|ON CHOOSING A LAWYER...
What qualities should a
person look for in choosing a personal attorney, to respond to a
criminal investigation or pending criminal charges? In our view,
three qualities are vital – dedication to the client’s interests,
objectivity in presenting and evaluating the client’s choices, and
experience within the legal system in which the client’s choices
must be made.
Dedication. The Law Offices of Allen R. Bentley is a client-centered enterprise. By and large, we are serving an individual whose freedom, reputation
and finances are at stake. We believe that in this process effective
representation and the achievement of client objectives are
paramount. We value hard work, sensitivity to client concerns, and
the fostering of open channels of attorney-client communication.
Objectivity. In more than
40 years of practicing criminal law – as an Assistant United States
Attorney, as an Assistant Federal Public Defender and as a private
practitioner – we have found that the most successful
attorney-client relationships are those characterized by mutual
respect, trust and honesty. When lawyer and client work together as
a team, good results most often follow. We recognize that one of the
things that clients want from their counsel is an assessment of the
odds, based on a thorough review of the facts and the law. We
are comfortable making such assessments, and we do not allow the
affection we frequently develop for our clients to prevent us from
offering frank and unbiased advice.
practical experience of Allen R. Bentley is unrivaled. He has tried
more than 70 jury trials in criminal cases, both as a prosecutor and
as a defense attorney. He has repeatedly achieved not guilty
verdicts in trials conducted in the Western District of Washington.
The bulk of his experience as a trial attorney emphasizing criminal
defense has been in federal court in Seattle, but during his time as
an Assistant United States Attorney, he tried numerous jury cases in
New York and one extended non-jury trial in Miami. Recently (2013),
he successfully defended a potato grower in a seven-week crop
insurance fraud case tried in Richland, Washington. He has also
represented clients in grand jury proceedings and other matters in
the federal courts in Anchorage, Portland and Los Angeles. He has
represented the accused in complex criminal tax and fraud cases in
the Washington Superior Courts. He has litigated dozens of appeals
in the federal appellate courts.
Dedication, objectivity and experience – over many decades, these
qualities have characterized Allen Bentley’s legal work. They are
qualities that will continue to be manifest, should you, in a time
of legal trouble, turn to the Law Offices of Allen R. Bentley for