While most criminal offenses are prosecuted in state court, the United States federal courts also have jurisdictions over certain types of criminal offenses.
In the federal courts in and around King County, Washington, the prosecuting attorneys with the United States Attorney's Office (USAO) prosecute criminal offenses.
Jurisdiction to prosecute the case within the federal criminal justice system can occur because the crime impacts interstate commerce, the crime occurred on land owned by the federal government or an Indian reservation, or the allegations involve a loss or harm to the federal government.
Criminal defense attorneys in federal court fight serious felony charges, minor federal offenses, petty felony offenses, and infractions.
Cases in the federal criminal justice system can include everything from tax evasion to drug or firearm charges, to civil rights violations.
Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
WACDL works to improve the quality and administration of criminal justice in the state of Washington while assisting and educating criminal defense attorneys.
King County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service - For more than 50 years, the King County Bar Association has managed a Lawyer Referral Service from its offices in Seattle, Washington. Each year the Lawyer Referral Service makes over 6.000 attorney referrals. More than 350 local attorneys participate in the program with 35 different subject matter panels. A $10 processing fee is required for Personal Injury, Worker's Compensation, and Criminal Defense cases. A $45 processing fee is required for other practice areas of the law. After the referral, you can contact the attorney for a 30 minute consultation at no additional charge.