defense attorney pierce county wa

About Michael Carpenter

I proudly represent people.

Those charged with crimes ranging from simple misdemeanors to complex felonies in Pierce, Kitsap and King counties of Washington State. I opened my practice in Washington in 1994 after practicing in Hawaii. We offer a flat fee on all criminal and traffic infraction cases, tailored to the client's particular charge, court of jurisdiction, and any prior case history. Payment plans are always available.

In addition to criminal cases, I help people cited for speeding and many other traffic infractions. Frequently, these infractions arise from a DUI arrest or related criminal case. Accident cases also can result in an infraction being issued for failing to yield, negligent driving or following too closely.

DUI defense is a large part of my caseload. I have extensive courtroom experience in alcohol and blood test DUI charges. Included in that flat fee is contesting Department of Licensing suspensions and revocations. I also help relicense suspended and revoked drivers including those classified as Habitual Traffic Offenders.

Since 1996 I have been a Pro Tem Judge in Pierce County District Court and several other local municipal courts. Acting as Judge in these matters has given me invaluable insight and perspective on my busy criminal defense practice.

Speeding tickets and other moving infractions are important to keep off a person's driving abstract. We average 100+ contested traffic hearings/year.

Crimes I defend include:

  • Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Charges
  • Identity Theft/Fraud
  • Juvenile Offenses
  • Probation Violations
  • Sex Offenses