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Cristine Beckwith

Cristine Beckwith

Affordable & Effective Criminal Defense, DUI, & Domestic Violence
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence...
  • Washington
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Cristine Beckwith is a compassionate defender that will give you an honest assessment of your case. She can almost always uncover evidence that works in her client's favor, resulting in a case dismissal or significantly reduced charges.

Even if incriminating statements or an admission of guilt has been made to law enforcement, hope is not lost. A strong defense combined with a positive history in the community can still result in a favorable outcome.

Cristine is rated 10/10 by the Avvo lawyer rating service. She offers a reasonable flat fee pricing structure as well as a free consultation.

Practice Areas
  • DUI & DWI
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Assault
  • Military Defense
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultations are available by phone as well as in person at our Tacoma and Seattle locations.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Pricing is a flat fee and it varies based upon the type of case. We offer short term payment plans.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Cristine Beckwith, Attorney at Law
Gonzaga University School of Law
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University of Washington School of Law
B.A. | Business Administration
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Rated Superb
Rated Superb for Criminal Defense & DUI
Top 100 Trial Lawyer
The National Trial Lawyers Organization
Thought Leader
Westlaw Publishing
Rated "A"
Better Business Bureau of Western Washington
Professional Associations
Washington State Bar
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Pierce County Bar Association
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Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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American Association of Private Practice Lawyers and Attorneys
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Articles & Publications
Case Law Changes to Mandatory Blood Tests
Trends in DUI Discovery
Thomson Reuters
Speaking Engagements
How to Run a Successful Law Practice, CLE, Seattle, WA
Teacher of continuing legal education course
Websites & Blogs
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Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered

Q. My 14 year old daughter has been charged felony harassment. This is her 1st offence. Will she be found guilty?
A: I am sorry to hear that this happened. This is a very serious criminal charge. It is important that your daughter speaks to an attorney experienced with the Juvenile Justice System, as juvenile court is quite different than adult court. It is also important that your daughter avoids speaking to law enforcement, as it is very easy to make an incriminating statement or a statement that is taken out of context. We offer information specific to juvenile criminal defense here: We also offer a free consultation and represent juvenile clients in the Puget Sound region.
Q. Is there a limit of how long they can hold a minor on probable cause in detention?
A: A detention hearing must be held within 72 hours. That time period may be extended if the arrest falls on a weekend or holiday. At that hearing the Judge will release the juvenile unless there is finding that further detention is required to ensure their appearance in court or to protect the community. It is important that the juvenile have representation in order to secure their release and obtain the least strict conditions of release pending their next hearing. At Beckwith Law, we represent juveniles charged with a crime in the Puget Sound region and offer a free consultation.
Q. If put on probation as a juvenile and go on warrant status for probation violation will it be carried over as an adult?
A: Warrants generally freeze everything until they are quashed and the underlying issue addressed. The Court will continue to have jurisdiction over him even after he is 18. He should contact an attorney to schedule the warrant quash hearing and assist him in ending probation and closing the file. This is a service that we often times provide. We can be contacted for a free phone consultation.
Q. If the state issued a DV protection order and I did not want one in the first place can it be dropped or cancelled
A: A DV protection order is petitioned for and controlled by the party seeking the order (petitioner). A criminal no contact order is entered by a Court typically at the request of the State (prosecutor). If it is indeed a protection order, then you should be able to go to the Court house and request a dismissal without issue. If it is a criminal no contact order you should consult an attorney to inform you about the most effective strategy for motioning the Court to recall the order. If you are in the Puget Sound area, we do handle criminal no contact order cases and can be contacted for a free consultation.
Q. If I have a no contact order that neither me or my girlfriend want in wash state can we move to Oregon to bypass
A: Criminal no contact orders in Washington State have language in them that makes the order enforceable everywhere in the United States (including D.C., Puerto Rico, and any U.S. Territory). It would be in your best interest to contact an attorney to assist you and your girlfriend in motioning the Court to remove or modify the order. At Beckwith Law, we handle these types of cases frequently in the Puget Sound region.
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Cristine Beckwith, Attorney at Law
1115 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402
Telephone: (253) 238-8273