Manslaughter is a separate and distinct crime than the offense of murder. Unlike murder, manslaughter does not require a defendant to have acted with premeditation or an intent to kill. Rather, a person commits the offense if he or she kills another person while acting with “criminal negligence.” A conviction of the crime can bring […]
Hard times require hope and help. We provide both...to all our clients.
Being charged with a crime is one of the most difficult and disruptive events that can happen to someone. We are here to walk you through the process, help you make the best decisions possible, and most importantly, fight for you, tooth and nail, every step of the way.
HOW OUR HARD WORK BENEFITS YOU - REAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE CASES, REAL SOLUTIONS
ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON: CHARGES DROPPED
Client charged in King County Superior Court with felony assault with a deadly weapon. After uncovering serious issues regarding the complaining witness’s credibility, as well as facts that disproved his story, Mr. Black convinced the prosecution to drop the charges.
CHARGES DISMISSED AFTER DEFENSE MOTION
Client charged with furnishing liquor to multiple minors. Mr. Black moved to dismiss charges based on the prosecution’s lack of evidence. Prosecution voluntarily dismissed all charges.
NOT-GUILTY VERDICT IN RAPE TRIAL
Health-care worker client charged with rape in the second degree of a patient. At trial, Mr. Black and co-counsel established complaining witness’s financial motivation for making false allegations and discredited his version of events. Not guilty verdict returned.
NOT-GUILTY VERDICT IN FEDERAL COURT
Client charged with fraudulent use of social security number in Federal Court. Mr. Black and and his former partner took case to trial and established the inaccuracy of the government’s allegations. Not guilty verdict returned.
FEDERAL COURT DECISION OVERTURNED BY 9th CIRCUIT
Our attorneys brought a motion to withdraw a client’s guilty plea in federal court from almost a decade earlier, based on ineffective assistance of counsel. After the district court dismissed the motion, we appealed the ruling to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, who overturned the ruling.
FELONY CHARGES AVOIDED, MISDEMEANOR CHARGES DISMISSED
Client arrested for domestic violence assault with a deadly weapon. Mr. Black secured release, and convinced the state not to file felony charges, through introduction of testimony and argument at bail hearing. Mr. Black ultimately secured dismissal of misdemeanor charges after investigation and litigation.
FEDERAL DRUG CONSPIRACY CHARGES DISMISSED
Client charged in Federal Court with conspiring to import and deliver controlled substances as well as other counts. After extensive litigation, United States Attorney dismissed the charges the day before the trial was scheduled to begin.
FEDERAL CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ROBBERY CHARGE DISMISSED
Client charged in Federal Court with conspiracy to commit robbery. After investigation and trial preparation, Mr. Black convinced the United States Attorney that client was not involved, and to dismiss the charges.
PROTECTION ORDER DISMISSED AND CRIMINAL CHARGES DROPPED
Client was charged criminally with domestic violence assault and had protection order issued against him in a separate proceeding. After extensive investigation Mr. Black won dismissal of the protection order petition and convinced the state to drop the criminal charges.
FEDERAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ALLEGATIONS DISMISSED
The Government brought allegations that client had violated probation conditions by committing a domestic violence assault. After a contested hearing involving multiple government and defense witnesses, Mr. Black secured dismissal of the allegations.
FEDERAL CONTEMPT CHARGES DROPPED
Client ordered to show cause in Federal Court why she should not be held in contempt of court due to alleged violation of court orders. Mr. Black convinced the court to drop the allegations.
RETURN OF CHILD SECURED
Client’s infant child taken away from him due to the discovery of multiple fractures. Prevailed at trial based in large part on Mr. Black’s cross-examination of the state’s expert doctor, whom the court found to be not credible. Client’s child returned to him. No criminal charges ever filed.
IMMIGRANTS' ABILITY TO STAY IN THE U.S. RESTORED
The attorneys at Black Law, PLLC have prevailed in dozens of post-conviction motions to withdraw guilty pleas or modify sentences on behalf of immigrants whose convictions endangered their ability to stay in the United States.
FOREFEITURE ACTION SEES CLIENT'S FUNDS RETURNED
Client had a package containing thousands of dollars seized while in transit. The City of Seattle alleged that the currency was drug proceeds and attempted to forfeit it. After litigation, Mr. Black secured a dismissal of the forfeiture action and client’s funds were returned to him.
SEATTLE CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS GUARDING YOUR FREEDOM
At Black & Askerov, PLLC, we understand the serious consequences that may follow a criminal conviction and the importance of fighting for a defendant’s rights to the limits of the law. We are attorneys who have developed a hard-earned reputation as leaders in the criminal defense community. Based in Seattle, our dedicated criminal defense lawyers are tireless in investigating each client’s situation, negotiating during the plea bargaining process, and preparing a case for trial.
If you choose us, you can trust us to provide an honest assessment of your options, rather than promising unrealistic results. We will clearly explain each aspect of your case so that you can make appropriate decisions for your needs and goals. Committed to leaving no stone unturned, our criminal defense firm represents Washington residents in the following areas:
- Drug crimes, white collar/fraud, federal crimes,
- Violent crimes, sex crimes, domestic violence,
- Theft, DUI defense, pre-charge investigations,
- Appeals and post-conviction relief,
- Protection orders, and forfeitures
Our firm has extensive experience working with foreign nationals. We know how to pursue outcomes in state and federal cases, in both the pre-trial and post-conviction contexts, that protect the immigration status of people who have been charged with crimes.
A CRIMINAL DEFENSE FIRM THAT NEVER STOPS FIGHTING
Don't ever give up on your case. We certainly don't. With over two decades of combined experience, our dedicated and proven defense attorneys know the importance of standing by your side, upholding your rights and believing in positive results.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS THINK OF US
I am enthusiastically recommending Chris Black. He worked with me over the course of a year while representing a family member of mine on a case that was very complex. In addition to his great skill and knowledge as an attorney, I found him to be unfailingly compassionate and kind, and always calm under very difficult circumstances. Chris goes out of his way to respond quickly to any question or issue. He is a person of high integrity and consistently provides excellent representation from start to finish. I will always be grateful to him.
Recently my family and I experienced nothing any of us had ever come close to dealing with before. My husband and I hurriedly traveled to Seattle from Sandpoint, Idaho to help one of our sons who had been arrested on felony assault charges. We were panicked, confused, and totally out of our element in that we have never needed the services of a lawyer before. Thankfully, while we were traveling across state a relative found Chris online for us and we decided to call. This was the best decision we could have made and it set the course for a positive outcome for our son and family. Not only were we able to get our son released from jail promptly but I believe that Chris's vast experience and expertise was ultimately what led to our son never even being charged. It was a traumatic time for all of us and had we not had Chris on our side I am afraid our son's life would have been changed dramatically and not for the best. Chris is straight forward, frank, very knowledgeable and he treated us with kindness and understanding. Chris is a genuine person who's talent was used to help us in a way that I will never be able to properly thank him for. Contact Chris and Tim, you will immediately be set at ease and I know they will be able to help.
My family had been bothered by a legal issue off and on for decades. We went to different law firms in the area and were met with high retainers and opinions that the outcome of the case would be detrimental to our family. When we talked to Black Law, Chris himself talked to the family and laid out his opinion, strategy and cost. His opinion was we had a good chance at a positive outcome, and some chance at an outright dismissal. His retainer was lower than anyone else had quoted. His strategy was to work hard and smart and get started on the issue the next day. Which he did! In a matter of days, (not months as quoted elsewhere), he had the total case dismissed in our favor!! His work was right on the mark and immediate. He himself is personal and personable. I can't say enough about his company and how he treats his clients. No promises, but straight talk with detailed strategy and opinion on outcome. Then he executes his strategy and our outcome was the best possible, and much better than expected. I recommend Chris the highest of anyone I would recommend for anything. Especially when it is legal. Great guy and firm.
I had a difficult case with harmful false accusations. I was told by other professionals that it was impossible to win. I wanted someone to believe in me, and that is exactly what Mr. Black and his team did. There are no words to describe his dedication to my case. Thanks to his knowledge, professionalism, and values, I won my "impossible to win" case. Chris is an excellent lawyer, but most of all a wonderful person.
Mr. Black is everything I could ask for in a legal professional. He is to the point and very frank. I was represented by Mr. Black and found him to be the consummate professional. His knowledge of the law and his dedicated representation put my mind at ease. He made my entire ordeal manageable and I was satisfied with the outcome of my case.
Mr Black defended me in a DV 4th degree case recently.
I talked to a couple of attorneys and tried to find the best one in Seattle. Only Mr Black had kind concern and care about what happened. The other attorneys are like: oh this is just another DV case, you finish some courses first.
This was my first time got involved in this, and I was very panic. He is very professional, with great insights and the best strategies on a case. He cares about people, gave me great advices and worked on the case. He always reply my questions very fast, either on phone or email.
Only 2 weeks after I hired Mr Black, my case got dismissed.
I strongly recommend him as the best defense lawyer.
Chris stepped into a hard case for me and my extended family. We didn't know what to do and he helped us so much. I will forever be grateful for his expertise and advise.
...I was about to give up in my criminal case, the legal defender told me to plea guilty and I will be 6 months in prison and there was no solution for my case, I was facing up to 5 years in prison and 250,000 Dls fine, thank God my wife hire Mr. Black ; got released from jail two weeks after. 4 months after hiring Mr. Black I am at home, my case is finish and done with it. I have time served, I paid $100.00 fine and got 2 points on my record, I highly recommend Mr. Black, he is a professional, experienced and one of the best.
Having found myself in a less than enviable position I needed a criminal attorney. Luckily for me, Chris was referred to me by one of his associates. Chris was very professional and thorough making sure that my rights were protected. His counsel was sound and he put me at ease as best he could during a very traumatic time for me.
I feel lucky that I had Chris but hopefully will never need his services again.
After dealing with another lawyer's BS I was so glad to have Chris Black on my side. He deals with criminal cases daily and knows the players, the process, the ins and outs and how the prosecutors choose their strategies. Thank GOD my friend and attorney Jerry B. recommended Chris to me. Chris made me feel at ease. I was never charged, I believe thanks to Chris' communication with the detective. Case not done, but ive got a solid advocate if it comes back. Trust Chris.
Mr Black defended me in a DV case last year. He is a very knowledgeable, professional and reliablle lawyer. He is also a very compassionate caring human being. He helped my during the most difficult time of my life and I consider myself very lucky for having such a strong lawyer by my side. He is an excellent lawyer who stands by his clients to defend their right with his outmost abilities. I feel very confident to recommend him as a top criminal lawyer.
All I can say it’s very simpleâ€¦ he is the BEST !
We went trough a very difficult case. We saw and consulted many different lawyers before him, but they just reviewed the case, studied it for a day (maybe) charged their fees and returned our case saying “their specialty is not for this case”
Finally we found him. We called late but He had the heart to accept to see us. He was very frank, honest and never had hided fees. He told us at front what to expect to spend.
Professionally, what can I say? He stood up for us and came out with a great solution to our case. We hired him ONLY one day before the court day!
This just speaks out for itself â€¦He knows what he’s doing and he does it magnificent!
There are no words to express his professionalism, honesty, politeness, experience and knowledge as an Attorney at Law.
I've worked with Chris for 23+ consecutive months. Chris's experience in both criminal and family law have served me well in my dealings with the state. He has always provided me with valuable advice and is always responsive with email from both my self and everyone else involved in my cases. He always keeps my up to date with everything going on, and never makes a decision that will affect my cases without consulting me first. His rate is very reasonable and Chris has been flexible when I've had trouble keeping up with payments. It has been almost 2 years and he has stuck through it all with me. He has definitely been more than just a lawyer for me, he has also been a good friend.
Christopher really helped me out during a tough time. I found myself in an unenviable position and Christopher was professional throughout the process. He kept me informed of what was going on and was always thorough.
I appreciated his frankness and candor while giving me peace of mind. Basically if Chris said it was going to be ok, i knew it would be and vice versa. Hopefully I'll never need to use him again but would highly recommend. Felt lucky that he was my lawyer.
Always spent the time I needed to understand the circumstances. He did everything possible to make sure I benefited through our experience. For me, I never was charged. He was the best thing that ever happened to me, through one of the toughest times in my life.
Chris did a great job for me. I'm really pleased with all of his efforts and the results he helped me obtain.
Previous to hiring Chris, I was represented by a lawyer from the Federal Public Defenders Office. My lawyer had decided I was guilty, my case was not defendable and I should just accept the prosecutor's plea agreement as written. I would have been entering a plea within months of arrest and I am certain the results would have just followed the federal sentencing guidelines resulting in two to three years of prison time. This would have given me little time to settle my personal matters prior to going to prison.
Immediately upon talking with Chris I was relieved in the change in attitude he brought to my case. Chris was always available to me and responded to my calls and emails quickly. Chris worked directly with me to obtain the necessary background information and other facts of the case. Although, I eventually pled guilty to one of the charges, Chris helped in the characterization of my actions and presented all of my information in the most favorable light. I'm sure that this approach severely reduced my eventual sentence. I received a sentence of months instead of years as a result of these efforts.
Additionally, the year of continuances allowed me to get all of my personal matters attended to prior to reporting to prison. I'm now in a much better personal state because of these effort.
I recommend anyone facing a criminal prosecution to immediately contact Chris for a consultation. I am sure he can be a valuable asset to you and your case.
Christopher Robert black is the best lawyer I have ever hired. I would recommend him to all my family and friends and all the people out there. You can't go wrong with Christopher Robert black. His an awesome lawyer if I in trouble again I would definitely hired him again. Thank you Christopher Robert black for all your good hard work.
Mr. Black was very helpful in getting my case closed as quickly as possible. Chris walked me through the different options and possibilities and made me feel confident that I would not have a blemish on my record. Consultations and fees were very reasonable. I will use Chris Black for all my Attorney needs. Thank you Mr. Black.
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Like the crime of murder (either first degree or second degree), manslaughter involves the taking of a person’s life. Unlike murder, though, the offense does not involve premeditation or the intentional killing of a victim. Manslaughter in the first degree, rather, involves a person “recklessly” causing the death of another. The crime is a serious […]
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