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Bret M. Woody

Criminal defense Attorney at Olympia, WA

5.0   185 reviews
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  • Licensed for 9 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Bret

Learn Bret’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    My cases have ran the gamut of the criminal court system, covering everything from simple misdemeanors to violent felonies. I treat every criminal charge against my clients seriously. Whether it be a day or a decade, your liberty is important to me.

    11 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    A simple mistake can cost you a lot -- Your driver's license. Your insurance. Your freedom. My attention to detail can help to turn what seems like a dead-end situation into the light at the end of the tunnel. I have handled it all; from 0.04 - 0.40.

    11 years

  3. Domestic violence
    20%
    My practice has a focus on crimes classified as domestic violence, or those crimes which are committed against a family or household member. A conviction for such a crime has many collateral consequences, which I understand and take very seriously.

    11 years

  4. Expungement
    10%
    I may be able to vacate your old misdemeanors or felonies, or restore your right to possess a firearm. Call me to check your eligibility.

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%
    What may seem like a simple speeding ticket can end up costing you thousands of dollars in insurance premiums. Never pay the ticket. Check the Contested Hearing box. I will do everything else to keep your driving record clear.

    10 years

  6. Violent crime
    10%
    When you are accused of a violent crime, you must take it seriously and you must move quickly. I have countless hours of experience arguing my clients' release from custody. The difference between being in or out of custody can save your entire case.

    9 years

REPRESENTING DUI, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, VIOLENT CRIME, SPEEDING INFRACTIONS, AND GUN RIGHTS RESTORATIONS

Charged with a crime? Got a traffic infraction? Need firearm rights restoration? - BETTER GET BRET!  

 ****Aggressive Criminal Defense****    ****Traffic Infractions****    ****Firearms Rights Restoration****    

As a law student at Seattle University, I spent a year and a half providing public defense work in the King County court system. I worked in every aspect of District Court - from the jail to the jury. The diversity of my court assignments showed me a multitude of different defendants and case facts. I was able to learn the trade from some of the absolute best in the criminal defense business. Since passing the bar, I have continued on with my commitment to indigent defense, working first as a a public defender in Mason County, and then with the City of Olympia. My fee structure allows me to help people of different socioeconomic backgrounds; defending those who would otherwise be without representation.

In 2016, I started my own practice, Eloquence Law, PLLC, and it grew rapidly. I have worked in courts spanning the Western half of Washington. I actively seek firearm rights restoration for clients that have lost those rights in the past, as well as clearing records, by way of vacating felonies and misdemeanors. I have also contested and won countless traffic infractions, but the vast majority of my time is spent in criminal defense. I fully believe in zealous representation and advocacy for my clients in all cases: public or private; paid or unpaid. I believe in the idea of justice, and work daily towards reaching it for my clients.

Awards

Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2016,2015
Client's Choice
2024 2023 2022 + 6 ...

Location

Eloquence Law, PLLC
400 Union Ave SE #200
Olympia, WA, 98501
Eloquence Law, PLLC.
1201 Pacific Ave #600
Tacoma, WA, 98402
Eloquence Law, PLLC
P.O. Box 2492
Shelton, WA, 98584
Eloquence Law, PLLC
1673 S Market Blvd #221
Chehalis, WA, 98532
Eloquence Law, PLLC
707 S Grady Way, Suite 600
Renton, WA, 98057
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  185 customer reviews
5 Star
 
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4 Star
 
1%
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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Afele | March 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
2-0
Worked with Mr. Woody twice now. First case I was facing 10+ years. they had me dead to rights but he was able to get me the bare minimum which was 2 years. Can't complain with that outcome. Second case, which was not as bad as the first but I lost hope. 3 years later all charges dropped. Mr. Woody proved to me more than once that he cares & he will do absolutely his best to get the best outcome. Highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2022
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From hopeless to hopeful! Thank you, Bret!
Bret has been a godsend. His work and representation saved me from what I thought was a hopeless situation. It felt like the court and judges were against me, and Bret saved me from a wrongful conviction that would’ve changed my life negatively forever. I’m also extremely thankful that Bret was able to work with me with regards to financing my legal representation. Regardless of how hopeless you feel, Bret will work with you and your situation to navigate this crazy complicated legal system. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me, Bret!
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Posted by Brandon | September 16, 2022
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An absolute force of a trial attorney
An absolute bulldog of an attorney and a force in trial. The man knows what he's doing and is worthy of your trust. Had a case drag out and go nowhere with a public defender. Bret jumped into the case and provided 1st class counsel. If he does not immediately respond to emails or calls, do not be discouraged. You can be sure he has considered questions and concerns and will have a response ready for you. The man has called me during vacations, extended trips, while sick, and during layovers. He always had my concerns and affairs in mind regardless of his personal circumstances. Expertly presented motions at hearings and was absolutely stellar during direct and cross examination at trial. My case, after dragging out for over a year, was dismissed after a few hours of Mr. Woody working his magic during trial. The prosecutor nearly cried in open court upon hearing the results. She thought she had a slam dunk, but Bret brought her back to reality and humbled her greatly. Cannot recommend highly enough.
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Posted by Katy Cash | July 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Criminal case
Me and my husband caught ourselves in a really bad situation. We hired Bret Woody and without him I don’t know where we would have ended up with our case. He was there for us not just for our case but emotionally he really cares about his clients. He did everything he said he would and more. He got us the best outcome for our case and so much stress relieved we couldn’t be happier. I would hire him again for any legal matters.
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Posted by Jovani | June 6, 2020
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5 stars
Mr. Woody was very helpful with retrieving my firearm that was wrongfully seized by WSP 2 years ago. I attempted to do it myself on several occasions but was sent through hoops and hit dead ends, forcing me to seek representation. Mr. Woody was able to help me acquire my firearm in a timely manner with no issues. I appreciate his services and would definitely recommend him to anyone seeking representation or in a similar situation.
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Posted by Braden | June 5, 2020
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Always impressed
Every time I've had him represent me, he's always done what he said he'd do and more. I truly believe that he cares and is in this business for the right reasons.
Posted by Jered | May 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best in the Business
Bret worked tirelessly to get my concealed rights back. Up until the very end of my case he was in constant contact and got the job done. Don't settle for less, call Bret today!
Posted by Jared | May 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Actually cares about his clients!
After meeting Brett Woody, he has been the most prompt, communicative, and reliable attorney I've ever had. I highly recommend him for any traffic related issues.
Posted by Janet | April 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Perfect Candor and Support
Bret was ALWAYS available by cell and email, even after hours helping me research documents and details for my young adult son. We hired Bret to help “close outstanding cases” in Puyallup’s Municipal Court. My son had several older, overlapping cases. Each was handled by a different Public Defender, and quite frankly the collective whole was a disorganized mess. The court process had been frustrating, tedious and not timely. Having Bret’s succinct focus and matter of fact clarity gave me a true burst of confidence that “all of this could finally be behind us.” Bret got everything taken care of in ONE appearance. Right down the list, tidy, clear, and freeing. My son took a deep breath and said he finally felt like he could move forward with his life. Bret is a 5 Star Attorney.
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Posted by Brent | March 13, 2020
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Subject Matter Expert
I have a issue with a divorce decree that limits my Second Amendment Rights. He is very knowledgeable on gun rights and I'm confident in his ability to get my issue resolved.
Posted by Crystal | June 18, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Speeding Ticket Dismissed
Bret was very helpful, professional, reassuring, and knowledgeable. I didn’t have to go to court. He took care of everything for a great rate and my insurance isn’t going to be affected.
Posted by Patty | June 14, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Speeding violation
Bret was referred to me when the attorney I originally hired withdrew unexpectedly from my case. Bret was efficient, walked me through the process as it stood and was responsive. I wish I had known about his practice in the first place. I definitely recommend his services.
Posted by Jesse | June 12, 2024
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Jesse James
Got my DUI dismissed, which is very rare. Very professional and a fighter.
Posted by Anthony | April 16, 2024
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B.M.W.
Bret came highly recommended by another in the same field. Now I’m passing that same recommendation. Professional and on point!
Posted by Alan | March 22, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Bret exceeded expectations and had ticket dismissed. Did exactly what he said he would. Highly recommended!
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Great defense attorney!
Bret will argue until you win! Fully dismissed my case. Process was easy and hassle free! Do recommend!
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent work
Mr Woody was a beacon of hope for me at a time when my options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed nearly impossible. Not only was he able to defend me in a timely manner, his calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional relief to me. I’m eternally grateful for his service and I would highly recommend Ms. Woody without any reservations.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2024
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Dismissed DV case
Brett did a Great Job working my case. He's very knowledgeable, smooth and professional in the court room! Got my case dismissed with no problems
Posted by Marc | February 23, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
The best!
Bret is the man! Got my ticket dismissed and handled everything for me! Appreciate you!
Posted by Yury Golub | February 5, 2024
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Speeding ticket dismissed
Bret Woody did a really great job. My speeding ticket was dismissed. He knows what he’s doing. Thank you
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner / Member
  • Eloquence Law, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Solo Practioner
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • FT Law, P.S.
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Associated Counsel For The Accused
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Rule 9
  • King County Department of Public Defense
  • 2013 - 2014
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • University of Washington, Tacoma campus
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Associations

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2023
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • "10 Best Attorneys" for Washington
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • American Institute of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Top 10%
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2017
  • "10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys" for Washington
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • "10 Best" Attorneys for Washington
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • "10 Best" Attorneys for Washington
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • "10 Best" Attorneys for Washington
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • "10 Best" Attorneys for Washington
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • CALI - Payment Law
  • CALI
  • 2013
  • Academic Excellence
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • 2010
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Washington
  • 2010
  • Academic Excellence
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Motions Practice Class
  • Criminal Arraignments
  • 2018
  • Bar Skills Class
  • Bar preparedness
  • 2015
  • Criminal Motions Practice
  • Criminal defense pretrial advocacy
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (19)
Endorse Bret
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bret is a tireless and zealous advocate for his clients. He is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the rights of his clients are upheld. I happily endorse his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bret is a very intelligent and talented attorney. I have witnessed him in various courtrooms over the years. He protects his clients. He is tenacious and unrelenting when battling prosecutors who abuse their positions and who don't engage in a fair fight. By the same token, Bret is diplomatic, professional and dignified in his manner, appearance, and presentation in court. For all these reasons, I have referred many clients to Brett and will continue to do so."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bret is a passionate advocate for each of his clients and never stands down when faced with a challenging legal issue or case. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Bret appear in both Superior and District Court on many occasions. Each and every time I have observed Bret, he shows up fully prepared to represent his clients with the zealousness the accused deserve. Bret clearly knows the law. This, combined with his undeniable tenacity, is enables him to very effectively convey his legal arguments to the court. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bret is an highly skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney. I gladly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bret is always prepared and thorough in his presentation. He fights hard for his clients. For these reasons, I have referred numerous individuals to Bret for help with various legal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great advocate for his clients. Bret's zealous representation is very beneficial to any person seeking his assistance with his or her case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bret is a passionate and compelling advocate for his clients. His tireless dedication to protecting the rights of the individual is evident in his demeanor and his commitment."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bret. He's tough and maintains the proper mindset that someone charged with a crime is merely "accused." It takes a lot to get beyond that point and Bret will do what he can to protect you and your rights in that process."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this attorney. Bret is a highly competent and diligent criminal defense attorney. I confidently recommend Bret’s services to anyone who is looking for a great criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bret has been passionate about criminal defense even before law school and I had the privilege to attend SU law with him. Having taken classes with Bret, and having seen him in court I can only say that if you are looking for a criminal defense attorney who is not afraid to go the extra mile for his clients, he is your guy! I highly recommend Bret."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bret is a bulldog for his clients. He is compassionate and trustworthy. He is intuitive and can get the job done without wasting time."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bret is a passionate criminal defense lawyer. I have referred clients to Bret because I believe he is knowledgeable and will work hard to achieve the client's legal objectives."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Whether it be supporting his Seahawks or defending his clients in court, Bret is passionate about the things he loves. If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney who will go to bat for you, call Bret."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I am endorsing Bret Woody's work as both a former co-worker and a former client. He is tenacious and will fight for you, just like he fought for me. Hire him. Seriously."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Friend
"Brett is a tough-as-nails lawyer who really cares about his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Bret Woody is a well trained advocate in criminal defense. He is decisive, aggressive, and sincerely cares about his clients. I endorse this lawyer.."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Olympia Criminal defense Lawyer Bret M. Woody
Bret M. Woody
Criminal defense Attorney
Olympia, WA
Licensed for 9 years
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