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L Craig Atkinson

DUI and DWI Attorney at Boise, ID

4.9   75 reviews

also known as Craig Atkinson

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About L

Learn L’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    35%
    Most of our cases end up being DUI cases, since this is a very common criminal charge. We are very familiar with the process of handling DUI cases. We almost always work out a deal that our clients are pleased with.

    16 years, 350 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    Practiced as a county prosecutor, county public defender, and an associate attorney at a private law firm owned by a local Idaho senator. Now running his own solo law firm.

    16 years, 200 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    15%
    Domestic Violence cases are almost always he said/ she said cases. This gives the client leverage in attempting to work out the best deal in the case, and if the State refuses, trial is always a real option. Domestic violence cases are very susceptible to reasonable doubt.

    16 years, 150 cases

  4. Violent crime
    10%
    Violent crime includes, battery, assault, and misdemeanor and felony cases. Like Domestic Violence cases, they are very susceptible to reasonable doubt, due to their nature. Usually there are two witnesses, each telling a different story.

    16 years, 100 cases

  5. Federal crime
    5%
    I am a Criminal Justice Advocate for the Idaho Federal District Court. I am appointed to handle criminal cases for indigent clients. I also handle private cases for those who can afford to hire private counsel. Federal cases are very different than State cases in their procedures and practices. You will want to hire an attorney who practices regularly in federal court, rather than just any criminal attorney.

    16 years, 50 cases

  6. Juvenile law
    5%

    16 years, 50 cases

  7. Sex crime
    5%

    16 years, 50 cases

  8. White collar crime
    5%

    16 years, 50 cases

My passion for Criminal Defense began when I was a freshman in college. My freshman year I lived in the dorms where all the students rooms were customarily left unlocked. Near the end of my first semester there, I noticed that $300 was missing from my wallet, which had been left lying in my unlocked dorm room. I informed the dorm manager that my money had been stolen. The dorm manager encouraged me to report the stolen money to the campus police. I was reluctant to do so since I was quite confident I would never see the money again. However, I followed the advice of the dorm manager and reported the money stolen.

 

Law enforcement came to my dorm to question all possible witnesses, including myself. Half way through their investigation, they asked me to “come down to the station for some further questioning.” Being the naive freshman that I was, I happily cooperated.

 

Upon arriving at the police station, the questioning quickly transformed from an open ended investigation, to a full on interrogation, with me as the prime suspect. I was in shock! The police were now accusing me of falsely reporting stolen money. They were confident that the money had not been stolen, and that I was covering something up. They told me that they were trained to detect when someone was lying to them, and that I exhibited all the behaviors of someone who was being deceitful. They attempted to play the good cop, bad cop routine. They told me that all I had to do was come clean, and that only then could they “help me.” I was literally speechless, I couldn’t find the words to defend myself from their onslaught of accusations.

 

My world was turned upside down. I had been raised to believe that law enforcement were there to help and protect us. I had believed that they had the best judgement. As a child I looked to the police as the heroes of the community. Now my character, and my reputation were being viciously attacked by these so called heroes who clearly had no clue what was going on. Fortunately, for my sake, they gave up on their wild goose chase. Unfortunately, for countless others, they don’t always give up on their wild goose chases.

 

On that day, I quickly learned important lessons. I learned that the police are not always professional, nor are they always careful. They make mistakes often, and many have bad judgment. I learned that no one is safe from falling prey to false accusations. I learned how quickly a situation can get completely out of your control, and go in directions you never imagined. Today I look back and laugh at the absurdity of it all, but rest assured I was not laughing that day.

 

I remember on that day wishing that there was someone who could speak in my defense. I needed a real hero to save me from these so-called heroes. I remember resolving that no one should have to be put in such an impossible situation when they are completely innocent of any wrong doing. As I progressed through my education I realized that I could be a powerful tool in defending others from false accusations and trumped up charges.

 

I now have extensive experience in representing the accused, and significant experience in gaining victories for my clients. Prior to starting my own law firm I handled the criminal cases for a prominent Idaho Senator’s private law firm. Before entering private practice I had experience working for the Ada County Public Defender’s Office, and the Gem County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

 

I have represented a client in a rape case that was dismissed in pretrial by an Ada County District judge because of successful motion I filed.  I have had acquittal's at jury trial on Rape, Domestic Battery, Sexual Contact with an Inmate, and many other cases, both misdemeanor and felony cases.

 

More times than not defendants are either falsely accused, or at the very least, overcharged in Ada County. I am committed to defending my clients against false accusations and trumped up charges. I will use every tool at my disposal to make sure you are adequately defended from the over zealous prosecutors. I am dedicated to putting the presumption of innocence back in the system.

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L Craig Atkinson
1087 W River St #290.
Boise, ID, 83702

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Jeremy | May 25, 2022
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Dui lawyer
Craig was awesome! Super knowledgeable and helpful! Always responded to my questions even if I asked them multiple times and really eased my mind! What I thought was a career ending mistake Craig was able to get me the best possible outcome! Highly recommend!
Posted by Candace | April 27, 2020
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Excellent Representation
I was unfamiliar with criminal charges and appreciated Craig Atkinson as a guide. He explained the various options I had and helped me to attain a positive outcome, all for a reasonable flat fee.
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2020
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Craig Atkinson is the absolute best
Craig is absolutely the best. Even though I was in full panic, he was straight-forward, calm and professional. He told me how everything would work and what to expect. His communication is excellent and he always emails back within 24 hours. I found him to be approachable, honest, and just really reassuring in such a stressful situation. I STRONGLY recommend him.
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Posted by Stefan | March 24, 2020
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Craig Atkinson
I was greatly impressed by the professionalism of Atkinson and his colleagues. They were always helpful, warm, and understanding. Naturally, the experience of having to go to trial frightened me at first. However, I felt more and more comfortable once I had received their assistance. Atkinson himself certainly has a calm demeanor that helps to loosen up one’s fears concerning the trial. For those in need of legal assistance, I highly recommend him as an attorney.
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Posted by Aaron | February 21, 2020
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Highly Recommend
Craig Atkinson maintained good communication and attention to my case. When ever I needed to ask a question , him or his team would help me, or get back to me right away. Craig was very grounded and considerate to work with. I appreciate his help tremendously with helping me through the legal processes.
Posted by Nikki | January 30, 2020
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Stress free
Craig was amazing, and worked so hard for me. I had never been arrested and I was feeling very over whelmed and scared when got a DUI in a complicated situation. He was able to stream line the whole thing and make it so much easier on my end. He told me worse case options and planned to fight for me. In the end I got the best possible outcome I could’ve hoped for, with a withheld judgement. His services are worth every penny. And I’m so thankful. This DUI will not defined my future. Thank you so much.
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Posted by Bailey | January 8, 2020
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Knowledgeable and Reliable Service
Craig Atkinson was a phenomenal resource to have in a very difficult time. He was easy to work with, knowledgeable, timely, and dedicated. Craig has a calm and confident presence that was incredibly reassuring when things seemed so confusing and foreign. He made things as simple as possible and always took the time to ensure that I understood what what was happening. I will always be grateful that I was able to work with Craig Atkinson.
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Posted by Roxana | December 7, 2019
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Definitely recommend Atkinson Law
First off I was very impressed with how quick and efficient Craig and his staff were able to get my case going given that I had a limited amount of time to find a lawyer and get the paperwork sent over to the court. Secondly, after calling around town and comparing lawyers Craig just seemed more personable and understanding to my case, he has alot of experience and made a difficult situation for me less stressful... I definitely do recommend him as a criminal defense, dui, dwi or domestic violence lawyer. He knows what he's doing and how to help you.
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Posted by Joe | October 3, 2019
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Would Hire Again
I had a very positive experience with Mr.Atkinson representing me. Communications were responded to very quickly and questions were answered clearly. I felt prepared going into court knowing what the likely outcome would be, which relieved much of my nervousness going into court.
Posted by Kevin | October 2, 2019
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Great service and representation!
I was really impressed with the professionalism and service I received from Atkinson Law Office. Craig made me feel better about my case and listened to all of my concerns. I did feel valued as a client. I would use Craig again and recommend him to others who are in need of legal services.
Posted by Dustin | July 22, 2019
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Best attorney
Craig was honest and fair with my case. He worked hard and responded to all my questions quickly and exactly what i asked him.. i would use or recommend him anytime.. it was amazing to be treated so well in a dark time and he made it a little easier to deal with. Thank you very much Craig and all the staff at Atkinson law office
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2019
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Knowledgeable and helpful
Craig was very knowledgeable and was able to offer quick and expert advice for my DUI. He guided me thought the court system, filing all the paperwork and obtaining the best possible outcome for myself. I highly recommend Craig as an attorney.
Posted by Michelle | July 8, 2019
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Highly Recommended!
Craig was responsive and maintained availability to assist in every step of the legal process. Craig was professional and knowledgeable about Idaho law. He was compassionate and I felt well-cared for during my legal experience. He took the time to answer all of my questions, explaining things in great detail, ensuring that I understand all the legal options. I highly recommend him for your legal needs. He went above and beyond my expectations during such a difficult time in my life!
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Posted by Sarah | June 8, 2019
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Honest DUI attorney
Very honest about possible outcomes with my DUI case. Prompt and communicative. I received my best case scenario and felt confident in the accuracy and completeness of filed paperwork.
Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2019
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Wonderful Experience | Direct & Results Delivered
Craig was very clear in his explanations and presenting the options representing me for my DUI in Boise County. He provided all the information I needed and answered any questions I had about my case. His office associate was great as well and collectively they both gave me a holistic approach to the actions I should. If you should happen t find yourself in my situation, I highly recommend Craig Atkinson.
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Posted by Matthew | May 18, 2019
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Life saver
Craig was the nicest most genuine and honest person to work with. He definitely went above and beyond to help me. I appreciated all his help that he did for me and also my family appreciates all that he did. He helped me through one of the toughest times of my life. He worked super hard for me and I am beyond grateful to him. I felt comfortable speaking to him and even on the weekends or when he was on vacation he always got back to me to answer any questions I might have had. He always reached out and made sure that I was in the loop on everything that was going on. During court he was a straight shooter and explained to me what was going to happen and I felt extremely prepared to walk into court knowing what was going to happen. Craig is the best of the best and I am forever grateful to him.
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Posted by Brian | April 24, 2019
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Excellent Representation, great communication
Craig represented me for a DUI in Boise county. Craig was very clear in what he would provide and what the best outcome for my case would be. All of my correspondence and never ending questions were replied to immediately and courteously. I appreciated the professionalism and kindness I received throughout the entire process. I highly recommend Craig to anyone who finds themself in a similar situation.
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Posted by Gerron | April 12, 2019
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Fantastic Lawyer
Mr. Atkinson recently represented me in a DUI case. He was very knowledgeable in the best ways to proceed with my case to ensure the best outcome. Reducing my court fees, community service, and making sure I was eligible for withheld judgment. When the time came to apply for withheld judgement he took care of it quite seamlessly, making a stressful situation an easy pill to swallow. Heaven forbid I ever need representation again, he will definitely be the man I call. Thank you Craig!
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Posted by MW | March 21, 2019
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I highly recommend Craig Atkinson for your legal needs in Boise. He is incredibly professional and thorough. He communicated with me in a timely manner and helped thru every step of my case.
Posted by Shan | February 5, 2019
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Outstanding results!!!
I was extremely pleased on how he handled my case,he was always one step ahead during the court process. He would tell me straight forward of what he could do and couldn't do..he was very professional, understanding and most knowledgeable of the law! I highly recommend his service on any future legal issues..you want results? You call ATKINSON'S LAW !
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-225 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Atkinson Law Office
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate
  • McKenzie Law Offices
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Limited License Legal Intern
  • Gem County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Ada County Public Defender's Office
  • 2007 - 2007
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Education

  • University of Idaho College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2008
  • Brigham Young University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Felony Trafficking in Marijuana
  • Felony amended to Misdemeanor
  • Sexual Contact with an Inmate
  • Acquittal
  • Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana
  • Dismissal
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Associations

  • Better Business Bureau
  • Accredited
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Concealed Carry Class at True Action Sports
  • Idaho Law on Concealed Carry
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (10)
Endorse L
Criminal defense Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Craig is a great attorney. He is very knowledgeable and cares about his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him for legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've been impressed with Craig since our law school days, where he demonstrated excellent work ethic. He is a great attorney and is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Craig is defined by his work ethic. He tirelessly protects the constitutional rights of his clients and strives to succeed. Craig is also intelligent and communicates effectively. Craig is a good choice for anyone facing criminal charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Craig. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Craig and I have worked together on a number of matters, and I wouldn't hesitate hiring him if I had a criminal matter come up. Craig works hard and stands up to the State on his clients' behalf."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Friend
"I went to law school with Craig. When we were in school together, an anonymous person made some very public, very serious and very false accusations against me. Craig was the first person express his shock, horror and support. That is something I haven't forgotten about him to this day, many years later. If I was in the position of needing an Idaho Criminal Defense lawyer, I would trust Craig to listen to my side of the story, just like he did before, and fight for me to the fullest extent legally possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Other
"I went to law school with Craig and he was always on the ball. He is personal and will relate well and work hard for his clients, I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is a great attorney who works hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Craig works had and fights hard for his clients. Craig analyzes his cases with an uncommon attention to details and he possesses thorough knowledge of criminal law. Craig is also an excellent trial attorney with an extensive courtroom experience. I have witnessed Craig win jury trials and successfully argue difficult motions on several occasions."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I began working with Craig years ago when he was just out of law school and since that time I have seen him work tirelessly for his clients representing them on the toughest of cases and constantly striving to achieve the best outcome for his clients. His dedication and professionalism are commendable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Other
"I've consulted with Craig on many issues and I always end up using his ideas and suggestions. If you want an attorney who is constantly working to provide good advocacy, I highly recommend Craig as a criminal defense attorney."
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