Shane M. Silverthorn is licensed to practice law in Washington State and Federal Court.
- Graduated Gonzaga School of law 1997 – Juris Doctorate.
- Graduated Central Washington University 1993 – Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
- Graduated West Anchorage High School 1988 – Diploma.
- United State Air Force Reserves 1989 to 1995 – Honorable Discharge.
- Member Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Washington Defender’s Association, & Washington State Bar Association
I concentrate my practice in the area of criminal defense. I have represented hundreds of clients charged with all classes of felonies and misdemeanors.
My goal in representing my clients is to analyze every facet of their case. I investigate the case myself and with the assistance of private investigators and other professionals. I develop the best trial case I can, including motions to suppress evidence, motions to dismiss, and other evidentiary motions. I assemble and analyze all the relevant facts and legal issues to obtain a solid picture of what the trial will look like, and identify its probable outcome.
In addition to preparing the case for trial, I also negotiate with the prosecutor to resolve the case in a manner which achieves my clients goals. Negotiations are usually ongoing and I take many different approaches depending on the individual prosecutor with whom I am dealing.
By taking all necessary efforts to prepare the strongest possible trial, and negotiating the best deal achievable, I can give my client an informed opinion and afford them an educated decision as to how to best resolve their criminal case.
Additionally, most people have little or no experience with the criminal justice system, which can be very frightening and stressful for them. That is why I strive to help my clients understand the system, to understand the purpose for a specific type of hearing, to understand what a jury trial will look like. I can also give them the insight that only a lawyer who is in court every day, every week, year in and year out can give them – the unspoken rules, the standard operating procedures, and the true lay of the land.
I enjoy my litigation practice. I like being in court and defending my client to the fullest. Our system of justice is based on the adversarial process and the rule of law, and I believe it is my duty to give every client great representation and to hold the prosecutors to their duty to be fair, honest, and equitable.
I believe it is incumbent upon myself and my criminal defense colleagues to be the balance of power that keeps law enforcement officers from intruding on the liberty and privacy interests of all Americans.