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Fighting for the Rights of the Accused for More than 25 Years

When you've been charged with a crime, you need to find out what your legal options are as soon as possible. You may be unsure of your legal options, but an experienced Seattle criminal defense attorney can help you fight for your rights. If you or a loved one have been accused of or arrested for a crime, trust your defense to Hale Law Enterprises. 

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With more than 25 years of experience, Attorney Matthew T. Hale has personally helped thousands of individuals successfully navigate the American justice system.

What Do We Bring to the Table?

  • Decades of legal experience
  • Personal attention to your case
  • 24/7 availability by phone
  • Experience handling high-profile cases
  •  Attorney Matthew T. Hale will personally handle your case
  • Our firm has over 250+ Five-Star Reviews on Google!

Contact our Seattle criminal defense attorney today at (206) 207-4776 to schedule a free consultation!

My name is Matthew Hale, and I am the founder of Hale Law Enterprises.  I can help you in this difficult situation with the criminal courts. 

Since 1997, I have successfully handled 1000s of criminal cases, most resulting in reductions, dismissals, or acquittals.  I have practiced for 25 years in a hundred different courts, including many times in the same court in which you may be charged.

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No matter the severity or complexity of the charges you are facing, the Seattle criminal lawyer at our firm is prepared to help you fight for your future and your freedom. Whether you are dealing with DUI charges, reckless driving, cyber crimes, domestic violence, or even murder charges, Hale Law Enterprises can help you understand your various options and work towards the best possible outcome for your situation.

Finding the best criminal defense attorney can be a daunting task, but there are several factors to consider to help you find a skilled and experienced Seattle criminal defense attorney who will represent you effectively. 

  • Experience - Look for a lawyer with experience handling cases similar to yours. A seasoned criminal defense attorney will better understand the legal system and how to navigate it effectively.
  • Reputation -  A skilled criminal attorney will have a positive reputation. When looking for the best Seattle criminal defense lawyer, check online reviews and results or ask for referrals from friends or family members who have previously needed a criminal defense attorney.
  • Schedule a free consultation -  Once you've found an attorney you want to work with, schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. During this meeting, you can ask about their approach to criminal defense, experience with similar cases, and availability to handle your case.
  • Talk Strategy - The best criminal defense lawyer for you will have a clear strategy for defending your case and should be able to explain their approach in a way you understand. They will have a solid plan and will work to achieve the best outcome for your unique situation.

Ultimately, finding the best criminal defense attorney for your case will depend on several factors. Take the time to do your research and find a lawyer who will provide you with the best possible representation.

Work Directly with an Attorney with A Track Record of Success

Hale Law Enterprises has successfully handled several of high-profile cases, providing exceptional representation for NBA athletes and executives at large Northwest companies. Attorney Hale personally handles every case the firm takes on and has a proven track record of getting criminal charges reduced and dropped.

Attorney Hale relies on his extensive educational background, thorough preparation, and attention to detail to aggressively fight for you.

Schedule your FREE initial consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Seattle.


What Does a Defense Attorney Do?

Criminal defense attorneys play an indispensable role in ensuring justice is served, and every person is entitled to a fair and robust defense. But what exactly does a defense attorney do? Below is the role a criminal defense attorney plays in the criminal justice system:

Legal Counsel and Advocate:

At the core of a defense attorney's role is the provision of legal counsel and advocacy. They are tasked with guiding their clients through the complexities of the legal system, explaining their rights, options, and the potential outcomes of their case. Defense attorneys serve as fierce advocates, representing their clients' interests throughout the legal process.

Investigation and Evidence Gathering:

Like seasoned detectives, defense attorneys investigate cases meticulously. They scrutinize the evidence presented by the prosecution, interview witnesses, and collaborate with experts if necessary. This diligent fact-finding helps build a strong defense strategy and uncover inconsistencies in the prosecution's case.

Case Analysis and Strategy:

Defense attorneys are master strategists. They analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution's case, identifying legal issues, technicalities, or arguments that may work in their clients' favor. They carefully plan their approach, adapting it to the unique circumstances of each case.

Negotiation and Plea Bargaining:

In many instances, defense attorneys engage in negotiations with the prosecution to reach plea bargains. This may involve reducing charges, securing lighter sentences, or finding alternative dispositions that minimize the consequences for their clients. They engage in these negotiations while upholding their clients' best interests.

Courtroom Representation:

The courtroom is where defense attorneys shine. They skillfully present their clients' case, cross-examine witnesses, and argue motions. Their legal knowledge, and ability to think on their feet are essential to challenging the prosecution's evidence and making persuasive legal arguments.

Jury Trials and Verdicts:

In cases that go to trial, defense attorneys select juries, present their clients' defense, and strive to secure a verdict of "not guilty." Their courtroom presence, use of evidence, and persuasive skills are crucial in determining the outcome of the case.

Sentencing Advocacy:

If a client is convicted, the defense attorney continues their work during the sentencing phase. They present mitigating factors, character references, and compelling arguments to influence the judge's sentencing decision, aiming for a fair and just outcome.

Appeals and Post-Conviction Relief:

When necessary, defense attorneys file appeals to challenge legal errors made during the trial or sentencing. They explore avenues for post-conviction relief, including issues related to ineffective assistance of counsel, newly discovered evidence, or constitutional violations.


    King County Superior Court Felony Theft case dismissed on 4/19/23 before first pretrial.


    King County Superior Court, January 2022 - Defendant charged with felony Assault 2, facing 9 months in jail. Case resolved with misdemeanor, no jail time.


    King County Superior Court, January 2022 - Defendant charged with Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver, facing 2 years in prison. Case dismissed based on illegal search and seizure.


    King County Superior Court, December 2021 - Defendant charged with 11 counts of Money Laundering, Theft, and Securities Fraud, facing 10 years in prison. Case resolved with plea to 3 counts and 1 misdemeanor, no jail time.


    King County District Court, December 2021 - Defendant charged with DUI, facing 364 days in jail. Case reduced to Negligent Driving, no jail time.


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  • Drug Crimes
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  • Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence
  • Firearms
  • Murder
  • Sex Crimes
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  • Vehicular Assault
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  • Assault
  • DUI
  • Cyber Crimes
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  • White Collar Crimes
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Real Testimonials

  • Call Hale Law!!

    “Contacted Matt EXTREMELY late for representation with what was going to have a uncomfortable outcome a weighted outcome that very easily would not go in my favor. Had anxiety that was running rampant through my mind and explained what issues I was having just dealing with it all hence the excuse of presenting such a involved case at the last possible moment. Not only did Matt not chastise me for the late proposal he laid out what I was looking at but followed up with a personal offer and egarness to take me through the process. It took me hours on the internet looking for the right relationship coupled with records of above average dismissals especially in mandatory min cases. Its difficult to weed through the landscape of choices when they all claim to be the best at what they do, i would at the least call Hale Law and listen to what they have to offer you may just find that separation your looking for....”

  • “Matt is a great Attorney, always available for you, and represents you very well! Recommend him to anyone!”

  • Matthew helped me 100% threw the whole process

    To start I’d like to say Thank you to Matthew Hale and his team - I was a nervous wreck for doing something silly and dumb - At 60 years old being a business owner- husband -father of 3 -and a grandpa I made a bad decision - and really did t need this in my life -but Matthew helped me 100% threw the whole process- always returned my calls and texts - always had a calming and proper answer as well as making me feel as if I was part of the Hale family - I can’t stress enough if you have made a mistake maybe 2 this is where you turn to - I couldn’t ask for more –

  • “Matt was very professional and handled my case in timely fashion. He communicated well too. I trust him to represent me in the case.”

  • “Matthew was great, excellent at answering any questions you have, overall very satisfied.”

  • Experienced & Aggressive Attorney
  • High-Profile Cases Handled for Athletes & Executives
  • Defending Good People Accused of DUI and All Other Crimes
  • Thousands of Cases Successfully Handled
  • Fighting to Defend the Rights of Thousands of People—Since 1998


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