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Nicole Terece Dalton

Criminal defense Attorney at Vancouver, WA

5.0   11 reviews

Licensed for 16 years

About Nicole

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Aggressive representation of clients accused of charges ranging from major felonies to minor traffic matters.

  2. DUI and DWI
    Aggressive representation of client accused of driving under the influence.

  3. Car accident
    When you are injured in a car accident, we aren't afraid of insurance companies or defense lawyers and we want you to have the best recovery possible. Your future is important to us.

  4. Personal injury
    Skilled trial lawyer willing to fight for your fair compensation.

  5. Drug Crime

  6. Cannabis Law

Licensed for 16 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 03/19/2023

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Dalton Law Office, PLLC
I practice regularly in Cowlitz County, Washington
1st Avenue South
Kelso, WA, 98626
I practice regularly in Skamania County
Stevenson, WA
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing and Understanding Lawyer
Nicole was there when I needed her the most. She was relatable and understood all the troubles I was facing. Best of all, she was able to come up with a solution for everything. I appreciate all she's done and would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Mike | October 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Nicole handled and is still dealing with a difficult case in a difficult jurisdiction and has defended me and my rights aggressively while maintaining complete professional standing and respect with the Judge, Prosecutor and Police. She deftly avoided trial and was practical and cost effective. As well her paralegal Tory is also very professional helpful and sympathetic.
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Posted by Don | May 29, 2019
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She handle our case with the MOST RESPECT. HONEST and EXCELLANT AND BRILLIANT. No other attorney would help but she did and she WON. I give her 1000 stars. Her and her staff should run for the U.S. President. AWESOME. They are Very Professional.
Posted by Barbara | February 28, 2019
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A Genuine, Caring Attorney
It has been almost seven years since I hired Ms. Dalton to represent me in an extremely stressful family guardianship case. Her calm, warm way of helping a very scared client made what I was going through tolerable. My life has changed a lot since that time, but I always wanted to let her know how much I appreciate how well she handled my case and her thoughtfulness.
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Posted by Daren | February 25, 2019
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From Contemptuous to Contentedness
The presiding judge asked if I had council. I answered, Dalton in Vancouver, to which he replied, "Good attorney." Ms. Dalton had the skill to resolve the charges against me without penalty, and she possessed the charm to make the procedure as pleasant as possible. Ms. Dalton exudes competence and has a great office in a historic house. I'm pleased to have met her.
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Posted by Ronni | November 25, 2018
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Excellent Law Office!
Nicole Dalton and her awesome staff took on a difficult case for me. We all knew it was difficult. Ms. Dalton was not intimidated and she fought for me with an amazing sense of justice. The case got even weirder and more difficult and Nicole never gave up on me, even when other attorneys would have. She continued to fight brilliantly on my behalf and had amazing colleagues that helped along the way. And then...she won!!! If you’re looking for a brilliant defense attorney with skills and a sense of real justice, look no further. Nicole Dalton should be your choice.
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Posted by Jordan | June 27, 2015
Awesome person
Met a great person and down to Earth. She is a straight shooter and will fight for you but not guarantee anything. She helped me alot and everything worked out great. Excellent attorney and an even better person!
Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2011
This is the attorney you want when you need representation....
Nicole Dalton is the best of the profession. She is professional, intelligent, compassionate and caring for her client, honest and supportivei in sharing her expertise with her client. She is exceptional in representing your rights and instructing to the law. She is persistent, knowledgable, and gives you 100% from start to finish. NIcole Dalton is the attorney you need for legal representation and council to the law.
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2010
She changed my opion of lawyers
I met Ms. Dalton as most of us meet our attorney, because I found myself in a real mess. I was going through a divorce, had issues with my drivers license, had just been put in jail, had considered get the picture. Enter Ms. Dalton. From my first phone contact to my last appearance before the judge Ms. Dalton has been nothing short of amazing. Her legal advice, calm demeanor, contacts in the legal system and willingness to help me, helped change the course of my life. I have six months of sobriety, am driving again and am a productive citizen. My recommendation of Ms. Dalton is nothing but stellar. She is everything I believed lawyers were not...trustworthy, honest, reliable, caring, intelligent, decent, humble and genuine. If you are considering hiring an attorney speak to Ms. Dalton in your search. May you be as fortunate as I am.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2010
If you need a Lawyer you must Read
I was about to give up after being convicted of 4 Misdemeanors > This was a situation of a relationship ending and a call made by my exwife alleging Domestic Assault , resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer , and Harassment. After my conviction I was sentenced to 60days work release ,however because of being self employed it was denied so I was going to jail and I honestly never laid a hand on my Spouse . It was just this one way system in a County that I feel is very hard to get the truth out. To make things worse I was going to loose my contract because I was in Jail . So no job and 60 days in jail and in my mid forties . I contacted Nicole and She was willing to look at the case and review hours of transscripts . This process took almost a year until She presented in front of the Appeals Judge. As we got closer to the Date Nicole became more Optimistic and not being a lawyer I could see all of the work she had done however this had taken souch a tole on me that I was afraid to even read her brief . Once I read the Brief I was very optimistic .Nicole had painstakenly gone over everytrhing and had several solid points ,however focussed on one and did amazing research providing current Decisions by the Supreme Court to supprt her Arguement . Nicole preformed like a Champion Prize Fighter , during the hearing I went from terrified to very hopeful that she would prevail . And she did ,she had all 4 convictions Vacated with Prejudice . There is no match for this Attorney . Do not let her Modesty fool you, She has Fire In Her Gut !!! She saved my lively hood and turned an incident that was going to destroy my Carreer and life into a case of bad judgement. It still has not sunk in ,the enormity of what she accomplished with a very Technical Arguement . I am confident that no one else could have taken this mess and come out with a win . Thank you Nicole Dalton
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2009
Excellent & Professional Attorney and provides excellent services without prolonging the issues. Others could learn from her.
I had a very unfortunate event which involved having to hire an attorney after firing another, the prior was dragging out the case and costing thousands of dollars, Ms. Dalton used the LAW, approached the proper individuals and properly had the matter resolved as it should have and was expeditiously in doing so. I highly recommend this attorney to anyone for any legal matter as she deals with the LAW not the politics in this county.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Nicole T. Dalton, PLLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Lawyer
  • Morse Bratt & Andersen, PLLC
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of Phil Goldsmith
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Legal Writing Teaching Assistant
  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Volunteer Interpreter Workshop Facilitator
  • Oregon Judicial Department
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Freelance Certified Court Interpreter
  • Oregon Judicial Dept.
  • 1998 - 2006
  • Legal Assistant
  • Mark Austin Cross, P.C.
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Legal Assistant
  • Brian Patrick Conry, PC
  • 1995 - 1996
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  • Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor Cum Laude
  • 2006
  • Portland State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • DUI Refusal - 2016 Dismissed
  • Dismissed
  • State v. M - Assault IV 2015
  • Not Guilty after jury trial
  • State v. E - Rape in the Second Degree 2014
  • Not Guilty after jury trial
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  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Clark County
  • 2nd Vice President
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Cum Laude
  • Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School
  • 2006
  • Casey Scholar
  • Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School
  • 2006
  • Best Brief in Class: Legal Writing and Analysis
  • Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School
  • 2003
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Portland State University
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • PUD/Municipal Attorneys Vancouver, WA Fall CLE
  • Closing Arguments: Art & Skill of Persuasion
  • 2016
  • Clark County Indigent Defense Lawyers CLE
  • Bridging Cultural Difference & Impeachment
  • 2015
  • May 27 CCBA Young Lawyers CLE
  • Law Office Management
  • 2015
  • Current Issues in Evidence and Suppression
  • Impeachment
  • 2015
  • Noticias Noroeste
  • Initiative 502
  • 2013
  • Noticias Noroeste
  • Criminal Law and Immigration Advice: Padilla
  • 2011
  • New Lawyer Education Program
  • Suggestions & Resources for Managing Your Practice
  • 2009
  • WDA 2008 Defender Conference
  • Successfully Working Across Language Barriers
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (15)
Endorse Nicole
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Nicole is tenacious, extremely skilled at trial and litigation. She is compassionate and exceptionally committed to her clients. If I ever needed a criminal defense lawyer, Nicole Dalton would be first on my call list. Before you talk to the police; talk to Nicole!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nicole is a creative and personable lawyer and being a Spanish speaker is a plus."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have immense admiration for Nicole. It is obvious to anyone with the opportunity to see her in action on a regular basis that she is a brilliant, tireless, and unparalleled advocate for her clients. For these reasons, I immediately think of Nicole when I am asked for a referral or need a second opinion on local practice issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole works really hard for her clients, and comes up with some unique ideas for her cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nicole is a fellow classmate of mine and I have worked with and against her in court. She is a strong advocate and a kind person. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is an outstanding attorney, with all the attributes one could hope for in a lawyer in a criminal case. She is smart, hardworking, creative, and a fierce advocate. I highly recommend her."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nicole is an excellent attorney who always goes the extra mile, looking for creative, "outside the box" ways of fighting for her clients and strategizing their defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is everything a good lawyer should be. She is relentless, well spoken, intellectually gifted, and she understands the big picture mission in front of her. She is very active in the legal community and I see her name constantly, one of the few movers and shakers that I keep an eye on. She is often involved in cutting-edge legal issues that demonstrate her creative thinking and her dogged pursuit of the objectives necessary to benefit her clients. Anyone lucky enough to be represented by Nicole is in good hands and will be well served. She has my highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole cares about her clients and the results she gets for them. Can't say enough about finding a lawyer whose goal is results for the client; not just looking good in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Dalton. She is a great attorney, who really cares about her clients and fights hard for their rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole cares deeply about getting a great result for her clients. She told me that she went to law school primarily because in her previous career as a court interpreter she saw criminal defendants getting bad representation. This shows in everything she does for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole Dalton is a tenacious, hard-working attorney who uses all available means to further her client's interests. She is creative in her approach to cases, articulate in her dealings with the courts, and compassionate in her attorney-client relationships. I am continually impressed by Nicole's dedication to her clients. She is an A-list attorney and I am proud to be her colleague."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole Dalton is an aggressive advocate and fights hard for her clients. She is extremely hardworking and avidly pursues the best for her clients. She gets results. Nicole is skilled at legal writing, articulate and a strong courtroom advocate. Although she is known for being an aggressive litigator, she is also compassionate and available to her clients. She understands the difficulties people face in life and works to get her clients through difficult times in the best shape possible. I recommend Nicole Dalton without hesitation."
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