“I need a criminal defense lawyer near me!”
Kitsap Criminal Defense is a division of Compass Legal Services, P.S. located in Silverdale, Washington, providing criminal defense for misdemeanor, felony and civil matters for all Kitsap communities including Bremerton, Port Orchard, Olalla, Seabeck, Poulsbo, Hansville and Bainbridge Island as well as outlying communities including regional military bases.
Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer
Our criminal defense team is led by Attorney Eric McDonald, a retired Lieutenant Commander and Navy JAG Corps officer, with over 25 years of experience in criminal defense and military law. Mr. McDonald is a native of Puerto Rico and provides representation for both English and Spanish speaking clients, himself a native speaker of both languages.
Need legal advice? Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney who can help you protect your rights and best interest.
Kitsap Criminal Defense is invested in protecting your rights. We understand that the only way to protect our own rights, is to ensure that yours are equally as important. We know that finding an experienced criminal defense lawyer you can trust to protect your rights and your best interest is of urgent importance for those who have been charged with a crime or expect that they will be. Call our office now at 360.204.5954 to schedule a consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help you.
Defense attorneys are not magicians, but their knowledge of the law and legal processes can help you navigate the legal system and protect you from avoidable and unintended consequences. Not all consequences are avoidable, and in those cases your defense attorney will fight as an advocate for your best interest.
When to call a Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of a crime or are a suspect in a criminal investigation call a criminal defense lawyer immediately. You have the right to remain silent and ask for an attorney to be present before answering questions from law enforcement. It is your responsibility to exercise your rights. If you have been asked to speak with law enforcement or a prosecuting attorney about an alleged crime, you may also benefit from talking to a criminal defense lawyer who can advise you of your rights and help you to navigate any conversation you may have with law enforcement or the prosecutor’s office.
The Right to Remain Silent
Anything you say to law enforcement, and anyone else for that matter except your criminal defense lawyer, can be miscommunicated, misinterpreted and used out of context against you to pursue a conviction in court, whether you have committed a crime or not. It most certainly will be, unless you choose to exercise your right to remain silent.
Countless people have attempted to explain their side of a story only to have their words create their downfall later on, even when their words were true, and they had, in fact, done nothing wrong. There is exactly one way to protect yourself from your words being misconstrued and that is to remain silent.
Cooperating with Law Enforcement & What to do if you are Arrested
If you are approached by law enforcement remember that self-respect is demonstrated by treating other’s respectfully, regardless of who they are or the circumstances you find yourself in. Defensive, aggressive, violent or otherwise confrontational behavior is likely to make any interaction with law enforcement much more stressful and volatile than necessary. Running from law enforcement may also create a criminal charge against you, even if you have done nothing else wrong.
The guidance we provide to staff at our firm for managing interactions with law enforcement include:
- Remain calm and do not become confrontational.
- Identify yourself when asked, including providing ID or Drivers’ License, Proof of Insurance or Vehicle Registration.
- If you are arrested for any reason, remain silent. Do not try to explain anything to law enforcement, it will not help you.
- Do not discuss your criminal matter with anyone except a criminal defense lawyer. This includes law enforcement, your family, friends and especially not anyone you might encounter if you are held in jail.
- Call a criminal defense lawyer at the earliest opportunity.
We are not tone deaf
The attorneys here at Kitsap Criminal Defense and Compass Legal Services, P.S. are not tone deaf to the current circumstances of our country and the crippling injustices our nation has suffered at the hand of dangerously incompetent and rogue law enforcement. We are not unaware of the instances and implications of these injustices right here in Kitsap County.
It is not the purpose of this website to advise anyone how they must act in anyway, only to be transparent regarding some of the instructions we have provided to our own staff regarding interactions with law enforcement.
If you are the victim of violence or abusive use of power by law enforcement, we urge you to contact our office now at 360.471.3300 to schedule a consultation with a defense attorney who can help you.
Criminal Charges and Military Service Members
If you are a military service member, whether Navy, Army, Marine, Air Force or Coast Guard, being arrested or charged with a crime can be even more consequential than civilians in the same circumstances. Military laws outlined by the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) that exist on top of local, state and federal laws may create additional hurdles that must be navigated in order to protect your future. Criminal convictions for military service members may result not only in fines and penalties imposed by civilian courts, but also those consequences imposed by the military.
Kitsap Criminal Defense is led by retired Lieutenant Commander, Attorney Eric McDonald. Attorney McDonald is a former JAG Officer with over twenty-five years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer for military service members. He is highly experienced with military regulations and procedures as well as criminal law and criminal defense in civilian courts.
If you are a military service member and you have been charged with a crime, reach out to our firm as soon as possible to schedule a criminal defense consultation.
Spanish Speaking Criminal Defense Lawyer
Language must not be a barrier to effective criminal defense. As a native Spanish speaker, Attorney Eric McDonald is able to ensure that Spanish speaking clients are afforded quality, experienced criminal defense. If you have been accused of a crime and speak Spanish, please call our office at 360.204.5604 to schedule a confidential consultation with Attorney McDonald.
Idioma no debe ser una barrera para obtener representación legal efectiva y profesional. El Licenciado Eric McDonald hable español y puede asegurar a los clientes quienes hablan español una representación legal de alta calidad, asequible y profesional. Si usted ha sido acusado de un crimen y habla español, llame a nuestra oficina al 360.204.5604 para una consulta confidencial con el Licenciado McDonald.