Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing felony or misdemeanor criminal charges, it is important to have an aggressive lawyer who will protect your rights. Bringing 14 years of criminal defense experience to every case, the Law Office of Steve Graham offers clients aggressive representation in Washington courts. Mr. Graham practices in Okanogan County, Ferry County, Stevens County, Grant County, and Spokane County, and Colville Tribal Court.
Experienced, Responsive and Diligent
Unlike some firms that pass clients off to inexperienced paralegals or assistants, when clients contact the Law Office of Steve Graham, they will work directly with attorney Steve Graham. With 14 years of experience, Steve has handled criminal defense cases ranging from drug crimes to homicide to tribal court cases.
As your case progresses, you may have questions about the legal process. Attorney Graham works closely with clients to help them understand their case and answer any questions they may have. He diligently reviews the case from every angle looking for the best approach to their defense. Throughout the process, Mr. Graham keeps his clients informed of any changes or progress.
How the Other Side Thinks
Prior to opening his own firm, attorney Steve Graham worked as a prosecutor. With this prosecutor experience, Graham knows how the other side thinks, and he uses this knowledge to prepare for cases. He prepares clients for trial by helping them understand the questions the prosecutor might ask and the information they will be looking for. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor, a major felony or DUI, Attorney Graham can assist you in getting through the Washington court system.
Schedule a Free Consultation
To schedule your free initial consultation to get the advice of a criminal defense lawyer, contact the Law Office of Steve Graham online or call 509-207-4045. Attorney Graham is available for evening and weekend consultations by appointment.
Law Firm of Steve Graham
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The Steve Graham, esq gives advice and represents clients on all matters from DUI to Homicide throughout Ferry County, Okanogan County, Stevens County, Grant County, Spokane County and on the Colville Indian Reservation. Mr. Graham is available to meet at his office in Republic, WA and Spokane, WA. Recent Court Decisions in the News:
9/9/10 State v. Hawkins In a case out of Douglas County, the Court of Appeals in Spokane held that the defense of good faith claim of title does not apply to possession of stolen property cases, only to theft cases. The defendant was convicted of possession of stolen property for a stolen tractor. The court rejected the argument that the defense lawyer at trial was ineffective for not asking for a special jury instruction to address this issue.
7/1/10 State v. Bashaw In a case out of Ferry County, the Supreme Court overturned a special school-zone enhancement in a methamphetamine case on the grounds that there was an error in the jury instructions for the charge. The jury instructions improperly provided that all 12 jurors must be unanimous in answering the special school zone verdict. The court explained that unanimity is required for a finding to increase the penalty, but unanimity is not required to find the absences of such a finding in such a drug case.
6/10/10 State v. Nason In a case out of Spokane County, the Supreme Court ruled that before a court imposes sanctions on a probationer for failure to pay his legal financial obligations, the court must inquire into his abililty to pay. The court found that a provision in a sentence providing for an automatic imposition of a jail sentence was void.
5/17/10 State v. Epefanio In a case out of Spokane, the Court of Appeals rules that the once a defendant has testified and been cross-examined, he may not be recalled to the stand by the prosecution. The defendant has been charged with statutory rape in the third degree. The court ruledthat the trial judge erred in allowing the State to call the defendant to the stand, but ruled that the error was "harmless".
4/22/10 State v. Johnson In a case out of Spokane, the Court of Appeals ruled that the police may still search a purse or bag incident to an arrest on a traffic offense if the purse or bag is on the person of the arrestee. The Spokane court drew a distinction between a bag carried and a bag left in a vehicle as was the case in U.S. v. Gant. The defendant was found to have possessed a glass pipe and methamphetamine in her purse, and the motion by her defense attorney to have the evidence suppressed was denied.
2/18/10 State v. Gonzalez In a case out of Grant County, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that it is proper for a court to later modify a restitution amount in a judgment and sentence to reflect new information on financial compensation owed to a victim. In this case, the defendant was convicted of robbery in Grant County and committed an assault on the victim within the course of the robbery. The court amended the restituion 2 1/2 years later.
2/4/10 State v. Hooper In a case out of Spokane County, the Court of Appeals agreed with a defense lawyer that it was improper for Spokane Superior Court judges to have a blanket policy of requiring polygraph examinations and psychological evaluations prior to dropping the registration requirements for people convicted of a felony sex offense. The appellants in this case were convicted of indecent liberties and rape of a child when they were juveniles. The lawyer argued that the courts could not require those pre-conditions in all cases because the Washington legislature did not require it.
1/28/10 State v. A.N.J. In a case out of Grant County, the Washington Supreme Court allowed a juvenile to withdraw his plea of guilty to a felony sex offense due to the fact that his defense lawyer did not adequately advise him of the potential consequence and sentence that he would face. The court ruled that the defense lawyer did not spend adequate time with the defendant prior to entering the plea. The case was remanded back to Grant County for withdrawal of the juvenile’s plea.
1/21/10 State v. Fry In a case out of Stevens County, the Supreme Court affirmed the conviction for Manufacture of Marijuana of a Colville man who unsuccessfully argued that police should not have searched his home once they knew about his medical authorization. His attorney argued that the warrant was invalid, but the court affirmed the Stevens County judge who ruled that the affirmative defense is not relevant until presented in court.
12/24/09 Martin v. CJTC In this case out of Stevens County, the Court of Appeals in Spokane ruled that the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission correctly revoked the police certification of a former Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputy for dishonesty to his superior. The officer was alleged to have lied about a misdemeanor driving without a license charge. His criminal defense lawyer claimed that because he was with a Tribal police department at the time of the hearing that Tribal members should have been on the appeal board.
12/10/09 State v. Trujillo In this case out of Grant County, the Court of Appeals upheld a conviction for possession of cocaine. The defendant was arrested for assault fourth degree domestic violence in Moses Lake, and cocaine was found during a search. The defense lawyer complained on appeal that the evidence of the cocaine should have been suppressed because of an illegal search, and this issue should have been raised by the defense attorney at trial. The court ruled that probable cause was sufficient for the arrest, and upheld the conviction in Grant County Superior Court.
9/10/09 Seattle v. St. John The Supreme Court ruled that the police may request a search warrant to obtain a blood test for alcohol if a driver suspected of DUI refuses to take the breath test. It was previously thought that a DUI suspect would not face such a blood test. The driver's defense lawyer unsuccessfully argued that the Washington statutes entitled a DUI suspect to refuse such a test.
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