Being accused of a crime is a scary experience. If you’re facing criminal charges, whether it’s an allegation of domestic violence, DUI, a drug charge, theft crime, assault, sex crime, or other criminal act, you may feel hopeless in the face of the government, with its vast resources, trying to build a case against you. But you have the good fortune to live in a country with a Constitution that gives you the right to counsel and to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, along with other legal protections. Although these rights are legally yours, you will find that the criminal justice system does not necessarily treat you as if you were innocent and is not always particularly careful about preserving your constitutional and legal protections.
That’s why when you are being investigated, questioned, arrested, or accused of a crime in Tacoma, Puyallup, Lakewood, Pierce County, or the surrounding area, you need the services of an experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate Tacoma criminal defense lawyer to make sure that your rights are protected at every step of the way. When you call defense attorney Mark Treyz, you will receive the full benefit of Mark’s 30 years of legal experience and his passion for the Constitution and the protections and rights it provides for every person.
GET AN EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL LAWYER IN TACOMA
Leading up to a successful career as a Tacoma defense attorney, Mark put in time as a Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor, where he learned the inner working of the state’s criminal justice system. He now puts that knowledge and experience to work for you and others who have been accused of crimes and are facing fines, jail or prison time, and the destruction of your life as you know it. Mark understands what you are going through and will work tirelessly on your behalf, performing his own detailed investigation and safeguarding your right to a fair trial and the best available defense. Mark has experience in all Pierce County courts and routinely handles matters in Pierce County Superior and District Court, Tacoma Municipal Court, Lakewood Municipal Court, Puyallup Municipal Court as well as the outlying areas.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CRIMINAL DEFENSE CASES
WHY SHOULD WE HIRE A TACOMA CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER?
If you have been convicted of a crime it is important to hire a defense attorney in Tacoma immediately. You will be required to give your name, address, and other personal information when you are arrested, but you should avoid giving any other statements specifically pertaining to your case before speaking with an attorney. Even if you are innocent you do not want your own words to be used against you. Only a properly trained Tacoma criminal defense attorney knows what can help or hurt your case.
DO I NEED A DEFENSE ATTORNEY IF I’VE ONLY BEEN CONVICTED OF A MISDEMEANOR?
A misdemeanor is usually considered to only be a minor criminal offense. Petty theft, driving on a suspended license, and assault can be charged as misdemeanors in Washington State. However, these crimes will still follow you on your personal record. A skill Tacoma defense attorney can find ways where you could face less jail time, pay a lower fine, or possibly drop your case to a lesser charge in the right circumstances.
IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE A FELONY IN WASHINGTON STATE?
The penalty for domestic violence in Washington State can be a felony or a misdemeanor charge depending on the severity of the accusation. A felony charge can result in life in prison and up to a $50,000 fine. A misdemeanor charge can result in 365 days in jail and up to a $5000 fine. Speak to a Tacoma domestic violence attorney to learn more.
THE BEST DISPOSITION OF YOUR CASE TO PROTECT YOUR FREEDOM AND YOUR FUTURE
In some cases, Tacoma criminal attorney Mark Treyz is able to have charges dropped altogether or reduced. If you are a first time offender, he may be able to get you into a diversionary program that will result in the charges being dismissed when you have successfully completed the program. Every situation is different, but with Mark’s experience and understanding of the system, his ability to think creatively, and his deep commitment to preserving your rights, he is often able to work out a disposition that will allow you to move on with your life with the least possible disruption.
SPEAK TO A TACOMA DEFENSE ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY
When you have been arrested or suspect that you are about to be arrested, waste no time getting Mark Treyz on your side. With his knowledge of Washington’s laws and his insight into the state’s prosecutors, judges, and courts, Mark will advise you on the nature of your charges, the potential penalties you are facing, and the options available for your defense. The sooner you get Mark involved, the better position you will be in. If you’re being charged with a serious crime and undergoing an interrogation, do not answer questions without a defense attorney present.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 people who have been exonerated for crimes in the US, submitted a false confession. Interrogation tactics can be extremely stressful and lead you to admit to something you did not do. Don’t let this happen to you. In some cases, a strong Tacoma criminal defense lawyer can even prevent charges from being filed at all, so it is in your best interest to bring one on board early. Do not speak to the police, prosecutor, or other government officials without your attorney present to protect your constitutional rights from the earliest stages.
To protect your future, your freedom, and your rights, call to arrange a free consultation with Tacoma defense attorney, Mark Treyz. Don’t worry about the expense of a skilled defense lawyer; we offer easy, flexible payment plans that make the pursuit of justice available to everyone accused of a crime in Washington State.
PROTECTING AND ADVANCING YOUR RIGHTS
When Attorney Mark Treyz began his private practice in 1988, his goal was to serve the community with a small, personal criminal defense practice focused on giving clients the support they need in challenging and difficult situations.
Being arrested, receiving a DUI, getting into trouble as a kid, or other legal trouble is scary, and often life changing. The Law Office of Mark S. Treyz is here for you. Mark is an experienced criminal attorney in Tacoma, with a proven track record of success. His legal assistant Heather is reliable, detailed, and attentive to the needs of each individual client.
You are important to Mark and Heather, you are a priority and need our help, attention to details, and expertise. We are committed to protecting and advancing your rights. We work tirelessly to make sure you get the best defense, working towards the best outcome possible.
Because we are a small, personal practice, you will not be shuffled off to an associate or intern like other firms routinely do. When you retain Mark Treyz to handle your case, you can rest assured it will be Mark that handles your matter from the beginning of the case through the end. Both Mark and Heather know the status of your case as well as the details of your matter. When you call our firm you will receive personal and detailed attention.
Many law firms in Tacoma have Rule 9 interns (law students that have not yet passed the bar examination) or brand new lawyers, that handle their client cases. You may meet with, and think you’ve hired the senior defense attorney at the firm, only to have an inexperienced lawyer, or legal intern, that you have never met, and knows next to nothing about your case, show up in court. At the Law Office of Mark S. Treyz that will never happen. You will have seasoned Tacoma criminal lawyer Mark, and his 30 years of experience, at every step of the way.
FLEXIBLE PAYMENT TERMS
Because Mark is the sole owner of the firm, he has the ability to structure his fees to be both reasonable and flexible. While a down payment (retainer) is usually requested, attorney Mark Treyz will work with each client, on an individual basis, to make sure that his representation is affordable and workable for all his clients. We routinely offer no interest monthly payments and accept cash, check, or credit cards for payments.
PIERCE COUNTY COURTS
Mark has experience in all courts in Pierce County, as well as King and Thurston counties. He routinely handles matters in Pierce County Superior Court, Pierce County District Court, Tacoma Municipal Court, Puyallup Municipal Court, Lakewood Municipal Court and Gig Harbor Municipal Court.
B.A. Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho 1983
J.D. Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA 1986
1986-1988, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Pierce County, WA
1988- Present, private law practice.
Mark was born in Rochester, New York, raised in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and moved to Washington State in 1974. He graduated from Eatonville High School in 1979 and received his B.A. degree in History in 1983 from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. Following college Mark attended the University of Puget Sound, School of Law (now Seattle University) where he obtained his law degree in 1986.
Mark’s principal area of practice is in Criminal Defense (Felony, Misdemeanor, DUI, Juvenile). He has experience in all Pierce, King, and Thurston County courts and routinely handles matters in Pierce County District and Superior Court, Tacoma Municipal Court, Lakewood Municipal Court, and Puyallup Municipal Court. He is a former prosecuting attorney (Pierce County) and is admitted to practice in both Washington State and Federal Court. Mark is both knowledgeable in the law as well as an experienced defense lawyer. Mark’s father, Paul Treyz, is a retired Pierce County judge, and Mark was a pro tem judge in Pierce County, from 1993 through 2005. In addition, Mark has been both a speaker and co-chair at various legal seminars over the past 30 years. He has handled over two thousand criminal cases in his 30 years of practice and has tried over 100 cases.
Mark resides in Puyallup with his wife Elva. He has three grown children; Taryn, an elementary school teacher who lives in Nampa, Idaho with her husband Kyle and daughter, Clara; John, a customer service representative with Metro Parks Tacoma; and Madison, a flight attendant with Compass Airlines. Mark’s outside interests include traveling, history, reading, and baseball.