Cooper Offenbecher

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Cooper Offenbecher
 

Not Guilty Verdicts

Selected Recent Dismissals

Post-Conviction Matters:

Civil Case Dismissals:

Publications:

Cooper Offenbecher is a partner in the firm. He represents adults and juveniles accused of criminal offenses in state, local, and federal courts. Cooper represents clients during investigative, trial, appellate, and post-conviction proceedings in cases ranging from misdemeanors, such as assault, domestic violence, and theft, to serious felonies, including fraud, homicide, and drug crimes. Cooper is committed to protecting the rights of his clients through extensive investigation, vigorous pretrial litigation, and effective trial advocacy. Cooper has successfully tried numerous jury trials and has earned not guilty verdicts and dismissals for many clients accused of a wide spectrum of criminal charges.

Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Cooper was an attorney at The Defender Association. He received his law degree in 2008 from the University of Washington School of Law. While in law school, Cooper served as the Editor in Chief of the Shidler Journal of Law, Commerce & Technology. He was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board and was awarded the Order of the Barristers for Excellence in oral and written advocacy.

Prior to law school, Cooper received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology from Connecticut College in 2004, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. For two years at Connecticut College, Cooper was also the Captain of his intercollegiate sailing team and received the award as the top male student-athlete of his graduating class.

Super Lawyers magazine has selected Cooper for inclusion in its "Rising Stars" list for criminal defense attorneys in Washington each year since 2013.

Selected Case Results

Not Guilty Verdicts:

State v. Client: (not guilty verdicts on two counts of Robbery in the First Degree; client was accused by the prosecution of aiding and abetting a robbery in which the principal had previously pleaded guilty to committing the same robbery with a firearm; Cooper’s client was found not guilty on all counts)

State v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Unlawful Display of a Firearm; prosecution alleged that Cooper’s client stopped his car abruptly on a state highway and pointed a loaded gun at occupants of a car that was allegedly tailgating; Cooper and his client maintained that the client’s actions were justified because they were done in self-defense; the jury found Cooper’s client not guilty of the firearm charge; Cooper’s client was convicted only of Reckless Driving and received a deferred sentence)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdicts on all charges of Assault, Harassment, and Criminal Trespass)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Assault charge)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Possession of a Dangerous Weapon charge)

State v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Domestic Violence Assault charge)

State v. Client (not guilty jury verdicts on charges of Domestic Violence Assault and Interfering with Domestic Violence Reporting)

State v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Violation of a Domestic Violence No Contact Order)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Assault charge)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on one count of Assault; jury hung 3-3 on second count of Assault)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdicts on both Driving under the Influence and Physical Control of a Motor Vehicle while under the Influence)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Driving under the Influence charge)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Driving under the Influence charge)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Driving while License Suspended in the Second Degree)

Selected Recent Dismissals:

State v. Client (Rape in the Second Degree charge dismissed; client was accused of raping a fellow college student; case dismissed following extensive defense investigation and witness interviews supported Cooper’s client’s claims, and undermined the complainant’s credibility)

State v. Client (felony Assault in the Second Degree and Malicious Harassment charges dismissed after witness interviews and significant background investigation of State witnesses supported Cooper’s client’s claim of self-defense)

State v. Client (felony Assault in the Second Degree Domestic Violence charge dismissed after Cooper traveled to Illinois to complete interview of complainant and conducted significant background investigation on complainant and additional witness interviews to support client’s claim of self-defense)

City of Sammamish v. Client (Violation of No-Contact Order charge dismissed following completion of Cooper’s defense interview of complainant)

State v. Client (firearm possession charge dismissed; engineering executive accidentally passed through airport security with a firearm in his carry-on luggage; Criminal case dismissed after payment of a civil fine)

City of Seattle v. Client (Assault charge dismissed following completion of Cooper’s defense interview of complainant)

City of Seattle v. Client (Assault with Sexual Motivation charge dismissed after Cooper provided medical records raising doubts about his client’s culpability for the alleged offense)

City of Redmond v. Client (Assault of a Child charge dismissed by prosecutor after Cooper filed a pre-trial motion to dismiss on grounds that there was insufficient evidence for a jury to find beyond a reasonable doubt that his client committed a crime)

State v. Client (Harassment charge dismissed after the Court granted the defense motion to suppress evidence, finding Cooper’s client had been unlawfully arrested; the prosecution accused client of threatening a casino security guard; this case involved a full year of litigation; Cooper became admitted in tribal court and filed numerous pleadings in order to successfully obtain personnel records of the casino witness, which once obtained, demonstrated the witness’ misconduct and undermined the credibility of the witness which led to the dismissal of the case)

Post-Conviction Matters:

State v. Client (Superior Court reversed client’s conviction for child molestation and granted a new trial, finding that the client’s prior attorney had provided ineffective assistance of counsel; client’s conviction for a Class A felony sex offense was vacated, and the client subsequently accepted a plea bargain on a gross misdemeanor offense)(with co-counsel David Allen)

City of Seattle v. Client (Superior Court reversed convictions for Hit and Run and Assault, finding that the prosecution had improperly commented on the client’s Fifth Amendment constitutional rights during a previous trial where the client had been represented by a different attorney)

Civil Case Dismissals:

Cooper represented defendants in a Federal civil Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO") lawsuit involving allegations Cooper’s client had unlawfully trafficked in automobiles, committed mail fraud, and committed other violations. The lawsuit was dismissed after the federal judge granted Cooper’s motion to dismiss under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6)).

Cooper represented defendants in a civil lawsuit involving allegations that Cooper’s clients committed Abuse of Process, Civil Conspiracy, and Defamation. The lawsuit was dismissed after Cooper filed a Motion to Dismiss under the former "Anti-SLAPP" statutes. Cooper’s clients were awarded monetary penalties, plus attorneys’ fees.

 

Publications:

Border Searches of Laptop Computers after U.S. v. Arnold: Implications for Traveling Professionals, 5 Shidler J. L. Com. & Tech. 9 (2008).

DWLS: A Ticket to Debtor's Prison? King County Bar Bulletin (April 2008).

Admitting Computer Record Evidence after In re Vinhnee: A Stricter Standard for the Future?, 4 Shidler J. L. Com. & Tech. 6 (2007).


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