Muth, Amy I.
Address: 1000 Second Avenue Suite 3140, Seattle, WA 98104
Lawyer Firm: Law Office of Amy Muth, PLLC
|Areas of Practice||Criminal Law (sex crimes; investigations; removal; registration)|
Attorney Amy Muth represents individuals in criminal investigations, trials, appeals, and post-conviction matters in Washington state and federal courts. A recognized leader in defending Washington sexual assault cases, Ms. Muth has garnered awards and recognition from the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), Washington Defender Association (WDA), and Washington Law & Politics. Additionally, she has served as expert witness and consultant for Innocence Project Northwest in sexual assault cases. Because of her experience, Ms. Muth is frequently invited to conduct trainings for members of local, state, and national criminal defense organizations, and has been a featured CLE speaker for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers sex offenses program. She has been invited to speak in Austin, TX, before a panel of military officials on best training practices for attorneys defending sexual assault cases. She also regularly testifies in the Washington State Legislature on criminal legislation, and writes articles and amicus briefs for WACDL and WDA on sex crime issues, including a successful constitutional challenge to a law that made it easier for courts to admit evidence against defendants in trial.A highly skilled and experienced trial lawyer, Ms. Muth has tried numerous criminal cases throughout Western Washington. Ms. Muth’s finely honed, aggressive litigation skills have led to significant case reductions, dismissals, and acquittals. Her practice emphasizes the defense of complex criminal matters, including:• Adult and Child Sexual Assault• Domestic Violence Offenses• Violent Crimesand other complex matters in state and federal courts.
Ms. Muth has represented numerous individuals faced with sex and domestic violence charges. Her representative successes include:
Not guilty verdict for individual charged with Rape in the Second Degree. Client’s DNA had been located as evidence. Jury acquitted in forty minutes.
Dismissal of multiple counts of first degree child molestation and child rape on grounds that individual was incompetent to stand trial, after two years of litigation and extensive expert consultation.
Agreed sentence of six months, one count, felony violation of a court order-domestic violence, for individual charged with calling his wife continuously from the King County Jail. Defense provided with 50 CD-ROMs of jail phone call recordings. Presented extensive mitigation package to state which convinced state to recommend exceptional sentence downward instead of seeking convictions to place client in prison for 60 months.
Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative for client convicted of molesting younger brothers over a four-year period, to be completed out of state, in Utah.
Hung jury in sexually violent predator civil commitment trial in Pierce County.
Dismissal of multiple counts of first degree child molestation against an Ethiopian immigrant who had received asylum to live in the United States.
Dismissal of charges of first degree child molestation against a female client. Investigation revealed that the accuser had extensive mental health issues which impacted his credibility.
Successfully litigated a challenge to the sexual assault advocate privilege statute. First degree child molestation charges reduced to third-degree assault and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. Original charges carried a penalty of 51-68 months in prison; client released from jail after serving eight months.
Reduction of first-degree child molestation charges to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault charges. Client was mother of child. Six months of expert consultation and investigation revealed that police had incorrectly reported that client failed a polygraph, daughter was improperly influenced by stepmother, and daughter had made accusation after attending a Girl Scout’s four-hour retreat on Stranger Danger. Client sentenced to 30 days of community service, not required to register as a sex offender.
Not guilty verdict in several assault in the fourth degree-domestic violence cases.
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