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Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC
Mark Prothero

6703 S. 234th Street Suite 300
Kent WA 98032
(253) 520-5000

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Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC


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Mark W. Prothero

Mark W. Prothero graduated from the University of Washington in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He then attended law school at the University of San Diego, where he earned his J.D. in 1981.

In 1983, Mark began working for the Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA). He began by defending people in the municipal and district courts accused of such crimes as D.U.I. and Domestic Violence. He moved on to defend juveniles, and in 1987, joined the felony unit. While at ACA, Mark participated in many pro bono projects for accused criminals and was a member of the Innocence Project Northwest. In his professional capacity, Mark is perhaps best known as the lead defense attorney in the landmark case against Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer.

As a founding member of the Criminal Defense Law Department at Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC, Mark's extensive courtroom experience qualifies him to defend a range of crimes from D.U.I. to Aggravated First Degree Murder. Admitted to the Federal Bar, Mark is able to defend those accused of federal crimes and is one of the select few attorneys on the Washington Supreme Court's panel to defend individuals faced with the death penalty.

A frequent lecturer at legal education seminars, Mark is recognized for his expertise on subjects such as: sentencing, evidence, forensic DNA, the mental health of criminals, and the death penalty. He is a member of the Washington Defender Association (WDA) and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), serving on their Board of Governors since 2003 and authoring three articles for the WACDL publication, DEFENSE.

Mark has also served as a Judge Pro Tem in Tukwila, Des Moines, Kent, and SeaTac Municipal Courts.

In addition to his professional activities, Mark is committed to community involvement. As a volunteer speaker at local high schools on criminal law and law as a career, Mark has served on several Kent School District committees. A renowned swimmer who represented the United States in international competition, Mark is co-founder of the 2003 Kent Citizens for Water Safety Organization, which successfully saved the Kent Meridian swimming pool from county closure.

A long-time swim coach, Mark "retired" from coaching, at least for awhile. During his 11 years as coach at Kentwood High School, he coached several state champions and was named State 4A Coach of the Year in 2003. He also coached for 14 years at Kent Swim and Tennis Club, where his teams won 7 league championships and 86 dual meets in a row.

Mark and his wife Kelly have two children - Sean who is pursuing his bachelor's degree while coaching swimming at KING Aquatic Club and Kennedy High School and Marley, a two-time state high school swim champion who attends the University of Nevada Las Vegas and swims for the Rebels.

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Mark W. Prothero

Mark W. Prothero graduated from the University of Washington in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He then attended law school at the University of San Diego, where he earned his J.D. in 1981.

In 1983, Mark began working for the Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA). He began by defending people in the municipal and district courts accused of such crimes as D.U.I. and Domestic Violence. He moved on to defend juveniles, and in 1987, joined the felony unit. While at ACA, Mark participated in many pro bono projects for accused criminals and was a member of the Innocence Project Northwest. In his professional capacity, Mark is perhaps best known as the lead defense attorney in the landmark case against Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer.

As a founding member of the Criminal Defense Law Department at Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC, Mark's extensive courtroom experience qualifies him to defend a range of crimes from D.U.I. to Aggravated First Degree Murder. Admitted to the Federal Bar, Mark is able to defend those accused of federal crimes and is one of the select few attorneys on the Washington Supreme Court's panel to defend individuals faced with the death penalty.

A frequent lecturer at legal education seminars, Mark is recognized for his expertise on subjects such as: sentencing, evidence, forensic DNA, the mental health of criminals, and the death penalty. He is a member of the Washington Defender Association (WDA) and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), serving on their Board of Governors since 2003 and authoring three articles for the WACDL publication, DEFENSE.

Mark has also served as a Judge Pro Tem in Tukwila, Des Moines, Kent, and SeaTac Municipal Courts.

In addition to his professional activities, Mark is committed to community involvement. As a volunteer speaker at local high schools on criminal law and law as a career, Mark has served on several Kent School District committees. A renowned swimmer who represented the United States in international competition, Mark is co-founder of the 2003 Kent Citizens for Water Safety Organization, which successfully saved the Kent Meridian swimming pool from county closure.

A long-time swim coach, Mark "retired" from coaching, at least for awhile. During his 11 years as coach at Kentwood High School, he coached several state champions and was named State 4A Coach of the Year in 2003. He also coached for 14 years at Kent Swim and Tennis Club, where his teams won 7 league championships and 86 dual meets in a row.

Mark and his wife Kelly have two children - Sean who is pursuing his bachelor's degree while coaching swimming at KING Aquatic Club and Kennedy High School and Marley, a two-time state high school swim champion who attends the University of Nevada Las Vegas and swims for the Rebels.

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Gregory L. Girard

Gregory L. Girard graduated from Western Washington State College in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Science. He then attended law school at the University of Puget Sound, where he earned his J.D. in 1980.

During his second year of law school, Greg began working for the Eastside Defenders Association (EDA), where he continued to work as a trial attorney in the juvenile and superior court felony units following his graduation. This began Greg's commitment to criminal defense in King County that has continued over the last 25 years. In 1985, Greg began working for the Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA). He initially supervised attorneys practicing in the district courts of South King County. Greg was then selected to be a senior trial attorney, handling the most complicated and serious felony cases. During his last ten years at ACA, he supervised the felony unit, consisting of 15 to 20 trial attorneys and investigators. Greg joined Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC in May, 2004, where he continues to provide quality criminal defense.

Greg's practice is committed to the aggressive defense of a wide array of accused criminal offenders. Because of his experience and expertise, Greg is one of few criminal defense attorneys who can defend persons accused of the simplest misdemeanor or D.U.I. to the most complicated felony. In addition, Greg represents persons on appeal from criminal convictions or Department of Licensing suspensions in all levels of appellate courts in Washington. Greg is also admitted to the Federal Bar, where he defends people accused of federal crimes.

In addition to his practice, Greg also presents and teaches on various topics at continuing legal education seminars. Among the subjects he has presented on are The Law of Search and Seizure; Admissibility of Statements Made by the Accused; the Accused's Right to a Speedy Trial; and the Art of Negotiation in Criminal Defense. Greg is a member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), and the King and South King County Bar Associations.

In his spare time, Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. They particularly enjoy traveling, playing golf, and skiing. Greg and his wife also enjoy rooting on their children in their academic and sporting endeavors and lending their support to local professional, college, and high school teams. In his few free moments at home, Greg likes reading and spending time in his garden. Greg is also an accomplished Thai chef.

Contact Mark W. Prothero Today
Toll Free: 1-866-691-7937 (24 hrs)

Criminal Law Practice Areas

DUI'S - driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants

Drugs/Controlled Substances - possession, sales, delivery, & / or manufacturing of controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, ecstasy, LSD and prescription drug offenses

Sex Offenses -rape, indecent liberties, child molestation, child pornography offenses, offenses with sexual motivation

Homicides -murder, manslaughter, vehicular homicide

Forensic DNA Cases -cases involving the use of forensic DNA evidence, "cold cases"

Domestic Violence -offenses against family members and significant others

Protection Order Violations -courts issue protection orders to keep parties from contacting each other. We can help someone obtain a protection order or defend someone accused of violating a protection order

Robbery -taking someone's property through the use or threatened use of force or violence

Burglary -entering or remaining unlawfully in a building or residence with the intent to commit a crime

Theft -unlawfully obtaining the property of another with the intent to deprive that person of their property

Stolen Property -possessing property you know, or reasonably should know, is stolen

ID Theft -fraudulently using the identity of another to obtain goods or services

Forgery -signing someone else's name without their authorization

Vehicular Homicide - killing someone while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or in a reckless manner

Vehicular Assault - injuring someone while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or in a reckless manner

Reckless Driving -driving with willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property

Hit and Run -leaving the scene of an accident without providing the required information

Drivers License Offenses -driving with an invalid or suspended license

License Hearings -administrative hearings with the Department of Licensing to determine whether or not someone's drivers license should be suspended

Expungement -application to government agency to seal or destroy criminal records

Vacation of Records -application to court to set aside prior conviction

Restoration of Civil Rights -obtaining court order reinstating firearm and voting rights

Contact Mark W. Prothero Today
Toll Free: 1-866-691-7937 (24 hrs)

Firm Profile

Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC was created to provide all of the benefits of a multi-service law firm in the heart of South King County. We represent people from many nations and business sectors. Our legal team, from attorneys to support staff, offer exceptional service and client care for a wide variety of legal matters while maintaining the highest professional standards. Our goal is to deliver intelligent and responsive counsel and advocacy, at a reasonable and competitive price.

The attorneys and staff at Hanis Irvine Prothero are driven to achieve client satisfaction. In pursuing the recovery of any claim, we will address the entirety of our clients' needs competently, aggressively, and with complete confidentiality. At the outset of every matter, we strive to offer an accurate and honest assessment of the likelihood of success. We believe strongly in presenting all of the information clients need to weigh the benefits to be gained in pursuit of any legal action.

Our goal is to help resolve the client's legal challenges with as little financial and emotional turmoil as possible. We will advise you of your options and offer our recommendations, but most importantly, we will act with respect to your needs and choices.

Our Practice Areas and Services:

  • Administrative/ Governmental/ Commercial
  • Business Law
    • Municipal, Construction, Land Use, Eminent Domain
  • Business, Tax Planning, Formations, Transactions
  • Collections
  • Creditor - Debtor Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Wills, Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning
  • Bankruptcy

FAQ's

What do I do if the police want to question me?

You should always contact a lawyer before speaking with the police, even if you do not think you have done anything wrong. A lawyer can find out what the police want to talk to you about and can advise you before you make any statements to the police.

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What happens if I am arrested?

If you are arrested for breaking a criminal law, the case is taken before a judge who may issue a warrant if necessary and set bond for appearance in court. If the defendant cannot post the bond he may be incarcerated pending appearance in court. If bond is posted, he will remain free pending appearance at an arraignment. A preliminary appearance usually occurs within 24 hours of the arrest or the first date available if on a weekend or holiday. A date is set within 72 hours for the prosecuting authority to make a decision on filing charges. If charges are not filed within 72 hours, the defendant will be released and any bail or bond will be exonerated. If charges are filed, an arraignment date will be set within 14 days. The arraignment is held before a judge of the court. During the arraignment the defendant is formally told what offense he/she is charged with, told his/her constitutional rights, and of the possible penalties. The defendant will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty, bond may be reviewed, and a date for the next hearing will be scheduled.

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Can they use force to arrest me?

A police officer may use as much force as is necessary to arrest you. Unreasonable force is assault. After arrest, a police officer may handcuff you if you attempt to escape or the officer considers it necessary to prevent you from escaping. If you claim that force was used to arrest you, a judge will decide whether or not the force used was reasonable under the circumstances.

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What is a search warrant?

A search warrant is an order issued by a judge that authorizes police officers to conduct a search of a specific location. Before a search warrant may be issued, there must be a showing of probable cause.

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What is probable cause?

This is a difficult one. There is not a bright-line rule establishing precisely what is and what isn't probable cause. However, what has become apparent is that a finding of probable cause requires objective facts indicating a likelihood of criminal activity. A police officers hunch, with nothing more, will not satisfy the requirements.

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If a police officer knocks on my door and asks to search my home, do I have to let the officer in?

Unless the officer has a warrant, you are under no legal obligation to let the officer search your residence.

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What if I agree to the search?

If you voluntarily consent to a search of your home, automobile, or person, the officer can conduct a full search without a warrant. Anything that the officer finds can later be used against you in court.

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What is the Plain View doctrine?

Police officers do not need a warrant to seize contraband that is in plain view, that is he or she can see it, if the officer is in a place that he or she has a right to be.

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If I am arrested, can the officer search me?

Yes. Police officers do not need a warrant to conduct a search after making an arrest. After making an arrest, the officer can legally search the person being arrested and the area in the immediate control of the person.

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What is bail?

Bail is money or other property that is deposited with the court to ensure that the person accused will return to court when he or she is required to do so. If the defendant returns to court as required, the bail will be returned at the end of the case, even if the defendant is ultimately convicted. However, if the defendant does not come to court when required or violates his or her bail conditions, the bail will be forfeited to the court and will not be returned.

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What happens at a bail hearing?

The accused is brought before a judge when an arrest for a violation of a criminal law. The judge will conduct a pre-trial bail hearing.

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What will happen at a preliminary hearing?

A preliminary hearing is an examination of the charge against the accused. The prosecutor must present evidence that prove that it appears that an offense has been committed and that there is probable cause to believe that the person accused committed it. The accused may present evidence if he or she wishes.


If the judge makes a finding of probable cause after hearing the evidence, the accused may be held or required to post bail or bond in order to be released. The case is then reviewed by the prosecutor for filing of charges.

If the judge does not find that it appears that an offense has been committed or that the accused is likely the person who committed an offense, the accused is discharged and the charge is dismissed. If the accused is discharged and the charge dismissed after a preliminary hearing, the prosecutor may have the police conduct additional investigation and charges may still be filed after this further investigation.

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What happens at an arraignment?

You have the right to be arraigned without unnecessary delay after being arrested. You will appear before a judge who will tell you officially of the charges against you at your arraignment. At the arraignment, an attorney may be appointed for you if you cannot afford one, and bail can be raised or lowered. You also can ask to be released on personal recognizance, even if bail was previously set. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you can plead guilty or not guilty at the arraignment. Or, if the court approves, you can make an "Alford plea", meaning that you will not contest the charges. Legally, this has the same consequences as a guilty plea. I would not advise people to plead guilty without speaking with an attorney.

Before pleading guilty to some first time offenses, such as misdemeanor domestic violence or drug possession in small amounts for personal use, you may want to find out if your county has any diversion programs. Under these programs, instead of fining you or sending you to jail, the court may order you to get counseling which can result in dismissal of the charges if you complete the counseling. If misdemeanor charges are not dropped, a trial will be held later in a county district court or city municipal court. If you are charged with a felony, you will plead not guilty at the arraignment and proceed to a pre-trial, or case-scheduling, hearing.

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Do I really need a lawyer for this?

Yes. If you have a medical problem, you would see a doctor. If you have a legal problem, you need a lawyer. Don't fool around with something that could have significant consequences to your life.

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Will they press charges? When?

The charging decision is left up to the prosecutor. Their decisions are based on the individual facts of a particular case. We have a lot of experience in dealing with prosecutors and have a good understanding of their charging standards and policies. So, based on the facts of YOUR case, we'll be able to give you a good idea IF and WHEN the prosecutor may file charges.

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How do you arrange bail or bond?

You, or someone on your behalf, can post bail by depositing the bail amount with the Court. All of that money is returned as long as all mandatory court appearances are attended. You can arrange a bond through a bond company. Bond companies generally charge 10 to 15% of the bail amount and require security or collateral of some type to cover the balance of the bail amount. Depending on the amount of bail that is set, people may use automobile titles or house/property titles as collateral for the bond.

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What are your rates?

We generally charge a flat fee retainer based on the nature and complexity of the charge or charges. Our criminal case fees range from $2500 to $6000 for misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors and from $5000 to $50,000 for felonies. Capital cases and forensic DNA cases are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

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Do you accept credit cards & are payment plans available?

Yes. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express. Payment plans may be available on a case-by-case basis.

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Why should I choose you to represent me?

We have combined experience of 50 years in the criminal courts of Washington and have handled hundreds of criminal jury trials. Our reputation for hard work, excellence, credibility and aggressive defense of our clients is well-known throughout the courts of King County and Pierce County. You will receive high-quality legal representation from lawyers who know what to do.


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