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Cristine Beckwith

Criminal defense Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.8   24 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Cristine

Learn Cristine’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%

    20 years, 5,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%

    20 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    30%

    1,500 cases

  4. Juvenile law
    10%

    20 years, 500 cases

"CRISTINE IS COMPASSIONATE WITH CLIENTS, BUT SHE IS TOUGH WHEN SHE FIGHTS YOUR CRIMINAL CHARGES."

Cristine began her career as a criminal prosecutor, but found that her true passion was for defending the accused and not prosecuting them. In 2004, she became a criminal defense attorney.

Cristine soon developed a reputation for winning tough cases. In 2007, she opened a criminal law firm in Tacoma.

Today, Cristine works from both her Seattle and Tacoma offices. She defends clients from felony and misdemeanor charges.

 

       

 

 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2012,2011
Client's Choice
2012 2011

Location

Cristine Beckwith, Attorney at Law
Beckwith Criminal Law
101 Yesler Way, Suite 603
Seattle, WA, 98104
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Aggressive Defense Attorney!
I highly recommend Cristine. She recently represented me on my DUI in which I had a very high breath test. Despite the high breath test and some other challenging issues with my case, Cristine was able to get the charges significantly reduced. I could not be happier with her representation and highly recommend her to anyone that needs an aggressive defense attorney on their side!
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expected the worst...Received the BEST!
I was just planning to give up and ask the judge for mercy until a close friend insisted that I call Cristine. Maybe the best advice I have ever gotten from a friend. Cristine was able to get me a deal where I only needed to stay out of trouble and take an anger management class and everything will be DISMISSED! Really happy with that considering I told the police EVERYTHING and was expecting the worst. THANK YOU MS. BECKWITH!
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Posted by Amal | June 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable, honest and capable.
Very helpful and gave honest advise while other lawyers tried to rip me off with false promises. She isn't lying on her profile when she said she took up law to help others. Pleasantly surprised that such lawyers still exist...
Posted by Tricia | August 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best First Time Experience
Never did I imagine I'd be in a situation where I needed a lawyer. I was referred to Beckwith Law & they were so helpful in navigating my situation. Not only have my charges been reduced, they also helped with a letter of explanation with my new employer. I am so grateful they were able to get me through a difficult situation without impacting my life & career.
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Posted by Laura | January 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Judgment in my favor
Thank you Cristine for your help. Worth every penny! Patient, professional with proven results from my case.
Posted by Kelly | November 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
superb
Recently I found myself embroiled in a legal situation that was completely overwhelming and frightening for me. I was guided to Kristine Beckwith as the firm to use for good results. Throughout the whole process I was given clear guidance and encouragement with very positive results. I want to thank all who were involved, from the bottom of my heart. You saved me from a very frightening outcome . I would like thank my attorney , Luis who worked for me as he was outstanding .
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
I don't have enough words to describe how amazing the experience was with this firm. The compassion, and commitment they displayed in working with our family during a very difficult time, was beyond admirable. From making the phone call to Attorney Cristine Beckwith, when all hope seemed lost. To Attorney Luis Carlo showing up in court the very next day, to represent my son at his arraignment, get him a low bail, and right off the back dig holes in the States case was a “win!” In less than a day, this firm worked very hard to show that they would have winning results. I was at ease that I has made the right choice, and the best part of it all the charges were dropped. Thank you so much Beckwith Law!
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Posted by Leonard | January 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Christine saved my career and probably much more
This law firm had my back in my darkest time. It wasn’t just about being a transaction or whatever. Thank you
Posted by Stanley | September 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great choice for an attorney
Charlie and Cristine acted fast on my case when I was arrested foe my DUI over a holiday weekend. Cristine came and saw me in jail over the weekend and Charlie did my hearing on a holiday so I didn't have to spend any additional time in jail. It was a crazy experience that could have turned out so bad if I didn't have Beckwith Law as my lawyers. They were able to get me a good resolution and I was able to move on with my life thanks to their help.
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Posted by Alison | November 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hit and run
I don't even know where to begin with how wonderful this law office is! I live in Las Vegas, which would have been difficult, but they handled everything for me! They were very thorough, honest, helpful, patient, and right there by my side! I highly recommend them!!!
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good attorney
Beckwith's law firm helped me in a legal matter. She went right to work and obtained a very favorable outcome. I recommend her firm for your legal matters
Posted by Steve | September 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney!
Cristine was very straight with what would happen and let us know right from the beginning. Her partner, Carrie, was also outstanding to work with. Cristine was accessible at all times and was willing to spend whatever amount of time to ensure that all questions were answered. We never felt like we were being a nuisance to her at anytime. If I could not get in contact with her, Carrie would always be available at anytime. Additionally, the staff that works with Cristine is always very supportive and available. This is not a situation that I would like to find myself in again, however, if I had to get an attorney to fight for me, Cristine would be the first person that I would contact. The bottom line is that you cannot go wrong with Cristine, Carrie or their staff. This is an exceptional law group that actually cares about their clients beyond just getting paid.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2015
Beckwith Law
Beckwith Law represented me with integrity and respect. After a pretty rough time in my life, I found myself searching for a criminal defense attorney. After my initial consultation, I was comfortable with Beckwith Law and trusted that they had my best interest at heart. I had realistic expectations about my DUI case, so the resolution on my case was fair. I hired Beckwith Law for a reason and let them fight for me. I would highly recommend Beckwith Law.
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Posted by Jamison | March 27, 2014
Everything went very well
I hired Beckwith Law to restore my gun rights. Before agreeing to take my case they made sure I was eligible. My situation was pretty complicated and two other attorneys wanted more money and neither had done their homework compared to the Beckwith law firm. Happy to be able to hunt again.
Posted by Trever | May 23, 2013
She saved my career
Ms. Beckwith never gave up on my case and that is why I'm still a soldier. I never felt judged by her. I'm gratefull for what she got done for me. God bless
Posted by Michael | September 28, 2012
Wonderful results
I have been in the court systems for several years, always pleading guilty because of public defenders has made the ongoing experience difficult to deal with. Christine Beckwith and her office not only had a great price for my case, but they kept me informed every step of the way and had all matters resolved in just a couple months. I would recommend this office to anyone with legal problems looking for the best results and in a timely manner. I can't express how impressed I was with the results of my case and how well Christine and her office handled everything every step of the way.
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Posted by S. H. | December 13, 2011
The Stew that Blew....... 2.5
The outcome of my case was the best possible, I mean Legaly Possible! I did what she asked, to give her all the tools she needed to nagotiate. The outcome was fantastic. Christine knew all the "players" in pierce Co Chrestine Beckwith is the reason you hire an Atty.
Posted by Carlos | November 21, 2011
Cristine Beckwith Review
Unfortunately, this is the 2nd time I had to render Mrs. Beckwith's services. When I first spoke to her, she was extremely informative about the issue I was in. Her professionalism over the phone was a factor as well. I spoke to a few different lawyers/firms, before I decided to hire Cristine. The first instance I hired her for was involving a Domestic Violence case. The charges were never filed, so there wasn’t much for her to do. However she was going to refund most of my money, but I insisted on her keeping it, to have her proceed with a “no contact order” against the other party. This ended up becoming a mutual “no harassment order” and I have never had any correspondence with the respondent since I last saw her in court. I only appeared in court once, which was by choice. Everything was taken care of by her and I periodically received updates. The second issue was related to a DUI. I only had to appear in court twice. She got the infraction dropped to “negligent driving”, pending 24 months of no further incidents. The case with WADOL was dismissed. So despite my very poor judgment, I can’t express how extremely pleased I was with her. I would highly recommend her to anyone that is in need of these two types of services. I rarely had questions for Mrs. Beckwith, as she gives as much information up front as she can. She keeps you updated and is very accessible. She is very responsive to communication via email, phone or text message. Cristine is very realistic and will give you a good idea of what the likelihood of the outcome might be. In my case they turned out better than what I originally thought. Obviously there are a lot of factors that can determine the outcome, but I have never been disappointed with her. You ROCK Cristine!
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Posted by Juanita | September 3, 2011
Trustworthy/Knowledgeable
She has been very dependable and has the best interest of the client as her goal. working with her for 3 years makes us feel she has been part of the family. She is very knowledgeable and always on top of every twist and turn of events.
Posted by Kellyann | June 9, 2011
Compassionate
Cristine Beckwith and her associate, Natalie, were so caring and compassionate towards me when I was at my lowest point. I was terrified and had no idea what to expect during my DUI case. These two people let me cry, listened to my comments and lead me through what for me was a very traumatic time. I am so thankful for Cristine and her group and would recommend to anyone.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Board Vice President
  • Gonzaga University School Of Law
  • 2016 - Present
  • Owner
  • Cristine Beckwith, Attorney at Law
  • 2007 - Present
  • Commissioner
  • Normandy Park Park Board
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Pierce County DAC
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Pierce County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Rule 9 Legal Intern
  • Spokane County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Rule 9 Legal Intern
  • Lee Smart Cook Martin & Patterson, PS, Inc.
  • 2003 - 2003
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Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Felony Assault Charges
  • Case Dismissed
  • Juvenile Charged with Rape
  • Convinced prosecutor to drop charges
  • Felony Domestic Violence Assault
  • Case dismissed due to defense evidence
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Associations

  • WWL
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Old Town Business and Professional Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Association of Private Practice Lawyers and Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Thought Leader in DUI Defense
  • Westlaw
  • 2013
  • Top 100 DUI Attorney
  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2013
  • Clients' Choice Award 2012
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • City of Normandy Park
  • 2012
  • 2010 Best of Tacoma Award for Criminal & DUI defense
  • US Commerce Association
  • 2011
  • Top 15 DUI Blogs
  • Blogging Awards Organization
  • 2010
  • 2009 Best of Tacoma Award for Criminal & DUI defense
  • US Commerce Association
  • 2009
  • 2008 Best of Tacoma Award for Criminal & DUI defense
  • US Commerce Association
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Lecturer
  • Continuing Legal Education Course for Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Trends in DUI Discovery
  • DUI
  • 2013
  • Criminal Defense for Juveniles
  • Juvenile Law
  • 2013
  • Chamber Monthly Meeting
  • The Fallacy of Field Sobriety Tests
  • 2011
  • Oral board interview
  • Oral board interview for law enforcement position
  • 2010
  • WSBA CLE
  • How to handle a driving while license suspended case.
  • 2006
  • Myra Bradwell Award Ceremony
  • Human Rights
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (33)
Given (52)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Cristine Beckwith for approximately 10 years. Her logic, intelligence, grace and skills as an attorney continue to impress me. We have prosecuted criminal cases together and now, as criminal defense attorneys I count her among my most valued friends and colleagues. Her work and dedication serve as models for me when I look for guidance. It is my honor and privilege to endorse her work as a DUI and Criminal Defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the personal pleasure of witnessing Christine work on a daily basis and I believe her to be one of the most caring and detail oriented attorneys in the area. She genuinely cares about each of her clients and obtains fantastic results for even some of the most seemingly impossible cases. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Christine is always prepared in court and is a zealous advocate for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Not only is Cristine a great attorney overall, but she is knowledgeable and a great advocate to have on your side. She knows her way around the courtroom, but she knows the best way to an efficient and effective outcome for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Christine is an amazing, dedicated advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cristine is an outstanding attorney. She fights incredibly hard for her clients and, in turn, achieves amazing results for them. She is experienced, understands the law, and knows how to win in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Cristine is an exceptional attorney who obtains favorable results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been in court with Ms. Beckwith and have witnessed her advocacy skills on behalf of her clients. She is intelligent and articulate and very knowledgeable in the area of criminal law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Christine for any criminal matter. She is an excellent trial lawyer and well respected attorney in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Cristine is a zealous advocate for her clients. She is knowledgeable and compassionate and works tirelessly for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Cristine is a strong advocate who truly cares about her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cristine is sharp, well-prepared, and knows the law. It is also obvious that she cares about her clients. She is a lawyer I am happy to endorse."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christine is an attorney who cares about her clients. She displays professionalism and knowledge and a capacity to capture the essence of the matter and present it in an easy and understandable way. I endorse Christine."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cristine is an exceptional attorney who obtains favorable results for her clients. As a former prosecutor, she is familiar with both sides of a case and is able to recognize legal issues missed by those with less experience. Cristine has an outstanding reputation within the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christine is a tenacious advocate for her client's rights. She is well respected by the bench and her peers. I endorse her work."
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