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Hit & Run

Accused of a Washington State Hit and Run Crime?

What sets us apart:


  • 1000+ cases resolved.
  • 50+ jury trials.
  • 30+ years combined experience.


  • Super Lawyer recipients – both lawyers.
  • 10/10 AVVO rating – both lawyers.
  • Extensive teaching, writing & legislative experience.


Satisfied clients:


Quality results:

As you may have already discovered, accusations of Washington State hit and run crimes are taken very seriously by law enforcement, prosecutors, and the courts. In addition to potential jail time and fines, a conviction for a Washington State hit and run crime can have serious long term consequences.

We understand after you have been arrested for a Washington State hit and run crime you may be angry and anxious. We are here to tell you that there is hope that your charge will be successfully resolved and even more importantly, that you will make it through this period.

We would like to help you fight your Washington State hit and run charge. Please call us so that we may do that. We are passionate about our work and will be doing it for years to come.

We have helped people who are in a similar situation as yours fight their Washington State charges. We consistently get great results for our clients.

What you can do now:

We have designed this web site to try and answer every Washington Hit and Run question that you may have.We did this because we know that knowledge is power and we wanted to give you back some of the power that you may feel you have lost from your arrest.

If found guilty:

  • Hit & Run unattended / property is a misdemeanor, no loss of license.
  • Hit & Run attended is gross misdemeanor, 1 year loss of license.
  • Hit & Run injury or death is felony, 1 year loss of license.
  • CDL consequences for all hit & run convictions.

We would like the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your Washington Hit and Run case.Please give us a call or email us so that we can begin to help you resolve your case.

Free Initial Consultation

We meet with you in our office, for free and for as long as it takes. We like to do this initial consultation in person (not over the phone) because this is the best way to hear about your case and give you legal advice. There is simply no substitute for a face to face meeting.

What to expect at our first meeting, we will:
  • Review the facts of what happened and why you are facing the accusation of a Washington State Hit and Run charge;
  • Identify potential issues that may make it difficult for the government to prosecute you on your Washington Hit and Run case;
  • Describe the Washington State Hit and Run laws, as well as the Washington State criminal procedure that you will be facing over the next few months;
  • Outline different options you may have in your Washington State Hit and Run case; and
  • Provide you with a "game plan" in the form of a list of things to do to help you resolve your Washington State Hit and Run in the best possible manner.

Our Commitment to You:

We strive to be a firm of integrity. Here are our goals:

  • Honesty
  • Direct and no-nonsense
  • Hard-working
  • Organized
  • Professional
  • Excellent at what we do
  • Provide top-notch customer service
  • Respected by judges, prosecutors and other lawyers

Based upon , it appears that we are living up to these goals and are committed to doing so in the future.

What you can do now:

There is hope. Despite these serious consequences, many times it is difficult for the government to prove a reckless driving or racing charge beyond a reasonable doubt.

For this reason, it may be possible to reduce this criminal offense to a civil traffic infraction, or in some instances, even get it dismissed. While we cannot promise that this will happen in your case, we have had a lot of success in getting it done in the past.

If the prosecution is not willing to make such a reduction, then we will take your case to trial for you. You have a right to a jury trial in these cases, and we are trained trial attorneys willing to fight for you.

So, please give us a call. We are happy to speak with you and go over the options you have for your reckless driving or racing charge!

Our Job:

If you decide that one of us is a good fit to work with you on your Washington Reckless Driving / Racing charges (it is your choice who you work with and we promise not to hard sell you, we only want to work with people who want to work with us) then we will we begin representing you in your Washington State Reckless Driving / Racing charges.

We represent people all over the state on MIP and MIC charges, but most often in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.

Representation includes:

  • Attending all court hearings with you;
  • Answering all your phone calls, emails and questions within 1 day (usually immediately);
  • Investigating your case;
  • Advising you of your options for your Washington Reckless Driving / Racing charges and giving you our opinion of what you should do;
  • Reviewing the accusations, witness statements, and law enforcement's arrest report with you;
  • Aggressively fighting your case – this means negotiating with the prosecutor, filing legal motions, representing you in court and doing whatever it takes to get you the best deal possible for your case. (Please note, if you want fist pounding, shouting and screaming lawyers, we are not for you – that is not our style. We have found that we get the best results by being ourselves - civilized, honest and hardworking, not by grandstanding); and
  • Being there to “hold your hand” throughout the entire process – beginning to end, in court, in the office, and over the phone.

Our Background and Accomplishments:

We all feel fortunate that other people have recognized us for being good at what we do. Here is some information about our backgrounds and accomplishments:

Geoffrey Burg:
  • I have had great success in helping people accused of crimes.
  • My rate of having people found not guilty at trial is higher than the state average.
  • In addition, I pride myself (and gauge how well I am doing) by the number of thank you notes I receive from my clients.
  • I feel proud in saying that I regularly receive these. I have been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by my peers in Washington Law and Politics Magazine.
  • I am actively involved as a Legislative Liaison for the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In this role I have written, lobbied for and passed three laws that help people accused of crimes in Washington State. In 2001 I graduated from Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College - an intensive training program where we learned trial skills from some of the best litigators in the country.
Patricia Fulton:
  • I devote my practice to defending clients accused of crimes.
  • I am very proud of my reputation as a thoughtful and articulate advocate I have earned while defending people accused of crimes in Washington.
  • I am a member of numerous criminal defense and trial organizations and stay active in groups working to protect the rights of those accused of crimes.
  • I am an active in the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and am currently working with their legislative committee to protect the rights of people accused of crimes in Washington State.
  • I also periodically teach continuing legal education classes to other lawyers and publish articles on various criminal defense topics.
  • In 2002, I attended Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College and have been named a "rising star" by Washington Law and Politics Magazine.
Lina Tilman:

As our paralegal, Lina helps us stay organized and on time.  She is  the person who greets you on the phone and helps with many of the  details of your case.  While we try and speak to you in person when you  call, if we are in court, Lina is the one who will make sure your  questions are answered.

Lina graduated from Yale with her undergraduate degree in Ethics,  Politics & Economics.  After her undergraduate work she moved to  Washington D.C. where she worked for the federal government.  She  enrolled in Stanford Law School for one year before transferring to  Harvard Law School, where she obtained her law degree.  Lina then worked  as an associate for two large law firms in New York City.  After her  civil experience, she decided that corporate law was not for her and  decided she wanted to work with people, not corporations.  While  licensed to practice law in New York, she now helps our clients navigate  the Washington state legal system as our paralegal.  In her spare time  Lina enjoys painting.

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