Amy I. Muth

Amy I. Muth

Location:
Seattle, Washington
Phone:
866-235-0030
Fax:
206-682-3746
Email:

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 Crimes
and other complex matters in state and federal courts.

Successes

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.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law (sex crimes; investigations; removal; registration)

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2003

Education

  • Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2001
    • Honors: Recipient of Graduate Fellowship to Study in Bonn, Germany for One Year
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1997
    • Major: Music
  • National Criminal Defense College - 2005
    • Honors: Recipient of WACDL Irwin Schwartz Scholarship

Published Works

  • The Hue and Cry Doctrine in Sexual Assault Cases, Defense Magazine, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008
  • Sex Offense Legislation: Still the Crime du Jour, but Some Efforts to Calm the Rhetoric, Defense Magazine, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008
  • Sexual Assault Advocate Privilege: A Report from the Trenches, Defense Magazine, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006

Classes/Seminars

  • Featured Speaker, "Creative Motions to Obtain Discovery in Sex Cases," NACDL Sex Crimes Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2012
  • Co-Chair, "Taking Your Trial Skills to the Next Level" Trial Practice CLE, WACDL Holiday Party CLE Program, 2012
  • "Interviewing Child Witnesses in Child Sex Cases," National Defense Investigator Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, 2012
  • "Protecting Client Confidentiality," WACDL Holiday Party CLE, 2010
  • CLE Program Co-Chair, "Client Counseling in Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Cases," WDA Ethics CLE, 2010
  • "State v. A.N.J. and New Ethical Obligations in Defending Sex Cases," WDA Annual Conference,, 2010
  • "RCW 10.58.090: Tangling with the New Monster," WACDL Sex Offense Defense CLE, 2010
  • "Child Sexual Abuse Case Law and Strategies," Northwest Innocence Project Legal Clinic, 2009
  • "State v. Magers and The Cycle of Domestic Violence," WDA Teleconference; Associated Counsel for the Accused, 2008
  • "Sex Crimes Motions Practice," WDA Sex Offense CLE program, 2008
  • "Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative" (with King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office), Northwest Defender Association; Associated Counsel for the Accused, 2008
  • "Talk CSI to Me: Challenging the Prosecutor's Evidence," WACDL Annual Conference, 2006
  • Presentations on Legislative Updates for WDA, WACDL, and the Office of Public Defense CLE Programs

Honors and Awards

  • President's Award, Washington Defender Association, 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006
  • Washington Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past Co-Chair, Legislative Committee
  • Washington Defender Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Washington Appellate Project, Member, Board of Directors