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The attorneys at Scott & Smith have developed through experience and education the skills necessary to assist you with all your legal needs.

Our attorneys are among the most experienced criminal attorneys in Island County.  Andrew Scott spent over 14 years as a prosecutor (6 as the chief prosecutor in his city) and has another 9 years of experience defending people accused of crimes.  Terry Smith has been successfully representing clients accused of crimes in Island County for two decades.  They know the criminal justice system and are strong advocates for their clients.

If you have been charged with a crime, the first reaction is usually confusion and fear.  Facing criminal charges can wreak havoc on your life.   We understand and know what needs to be done to protect your rights.  Protect yourself and your rights with a team of passionate and highly skilled criminal defense attorneys.  If you find yourself in a situation involving criminal accusations in Island County, let Scott & Smith fight for you.

When you’re charged with a crime, you face a long road ahead. The criminal justice system can be complex and often requires special knowledge to navigate. You don’t have to deal with your situation alone.  Call Scott & Smith today at (360) 331 – 7101 to find out how we can help you.  We offer consultation appointments in Freeland and Oak Harbor.



At Scott & Smith we defend people in the following areas:


“Our attorneys are among the most experienced criminal attorneys in Island County. Andrew Scott spent over 14 years as a prosecutor (6 as the chief prosecutor in his city) and has another 9 years of experience defending people accused of crimes.”

Criminal Defense

  • Misdemeanor charges
  • Felony Charges
  • Alcohol/Drug Offenses:
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sex Crimes
  • Weapon Charges
  • All Other Charges!


Crimes involving alleged sexual misconduct are among the most sensitive and emotionally jarring. Sex crimes are punished harshly in Washington and often result in life-shattering consequences. To protect your reputation and your freedom, contact a knowledgeable attorney right away.


Drug charges have a wide range of severity, but convictions can leave a lasting impact. While dependency and addiction are often at the center of these offenses, people accused of drug crimes face imprisonment, hefty fines, a permanent record as a drug offender, and collateral consequences. Learn more about drug charges in Washington and how a capable lawyer may be able to help you avoid life-changing penalties.


Gun and other weapons crimes are dealt with very severely. Any allegations that you violated the state’s firearms laws can lead to penalties like incarceration and the loss of your right to bear arms. In these situations, it is important to learn more about Washington’s weapons crimes and how an attorney can help.


Theft offenses in Washington range from minor infractions to much more serious felonies. While not every theft-related crime will require incarceration, any conviction can follow you for a very long time. If you are charged with theft or a related crime, protect yourself and your future by consulting an experienced attorney today.


When allegations of dishonest behavior rise to the criminal level, you may find yourself charged with a fraud-related offense. Not only will a fraud conviction negatively affect your reputation and prevent you from working in related fields, it will also put your freedom in danger. Accusations of falsifying information for personal gain, like insurance fraud, welfare fraud and unemployment fraud, or check and credit card fraud require a highly skilled and proactive attorney to build the strongest possible defense.


Assault with a deadly weapon or by means likely to produce great bodily harm, battery, or domestic violence charges usually result from situations that have spiraled out of control. In Washington, these crimes can be misdemeanors or felonies and can result in convictions and considerable time behind bars. In these situations, you need a qualified criminal defense attorney to preserve your rights, investigate the incident and argue on your behalf in court.


Crimes that involve violating another’s property rights, like burglary or vandalism, can lead to serious repercussions, including jail and considerable fines. If you are charged with a property crime, it is important to learn more about the potential impact this can have and how a lawyer may be able to help.


The aftermath of a DUI or a serious traffic conviction can be very distressing. Find out how to defend against these types of charges by speaking with an experienced attorney who will work to protect your rights and your ability to drive. We know good people make mistakes and a 22 year old college student is just as likely as a 75 year old grandmother to drive after having too much to drink. Contact us to see how we can help you.


When a juvenile is charged with a criminal offense in Washington, the system works differently to rehabilitate youth rather than punish as adults. Therefore, if your child has been charged with a crime, it is important to discuss the case with a lawyer who has extensive experience working within the juvenile justice system.


Being charged with any crime can be a scary. If you find yourself in a situation involving criminal accusations, you are probably thinking about the substantial consequences of a conviction. In these situations, it is always best to consult with a skilled criminal defense lawyer who will work to set things right and find the best possible outcome.


In criminal cases, time is always critical. For a confidential consultation in Freeland or Oak Harbor, call Scott & Smith at (360) 331-7101.

Early representation is critical in defending your rights. Call our office today so we can get you scheduled for a consultation and heading in the right direction.