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Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney

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Experienced Seattle DUI attorney and recognized leader in the field

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If you have been charged with a DUI, you likely are searching for a qualified, aggressive attorney to handle your case. Over nearly 20 years, as a Seattle public defender and in private practice, Kevin Trombold has successfully defended thousands of people charged with DUIs and other crimes.

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Kevin is the founder, author, and director of the Washington DUI Center, an online library and clearinghouse where defense attorneys across the state come for cutting edge science and case law. His pro bono work with celebrated scientist/attorney Ted Vosk exposing the shoddy science at the Washington State Crime Lab led to a groundbreaking ruling by a panel of judges to throw out all DUI breath tests in King County.  A UW graduate, he is also a member of the influential Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, a small group of attorneys who crusade for higher legal standards in criminal cases. He has published a handbook on DUI defense (Gettting to Not Guilty: The Trombold DUI Handbook - 2012) and contributed articles to books and magazines including Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence (2011) by Aspatore Press, Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (2006) by Lorman Press, and his articles for his favorite Defense magazine, produced by the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. A member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Kevin's publications on complicated forensic science topics aid hundreds of attorneys across the State of Washington.

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While many private DUI attorneys in Washington typically go to trial just a few times a year, Kevin took several hundred DUI cases to trial in his nine years as a public defender in Seattle. That experience molded him into a seasoned attorney who is completely at ease before jurors and judges and also skilled at vigorously cross-examining police officers and expert witnesses. Because he has won so many not guilty verdicts before juries, prosecutors in Washington know he is not bluffing when he says he will take a DUI case to trial if he can't get the deal his client deserves.

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Over his years of practice, Kevin has also forged strong, cordial relationships with prosecutors and court staff. Kevin has great success in negotiating good settlements for his clients - an asset in a criminal justice system in which just a fraction of cases go to trial. Today, as a thriving and well-respected private defense attorney focusing on DUI defense in Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Redmond, Kirkland, Bothell, Lake Forest Park, Renton, Tukwila, Shoreline, Vashon Island, Mercer Island, Kenmore, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Clyde Hill, Kent, Aukeen, Burien, and Federal Way, Kevin takes a small number of cases and fights each as if it is his last.

A Highly Qualified DUI Attorney

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Many people have chosen Kevin Trombold to stand between them and the prosecutor when facing criminal allegations because of his strong track record defending thousands of accused persons in the State of Washington. A Seattle native and University of Washington graduate, he has dedicated over a decade to defending the rights of people charged with crimes ranging from homicide to truancy. He was nominated last year as a "Rising Star" lawyer by Washington Law and Politics. He makes it a priority to stay on the cutting edge of changes in the law. He is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, The Public Defender Trial Training, and The National College for DUI Defense. He has led seminars for fellow attorneys on DUI law, contempt of court issues, and family law. Kevin has handled thousands of DUI cases in his career. He knows the law, the prosecutors, the judges, and the court staff. He knows exactly what it takes to get good results.

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Graduate:

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • The Public Defender Trial School
  • The National College for DUI Defense
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • Drug Recognition Expert - Summary Course
Member:
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • The National College for DUI Defense
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • King County Bar Association
  • Pierce County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
 
 
 
Education:
 
  • JD, New College of California, San Francisco
  • BA, Univeristy of Washington, Seattle
 
 
Speaking Engagements:
 
  • Washington Defender Association - Forensic Metrology - 1/17/14
  • WFCJ Defending DUI's Seminar -Department of Licensing Hearings- 12/2010
  • WACDL, Challenging Bad Science: Putting the NAS Report to Work- 10/2010 (co-chair)
  • Seattle King County Public Defenders Association -Uncertainty of Measurement in Breath and Blood Testing- 2010
  • WFCJ Defending DUI's Seminar -The Science of Breath Testing- 12/2009
  • Lorman Defending DUI's Seminar -Temperature Matters- 2008
  • Lorman -Rules of Evidence- 2008
  • Seattle King County Public Defenders Association -Temperature Matters- 2007
  • Seattle King County Public Defenders -History of Breath Testing -2007
  • Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons -Field Sobriety Testing - Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus-2006
  • Lorman Business Center- Traffic Law Practices -Top Ten Scientific Articles for DUI Defense Attorneys -2007
  • Washington Defender Association - The Basics of DUI Defense - From the Lab to the Courtroom - 2007
  • Snohomish County Bar Association - The Pros and Cons of DUI and DRE - 2006
  • Lorman Business Center -Standard Field Sobriety Testing Science- 2006
  • Lorman Business Center - Basic Criminal Defense -Discovery of a Prosecutions Case&- 2005
 
 
 
Publications:
  • The Trombold DUI Handbook - Getting To Not Guilty - (2012)
  • Out With The Old, In With The New: A Historical Review Of The Future Of Breath Testing With The Draeger - 2011
  • The Emperor's New Suit; Breath Testing Science After the NAS Report - 2010
  • Breath Testing Science - Temperature Matters - 2009
  • Ford Pinto or DataMaster; Booze, Cars, and Government Gadgets. A Historical Review and New Chapter of Cross Examination For Trial Lawyers - 2008
 
 
 
 

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While my traffic case was minor, I didn't want to go it alone. My friend recommended Kevin to me. From the first phone conversation til it was resolved, Kevin and his team were pure perfection! This is the team you want on your side. Period. - K.M.