Federal court cases


Federal Court Basics

Having a case in Federal Court when the US Government is behind the charges can seem overwhelming. A case in Federal Court results from a ticket or charge received in a National Park or on a Military Base or other Federally owned property, such as a VA hospital. If you are charged with a Federal Offense, that doesn't mean you don't have rights or a defense.  But it does mean that the laws that apply are Federal, not state ones, and that you need an attorney specifically licensed to practice in Federal Court.  I have been admitted to practice in Federal Court since 2005, and have successfully defended cases from traffic tickets to DUIs and I am here to assist you through what is understandably a daunting process.

Traffic Tickets

If you receive a ticket on Federal Property, whether it is a National Park on a Military Base or other Federal Property, the ticket will be under the Jurisdiction of the United States District Court. Whenever someone contacts me with a ticket in Federal Court, they are always surprised to learn that tickets are still a quasi-criminal proceeding  with an arraignment and possibly a trial, and that you will be required to appear at all court apearances. I have handled many tickets in Federal Court, and am well acquainted with the process involved to ensure that you receive the best outcome possible.


Receiving a DUI or Physical control charge on Federal Property can add extra anxiety to the already complex proceedings.  You need someone specifically admitted to Federal Court to handle your case, and fortunately you have come to the right place.  I have been handling DUI and other alcohol related cases in Federal Court for over 15 years and I am ready to help you navigate these uncharted waters.

Misdemeanor Criminal Charges

In addition to traffic tickets and DUI charges, I also represent those charged with misdemeanors on Federal Property.  These can range from Reckless and Negligent Driving, Driving With a Suspended License and more.  Contact me today to discuss the particulars of your case. 

Active Duty Military?

Active duty members of the military have additional considerations if they receive a ticket or are charged with a crime in Federal Court. Not only do they face the legal consequences in court, but they are also subject to severe ramifications from their command, and possibly even separation from the service.  For those in the military it is IMPERATIVE they have an attorney that understands the double punishment they are subjected to, and that they have someone in their corner fighting for them the way they fight every day for us.

Courthouse Contact Information

The Federal Court for the Western District of Washington is located at:

1717 Pacific Avenue, Room 3100
Tacoma, WA 98402-3200


*You will be required to show a valid picture ID to gain entry

There is paid parking on Pacific Avenue across from the Federal Court, and also a pay lot on the corner of 21st and Pacific Ave.

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