tem for the City of Yakima.  Since 2009 I have been practicing as a criminal defense attorney.  

I enjoy problem-solving and helping people deal with what can be a confusing criminal justice process

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Mountain Law, PLLC
306 S. 1st St
Mount Vernon, WA, 98273


4.2 / 5.0
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Posted by Sheila | July 8, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Laws was in the Burlington courtroom while I was being indicted for malicious mischief. He was very helpful in explaining the process to me and provided information that I could use to pursue my defense. I really appreciate Mr. Laws.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Micheal took my case last minute and directed me through the whole process and he was very good with communicating with me at any givin time!
Posted by Lauren | November 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
I had the best of luck having Michael laws appointed to help me on my case. He always did everything he could to make sure everything that was happening was in my best interest. He was helpful and knowledgeable and genuine. I would highly recommend Michael to anyone. He always had my best interest at heart, and has continued to be of help. Michael laws is a wonderful lawyer.
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Posted by Derrick | April 16, 2013
A Great Lawyer
I have not had a very positive experience with public defenders. The public defender I had before Mr. Laws barely knew my name or carried what it was. so, when he quit his position and left my case up in the air. I didn't have much faith in whoever was going to take over my case. Mr. Laws however proved to be better then I could ever dream for. He really took time and showed passion to be there for everyone of his clients, and that's saying something because he has a lot! This really shows the type of character and lawyer he is. He well fight for you and make time for you no matter what. He never made me feel anything less then his most important client, and I know he has to do that with all his clients, because there was nothing special about me or my case. He just gave me a personal feeling of representation that really made me feel he was fighting for me, and that is not what you expect with a public defender. I can't recommend him more for legal representation he will fight for you to find the best resolution possible.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Ruined my life
Michael D. Laws persuaded me 8 years ago (at a very young age) to plead guilty and accept a deal to an offense I did not commit in order to lighten his case load. His strategy was “if we go to trial they could give you the maximum sentence which would be 2 years in prison”. Me being a fresh out of high school and recently enrolled in college young guy was deathly afraid of what prison would do to me so I took his “advice” and plead guilty. Now 8 years later with two kids I have trouble finding a job to support my family because of a charge that is on my record. Needless to say, would not recommend.
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Response from Michael Laws April 29, 2022
I'm sorry that you feel like you had a negative experience. If you'd like to reach out to me I would be happy to see if there is anything that can be done to address the issues that you're facing. That having been said, I am confident that I tell ALL of my clients that my job is to do with their case what THEY want done with their case as long as that is legal, within the court rules that I'm obligated to follow, and with an understanding that my name is Michael, not "Gandalf the wizard". I am obligated to present clients with any offer that is received, but it is ALWAYS the client's choice to accept or reject any offer. Ultimately the decision about whether to go to trial or enter a guilty plea and accept an offer comes down to the client's comfort level with being exposed to the risk that their conviction and sentence after a trial could wind up being greater or more severe than the agreed recommendation contained in a plea offer. I have done many trials for clients where I recommended against going to trial, and I'd say that most often my assessment of the client's chances at trial is borne out by the results, but I've certainly been wrong and won cases that I didn't think we would have much of a shot at. Similarly I've gone to trial on cases where both myself and my client believed we had a better than even chance of winning, and we wound up losing. I do my best to give clients an honest assessment. If you feel like your situation was unfair, I'd certainly like to hear from you and see what, if anything, can be done to take corrective action on your behalf.
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Judge Pro-Tempore
  • Municipal Court - City of Union Gap
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Judge Pro-Tempore
  • Municipal Court - City of Yakima
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Sociology Instructor
  • Yakima Valley Community College
  • 2000 - 2003
  • County-Designated Mental Health Professional
  • Benton County Crisis Response Unit
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Sociology Instructor
  • Yakima Valley Community College
  • 1995 - 1997
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  • University of Montana School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Walla Walla College
  • Master of Social Work
  • 1995
  • Central Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993


  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (8)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike used to work for the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. He was a great prosecuting Attorney for Yakima County and also, a Pro Tem Court Commissioner and Judge for the City of Yakima. I believe those skills really has taught Mike to look at both sides of the law when representing clients in criminal defense. I would firmly recommend Mike to anyone wanting a strong and zealous criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As I former prosecutor with the City of Everett I have gone to trial on the opposing side of Mr. Laws. He is a talented and competent advocate for his clients. As a young lawyer I learned a lot from Mr. Laws. I respect his work and hope to emulate him as I develop in my career."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Laws and I are members of Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I have had the pleasure of dealing with Mr. Laws through this organization and I can recommend him without reservation as an excellent and principled attorney who not only zealously advocates for his clients but who also supports his colleagues in the ultimate pursuit of justice."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Understands the legal system and will be able to defend your rights if you are facing a criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Well-rounded Seattle attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Always looking out for his clients best interest."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Very dedicated to fighting for his clients rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Mount Vernon Criminal defense Lawyer Michael D Laws
Michael D Laws
Criminal defense Attorney
Mount Vernon, WA
Licensed for 22 years