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John Van Dyke Jensen

Criminal defense Attorney at Kennewick, WA

5.0   28 reviews

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    70%
    I have had at least 70 felony jury trials. Ranging from Possession of Controlled Substance to Murder.

    29 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    I have handled well over 300 dui. I believe my trial experience greatly exceeds most practicing attorneys.

    23 years

  3. Car accident
    5%

    23 years

  4. Personal injury
    5%

    23 years

           I spent my first 6 1/2 years as an attorney in the Benton County Prosecutors Office.  After the first 2 1/2 years I was promoted to Chief Criminal Deputy and maintain that postition until I left for defense work.  I have done over 70 felony jury trial and numberous misdemeanor. 

           I have done criminal, DUI, DWI defense for 10 years now.  I believe a defense attorney's job is to zealously represent their client.  I do not make any judgment about guilt or innocence.  I believe my duty is zealous representation. 

 I practice criminal and DUI defense in Pasco, Richland, Kennewick and the surrounding Tri-Cities area.

Licensed for 29 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 11/25/2022
State CO
Status Administrative - Not authorized to practice
Acquired 1993
Updated 01/13/2023

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

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Law Offices of John v. Jensen
7014 W Okanogan Place
Kennewick, WA, 99336-5076

Reviews

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Posted by Chris | July 9, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney
I consulted with Mr. Jensen for a second opinion on a criminal case. He offered good advice. He is a very good attorney. He has a lot of experience. I recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST IN EASTERN WASHINGTON
JOHN WAS THE HARDEST WORKING PERSON I EVER MET. HIS WORK ETHIC AND COMMUNITION WITH ME DURING MY CASE WAS AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE. HE WAS SO OUT THE BOX WITH ALOT OF HIS IDEAS. I WAS VERY PLEASED ON HOW OFTEN HE WAS THINKING OF MY CASE SPECIFICALLY. JOHN WAS EXTREMELY GOOD AT COMMUNICATING WITH ME OFTEN. HE KEPT ME UP TO DATE, EVEN IF THERE WERE MANY MONTHS BETWEEN COURT DATES. JOHN IS KNOWN AND WELL RESPECTED IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. WHEN HE WAS IN FRONT OF THE JUDGE, HE WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL AND YOU COULD TELL HE HAS HAD MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE COURT ROOM. I WAS INNOCENT ON MY CHARGES AND HE BELIEVED ME FROM THE START. ALTHOUGH IT TOOK SOME TIME, MY CASE ENDED EXACTLY HOW IT SHOULD HAVE. FULL DISMISSAL OF ALL CHARGES. I CREDIT ALOT OF THAT DUE TO JOHN'S HARD WORK AND EXPERIENCE AS A FORMER CHIEF PROSECUTOR. I WOULD RECOMMEND USING JOHN WHEN YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO LOOSE !!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Attorney!
John is an outstanding attorney with extensive experience. When I spoke to John about my case I felt confident that he understood my concerns and the depth of my case. I would only recommend John to my close friends, colleagues and family.
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hired!
He respresented us for a fair price and allowed for payments. Initially consulted over the phone and finally met with him the day of the court appearance. Spoke to him and he was confident and knew what he was doing. Walked over to his office next to the court house and signed papers for him to be my lawyer. Worked out great!
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rare breed attorney!
I contacted John after reading his reviews on Avvo and calling other lawyer's in the area who all quickly referred me to him. We had run into an issue with a family business that was quickly looking like it could become a criminal case. John has all the right connections to get more information to give you an ease of mind. He was professional, courteous, VERY responsive and by far one of the best lawyer's I have ever worked with. He helped our family through a very difficult time and I can never repay what he has helped us through!
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Posted by Kyle | October 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding - professional, personable, patient, tenacious.
Having little knowledge of the legal system, we called Mr. Jensen on the recommendation of a co-worker who stated simply “call John Jensen, he’s the best.” We are so glad we followed that advice. At our initial phone call Mr. Jensen took the time to explain our legal situation, clarify all of the legal jargon used in our paperwork, and outline possible pathways to a solution – all before even taking on our case. Once his official representation was secured we continued to be pleasantly surprised by the personable, and highly effective, treatment we received. The initial situation that caused our legal mishap was frustrating. We did not feel as if we were treated comparably with the other involved parties, did not feel communicated with appropriately by the authorities and even felt like we were provided with misinformation at multiple points. Mr. Jensen put an end to that. By the time of our first face-to-face meeting he had compiled legal documents, interpreted them in terms we could understand and put together several potential strategies for moving forward. Looking back at the process, I can clearly see just how effective Mr. Jensen was on our behalf, and how terribly things might have gone if we hadn’t made that call and secured his services. We felt that Mr. Jensen had the perfect blend of tenacity toward our case and empathy toward us.
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Posted by Sam | March 6, 2014
John Jensen
I have known John since my adolescent years. He has represented me in at least half a dozen cases. Ranging from Felony Malicious Mischief, DUI, to a simple speeding ticket. John has gotten at least half of my charged DISMISSED. Meaning, will never show up on my record. The remaining charges he always got reduced to a lesser charge, with my approval. He was always very honest and forthright about the risks/rewards of going to trial. I have recommended John to all my friends and colleagues.
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Posted by Tama | March 5, 2014
John Jensen
John was extremely knowledgeable, responsive, and always made sure to keep me informed. Several times I was unable to answer his phone calls etc. due to my personal work constraints. However, he always returned phone calls or emails during hours to suit his client, myself. I always knew step-by-step with what was going on with my case. I was extremely pleased with the outcome and would gladly pay for his services, if and when needed in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2013
Great experience - patient and respectful
My entire experience with John Jensen was excellent and exceeded my expectations. I had a unique (what a couple of other offices told me) situation. I needed advice on something that occurred 25+ years ago. I called at least three other law offices before finding John Jensen's office - which was based on the recommendation from another highly respected law office. The other three plus offices required me to provide significant details of my situation over the phone before considering seeing me for an appointment. This was not acceptable/helpful to me. I even decided not to use my pre-paid legal services (provided through my employer) because that law office was impatient and dismissive over the phone. I share this background because John's law office was the exact opposite of the others. John Jensen and his assistant listened to me. And, they listened to me with patience, kindness and respect. John's was thorough, a great communicator, and helped me resolve my situation. Thank you again.
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Posted by David | June 13, 2013
Very Compassonate Lawyer
I was referred to John by a public defender, to represent my son. John immediately returned my initial call even well after his normal work hours. This prompt service continued for all subsequent interactions on thru to a successful outcome. John provided excellent representation, but what was most notable about John was his tremendous compassion that he continually demonstrated not only for my son, but our family. John's service was quite professional with a very fair cost . I might add that a key member of his staff, Lisa was also wonderful to work with. Should my Family ever need another Lawyer, we will solicit John's help first.
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Posted by Jay | April 27, 2013
Speeding Dismissal
Very efficient and cost effective. The fee was considerably less then the sum of the fine + the added cost of insurance over the years + the aggravation writing a check to a bunch of sleaze-bags operating a speeding trap.
Posted by Rick | February 18, 2013
Simply, Easy, & Painless
John Jensen and staff were professional, courteous and handled the contested traffic infraction well. Having employed the services of lawyers in the past for traffic infractions, I came into this knowing what to expect. I paid up front for the services, more than I've paid in the past, then waited to hear back about the outcome. Traffic court only happens every so often, so it took 40 days for my court date to arrive. They notified me of the court date and advised that I didn't have to appear in court. Mr. Jensen appeared on my behalf and called to congratulate on dismissal of the ticket the same day.
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2013
Outstanding Results
John performed above and beyond what he promised. Outcome of the case was outstanding. I highly recommend John Jensen.
Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2012
The best man for the job.
Mr. Jensen has an advantage of being a former procsecutor and now lawyer. His knowledge and ability to know the best approach for our case ended in our favor. He has a courtroom "presense" that conveys respect from other professionals.
Posted by Roman | April 17, 2012
Great worry free service!!!
Great, worry free service. Took care of my case without any problems or hoops that I had to jump throu. Definetly recommend Mr Jensen.
Posted by Jorge and Flor Quintanilla | March 2, 2012
" One of the warrior angels of God"
I was recently one of its customers, without knowing decided to take my case on their hands to defend my innocence at all times and was always by my side supporting me until my innocence was proven. My family and I are very grateful for your help, professionalism and kindness. We thank God for having put in our way. Brave men like you, are God's children need to help us prove our innocence. May God give you wisdom, guidance and direction to continue helping those who need you. God bless you.
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Posted by Steve | February 7, 2012
Highly Recommend This Lawyer
Mr. Jensen is an experienced, professional, straightforward and courteous lawyer. My speeding ticket was dismissed because of Mr. Jensen's energetic work and outstanding expertise. If there should ever be a 'next time', I wouldn't hesitate to use his services again. I can't recommend him highly enough.
Posted by JOHN | January 17, 2012
One of God's Arch Angels
I would recommend John Jensen to anyone who is looking for a criminal defense attorney, definitely the best attorney I've ever worked with. My family called John Jensen from out of state. After explaining the charges against me, he showed compassion for my situation and toward my family. He took on this case when it looked like there was no hope. John's confidence and professional expertise along with the fact that he believed in me. Helped to keep me calm, with a reassurance that he was doing everything he could for me. Again I would highly recommend John Jensen to anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by Janice | November 27, 2011
Obstruction of Justice and Resisting Arrest Case
John Jensen was recommended to me and I highly recommend him. I am a 71 year old lady who was arrested for obstruction of justice and resisting arrest because I politely asked two officers of the Kennewick police force if they had a search warrant when they asked to enter my house. Their reply was pulling me out of my house dragging me down 5 concrete steps, throwing me on my stomach to handcuff me. Mr. Jensen always kept me informed and made me feel at ease as I always felt like he had the case under control. Mr. Jensen accomplished getting my case dismissed. I definitely recommend Mr. Jensen to anyone seeking legal counsel.
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Posted by T.Mickalson | June 8, 2011
Professional
We work with attorneys on a regular basis within several states for our business. We have called upon John Jensen for representation in several instances. John is the most reliable and professional attorney we have every dealt with. John far exceeds any attorney when it comes to keeping you informed, quickly and accurately answering questions, and he always, always returns your phone calls. I firmly believe he is the best attorney available anywhere.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Law Office of John Jensen
  • 2001 - Present
  • Chief Criminal Deputy
  • Benton County Prosecutors Office
  • 1994 - 2001
  • Specialist 4
  • US Army
  • 1982 - 1985

Education

  • National District Attorneys Advocacy Center
  • 1999
  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Metropolitan State College of Denver
  • BS
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • City of Richland V. Teverbaugh
  • Dismissal and reporting witness charged with false reporting.
  • State v. ERNEST LEE TABOR
  • Successful as prosecutor

Associations

  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Benton Franklin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Outstanding Achievement
  • State Historical Society
  • 1999
  • Dean's List
  • University of Puget Sound
  • 1993
  • Cum Laude
  • University of Puget Sound
  • 1993
  • Am Jur
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1992
  • Dean"s list
  • University of Puget Sound
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Leadership Tri-Cities
  • Criminal Justice System
  • 2014
  • Leadership Tri-Cities
  • Criminal Justice System
  • 2013
  • Hammer Training Facility
  • Saving Culture Resourses
  • 1999
  • Mini acadamey for reserve officers
  • Search and Seizure
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (12)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From his extensive trial experience to his meticulous understanding of the law, John is the best criminal defense attorney in the Tri-Cities, period. He has been an invaluable mentor over the years and is largely the reason why I'm a practicing attorney today."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an excellent criminal defense attorney with an outstanding reputation in the community. I would highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John for about 8 years. He is zealous advocate for his client. I have referred clients to John over the years. He takes care of his clients and gets them positive outcomes. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John has a reputation of being a tough criminal defense attorney who is willing to take cases to trial. As a former prosecutor he has experience on both sides of the issues. I recommend him to anybody with a criminal law need."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. John is a bright, thorough, tenacious attorney dedicated to his clients' cause. John has vast trial experience and has a track record of delivering results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known John since I began practicing law several years ago. John is one of the best trial lawyers in Washington and I refer cases to him with no hesitation. If you need a great criminal defense lawyer, call John."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John was the chief criminal deputy in the Benton County Prosecutor's office. He has practiced law as litigator for 18 years and has extensive trial experience handling serious criminal cases. His experience is invaluable in providing effective defense for his clients charged with committing criminal offenses."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John Jensen. Not only does he have a vast array of experience in criminal law from prosecution to defense, but he is also very trustworthy, fair, and honest. John is the type of attorney who is willing to share his knowledge with others and contribute to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John takes a very pragmatic approach to the representation of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John and I practice side by side in the Courthouse daily. Over the last ten years that I've been a lawyer, I have admired his skill, his integrity, the respect he demands from his adversaries, and most importantly, the results he achieves for his clients. I have consistently referred clients to John with the peace of mind knowing that they will be taken care of in every respect. John is a first class lawyer-- respected as such without exception by all members of the bar in this community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is an experienced criminal defense trial lawyer who works hard to get a good result for his clients."
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Kennewick Criminal defense Lawyer John Van Dyke Jensen
John Van Dyke Jensen
Criminal defense Attorney
Kennewick, WA
Licensed for 29 years