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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.







Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 35%
    12 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 35%
    12 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 20%
    1.5 thousand cases
  4. Juvenile: 10%
    12 years, 500 cases



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  • Alberto Guadagno

    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.


    Alberto Guadagno Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Nicole Hankins

    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.


    Nicole Hankins
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Cristine Beckwith, Attorney at Law

1115 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA, 98402


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top 100 DUI AttorneyThe National Advocacy for DUI Defense2013
Thought Leader in DUI DefenseWestlaw2013
Certificate of RecognitionCity of Normandy Park2012
Clients' Choice Award 2012Avvo2012
2010 Best of Tacoma Award for Criminal & DUI defenseUS Commerce Association2011
Top 15 DUI BlogsBlogging Awards Organization2010
2009 Best of Tacoma Award for Criminal & DUI defenseUS Commerce Association2009
2008 Best of Tacoma Award for Criminal & DUI defenseUS Commerce Association2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Board MemberGonzaga University School Of Law2016 - Present
OwnerCristine Beckwith, Attorney at Law2007 - Present
CommissionerNormandy Park Park Board2008 - 2012
AttorneyPierce County DAC2004 - 2007
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyPierce County Prosecutor's Office2004 - 2004
Rule 9 Legal InternSpokane County Prosecutor's Office2003 - 2004
Rule 9 Legal InternLee Smart Cook Martin & Patterson, PS, Inc.2003 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
WWLAttorney Member2013 - Present
National College for DUI DefenseAttorney Member2013 - Present
Old Town Business and Professional AssociationMember2011 - Present
American Association of Private Practice Lawyers and AttorneysAttorney Member2010 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2007 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2007 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)Attorney Member2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Washington Defender AssociationMember2004 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Felony Assault ChargesCase Dismissed
Juvenile Charged with RapeConvinced prosecutor to drop charges
Felony Domestic Violence AssaultCase dismissed due to defense evidence
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of WashingtonBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationHow to Run a Successful Law Practice in the Modern Tech Era2015
Trends in DUI DiscoveryDUI2013
Criminal Defense for JuvenilesJuvenile Law2013
Chamber Monthly MeetingThe Fallacy of Field Sobriety Tests2011
Oral board interviewOral board interview for law enforcement position2010
WSBA CLEHow to handle a driving while license suspended case.2006
Myra Bradwell Award CeremonyHuman Rights2004

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