Compassionate Criminal and Juvenile Defense of Clients. Aggressive Representation in Court.

At ARK Law, we attack every case from two angles. First, the factual and legal challenges to a case and second, telling our client's story.

Juvenile and Felony Criminal Defense, King County, Washington

Practice Areas

At ARK Law, we provide the following legal services.

Juvenile Defense

Representing Juveniles Charged with Crimes

Andrea Kim has been passionate about representing youth charged with crimes since she started preparing for and studying law in high school. The rehabilitative nature of the Criminal Justice system allows Andrea the ability to do what she does best, tell her client's story. Every child has made a mistake at some point in their life and unfortunately, some lead to criminal charges that can follow them for the rest of their lives. Children should be able to learn from their mistakes and move on to become productive members of society. A juvenile mistake should not keep a person from pursuing their dreams. 

Thankfully Juvenile Court is meant to be more rehabilitative than Adult Court. The stated goal in Juvenile Court is to provide youth involved in the system with the support and resources necessary to learn from their mistakes and be able to stay out of the Court system. Andrea firmly believes that youth who become involved in the Juvenile Justice system should leave the system better than when they entered it. She accomplishes that by crafting resolutions to cases that have the youth leaving the Court system as quickly as possible. She also works with the Prosecutor and Juvenile Probation Counselor to make sure the resolution reached in a case addresses any underlying issues that lead to the youth committing the offense in the first place. The main goal is to address those underlying issues so that the youth never returns to Juvenile Court with any other charges or issues. 

Juvenile Court is typically in a different building in most Counties in Washington State and those under the age of 18 are held in a detention completely separate from adults in jail. Youth are different from adults and the entire Juvenile Justice system is structured with that in mind. Because the Juvenile Justice System is meant to be so different from the adult system, it is imperative that you have an attorney experienced in Juvenile Court handle your juvenile criminal case. 

Felony Charges

At ARK Law, we represent clients with felony charges from Class C felonies all the way up to serious violent Class A felonies. Andrea is particularly passionate about young adult cases for adults between the ages of 18 and 25 where the adolescent brain science can be argued to show that they should not be held as culpable as an older adult in the same situation. 

Andrea also thoroughly enjoys advocating for clients charged with Domestic Violence crimes. All too often, domestic violence cases are actually an "alleged victim" using the system to abuse the client who is charged with the crime. Proving what actually happened and fighting for the client's truth to be heard in domestic violence cases is some of the most rewarding work Andrea does. 

Andrea is well versed in self defense law. She teaches the legal portion of a women's only home defense course in teaching women when they can and cannot use deadly force to defend themselves and their families. She has also represented many clients charged with assaults where self defense was proven at trial. Clients charged with Murder who did so in self defense is another area that she has extensive experience. 

Misdemeanor and DUI

If you are arrested for a DUI in Washington State, you need an attorney that knows how to handle all facets of a DUI. You will be faced with the license consequences through Department of Licensing as well as the criminal charges. The consequences of a DUI conviction go far beyond the courtroom and it is imperative that clients charged with DUI have an experienced attorney walking them through all of the aspects of a DUI case. Andrea Kim has handled hundreds of DUIs and in every case has obtained: less jail time; an amendment to a lower charge; entry of a deferred disposition; or taken the case to trial and either received a not guilty verdict or conviction of a lesser charge. 

DUIs are a very unique area of criminal defense because they are scientific and technical. There are also a number of specific steps and actions officers must take and must not take in order to effectuate a valid DUI arrest. The laws and science behind DUIs are changing on a daily basis and it is important that the attorney handling your DUI case be up to speed on those constant changes. Andrea attends multiple DUI specific trainings and seminars every year. She also researches and speaks with experts in the field about the science behind DUIs. You can rest assured that Andrea will be an effective and knowledgeable attorney to represent you against any sort of DUI charge. 


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About ARK Law

At ARK Law, we attack every case from two angles. First, the factual and legal challenges to a case and second, telling our client's story.

Evidence Review

Andrea Kim thoroughly reviews and organizes the discovery provided by the prosecutor in every case. She then figures out what pieces of evidence are missing and through investigation, public records requests, and subpoenas, she gets to the bottom of ALL of the evidence, not just what the prosecutor provides. Then she reviews all of the evidence to find any factual issues with the case, such as misidentification or a breath test taken incorrectly. She also researches the potential legal issues to find any challenges to the case.

If she is not able to get a great deal for her client based on the initial evidence review, then she sets the case for trial. Once a case is set for trial, she interviews any and all potential witnesses to prepare for their trial testimony. It is through these interviews that she regularly discovers additional factual and legal challenges to a case. The interviews also are a fantastic tool for showing the prosecutor the weaknesses in their case. Pushing cases to trial and demanding interviews allows Andrea to obtain the deals her clients want. Andrea is incredibly successful in negotiating cases because the prosecutors know that she is not afraid of trial, and is very skilled at trial. Andrea has yet to lose a Domestic Violence trial and has achieved remarkable results for her DUI clients in trial. 


While Andrea is doing all of the case preparation discussed above, she is also hearing and telling the client's story. Prosecutors only see Defendants as the crime they committed. It is imperative that the prosecutor see the client as a person, with a life, a story, and a family. Oftentimes, clients did commit a crime but have an underlying issue that caused the criminal behavior, such as chemical dependency or mental health issues. Andrea is able to get the best outcomes for her clients by convincing the prosecutor that a resolution that addresses the underlying issues would be more appropriate than a jail or prison sentence. By telling her clients' stories and making them human, she is able to resolve cases in a way that makes all parties involved, including the client and the prosecutor, feel like the best deal was reached for everyone.  

"Excellent Lawyer.

Andrea is a well-prepared, detail-oriented lawyer with a heart. She started working on my case immediately after our consultation and we ended up winning after a single court appearance. She walked me through the anxiety of stepping into a courtroom for the first time and is the type of lawyer you want on your side."

-5 Stars, Avvo



Juvenile and Felony Criminal Defense Legal Team

Meet the team

Andrea Kim has been practicing for over 12 years defending juveniles and young adults. Leilani Fewkes joined the team as a legal assistant in October of 2023.

Andrea Kim

Andrea Kim

Attorney Andrea Kim

Andrea Kim knew she wanted to be a criminal defense attorney when she was 7 years old. She has pursued that passion since that day. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice as well as a separate Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Washington State University.

Leilani Fewkes

Leilani Fewkes

Legal Assistant Leilani Fewkes

Leilani Fewkes has been passionate about helping juveniles by working in the school system for over 10 years. She has her degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College and had diverted to law helping defend juveniles in the system.

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