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Karlie M. Valdez

Criminal defense Attorney at Kirkland, WA

5.0   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Karlie

Learn Karlie’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I represent clients charged with felonies ranging from harassment to homicide, misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors including: Driving While License Suspended (DWLS); Minor in Possession (MIP); Theft; Assault Charges; and Drug Charges.

    22 years, 200 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    As an Aligner Negotiations graduate I am experienced at obtaining the result my clients desire. When my clients are facing a DUI charge they know that they are in good hands. I keep my practice small for a reason. My clients demand quality legal representation and I give them nothing less than my personal best.

    22 years, 200 cases

Defending individuals in the following areas of Criminal Law: Felonies, Assault, Victim Representation, DUI, BUI, Driving While License Suspended (DWLS), Minor in Possession (MIP), Gross Misdemeanors, Misdemeanors, Theft, Prostitution, Harassment, Drug charges.


Valdez Law
5400 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA, 98033

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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyers!
Exceptional legal representation! Karlie is very responsible lawyer, she demonstrated expertise, professional support throughout my case. I highly recommend her if anyone in need of legal assistance.
Posted by Katina | February 6, 2024
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend Karlie
Karlie came highly recommend and from my first consultation I knew why. She listened and put me at ease regarding a highly stressful situation. I felt she gave me realistic expectations and I felt extremely confident that I was a priority and not another case.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Best service you could ask for
Karlie showed deep care of my dv case from the very beginning and worked diligently with all parties involved and always communicated using timely phone calls on status update and action items. She was able to win me the best-case scenario with a case dismissal. Throughout the process, she brought confidence and compassion to me and my family. Her quality of service is second to none. I feel so fortunate to have Karlie as my lawyer and will recommend her to anyone in a heartbeat.
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you for your Outstanding Legal Expertise, Encouragement, and Support!
I'm so pleased that we were able to obtain favorable resolutions in both of my legal matters. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to vindicating my legal charges; you have given my career and life a more hopefull opportunity. Thank you kindly. I am so greatful I found you to support me thru a long and challenging legal process. All the best, Karlie!
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Posted by Jennette | December 9, 2017
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10 STARS!!!!
Karlie Valdez is an exceptional person and a DAMN GOOD lawyer. She is very professional and knows exactly what she is talking about. Her goal is to get the best case scenerio for you and she will fight to make sure that it happens. On top of being a great lawyer she is genuine, compassionate and a very good listener. Both my cases were very tricky. I was charged for DUI and physical control just 7 months apart. I was ashamed and feeling very low. One would say I reached "my bottom". I confided in Karlie and was 100% honest with my situation. Her compassion and advice really helped me in my cases. I would recommend Karlie to anyone with similar charges. My advice would be to be really be open and honest with her. Karlie really does care and will help work with whatever the law wants to throw your way. At the end of the day I took my bad situation made some big life changes and I am a better person for it. I wouldn't have been able to do this if I hadn't had Karlie in my side.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2016
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Compassionate, Competent and Tenacious
It has been nothing but a pleasure working with Karlie. From the moment I reached out to her by coming across her website to our initial phone call, she's been very transparent, very compassionate, and very knowledgeable. Her approach is special-- she asks all the right questions and she's familiar with the local courts, prosecutors and judges in the area, yet she has a very caring, soft demeanor that made it so easy to deal with. Like many people, getting pulled over and arrested for a DUI is an embarrassing, tumultuous and isolating situation. It was something that I didn't want to talk to anyone about. Like many, I didn't know what to do or who to trust. Frankly, I didn't even know where to begin. I did a Google search and contacted several local attorneys but after meeting with several, and transacting emails with several… I still didn't feel a good fit was found. As soon as I spoke to Karlie on the phone-- I just knew: I could feel safe with her, that I could trust her, and that she would fight for me. And she did: over the next several months and longer, despite not having as a strong of a case as I'd liked, through persistence, her outstanding reputation, and how she positioned me… I had a breakthrough outcome that I'd consider to be "best case scenario" given the circumstances. And through it all, I learned a lot. She was a guiding light in one of the toughest seasons of my life, and I would recommend her to anyone needing more than guidance with the law… a true advocate. Someone who would fight for you.
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Posted by Steve | April 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
My Experience
I received a Negligent Driving ticket resulting from an incident on I-5, as did the driver of the other vehicle. Given the circumstances I pleaded Not Guilty and represented myself. The verdict was Guilty. I paid my fine and moved on. Fast forward 2 years and while applying for a job I find out that you cannot have a Negligent Driving Conviction on your DOL abstract for this job. For 6 months I wandered around to yet another free attorney or legal clinic. The results were; nothing, nada, zero. No pathway for getting this removed or going around it. I was repeatedly being reminded of that old adage; ‘You get what you pay for’. Someone totally unrelated to all this referred me to Karlie Valdez. Karlie got me a ‘Relief from Judgement’ for this conviction (i.e….it goes away). In addition, I was refunded all of my fine except for $100. I could not be more pleased. She knows her ‘stuff’. In this case that ‘stuff’ is driving related. I know she practices criminal law too. I don’t doubt that she is damn good at that as well. She would be my first choice and my first recommendation to anyone who needs help in those areas. Steve
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Posted by Ravi | March 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Karlie Valdez is very professional
Thank you very much for your help Karlie Valdez with my legal matter. Without your help, it would not have been possible for me to resolve the case and you made it as expedient as possible. I will be happy to refer you whenever I can.
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2015
Best possible outcome
Karlie represented me in a difficult domestic violence case. The police report was ugly but she took my case and treated me like a friend. We got the best possible outcome (case dismissed!) and I truly believe it wouldn't have gone so well in my favor without her. I would absolutely recommend Karlie Valdez to any of my friends because she was highly capable and almost as importantly, to me at least, never made me feel like a criminal client but instead a good person who needed her help. You couldn't do better than her in my opinion.
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Posted by Michael J. | October 24, 2014
Highly Recommended DUI
I could try to sell Karlie Valdez and trust me I thought about it. I am only going to tell you my personal experience. When I had a consultation with Karlie she let me know of all my options honestly and thoroughly. When we spoke about the easiest and cheapest route to take the case she told me that she would do it. No upsell or pressure. But I asked her to fight for me and she seemed eager to get to work. Her price was fair and I believed in her. Karlie told me what she could do with the case, to me it seemed like a dream. But I believed in her. During the whole court process she was only a text away with fast timely responses. When I called Karlie her response was also as fast. In court she sat next to me making feel like we were a team. I have been in court where my lawyer is as close to the podium as possible at all times. Only giving a nod as they enter the courtroom. This adds confusion and uncertainty to the unpleasantness of a courtroom experience. In the end Karlie delivered 100%. She knows the courts and how to handle cases as well as clients. Knowing the uncertainty of court if the whole case went south I would still recommend Karlie. She was that good.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2013
Excellent Legal Representation
Karlie represented me in East Division Redmond Courthouse for two driving with a suspended license charges (one of which I wasn't even aware I was charged with until I received a notice in the mail). Throughout the lead up to my time in court, Karlie thoroughly reviewed my case and worked hard to collect all of the pertinent and relevant facts. She did an exemplary job of helping me understand the legal process and counseled me on recommended options. Karlie was always available to take my call, which provided me with a great level of comfort and confidence. She was/is a pleasure to work with and demonstrated the utmost professionalism combined with a very positive attitude. Karlie is now my go-to person for legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2013
Karlie Valdez is a great defense for DUI / DWI charges. Very experienced and compassionate lawyer.
Karlie Valdez represented me on a DUI charge that was made further difficult by public defense advice during detainment and again at the arraignment. She set the correct expectations before accepting the case and then defended me through to a result that exceeded those expectations. Not only was Karlie very knowledgable and thorough, she treated me with respect and compassion during a very stressful time. This approach made it easier to endure the process with the patience that is required to reach the best result. I highly recommend her to anyone needing legal representation of any kind.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2011
You will not find a better lawyer than this!
Ms. Valdez was beyond all expectations. Her knowledge of the law and natural ability to talk to and understand people made an impression on me that I will remember forever. If I am ever in a situation again where I require legal services I would not hesitate to call for her help again. I have already recommended her to friends and family. The biggest favor you can do for yourself to make any legal process as smooth and seamless as possible is to call Karlie Valdez.
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2011
Karlie Valdez, highly recommend
My daughter happened to meet Karlie a year before my DUI. She passed along her card to me, noting that I would find the list of rights on the back informative. I called Karlie to request additional cards, so that I could give them to my friends. Bellevue and Kirkland are notorious for DUI cases. She was very personable and mailed them to me that week. Never did I imagine a year later that I would need her representation. The night I was charged with a DUI was the most humiliating experience of my life. I called Karlie the next day. She immediately remembered who I was. She spent over an hour on the phone with me discussing the details of the incident. I knew from that first conversation that she would be my saving grace. At our first meeting Karlie's professionalism and demeanor were impeccable. However, it was her genuine compassion that helped ease my fear and anxiety.Throughout the case Karlie was available for my numerous questions and concerns. She was prompt at returning e-mails and phone calls. I appreciated her realistic and honest advice about possible outcomes of the case. Her expertise and integrity are a commanding force in the courtroom. She was always prepared and helpful explaining the process of the court system. My license suspension was dismissed and I'm pleased and thankful for the outcome of a defered prosecution.I could never express my gratitude enough for her dedication, and the kindness she showed me throughout the entire ordeal. I have the utmost respect and admiration for Ms. Valdez. I highly recommend her. Kirkland WA
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2010
Karlie Valdez
Karlie was great. She was on top of my case at all times and made sure I was aware of my legal rights and that I fully understood them. I felt she was easy to talk to and understood what I was going through. She was compassionate and caring, but most of all very knowledgeable about the law. In closing I would recommend her to anyone in need of a great lawyer.
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Posted by Marissa | March 24, 2010
Highly Recommended
Karlie was wonderful to work with. She responded very quickly to any questions I had and was very personal. From day one she kept me informed with the latest on my case. She is very trustworthy and understanding and not at all judgmental. Thanks again Karlie for all your help. I couldn't have asked for more.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2010
Reliable and Confidential
I had met with three lawyers who were willing to take my case. I selected Karlie because she did not leave me with the impression this was just another case to take to court. Karlie was reliable and thorough in her work, knowledgeable about the process, put me at ease about the ‘unknowns’ when discussing potential outcomes, and kept me informed each step of the way. I recommend taking the time to speak with Karlie as she is a strong candidate.
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Posted by Brandon | February 19, 2010
Quick DUI resolution.
As my third lawyer used I was extremely impressed. Ms. Valdez prepared me for what to expect and gave me realistic goals for what she could do, and then did just that. Her access to resources was very impressive. I never had to call her with questions or status updates because she always beat me to it and let me know what was going on. I felt very comfortable talking to her as well.
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Posted by Steve | October 26, 2009
Very smart, knowledgeable and understanding
I had several charges against me which could have resulted in up to 90 days in jail, $1000 fine, 100 hours community service with a minimum of 3 days in jail and probation. After talking with and meeting with several different attorneys it was a no brainer to go with Karlie. She is passionate about her job, she is extremely smart, was able to help me understand the legal system including terminology and what I was about to face and is very personable. My case lasted for 10 months with the prosecutor handing us basically the same offer, Karlie always helped me weigh my options and was stedfast to quickly say "we are going to do better than that." After 10 months of negotiations I received a $500 fine, all charges were removed from my record with no community service, probation or jail time. I highly recommend Karlie to anyone whether it is a minor traffic ticket or DUI she is going to be behind you 100%.
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Posted by Dave | August 31, 2009
A night of poor judgement turns into a favorable outcome.
I've known Ms. Valdez for a few years and knew she was a person of integrity, honesty and trustworthiness. I never imagined I would need a lawyer as far as me being criminally charge as I have never had a brush in with the law. Well, I used very poor judgement one night in February and was charged with DUI. I spent a night in jail, my car impounded, etc...I took 100% responsibility for my actions.This all occurred 3 weeks before I had to move out of state for my job. I was worried and didn't need to lose my driving privledges or job. I was given a number of a very good lawyer with a good reputation for DUI cases but decided I'd call Ms. Valdez as I knew she would direct me to make a good choice. As embarrassing as it was to tell her what had happened she proceeded to layout the game plan for me. So I hired her as my representation. Karlie explained the whole porcess to me as we moved along keeping me informed every step of the way. She was prompt in answering my questions and addressing my concerns and I felt that I was always in good hands. Not only did I have the criminal charge to deal with but I was also facing a license suspension for a minimum of 3 months also. I am so glad I had Ms. Valdez on my side as we were able to plead the DUI down to a reckless, no license suspension per the DUI as the DOL dismissed there action against me. Had my fine reduced by 90%, 10hours community service that I can do outside the state and the charged dropped off my record after 2 years if I have no more criminal issues for 2 years. We couldn't of asked for a better outcome. Ms.Valdez's professionalism, knowledge and integrity handling my case was the reason we got the favorable outcome that we did. And for that I am greatful. I recommend Ms. Valdez 200%.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Private Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Karlie Valdez, Attorney in Kirkland
  • 2005 - Present
  • Account Manager
  • Thomson West (Westlaw)
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bowers & Associates
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Rule 9 Intern
  • Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio
  • 2001 - 2002
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  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. H.
  • Not guilty
  • State v. G.L.
  • Not guilty
  • Violation of Uniform Controlled Substance Act
  • Dismissed.
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  • Kings County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Neighborhood Clinic Attorney
  • 2004 - 2005
  • East King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Justice for Children
  • Vice President
  • 2000 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Avoiding a DUI arrest
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • 2015
  • To Blow or Not to Blow
  • Washington's breath test
  • 2014
  • 2010 NHTSA SFST Course
  • Certification for Lawyers on Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • 2010
  • Westlaw Legal Research Seminar
  • Advanced Legal Research and Topical Legal Research
  • 2004
  • Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Traffic/Negligence
  • 2002
  • Moot Court Competition
  • Administrative Law
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (11)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karlie is highly respected in the legal community. She is extremely talented in criminal defense matters, and I would not hesitate to hire her myself. I heartily endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without question Karlie is a passionate, successful advocate for her clients. Her 'never give in' approach to defending her clients is always quite evident at the courthouse. In just one example in a recent case I became aware of, Karlie's client was offered a significant reduction on a DWI/DUI allegation to a Negligent Driving-a reduction that is most often sought on cases of this nature-however, Karlie's 'never give in' approach resulted in her taking this case to jury trial and subsequently earning the client an acquittal on all charges. She always has her client's best interests at the forefront of her professional consideration and always sees the case through to the most successful resolution possible for her clients. Her approach is built on well rounded experience, seasoned and effective trial skills and with a poised, effective courtroom presence she is an extraordinarily effective advocate. She has my highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karlie is a bright and tenacious attorney who gets great results for her clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karlie is such a sweetheart who genuinely cares for her clients and works to protect their interests. She takes pride in understanding the prosecutors and courts in order to advise her clients properly."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have witnessed Ms. Valdez repeatedly rise to a challenging situation and obtain an outcome/verdict for her clients that put them in a better position than they were before they retained her. She fights for justice and works hard to ensure that before any order or decision is entered against her clients that the Prosecutors have met their burden of proof. She is diligent, hardworking, smart, and quick on her feet. I cannot recommend her enough."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Karlie. She is a nationally known DUI defense lawyer with a reputation for aggressively defending her clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karlie is one of the best DUI attorneys in the great State of Washington, period! She fights hard for her clients. She has tremendous trial skills. I would highly recommend Karlie to any person looking at a DUI charge. You will be in good hands."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karlie is an amazing DWI and criminal defense attorney. She has an incredible amount of experience and is one that I turn to when I have clients that need an honest and tenacious defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Valdez is an excellent attorney who is widely considered one of our best criminal defense trial lawyers. Understanding the complex legal landscape of criminal law is a daunting task, yet Ms. Valdez is able to do so with relative ease. Maximizing results for her numerous clients, and still taking time to share her knowledge with other attorneys in the field, are merely a few of the reasons why I endorse Ms. Valdez without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karlie consistently achieves great results for her clients. She has a combination of compassion, professionalism, presence and personality that is rare among attorneys. Her presence in the courtroom is palpable. She is a rising star in her field."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karlie is a tough advocate for her clients and an excellent choice for anyone seeking counsel on a DUI charge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Karlie Valdez for over 5 years and in that time I have had many opportunities to observe her work in the courtroom. I find her to be an intelligent, articulate and highly skilled, aggressive advocate for her clients. I endorse her without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I've known Karlie for years now, and wouldn't hesitate to send her a conflict case or ask her to take care of one of my clients. Karlie is a consumate professional, a hard worker, and incredibly intelligent. I'm proud to call Karlie a colleague."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Karlie is smart and dedicated to championing her clients' interests."
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Kirkland Criminal defense Lawyer Karlie M. Valdez
Karlie M. Valdez
Criminal defense Attorney
Kirkland, WA
Licensed for 21 years
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