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Federal Way Criminal Defense Attorney

Cristine Beckwith is a well respected criminal lawyer in the Federal Way area, including Edgewood, Milton, and Fife. Her experience negotiating with prosecutors in the area can work to your advantage.

Cristine knows the local courts and she knows how to negotiate the best possible deal for her clients. A trial may not be the best idea for every case, but she prepares for every case like it may go to trial.

Practice Areas include:Court Date & Location

If you were arrested by the Federal Way police, charges would likely be filed in the Federal Way Municipal Court and heard in front of Judge Robertson or Judge Larson. If you were arrested by a King County sheriff or Washington State trooper, the case would most likely be charged in the South Division, Burien Courthouse. You may be able to look up your court date at Washington Courts.

Steps to Take After an Arrest

Being charged with a crime such as DUI, Domestic Violence, or Assault should not be taken lightly. In addition to criminal consequences, civil consequences (loss of employment, housing restrictions, travel restrictions, etc) that can result from a conviction can be just as serious. If you are charged with a criminal traffic offense such as DUI, your driver's license could be suspended for over a year.

If you are being investigated for a crime or have already been arrested, you should avoid making statements to law enforcement, witnesses, or an alleged victim. It is a good idea to seek legal counsel as soon as possible, to avoid unpleasant surprises. A good lawyer should conduct their own investigation and keep their client up to date with developments in the case.

Cristine Beckwith is tough when she negotiates with prosecutors and cross examines witnesses and the police. However, she is compassionate and understanding of the circumstances of her clients. Cristine is a criminal attorney, but more importantly, she is an advocate for her clients. She offers a free consultation to answer questions and provide potential scenarios for your pending criminal or DUI case.