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Charles Franklin Peterson Jr

Charles Franklin Peterson Jr

also known as Charles Peterson, Chuck Peterson

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, DUI & DWI, Consumer Protection, Civil Rights

About Me

I am Boise, Idaho criminal defense lawyer and trial attorney Chuck Peterson, and for nearly thirty years I have been a practicing trial lawyer. I focus on providing the best defense possible to my clients facing criminal charges, and trying the best possible case for my clients in civil actions. In every case I try to bring a sense of reason to the situation, and search for the real story. Every case is a story. I try to answer the tough questions: What really happened? And why? Those are the same questions that jury will ask. I have tried well over two hundred civil and criminal cases, and represented people in virtually every level of legal proceeding - from simple misdemeanors to complex felony cases, in state and federal courts throughout the United States. 



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. DUI & DWI: 15%
  4. Civil Rights: 10%
  5. Consumer Protection: 10%



Hourly ($250-300/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Charles. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Charles Crawford Crafts

    Chuck and I worked together on a murder case. State of Idaho v. Zachary Neagle. He is an amazing attorney and always gets excellent results for his clients. I offer a 110% endorsement.


    Charles Crafts Domestic Violence Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

913 W River St Ste 420
Boise, ID, 83702-7081



IDAuthorized to practice law198508/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyer, Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
White Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2013
Lawyer of Year - Boise - Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2013

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Captain - Trial Defense ServicesUS Army JAG Corps1981 - 1985


Association NamePosition NameDuration
The Spence Law Firm - Jackson, WyomingAssociated practice2000 - Present
Idaho Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2000 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State v. J.T.Felony Manslaughter - Not Guilty - guilty only of misdemeanor
State v. Z.NCase settled with plea to manslaughter, blended adult and juvenile sentence.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeN/AN/A2008
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor (Magna Cum Laude)1981
Gonzaga UniversityPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude)1978

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Western All-Star ConferenceUsing the iPad At Trial2011