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Charles Franklin Peterson Jr

Criminal defense Attorney at Boise, ID

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Charles Peterson, Chuck Peterson

  • State Years
    Idaho - ID 38 years
    Washington - WA 42 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State ID
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1981
    Voluntarily Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Charles

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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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Charles Franklin Peterson Jr
913 W River St Ste 420
Boise, ID, 83702-7081


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Posted by Greg | August 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
By far the best Attorney in idaho!!
Charles (the bulldog) Peterson is the best attorney in the northwest. I researched and called every attorney in the valley for 2 days and his name was the one 85% of all attorneys in the phone book told me he was top 2 attorneys in the state. After hiring him, not once, but 4 different times, he cleared me of all charges all 4 times. There is no one who will work harder then Mr Peterson. I didn't even see a day in court in all 4 cases, he found discrepancies in my cases and had them dropped before they started. He seen things no other attorney would have, which proves he doesn't sit back and wait to hear what the courts next move is, he makes the moves for them. AMAZING ATTORNEY!! And by far the best in Idaho. I'm lucky to have found him and privileged to have him on my side. Thank you Mr. Peterson!
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Posted by Beverly | April 23, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fair, honest attorney
Chuck Peterson took enough time to speak with me on the phone in regards to my son's case. My son specifically asked me to call Mr. Peterson as he has some mental problems that makes it very difficult for him to speak to people. My son already has a different attorney, but thought his attorney was not doing enough for him in the way of defending him. Mr. Peterson explained he could not do anything more or different than what my son's current attorney is doing and he said he would not take money from me when there was nothing more he could do to help my son. And he explained the whys to everything. I found him to be very straight forward, helpful and honest.
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Posted by Janet | September 8, 2011
Testimonal For Charles Franklin Peterson Jr.
I would describe Charles as being very professional, ethical and personable. The most emotional case Charles represented for my husband and I was the adoption of our daughter and we are so ever grateful. I have also recommended many friends and clients for representation with Charles and he has always had empathy, concern and integrity while helping them throught their issues. I will always highly recommend Charles you are the best and a pleasure to work with through difficult situations always there to listen and never judge.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2011
True Professional
After working with Chuck, although only a short time, it is easy to see why he is regarded as the best in the business.


  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Captain - Trial Defense Services
  • US Army JAG Corps
  • 1981 - 1985


  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2008
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (Magna Cum Laude)
  • 1981
  • Gonzaga University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude)
  • 1978

Legal Cases

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


  • The Spence Law Firm - Jackson, Wyoming
  • Associated practice
  • 2000 - Present
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2000 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer, Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • President's Award
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Lawyer of Year - Boise - Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Western All-Star Conference
  • Using the iPad At Trial
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (5)
Endorse Charles
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chuck Peterson is the lawyer you would hire to represent your mother if she were charged with murder."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If you're in big trouble with the law, Chuck is the man to see."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Charles. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Charles is a talented and well respected criminal defense attorney who I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chuck is one of the very best i have ever had the pleasure of working with...brilliant on his feet....and more trial experience in his little finger than most lawyers get in a career...just exceptional"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With an impressive bio, his published and highly accurate answers to questions on, the recommendation of him by attorneys and clients, and, most of all, a terrific blog, it is easy to see that attorney Chuck Peterson is one of the very best and that he cares about his clients and he cares about winning. None of that happens though if you don't know the law extremely well and you know how to handle the courtroom too - that's what a great trial attorney is all about. That's what Chuck Peterson is all about too. He impresses me and I highly recommend him to you. If you have a question about Criminal Law or Fraud Law, he is your answer. It is as simple as that."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chuck Peterson is a brilliant and hard working trial lawyer. He is a winner. I believe he is the best criminal defense lawyer in Idaho and beyond."
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