attorney-profileCristine Beckwith is the owner and lead attorney at Beckwith Juvenile Law. She has been defending juveniles in Washington State since 2004. Her deep understanding and connections inside of the Juvenile Justice System can work in your child’s favor.

Cristine’s experience as a former deputy prosecutor can also create an important advantage. She can often times predict the prosecutions next move. For example, in some juvenile cases it is beneficial to speed up negotiations, in order to stop an investigation that will likely lead to the filing of additional charges.

A creative defense can go a lot farther in Juvenile Court than it can in an adult court. Cristine’s ability to present your teen in the best possible light can be helpful in generating a result that protects your child’s future.


  • Lead attorney on thousands of criminal cases
  • Lead counsel on over 30 jury trials
  • Mentored several attorneys on how to defend clients at trial
  • National speaker on the topic of Juvenile Sex Crime Defense
  • Instructor of a continuing legal education course for lawyers
  • Authored hundreds of legal briefs related to criminal law
  • Quoted by media outlets that include The Huffington Post & Seattle Times for work done as a criminal defense advocate for juveniles
  • Owner of Beckwith Law, a criminal defense law firm


  • Rated “Superior” by Avvo, an independent lawyer rating service
  • Rated “A” by the Better Business Bureau of Western Washington
  • Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyer – American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2012 Clients’ Choice Award for Criminal Defense

Prior Positions Held

  • Deputy Prosecutor
  • District Court Defense Attorney
  • Law Review Editor

Professional Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Western Juvenile Defender Center
  • Federal Court Bar Member
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Association of Private Practice Lawyers and Attorneys


Juris Doctorate, Gonzaga University School of Law

Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, University of Washington