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Herman A. Watson III

Criminal defense Attorney at Bozeman, MT

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Chuck Watson

  • State Years
    Montana - MT 31 years
    Georgia - GA 39 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MT
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1984
    Inactive Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Herman

Learn Herman’s areas of practice.

I am a sixty-year-old trial lawyer, with over thirty years’ experience in the courtroom. I know that if you are looking for a criminal defense lawyer for yourself or a loved one, you are seeking results. Furthermore, if you do not have confidence in your lawyer, you will never have confidence in the results he obtains for you. I have taken the liberty, therefore, to include within this website some of the examples of results which I have been able to obtain in dozens, if not hundreds of cases. In addition to obtaining noteworthy outcomes at trial, I have negotiated hundreds of plea agreements, many of which have been remarkable in their own right. I also have a notable record of dismissals, as a result of search or confession challenges under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. The cases cited on this site constitute what comes most readily to mind as I reflect on my career.

In addition to pursuing justice for my clients, I have worked hard to promote a justice model within our society which reflects what we are entitled to expect as a by-product of 6,000 years of civilization. I have served my profession and my community by fostering professionalism. I am a Founding Member of the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a former President of that organization. I am a full fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. I served as Chairman of the Criminal Section of the Montana State Bar for ten years. I am a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a Provisional Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. I also co-founded the first drug treatment court in the state of Montana and I am a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.

I have on occasion, served as an expert witness in federal court on criminal defense matters. Over the course of the last several years, I have published in the area of criminal law, and I have spoken at a number of seminars pertaining to criminal law matters.

Contact Herman

Watson Law Offices, P.C.
101 E Main
Ste C
Bozeman, MT, 59715


5.0 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Shane | August 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Representation in MT
Chuck, and his son Herman, did a superb job in representing me in Bozeman, MT. They were easy to stay in contact with throughout the six months that we were in and out of court. They always answered emails and phone calls the same day and seemed genuinely concerned about my case. They were extremely gracious to myself and my family and allowed me to set up a payment plan like not many other attorneys are willing to do. They helped me get the best result in my case and continue to fight an appeal for me. I could not be happier with the result and would hire them again in a heartbeat! If you want the absolute best representation and result in Bozeman contact the Watson Law Office immediately!
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and speedy results!
I hired Herman Watson Jr. for his assistance in a DUI case that was blown out of proportions by the detaining officer. He gave every assistance needed and the results of the case were excellent. Very grateful of his help and impressed by his professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
MSU Student Assistance
Herman Watson Jr. was a tremendous help in getting our case dismissed. He was responsive to my emails and texts concerning the status of our case. I like being able to receive a text to any question I may have regarding status updates.
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Problems solved
I've hired Chuck twice. First time he was able to reduce a potential felony to a misdemeanor and minimal fines. Second time was a follow up on the first incident over 10 years later. The original misdemeanor was holding up my application for a professional licensure with the state. Chuck was able to cut through the red tape quickly and I obtained my license.
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Posted by carlo | December 19, 2015
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Excellent Attorney
Herman Watson and his team of lawyers and associates are in a league of their own, they set the bar for all others. Not only are they incredibly competent and knowledgeable, they are dedicated, kind, compassionate, eager, friendly, and most importantly, they care. I can't say enough good things about Herman Watson and his legal team. If you are looking for an attorney look no further.
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Posted by James | December 13, 2015
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Excellent choice
It was my father, an attorney for 45 years in Bozeman, who told me that Chuck was the best choice. So I took his advice. He was right. I felt cool, calm, and comfortable with Mr. Watson as my counselor. The whole office staff from top to bottom, was always there for me with the help I needed. A wonderful lady, 'MARI' was the.go to person when I had questions that needed to be answered. The whole Experience was handled in the most professional way I've yet to witness with any other law firm. I'm indebted to Mr. Watson and Mari. I'm lucky to have been given a second chance to right my ways, which unbeknowns to me were slowly and insidiously, by my own hand, destroying myself and the moral fabric of my decisions concerning my everyday life. I am a much better Person for the outcome of this experience and for the remaining years of my life. I am a changed man. So I Thank you. Sincerely, James
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Posted by Caleb W. | December 11, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Felt safe knowing Chuck had my back
Chuck's experience and presence quickly relayed to me that I was in good hands. Facing legal trouble and possibly jail time can be extremely stressful but knowing I had without a doubt the best defense attorney in Gallatin County helped me stay calm and keep focused on the issues at hand. He and his staff were always available to talk whenever I had questions.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Watson Law, P.C.
  • 1987 - Present
  • Staff Lawyer
  • Georgia Attorney General
  • 1985 - 1986


  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Berry College
  • BA
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • State of Montana v. Ruwo
  • Acquittal


  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2003 - Present
  • Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Founding Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Board of Governors
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Montana's First Drug Treatment Court
  • Co-Founder
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2012
  • Montana State Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Chairman
  • 1994 - 2004
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Provisional Member
  • 1992 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Atticus Finch Award Criminal Justice Award
  • 1991
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Assistance
  • State of Georgia
  • 1988
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Speaking Engagements

  • Montana State Bar
  • Office Management
  • 2013
  • Montana State Bar
  • Ethics
  • 2012
  • Montana State Bar
  • Expert Witness
  • 2011
  • Montana State Bar
  • Death Penalty
  • 2006
  • American Society of General Surgeons
  • Seminar Speaker
  • 2004
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Seminar Speaker
  • 2000
  • International Annual Conference
  • Application of Forensic Science to Sex Cases
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Herman
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked for Chuck Watson for 2.5 years now and wholeheartedly endorse him. His depth of knowledge is unparalleled and he has achieved the best results for his clients of any practicing attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Family member
"Chuck's most respected characteristic as an attorney is that he gets results; his record speaks for itself, as a quick Google search will reveal. Most notably, he is a trusted advocate in the courtroom, especially in trial. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer in all respects and as a source of referrals for other areas of practice."
Criminal defense

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Bozeman Criminal defense Lawyer Herman A. Watson III
Herman A. Watson III
Criminal defense Attorney
Bozeman, MT
Licensed for 39 years
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