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Craig Alan Platt

Craig Alan Platt

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury

About Me

Law has been my life. For my entire legal career I have worked very hard to be the best lawyer I could be. For nearly thirty years I have dedicated myself to the law, with much of my career being spent in public service. After graduating from Stanford Law School I began working for large law firms in Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle. I moved into criminal law, handling major criminal cases, first as a public defender in Seattle, then as Chief Prosecutor for the Attorney General’s Office in Saipan. In Saipan, I focused on the prosecution of major violent crimes and government corruption cases. Upon returning to the States, my wife and I started our law firm. I have been very actively involved in many of the local criminal justice projects, including the establishment of our drug courts, the local law and justice council, as well as continuing to be heavily involved in the training of trial attorneys. I served as President of the Washington Defender Association (WDA) where I have continued volunteering my time to train young attorneys about trial practice. I have championed case load reform through my work as the President of the WDA. As your attorney, I pledge to bring the same passion and commitment to you that I have demonstrated in my life’s work. I am determined to represent your best interests and obtain the best possible case results for you. “Justice for All” is not just a phrase for me. It is a way of life.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    33 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    33 years
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    23 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Patricia Halsell

    I have worked closely with Craig Platt on numerous criminal defense cases dating back to 1984. He is meticulous and highly competent. I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Platt for criminal defense.

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    Patricia Halsell Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

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

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Platt & Buescher

2317 NW Market St.
Seattle, WA, 98107

Platt & Buescher

180 NW Coveland St
Coupeville, WA, 98239

Platt & Buescher

PO Box 2281
Oak Harbor, WA, 98277

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive198207/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION FOR SERVICEWashington Defender Association2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MANAGING PARTNERPLATT & BUESCHER1990 - Present
CHIEF, CRIMINAL DIVISIONCNMI ATTORNEY GENERAL1988 - 1990
N/AAssociated Counsel for the Accused1983 - 1988
SOLICITOR'S REPRESENTITIVEPOWELL, McGRATH AND SPENCER1983 - 1983
ASSOCIATE ATTORNEYCABLE, BARRETT, LANGENBACH and McKINERNEY1981 - 1983

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington Defender AssociationPresident2006 - 2008
American Council of Chief Defenders, NLADAMember2006 - 2008
San Juan County Bar AssociationMember1992 - 2002
Washington Defender AssociationBoard of Directors1991 - 2009
Island County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1990 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1990 - 2009
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
ADDRESS TO AMERICAN ASSOC OF PSYCHIATRY ANNUAL CONFERENCETHE RIGHT TO REFUSE NEUROLEPTIC TREATMENT FOR CIVILLY COMMITTED PATIENTS1980

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLAWJuris Doctorate1981
University of IllinoisPSYCHOLOGYB.S. summa cum laude1978

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
EFFECTIVE VOIR DIREJURY SELECTION2009
WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO IN VOIR DIRE AND JURY SELECTIONJURY SELECTION2008
WDA ANNUAL CONFERENCEPRESIDENT'S ADDRESS2008
TRIAL TIPS FROM THE EXPERTSCROSS EXAMINING TOXICOLOGISTS2008
WDA ANNUAL CONFERENCEPRESIDENT'S ADDRESS2007
TRIAL ADVOCACY SCHOOLSTORY TELLING IN TRIAL2007
ANNUAL ETHICS REVIEWCASELOAD LIMITS AND ETHICAL REPRESENTATION2007
TRIAL ADVOCACY SCHOOLTELLING STORIES WITH OPENING STATEMENT2000
WDA ANNUAL CONFERENCETELLING STORIES IN TRIAL1995
TRIAL ADVOCACY SCHOOLEFFECTIVE OPENING STATEMENTS1995
WINING THE LOSERSWINNING IMPOSSIBLE CASES WITH HORRIBLE FACTS1993
CNMI POLICE ACADEMYCONSTITUTIONAL LAW FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT1989
HOW TO TRY A CASETRIAL METHODOLOGY: TRICKS OF THE TRADE1985