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Chester L Baldwin III

DUI and DWI Attorney at Olympia, WA

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Chester

Learn Chester’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    Experienced DUI attorney with background as a former prosecutor in Thurston County and understands how to get the best results for his clients.

    17 years, 600 cases

  2. Landlord or tenant
    Work including Unlawful Detainers (evictions) for landlords of all sizes.

    17 years, 300 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    Criminal defense work including misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony cases. Including Gun Rights Restoration, Voting Rights Restoration, Vacation of Convictions, Sealing, Expungement, etc.

    17 years, 600 cases

  4. Expungement
    We can help with: Gun Rights Restoration, Voting Rights Restoration, Vacation of Convictions, Sealing, Expungement, etc. If you were previously arrested or convicted of a crime, we can help you remove those charges from your record.

    17 years, 200 cases

Chester Baldwin, Principal Attorney of Baldwin Legal Group, PLLC specializes in protecting clients’ rights in criminal and DUI cases, helping clients restore gun and voting rights, sealing and expunging convictions, and supporting landlords with unlawful detainers. He also represents homeless youth in Juvenile Court pro bono. Mr. Baldwin has worked in private practice in Olympia for over a decade after beginning his career as a Rule 9 Prosecutor with the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Baldwin graduated from the University of Washington Foster School of Business with Honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Business Computer Information Systems and concurrently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine. After graduating, he worked as a financial analyst and healthcare consultant for Mercer Human Resource Consulting before attending Seattle University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate, graduating with Honors. Mr. Baldwin is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Thurston & Pierce County Bar Associations and is also admitted to practice in Federal Court.

In addition to a thriving law practice, Mr. Baldwin represents several associations during the legislative session in Olympia, advocating on their behalf and working with lawmakers to make sure his clients' interests are being considered, including Habitat for Humanity who he represents pro bono.

Chester is an Eagle Scout and has volunteered with Boy Scouts of America. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys traveling with his family.


Baldwin Legal Group, PLLC
123 Fir Street NE
Suite 201
Olympia, WA, 98506

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Posted by Ellen | October 16, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding attorney
Chester is a dedicated attorney for Landlords and has helped me. He knows the law and is able to execute it. His staff is professional and helpful. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Brian | January 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent work
Chester is a brilliant lawyer and I highly recommend him! He is a passionate advocate for his clients who is unafraid to go the extra mile. His efforts often lead to his client's getting more favorable resolutions then they otherwise would have with other attorneys. Chester was always 100 miles ahead of me with interviews, planning and tactics. His skills and knowledge are second to none and would hire him in a second if the need was to arise.
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Posted by Brooks | September 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Most honest and hardworking lawyer I've ever known.
Chester has helped me on multiple occasions. He helped my wife and I with our bankruptcy with a colleague who specializes in them. Everything went perfectly. He also cleared up a traffic camera infraction that showed up in the mail. I wasn't even in the state on the day that they said I ran that light. He's absolutely the guy that you want on your side when you enter a court of law.
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Posted by Dirk | January 7, 2013
One of the good attorneys.
I have known and been a client of Chester for several years. He has helped myself as well as my family in several different matters ranging from dealing with unreasonable companies, and tax issues, to a DUI charge, and even being charged with a crime that I didn't commit. Chester knowledge of the legal systems, his professionalism, and his drive to fight for his clients make him one of the best attorneys that I have ever seen. When my family was being sued by a company for non-payment when we clearly had copies of the checks mailed, the last statements mailed, ect.. This company would not accept the prof that this account had been paid because they had no record of this payments. After this company decided to take my family to court Chester stepped in and presented the facts to the company and they backed off. When I was charged with a DUI, Chester did everything he could to help me out. If I didn't have Chester as my attorney the outcome would have been significantly worse then what it was. Chester helped stay out of jail, and much worse. Also just recently someone had used my name in crime that they had committed. Well I am not a thief I don't steal things and Chester knows this. He and his staff went above and beyond gathering evidence that proved that this person committing this crime of theft was not me and had the charge thrown out. I can't say enough about how Chester has helped me and my family out. He is a great attorney and I would recommend him to anyone. His commitment and dedication to his clients, as well as his passion for his clients cause makes him one of the few good attorneys.
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Posted by Isaac Aronson | January 4, 2013
Chester Baldwin is a super awesome man of law, integrity is his middle name
Chester went above and beyond his call of duty as a lawyer. Not only did he investigate my case thoroughly and helped me win, but i feel like I also gained a friend. He is very understanding and has your best interest in mind.
Posted by Patricia | November 11, 2012
I recommend Chester Baldwin - and will call on him again should the need arise.
I have known Mr. Baldwin for a number of years - He has represented our family on several different cases and I recommend him to all my friends, co-workers and anyone else that will listen - I have found him to be fair and honest and above all else I trust him. When he says he is going to do his best for you - he does... I HIGHLY recommend him. Those who are writing negative comments I am guessing are only doing so because they were not his client and lost in their cases against him. In all cases there are winners and losers.... I am sure Mr. Baldwin wishes he could say he has never lost a case, I am sure all wish they could always win - but I know that when he loses it is not something he takes lightly and genuinely is unhappy about it - it is never "oh well" and lets move on... he cares deeply. He tries his best for his clients - and that is all anyone can ask. He is HIGHLY intelligent and if he doesn't know something will admit it and then say - Let me find out for you... again - all that anyone could ask for... I could go on and on - but will close saying - he is a keeper.. and I for one have him on speed dial...
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Posted by Chuck | March 6, 2012
Fabtastic DUI Attorney
Chester was fantastic for me and got me a deal on my DUI that I never thought could happen. He was tenacious and refused to give in. I am VERY happy with the results.
Posted by James | March 6, 2012
Strong Fighter
Chester refused to take the bad offers given by the prosecutors. He fought for my case including taking the case all the way to trial...where he sounds beat the prosecutor on my DUI case. He is really smart and knows the law and did a fantastic job!
Posted by Bev | November 2, 2011
Chet is amazing
I have worked wit Chester for a couple of different things. He is great. He is honest and will tell you what to expect. He fights hard for all of his clients. So when my dad got his DUI I knew that Chester was the one to represent him.
Posted by M.C. | September 13, 2011
LOOK NO FURTHER! … Mr. Chester Baldwin is the best!! Beginning to End, Chet exceeded my expectations and demolished any stereotypes I may have had of lawyers. He was always attentive and kept his appointments with me. He worked DOGGEDLY TO THE END and helped me attain the BEST outcome of my situation. The entire staff are the epitome of excellence and I recommend Chet and this firm to everyone I know!
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2009
Professional Caring Assistance
My son was charged with Reckless Driving in an accident that did not deserve such a charge. I tried working with both the public defender and the prosecutor and although they agreed the charge was excessive they would do little to aid in the situation. I contacted a number of attorneys and they all suggested that my son take the minimal pleas offered to us by the prosecutor. However Mr. Baldwin was different. With Mr. Baldwin we felt that we finally had someone on our side with who was interested in seeing the case through. With Mr. Baldwin's legal assistance my son's infraction was reduced from "Reckless Driving" to "Driving too fast for the condition" which was more the case in this incident. We are very grateful for his help and I would recommend him to anybody who is in need of legal assistance.
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Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Baldwin Legal Group
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hanemann, Bateman & Jones
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Rule 9 Prosecutor
  • Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2007


  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BS & BA
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DUI Jury Trial in Thurston County
  • Not Guilty


  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Seattle U Trustee Law Scholarship
  • Seattle University Law School
  • 2005
  • UW Alumni Board Scholarship
  • University of Washington
  • 1999


Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Conference
  • Legislative Analysis
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He works hard. Chet does not take the easy way out, he fights for his clients. He takes representing his cases seriously and with high integrity."
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