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Washington State Child Sex Abuse and Special Assault Defense Attorneys Experienced at Getting Your Life Back for You

Experienced Seattle Attorneys Defending Against False Allegations of Sexual Assault, Rape, Child Sex Abuse, Child Molestation, Rape of a Child, Assault of a Child, Domestic Violence, and Elder Abuse.

Top Seattle Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Defense Attorney David S. Marshall Not much is as frightening as being accused of sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse . . . any abuse of a vulnerable person. The revulsion people feel about crimes like these can override the presumption of innocence and even simple fairness. To a person accused, it can feel that life has stopped . . . and may never restart.

But the accused can get justice. For eighteen years top Seattle child abuse and special assault defense attorney David S. Marshall and his team have been getting it for them in civil, CPS, and criminal cases—as many of them report here. This record is the reason other lawyers refer their clients to David and his team. They defend against child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder assault allegations in courts and administrative hearings throughout Washington State—in Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Spokane, Everett, Vancouver, and other cities and towns; in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, and other counties; and in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and other regions of the United States. Special assault defense is the work to which they have dedicated themselves.

Their dedication to child abuse and special assault defense means more than fighting for their clients in court. It also means keeping up to date on developments around the world in law, psychology, and medicine that concern allegations of child abuse and other special assaults. At this site you'll find some of those developments, as well as a lot about how the best child abuse and special assault defense lawyers work.

From Our Case Files

False Memories Abound in Child Sex Abuse Trial

"Now everyone has a false memory." Thus did the prosecutor caricature my closing argument in his rebuttal argument.

Seed and Soil: Why Billy Accused Max

Usually when a child incorrectly alleges that he has been molested, someone close to him—or the child himself—has something to gain from the accusation.

A "Shaken Baby" Case Study: Judge Reverses CPS Decision That Woman Assaulted Infant

A Washington state woman's care of her foster infant has been vindicated by an administrative law judge.


News & Events

Cavaliere v. Florida (2014)

Police Officer's Bolstering of Child Witness's Credibility Leads

A Florida court of appeals has overturned a child molestation conviction because two witnesses, a police officer and a teacher, testified to the child's credibility during trial.

Del Prete v. Thompson (2014)

Del Prete Murder Conviction Overturned as Judge Questions Shaken Baby Syndrome Doctrine

The court overturned Del Prete's conviction after receiving new medical testimony that doubted the SBS diagnosis.

State v. Kinzle (2014)

Conviction Overturned for Prosecutor's Failure to Elicit Allegations

The Washington Court of Appeals has overturned a child molestation conviction because the child complainant did not include the criminal allegations in her testimony.

State v. Robert Barry (2014)

Demeanor at Counsel Table May Not be Considered Evidence

During deliberations, the jury asked the court if it could consider the accused's actions or demeanor in the courtroom during the trial as "evidence."

Thu July 3 2014

White House Report on Sexual Assault on Campus Neglects Rights of the Accused

Critics charge the report fails to acknowledge university adjudication systems infringe rights of the accused.

Tue July 1 2014

Lessons of the McMartin Case

In the mid-1980s, the McMartin Preschool child sex abuse trial shocked the nation with its accusations of rampant abuse at a California preschool.

State v. Gower (2014)

Admitting Evidence of Prior Sex Offenses Results in Reversal

The Washington Supreme Court has reversed a man's conviction for sex crimes against his 17-year-old stepdaughter.

State of Washington v. Timothy John Dobbs (2014)

Domestic Violence Defendant Held to Have Forfeited Confrontation Right

The Washington Supreme Court has affirmed the domestic violence conviction of a man whose alleged victim did not come to trial to testify against him.

Thu February 6 2014

Reid Interrogation Technique Found to Elicit False Confessions

An article in The New Yorker magazine has taken a close look at the risk that suspects will falsely confess when police interrogators use the Reid technique—the most common police interrogation technique in the United States.

State of Washington v. Christopher A. Miller (2013)

Washington State Sex Offender Unable to Pay for Treatment Goes to Prison

A report had concluded the man would be at "low-moderate" risk of committing another sex offense one day if he did not get treatment.

Thu January 23 2014

Debate Over Unexplained Fractures Flares Anew

An article attacks the common belief among American physicians that certain kinds of apparent bone fractures in infants occur almost exclusively as a result of physical child abuse.

United States v. Kenneth R. Olsen (2013)

Federal Judge Condemns "Epidemic" of Prosecutors Withholding Evidence

He notes incidents of misconduct raise the frightening prospect that many of the over 1.5 million people now populating state and federal prisons might, in fact, be innocent.

Thu January 2 2014

David Marshall to Speak at Sex Offense Defense CLE

The continuing legal education program's focus will be on achieving just solutions in difficult cases.