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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


  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

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  • 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 law198507/12/2016
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 America2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
White Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2016
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
President's AwardIdaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2015
Lawyer of Year - Boise - Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
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 UniversityPsychologyOther - Bachelors1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Western All-Star ConferenceUsing the iPad At Trial2011