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Serving Seattle / Tacoma with offices in Kent, Kirkland, & Lakewood

emphasizing DUI, Domestic Violence, Sex Crimes

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Criminal Defense Attorneys 

If you have been charged with a crime, you need fast, smart, aggressive action from a criminal defense attorney who is concerned about you and your future

Our eighteen criminal defense attorneys have over seventy five years of combined experience representing accused persons in courtrooms in the Seattle-Tacoma area, as well as throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, including persons charged with driving offenses from DUI to Vehicular Homicide, persons accused of Domestic Violence, from Assault to Malicious Mischief, Stalking and Violation of Court Orders, and persons accused of Sex Crimes from Child Molestation to Rape, Possession of Child Pornography and Voyeurism.


Experience and Reputation Matter

Familiar with idiom "all bark and no bite?"  In criminal law, the skills associated with taking a case to trial, and the willingness to take a case to trial, are the strongest negotiating tools that a criminal defense attorney has.  Prosecutors become familar with those criminal defense attorneys who pose a real threat in the courtroom, and those who are all talk.  Attorneys who regularly try cases are in the superior negotiating position, and even better if they have a reputation for winning.

Of course, not every case goes to trial.  In fact, the vast majority don't. Furthermore, the decision to take a case to trial is always one that will ultimately made by you, the client.  However,  both you and, more importantly, the prosecution should know that your criminal defense lawyer is able to take you there should it be necessary to do so.

Our nine criminal defense attorneys are in court everyday, appearing at preliminary hearings, arraignments and pre-trials, arguing motions, and trying cases in front of a jury. Where some lawyers might convince a client to plead guilty as charged, our attorneys have a reputation for going to trial and, more often than not, a reputation for winning.  As shown below, our three senior criminal defense lawyers have over fifty years of combined courtroom experience representing literally thousands of people, including over six hundred combined jury trials:

Experienced, Repected Criminal Defense Attorneys 

Scott Stewart

  • 25 years of courtroom experience
  • has represented thousands of accused persons
  • over 300 jury trials
  • DUI jury trial victories with BACs as high as .28
  • Adjunct College Professor
  • appearances on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS
  • referrals from judges, prosecutors, fellow attorneys and the police
  • has represented police officers
  • what clients have to say about Scott:

"From the beginning he stood in my corner . . . Scott is a great trial attorney."  From Daljeet, charged with Attempted Rape and Felony Assault

"Scott is an amazing criminal defense attorney. . . . in a matter of a few short months, with Scott's representation, I went from expecting to lose my job, home, car and other possessions, to again being a working, productive member of the community."   From Chris, charged with multiple DUIs

"Confident and thorough . . . Scott had tremendous command of the courtroom." From Travis, charged with Driving While an Habitual Traffic Offender

  • what prosecutors and other attorneys have to say:

"I have referred aquaintences to him, and would not to hesitate to call him myself."  From R.R., a prosecuting attorney

"He is well respected by peers and often sought out for his legal knowledge and creative insight."  From K.M., a fellow criminal defense lawyer

"Scott's clients are extremely lucky to have him as their counsel." From M.W., a prosecuting attorney

Experienced, Respected DUI / DWI Criminal Defense Attorneys

Jeff MacNichols

  • over 15 years of courtroom experience
  • has represented thousands of persons accused of Driving under the Influence and Physical Control
  • over 100 jury trials
  • has represented hundreds of people at Department of Licensing hearings
  • Not Guilty Jury Verdicts on DUI cases with breath test readings, breath test refusals and no breath test
  • Aggressive DUI and Physical Control motions practice
  • What clients have to say about Jeff:

"Jeff is a excellent trial lawyer. . . .The case went to trial and the jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY after only 17 minutes of deliberations.  If you need the best, call Jeff."  From Christopher, client facing second DUI charge

"Jeffrey MacNichols is one of the best criminal attorneys ever. . . .  Jeff will tell you like it is and will go the extra mile . . . " From a client charged with DUI

"Jeff helped me out on my second DUI. . . . He was able to make miracles! Not only did I keep my license, the DUI was dropped! I recommend Jeff to all of my friends who need a lawyer."  From a client charged with Driving Under the Influence

"He helped me out of a really tough situation. He kept fighting and never gave up." From a criminal defense client

  • what prosecutors and other attorneys have to say:

"He earned the respect of the judges that he appeared in front of for trial. I recommended him on several occasions when friends needed assistance on criminal defense matters."  From T.L., a former prosecuting attorney

"Jeff is one of the most respected lawyers in the community. His knowledge of the law, trial skill, and experience make him a great criminal trial lawyer."  From S.M., a fellow criminal defense lawyer

Experienced, Respected Domestic ViolenceSex Crimes Attorney:

Ken Harmell

  • over 13 years of courtroom experience
  • has represented thousands of people accused of Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes
  • over 250 jury trials
  • innovative legal arguments forcing changes in the law
  • published author on criminal defense issues
  • referrals from judges, prosecutors, fellow attorneys and police
  • frequently sought out by other defense attorneys for assistance with difficult legal issues
  • What clients have to say about Ken:

"X-girlfriend accused me of Domestic Violence & I took it to trial. .  .  . It took 30 min for the jury to return a 'not guilty' verdict. Thank you & will recommend him anytime."  From Thomas, charged with Assault Domestic Violence

"We went to trial and not only was I found NOT GUILTY, but he showed I was wrongfully accused and won back all the money spent on my case from the state! !"  From Dylan, charged with Assault

"Mr. Harmell represented me in a very sensitive matter, was able to obtain the desired result, and made me feel comfortable throught the entire ordeal. I would reccomend Mr. Harmell to anyone charged with a serious crime."  From a client charged with child abuse

"Ken represented me on a case, did an excellent job and got my case dismissed!"  From a criminal defense client

  • what prosecutors and other attorneys have to say:

"Ken Harmell is one of the smartest and best trial attorneys I know. I still enjoy watching him pick a jury because they immediately all believe everything he says. He is captivating" From B.B., a fellow criminal defense lawyer

"Whenever I have a criminal defense question that is in the grey area of the law or something that I need to research, I know I can count on Ken for the answer. He is an amazing trial attorney and well respected. One of the best criminal defense attorney's I know."  From D.Z., a fellow criminal defense lawyer

"Whenever I walk into court for a trial and see Ken sitting at defense counsel's table, I know I'm in for a battle."  From Sean, a prosecuting attorney

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Judges, Attorneys, Cops and Former Clients

At Stewart MacNichols Harmell, Inc., P.S., we are proud of the fact that most of our clients arrive at our firm having been referred to us by people who are familiar with the quality of our representation, including referrals from the judges who we have appeared before, prosecutors and fellow attorneys who we have either opposed in the courtroom, or who are simply familiar with our reputations, cops who we have cross-examined and, most importantly, our present and former clients.

High Profile Cases

Our attorneys have represented people on cases that were in the media at both the national and local level.  We have been quoted in hundreds of newspapers, and appeared on television shows from King 5 News to Good Morning America and Anderson Cooper.

Free Initial Consultation: If you have been arrested on a criminal charge or injured as the result of another's conduct, you need a lawyer who answers your questions, makes you feel comfortable and fights for you. At Stewart MacNichols Harmell, Inc., P.S., the first phone call and first meeting are free.  If you have been arrested for crime, make sure you have a criminal defense attorney by your side defending your rights and preparing your defense. Call Stewart MacNichols Harmell, Inc., P.S., and talk to a lawyer now.

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Disclaimer: This information is not intended as legal advice or as a guarantee of the outcome of any future case. This is because every case has unique facts, and no one can ever guarantee results. Furthermore, this information does not establish an attorney client relationship. Any reliance on information contained herein is taken at your own risk.


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