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Chris A. Bugbee

DUI and DWI Attorney at Spokane, WA

4.9   43 reviews

also known as Chris Bugbee


Licensed for 27 years

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About Chris

Learn Chris’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    80%
    Exclusive DUI & DWI practice focusing on all types of intoxication and vehicular cases in both Eastern Washington & North Idaho.

    28 years

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    Exclusive criminal practice focusing on all types of criminal cases in both state and federal courts in Eastern Washington & North Idaho.

    28 years

FORMER PROSECUTOR. 25 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE. AGGRESSIVE CRIMINAL AND DUI DEFENSE. AVAILABLE 24/7.

Chris Bugbee has been an attorney in Spokane, Washington for over 25 years.  He started his legal career with the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  He prosecuted all crimes and ultimately was a Felony Drug Prosecutor and a Major Crimes Prosecutor.  After working as a prosecutor for 6 years he then became a Criminal Defense Attorney.  Chris has had his own law firm for over 11 years. 

 

Chris graduated from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1995 and was admitted into the Washington State Bar that same year.  He currently is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Idaho State Bar Association, in addition to having great peer and client review ratings on AVVO and Martindale-Hubbell. 

 

He has lived in Spokane for 25 years and is married with 3 children.  He spends his off time riding his Harley Sportster and enjoying outdoor activities with his family. 

Chris has dedicated his career to helping those in a time of need.  His primary focus is:

  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI
  • Felony traffic violations
  • Drug Charges
  • Felonies
  • Federal Crimes

 

Licensed for 27 years
State ID
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 01/19/2023
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Bugbee Law Office, P.S.

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  43 customer reviews
Posted by Benjamin | December 3, 2022
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Engineer
He was amazing and very professional. Although he's a Dodgers fan I think he's a great guy. He got my DUI dropped down to a negligent driving in about a month.
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2022
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Excellent Professional Service
Chris, provided a timely and complete review of the case and walked me through all of the steps and potential outcomes. The case was completed with the best possible outcome!
Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2022
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Much more than anticipated or expected
Chris Bugbee met me, pro bono, on a Saturday morning at the jail house. He dug into my case prior to being retained and did not let up. He included my family by having them attend meetings.
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2022
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A great Lawyer!
Chris Bugee was awesome to work with. He was prompt in returning my call and met with me right away to hep me with my DUI. He kept me informed and always went over options in a clear and professional way. I really appreciated his calm manner in which he handled my concerns and fears. I would recommend him for any legal situation you may have. I couldn't have had a better person on my side.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2022
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First offense
He walked me through all of my options and made sure I knew the consequences for everything. Made the best deal I could have asked for.
Posted by Ebenezer | April 12, 2022
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Super professional with incredible knowledge of the law.
Mr. Bugbee is just incredible. I recently violated my DUI Deferred prosecution by driving suspended and with out ignition interlock device. I was facing 3 charges. Probation violation Driving suspended Driving with ignition interlock device. I found Mr. Bugbee' profile here on AVVO and as serious as my charges were especially with Deffered violation. Mr Bugbee, through his knowledge of law and professionalism helped bring all these serious charges to 16hours of community service. I'm forever grateful and will always recommend him to everyone.
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Posted by Nicole | September 16, 2021
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Can’t say enough about the positive
I read a lot of reviews…”the attorney cared”. Chris honestly does and did care. He is an outstanding attorney with compassion and a warm positive character. Chris is a knowledgeable, excellent attorney worth ever penny as well as great human being. Thank you for everything. Including the extra time your assistant put in sending me reminder texts. :). No one could go wrong by choosing Chris Bugbee to represent them.
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Posted by G | September 7, 2021
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Results that Matter!!
I cannot thank or recommend Chris Bugbee highly enough. I have worked with some of the best attorneys in town and consider Chris at the top of the list. After receiving a DUI amidst other pending matters at the lowest point in my life. Chris and his amazing wife at Bugbee Law not only showed me compassion and grace through the process but was able to tactically give me the guidance I needed. Ultimately ending in the best possible outcome one could pray for. All of which was fueled by hard work and the right choice in counsel. Thanks to Chris and his background as a prosecutor, his understanding of both sides of the law were exactly what was needed in my darkest hours. His office was consistently professional and followed through on both the commitments made and delivered above expectations in the end. If you want results … call Chris Bugbee!! You won’t be disappointed
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2021
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DUI Attorney
Great experience considering the circumstances. Chris got my DUI charge reduced to a negligent 1st degree and half the fine suspended with no jail time.
Posted by Horacio | June 29, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Chris was not a lawyer, he was more than that. He always was for me, when I wrote an e mail, a text, o even a phone call. He was
When I hired, I went to AVVO. When I realized the mistake I made and base on my situation, asking political asylum, my immigration lawyer recommended to hire a DUI lawyer with the best experience in number of cases ha has managed. I talked with three lawyer and my decision was made based on the number of cases and years of experiences, and when I talked to him, he made me field like friend, like person who I can trust. And when I asked for payment arrangement he said yes. He never asked me for more money. And always made be field conformable. He was explained me every steep for all the process. THE RESULT of my case, said by my Immigration lawyer: "I saw you were originally charged with DUI but that your attorney, Chris A. Bugbee brought it down to “reckless driving” under statute 46.61.500. Reckless driving under this statute has not been classified as a CIMT (crime involving moral turpitude) under immigration law. To date, there is no case directly on point. Thus, it should not affect your asylum process. Based on that result, I do not hesitate to truly recommend Christopher.
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2021
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So thankful
If you’re like me, made a big mistake, and have one shot at putting it behind you- give it to Chris. He got me out of a nightmare situation with a better deal than I ever thought possible. So thankful for him and Kimberly. Because of them, I can learn from my mistake and move forward on the best foot possible.
Posted by Nadia | January 12, 2021
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Misdemeanor
I thank God for great attorney Mr Bugbee!! He was very professional,listened to my needs and handle my case well. The fee I was charged was reasonable.
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2020
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Humanity and integrity
From the first frantic moment I connected with Bugbee Law office, I was treated with compassion and respect. I was given options I had no idea were possible and Chris suggested each based on what we together considered would be a good, effective, productive fit. I will recommend anyone seeking representation re DUI immediately call Chris Bugbee. He is conscientious with regard to all your specific circumstances, finances, options short and long term, and emotional strengths..
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2020
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Saved from a felony charge!
I could not have asked for a better lawyer than Mr. Chris Bugbee! Honestly, with my history I should have received way more time than I did & I was looking at at least 1 felony. Chris acted swiftly and stood strong for my defense leaving me with a DUI (misdemeanor) serving 30 days in-house & 60 days EHM due to my prior convictions over the past 21 years. My case was settled within 30 days & he saved me from 2 felony counts of vehicular assault that would have resulted in me serving multiple months in jail at a minimum! He was always available to me whether or not he had to call me in the evening or even on the weekend which did occur once or twice! Hence why I'm completely surprised at a few of the negative reviews I read. The first one stated he was unavailable & ignored these individuals completely. I find this extremely hard to believe because even if he is to busy to respond right away he has an AMAZING assistant who does it for him! Furthermore, the one accusing him of being a bad public defender is a complete falsity! I can say this with confidence as I was referred to Bugbee Law by someone who grew up with Chris & went to school with him & he confirmed this to be false! If you want to be defended by an individual who is smart, confident, kind, to the point with no B.S. & truly knows the law you must choose Chris Bugbee with Bugbee Law!!
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Posted by Linda | December 3, 2020
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Exceptional Service
I feel so fortunate to have come across the Bugbee Law Firm just by chance. It was a God-send! The entire group provided top notch service with professionalism, excellent knowledge of the court system and positive outcome. That's saying something as DUI charges create high anxiety. Chris and Kimberly were always patient and genuinely caring for me. They explained how things would go so I could address requirements before they were even required by the court. The overall outcome was much better than I could have imagined. Thanks Chris and Kimberly, you both made it much easier for me in so many ways!
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2020
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This guy doesn't mess around !!!
I replaced my public pretender and hired Chris and I'm glad I did. Somehow he got the prosecutor to agree to dismiss the DV 4th degree assult charge and I didn't even have to go to court. Wow !!! Chris was attentive and informative from day one. I would hire him again with out a doubt.
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2020
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Great attorney
Very helpful and kind. He really knew what he was doing and put my mind at ease
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2020
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Amazing and thorough attorney
Chris is a thoughtful and thorough attorney. He was sure to give me all the details of what I could expect and what he hoped to accomplish. He made sure I was prepared for my court dates and also reminded me of each one on the morning of so that I would not be late or miss them. I would highly recommend Chris if you are looking for an excellent lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2020
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Helpfully
I would highly recommend him he did an amazing job and is all about business.
Posted by Mike S. | October 14, 2019
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High price attorney without the high cost!!
Chris is a great attorney! He was able to get me the result that I and my family desired. Should I need his services again(I hope not) I will not hesitate to call him.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Bugbee Law Office, P.S.
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Robert Cossey & Associates, P.S.
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 1996 - 2002

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • J.D.
  • 1995
  • University of California - Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Associations

  • Idaho State Bar
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2003 - Present
  • U.S. District Court of Idaho
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2003 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2003 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2002 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1995 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Washington chapter)
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys, Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers 2014
  • Spokane & Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Handling the Police Liability Claim
  • Defending A Police Liability Claim
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (27)
Endorse Chris
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bugbee is the go to Attorney for DUI cases in Spokane. His dedication to his clients and willingness fight is well known. It is without hesitation I endorse this attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you have been arrested for DUI in or near Spokane, I highly recommend that you check out Chris Bugbee, his team and his website. There's a ton of free information available to get your started. If you are serious about your future you should not be hiring a lawyer based on lowest fee. Do your research and find a lawyer with experience and a proven track record."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an excellent attorney who works hard for his clients. I highly recommend him as a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is a fantastic lawyer and is a pleasure to work with. He works tirelessly for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris has an impeccable reputation. I would easily recommend him for defense in anything from DUIs to major crimes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"It has been a pleasure learning from and working with such a well respected attorney in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Chris. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an excellent lawyer. He is hard working, well prepared on his cases and a zealous advocate! Chris stands out among other attorneys as his knowledge of the law, trial skills, and professional appearance combined with his street smarts make him a lawyer you definitely want on your side. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the best attorneys in Spokane County."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bugbee is an exceptional lawyer. If your case isn't very important, hire any lawyer. If your case is very important to you, you are in skilled hands with Chris Bugbee. You want him on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris Bugbee for several years and have seen how hard he works for his clients. Chris is always ready to take on the tough cases. His knowledge and work ethic consistantly lead to great results for his clients. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Chris Bugbee as an outstanding person and lawyer. He is ethical and a hard worker. I endorse this lawyer. Anna Cutler"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris's skills, experience and fearless attitude when advocating for his clients makes him one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Spokane. Chris is professional and effective and I am confident that anyone who has Chris for a criminal defense attorney is in excellent hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have witnessed Chris represent clients in complex, multi-defendant federal criminal cases. He is a competent and accomplished attorney, who is well respected by his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an exceptional criminal defense attorney. His courtroom presence, experience, and knowledge combine to make him a formidable adversary and someone who inspires confidence in his clients. I am happy to endorse Mr. Bugbee."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris Bugbee is a fantastic lawyer. This is the type of lawyer you will want if you are facing criminal charges in Washington. Chris has a reputation for taking on hard cases and doing excellent work for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Mr. Bugbee. He is a strong advocate and has a reputation for taking on some of the most difficult criminal defense cases in Eastern Washington."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred several clients to Mr. Bugbee, and all have been exceptionally pleased with his professionalism, quality of work, legal skills and competency. I am also personally and professionally familiar with Mr. Bugbee, and highly recommend him as legal counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a great lawyer. He has an outstanding courtroom presence. He enjoys great respect from prosecutors, and this has been earned through repeated successful trial outcomes. I have no hesitancy in referring him cases and look forward to working with him again."
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Spokane DUI and DWI Lawyer Chris A. Bugbee
Chris A. Bugbee
DUI and DWI Attorney
Spokane, WA
Licensed for 27 years
Free Consultation