Experienced Criminal Defense in Kitsap County: Abogado Penal


A Kitsap Criminal Defense Lawyer is here to help you.  Talk to a defense attorney before talking to ANYONE else if you have been arrested or charged with a crime.

Being charged with a crime does not make you  a criminal and a criminal record does not define you.  If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, the first person and ONLY person you should talk to is a Criminal Defense Lawyer.  Talking to a criminal defense lawyer, before ANYONE else, can protect your rights and protect you against intentionally, or “unintentionally”, misconstrued communications with third parties that may come up later in court.  Talking to a defense attorney can also give you peace of mind and direction if you have been charged with a crime.  If you are the family member or loved one of someone who has been arrested or charged with a crime, speaking with a defense attorney can also help you understand how you can help.

Don’t give up.  We can help you.

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Spanish Speaking Criminal Defense Lawyer

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.

Kitsap Criminal Defense
a Division of Compass Legal Services, P.S.

Phone: 360.204.5954
Para Español: 360.204.5604

9481 Bayshore Drive NW, Ste 203
Silverdale, WA 98383

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 10am-4pm

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.

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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.

30 minute Free Consultation for Criminal Defense

Kitsap Criminal Defense offers a 30 minute free criminal defense consultation to give you that peace of mind and help you understand the options for moving forward.  Due to Covid-19 related restrictions, all of our consultations are facilitated by phone or Zoom at this time.

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Kitsap County Criminal Defense Lawyer in Silverdale

“I need a criminal defense lawyer near me!”

Our office is conveniently located in Silverdale and we provide criminal defense for clients throughout Kitsap County including criminal charges in Bremerton, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island and Felony cases in Kitsap Superior Court.  We also welcome military service members with criminal matters through Western Washington.  Services are available for non-military client’s outside of Kitsap County on a case by case basis.

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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:

  1. Remain calm and do not become confrontational.
  2. Identify yourself when asked, including providing ID or Drivers’ License, Proof of Insurance or Vehicle Registration.
  3. If you are arrested for any reason, remain silent. Do not try to explain anything to law enforcement, it will not help you.
  4. 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.
  5. Call a criminal defense lawyer at the earliest opportunity.

We are not tone deaf

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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.


Misdemeanor DUI and Felony DUI Lawyer Representation

If you are reading this and you’ve recently been charged with a DUI, there’s a pretty good chance that you recently Googled something like “DUI lawyer near me.” Glad you made it here safely.  Getting charged with a DUI, driving under the influence, is serious, but it does not have to be catastrophic.  An experienced DUI lawyer at Kitsap Criminal Defense can help.  If you have been charged with a DUI call 360.204.5954 to day to schedule a free consultation with a DUI lawyer who can help you navigate the legal system.

E-DUI, Distracted Driving, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (DWLS)?

If you have been charged with an E-DUI, Distracted Driving, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked or other misdemeanor or felony driving offenses our Criminal Defense team can help you too.  Call us today at 360.204.5954 to schedule a free criminal defense consultation.


Felony charges can have long lasting, life changing consequences.  Jail time, prison sentences and enormous fines are just the start.  A felony record can make it difficult to find a job or housing and interfere with voting rights and rights related to firearms.  At Kitsap Criminal Defense your attorney for felony charges will provide honest, straight forward and experienced representation.  Your felony lawyer will fight tirelessly to protect your rights; pursue dismissal on frivolous charges; methodically examine the legal processes related to your case including arrest to ensure your rights as the accused are upheld; and will provide transparent, realistic legal advice regarding the options and consequences you may be facing when charged with a felony crime. If you have been charged with a felony and need legal help, call a felony lawyer at Kitsap Criminal Defense at 360.204.5954 to schedule a free consultation.


Misdemeanors and Gross Misdemeanors may be considered lower level crimes, but convictions can still have significant consequences including jail time and expensive fines.  Misdemeanor convictions can also make it difficult to gain employment in some areas. If you have been accused of a misdemeanor crime that you did not commit, a criminal defense attorney at Kitsap Criminal Defense can help you fight those charges so you can put your life back in order.  No matter what, a bad moment or decision should not unnecessarily derail your future.  A defense attorney our firm can help you to fully understand the charges, legal processes and options that are available to you while providing honest and upfront legal guidance about your situation.  If you need help, call our office at 360.204.5954 to schedule a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer.