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Criminal Case Flow Chart

Posted by Tony Swartz | Feb 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Clients typically ask how court works. I created this flow chart to show you how I expect a typical criminal charge will make its way through the court system, be it in Kittitas County or Yakima County. This is based on my experience working on an approximated 10,000 criminal cases within our Washington State court system. Every case is different, so this is just a model. Your case might be able to skip certain steps, or we might build extra steps all depends on your case.

It is also important to note that DUI cases contain multiple extra steps regarding your Department of Licensing hearing process. That process is called an "administrative" process, so it is not done directly through the criminal court. It is instead handled in its own arena (and therefore, I did not include it here).


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Tony Swartz

Tony Swartz is an experienced lawyer in Washington State. He has handled, most from start to finish, over 10,000 criminal cases with a focus on DUIs and other misdemeanor charges. In addition to his legal practice, Tony is a recognized expert in the field and routinely teaches classes at both Central Washington University and Yakima Valley College.


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Law Office of Tony Swartz

Tony Swartz is a lawyer practicing criminal defense in Kittitas County and Yakima County who specializes in Ellensburg DUIs and Yakima DUIs. He also represents clients with other misdemeanor charges. Call today for a free consultation.

Tony moved to Ellensburg in 2005 and has lived here since other than a brief break for law school. He attended CWU and Willamette University College of Law. He is also on the executive board for Ellensburg Music Festival, Ellensburg Downtown Rotary, and Ellensburg Big Band (where he also plays trumpet). He also plays hockey at the Yakima Ice Rink and Kraken Community Iceplex, in addition to attending a lot of Seattle Kraken games.

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