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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Wenatchee's Best Attorney||Wenatchee World||2014|
|Best Law Firm 2014||Wenatchee World||2014|
|Top 100 Washington Criminal Lawyers||American Society of Legal Advocates||2014|
|Order of Barristers||National Order of Barristers||1983|
|Judge Pro Tem||East Wenatchee Municipal court||2016 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Woods & Brangwin, PLLC||2002 - Present|
|Judge Pro Tem||Douglas County District Court||2010 - 2016|
|Judge Pro Tem||Chelan County District Court||2006 - 2014|
|Partner||James and Woods||1995 - 2001|
|Partner||Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn and Aylward, PS||1986 - 1994|
|Associate Attorney||Gavin, Robinson, Kendrick, Redman and Mays||1983 - 1986|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Society of Legal Advocates||Member||2014 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2009 - Present|
|Washington Defender Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Member||1997 - Present|
|Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1983 - Present|
|Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association||President||2005 - 2006|
|State v Torres||Not Guilty on both counts|
|State v. Parian||Not Guilty|
|State v. Johnstone||Amended during trial to Negligent Driving First Degree|
|See all legal cases|
|Wenatchee World||She's Not Guilty, But Innocent?||2011|
|University of Washington School of Law||Law||Juris Doctorate||1983|
|Washington State University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|
|Pre-Admission Seminar||Practice Tips for New Lawyers||2013|
|2013 CLE Blitz||Drug DUIs and Legalized Marijuana||2013|
|Pre-Admission CLE||Practical Advice and Resources for Managing Your Practice||2011|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar||DUI and District Court Update||2011|
|CLE Blitz||DUI and Misdemeanor Law Update||2011|
|New Lawyer Experience '08||Managing Your Practice||2008|
|Update on DUI Law||DUI Defense||2007|
|Pre-Admission CLE||Resources for Managing a Law practice||2007|
Posted by anonymous
I unfortunately made a very poor decision one night failing to recognize that i had consumed too much alcohol to be driving and found myself charged with a dui after having blown just over the legal limit. While i am familiar with aspects of the legal system, this was my first charge ever (read middle age) and my immediate concerns in the following sleepless hours were hyper-focused on my job (keeping it), my license (being able to drive to....keep my job) and again on my job.
met initially the next day with Steve's partner John Brangwin who effectively and non-judgmentally walked me off the panic cliff. While my intent was to hire Steve who i was familiar with, it was comforting to know that each of the lawyers of Woods and Brangwin work as a team on the firm's client's cases even if one is effectively the face during your court appearances. During my initial consult john explained that their representation covered the two legal paths that my arrest triggered (1) the criminal dui charge with its potential for jail and license suspension and (2) the separate civil administrative license suspension hearing through the Dept of Licensing due to my blowing over the legal limit. He provided a brief overview of what to expect and timelines for both processes.
Steve then came on board and picked up where John had left off. He was extremely responsive to all my questions and quickly answered what must have seemed like endless emails from me. Steve's approach to law and his demeanor were a very good fit for me. He did not try to over sell what he could do for me, was candid about the legal aspects of the case that were not in my favor, gave pragmatic option based advise, and ultimately was understanding of limitations I put on his representation of me (see below). In addition, Steve is well respected in the legal community not only for his legal abilities but also his ethics, calm demeanor and ability to get excellent results without acting like Sherman burning the fields on the way to Atlanta (for you civil war buffs). All of this was very important to me.
While i suspected that a reduction from dui could be negotiated due to the facts of my case including my lower (although above .08) bac reading and this being my first offense, he delivered beyond my expectations. I should note that i in effect handcuffed him to a certain degree since perhaps unlike some of his clients (1) i felt that the charge was justified and (2) certain aspects of my job demanded that i wrap the charge up as quickly as possible. This meant that Steve was going to need to resolve my case through negotiations and not protracted legal maneuvering/motions.
Steve came through with a negligent driving in the first degree with no jail time (county i was charged in often requires a day in jail in exchange for a reduction down) Offer from the prosecutor in time for me to enter the plea to the reduced charge at my first appearance after my initial arraignment. At sentencing Steve convinced (with thanks to prosecutor) the judge to follow the no jail recommendation and further convinced the judge to allow unsupervised (bench probation) probation if i was able to comply with getting an alcohol assessment by a certain deadline.
Further, while i was prepared to concede the Dept. Of Licensing administrative hearing, and accept the 90 day suspension (since the officer did his job and my stop appeared justified under the law) I instead followed what turned out to be very sound advice from him and set the hearing. The license suspension was overturned at the administrative hearing. I will not lose my license.
I cannot emphasize how pleased i am by Steve's representation and the ultimate outcome of my case. Considering the facts of my case, Steve truly obtained the very best possible outcome from both the criminal and the DOL administrative processes for me. I highly recommend Steve to anyone who finds themselves in similar circumstances as I.
Posted by anonymous
I highly recommend hiring Steven W. Woods. This was a difficult case not only involving a DUI, but there were other possible charges that never came to light. Steven was very persistent in getting the DUI amended/reduced to reckless driving while avoiding having to deal with additional charges. He works well and is highly regarded within the court system, giving him an edge for a positive outcome.
Posted by Sandra and Rick
So yes we thought we were defending our property, but the game warden thought differently. We had no idea how much trouble we were in. Steve helped us with a reality check, negotiating an agreement/settlement with the prosecutor, and keeping us informed. Well, needless to say we have learned our lesson, and now the deer can just eat us out of house and home, but at least we won't be in the pokey. Thanks Steve we hope to never need you again.
Kathryn Silk, Family Attorney
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
I worked for Steve and know him to be a passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable resource for his clients. He is simply a joy to watch in the courtroom, and makes legal practice into an art form. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
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