Amy Muth

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Amy Muth

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Practice Areas:

  • Adult and Child Sexual Assault
  • Youthful Offender Mitigation
  • Registration Removal
  • Domestic Violence
  • Criminal and CPS Investigations
  • Clemency
  • Other Complex Cases in Washington State and Federal Courts

Biography

Amy Muth represents individuals charged with sex offenses and other serious crimes throughout Washington state and federal courts. Her advocacy for people charged with sex offenses has led to recognition from her peers. She is a Past President of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, past recipient of the Washington Defender Association's President's Award and has been recognized for many years as a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics. Amy is actively involved in legislative reform for people accused of sex offenses. She writes articles and amicus briefs for WACDL and WDA on sex crime issues. She has lectured to lawyers throughout Washington on how to try these challenging cases, and was a featured speaker at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers sex offenses CLE program. Amy also serves on the Legal Committee for ACLU-WA, and writes amicus briefs on behalf of ACLU-WA on juvenile sexual offending issues.

Amy has practiced law in Washington State since 2001, following graduation from Ohio State University College of Law. She graduated summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1997. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Washington, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

A highly skilled and experienced trial lawyer, Amy has tried numerous criminal cases throughout Western Washington. Amy'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 

Because of a better understanding of adolescent and juvenile brain development, courts are now required to consider the role that a young adult’s youthfulness played in the offense conduct. Amy and our team take a particular interest in those cases and are skilled in working with experts to develop mitigation for clients aged 18-25, roughly, who are accused of these offenses.

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. - 1997
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Music
  • National Criminal Defense College
    • Honors: Recipient of WACDL Irwin Schwartz Scholarship

Bar Admission

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

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

Honors

  • President's Award, Washington Defender Association
  • WACDL President’s Award
  • Washington Super Lawyer

Classes & Seminars

  • Statute of Limitations Legislative Update, WACDL End of Year CLE, 2019
  • Net Nanny Sting Operations, WACDL Sex Offense Defense CLE, 2018
  • Client Privacy and the Public Records Act (related to obtaining sex offender registration files), WACDL Annual Conference CLE, 2016
  • Featured Speaker, "Creative Motions to Obtain Discovery in Sex Cases," NACDL Sex Crimes Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2012 to 2012
  • Co-Chair, "Taking Your Trial Skills to the Next Level" Trial Practice CLE, WACDL Holiday Party CLE Program, 2012 to 2012
  • "Interviewing Child Witnesses in Child Sex Cases," National Defense Investigator Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, 2012 to 2012
  • "Protecting Client Confidentiality," WACDL Holiday Party CLE, 2010 to 2010
  • CLE Program Co-Chair, "Client Counseling in Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Cases," WDA Ethics CLE, 2010 to 2010
  • "State v. A.N.J. and New Ethical Obligations in Defending Sex Cases," WDA Annual Conference, 2010 to 2010
  • "RCW 10.58.090: Tangling with the New Monster," WACDL Sex Offense Defense CLE, 2010 to 2010
  • "Child Sexual Abuse Case Law and Strategies," Northwest Innocence Project Legal Clinic, 2009 to 2009
  • "State v. Magers and The Cycle of Domestic Violence," WDA Teleconference; Associated Counsel for the Accused, 2008 to 2008
  • "Sex Crimes Motions Practice," WDA Sex Offense CLE program, 2008 to 2008
  • "Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative" (with King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office), Northwest Defender Association; Associated Counsel for the Accused, 2008 to 2008
  • "Talk CSI to Me: Challenging the Prosecutor's Evidence," WACDL Annual Conference, 2006 to 2006
  • Presentations on Legislative Updates for WDA, WACDL, and the Office of Public Defense CLE Programs

Professional Associations

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past President and Past Co-Chair, Legislative Committee
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Member, Legal Committee
  • Washington Defender Association, Member
  • Washington Appellate Project, Member, Board of Directors
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers