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Charles H. Williams,
Attorney and Counselor
at Law, P.S.
707 South Snoqualmie
Suite 4A
Seattle, WA 98108

Toll free:800-854-3458
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Charles H. Williams

Charles H. Williams

Seattle, Washington

Charles H. Williams, Attorney & Counselor at Law, P.S., is a Seattle, Washington law firm that provides DUI defense as well as defense against other criminal prosecutions.
Attorney Charles Williams has more than 30 years of experience defending individuals from charges of drunk driving, reckless driving, driving on a suspended or revoked license, vehicular assault, vehicular homicide and other traffic crimes arising from alcohol or drug use.

A skilled negotiator, Charles uses practical methods to settle most cases before they go to trial, saving his clients both time and money. When court cannot be avoided, he provides aggressive legal advocacy as he works to protect the best interests of his clients. He will use his skill and experience to deliver the best result legally obtainable - namely dismissal of charges, whenever possible.

The experience Charles brings to his cases includes in-depth knowledge of ways in which the drunken driving charges can be challenged. He will examine every case for signs of an illegal traffic stop, improper field sobriety testing, invalid breath or blood testing or any other mistake the authorities may have made.

From his office in Seattle, Washington, Charles also assists residents of Tacoma, Bellevue, Olympia and Everett.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986


  • University of Puget Sound School of Law, Tacoma, Washington
    • J.D.

Published Works

  • DUI Overview
  • Challenging DUI's - Illegal Traffic Stop
  • Challenging DUI's - Improper Field Sobriety Testing
  • Challenging DUI's - Invalid Breath Test or Blood Draw
  • DUI Penalties
  • Socratic Impeachment: The Theory and Method of the Impeachment ‘Defense', Washington Criminal Defense, November, 2011
  • Defense for Dummies: Upping Your DUI Game, WACDL, April, 2010
  • Defending Eye-ID Cases: Themes and Strategies, Trowbridge Foundation Report, Winter, 2009
  • Litigating the Eye-ID Case: New Strategies and Resources, WACDL, June, 2008
  • Bias in Fact Adjudication, International Academy of Law and Mental Illness, June, 2007
  • The New Time for Trial Rules, WACDL, December, 2003
  • Cross Examination for Dummies, WACDL, October, 2003
  • Cross Examination for Dummies: Presenting Your Case in Cross without Destroying Your Credibility, Washington Criminal Defense, May, 2002
  • Working with Forensic Psychologists: Some Basic Points of Criminal Defense Practice, WACDL, April, 2001
  • Evidence for ‘Dummies’: An Admissibility Primer for Criminal Defense Practice, Washington Criminal Defense, February, 2001
  • Arguing Future Dangerousness: New Techniques for Assessing the Risk of Violence, Washington Criminal Defense, February, 2000
  • Inspiring Jurors with Speech: Lessons in Delivery from the Laboratory of Mock Trial, Washington Criminal Defense, May, 1999
  • Cross-Examination Notes: Mock Trials, Trial Masters, and the Socratic Method, Washington Criminal Defense, November, 1997
  • DUI Defense, WSTLA, October, 1997
  • Self-Defense as an Excuse: Using Mental Experts to Establish Reasonableness, Washington Criminal Defense, May, 1997
  • Moving Jurors: Using Emotional Appeals at Trial, Washington Criminal Defense, February, 1997
  • Real Life Practice Tips: Becoming a Supremely Persuasive Trial Lawyer, Pt. 1 , Washington Criminal Defense, May, 1996
  • Real Life Practice Tips: Becoming a Supremely Persuasive Trial Lawyer, Pt. 2,, Washington Criminal Defense, August, 2006
  • Defending the Battered Child: Some Lessons from State v. Marquez, Washington Criminal Defense, February, 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), Washington Criminal Defense Co-Chair, 1996 - 2004
  • WACDL , Supreme Court Time for Trial Task Force, 2002 - 2003
  • WACDL, President, 2000 - 2001
  • WACDL, Board Member, 1992 - 1996
  • WACDL, Legislative Chair, 1987 - 1989
  • Washington State Bar Association, Legislative Committee, 1992 - 1994
  • Thurston County Bar Association, Law Day Speech Competition Chair, 1982 - 2009
  • Thurston County Bar Association, Daniel Bigelow Award (Lawyer of the Year)
  • Thurston County Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee Chair, 1988 - 1990
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Regional Instructor, 2001 - 2003
  • Washington YMCA Mock Trial Debate Program, Franklin High School Lawyer-Coach (8 King County championships, 6 Washington state championships, 3 National Top-Ten titles, 1 National championship), 1996 - 2008
  • South Sound Advocates for Disabled Citizens, President, 1982 - 1991
  • National Trial Lawyers ‘Top 100’ Criminal Trial Lawyer, 2014 - Present

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