Integrity. Experience. Results.

Chuck Watson

Attorney + Owner

I am a sixty-year-old trial lawyer, with over thirty years experience in the courtroom. I know that if you are looking for a criminal defense lawyer for yourself or a loved one, you are seeking results. Furthermore, if you do not have confidence in your lawyer, you will never have confidence in the results he obtains for you. I have taken the liberty, therefore, to include within this website some of the examples of results which I have been able to obtain in dozens, if not hundreds of cases.

In addition to obtaining noteworthy outcomes at trial, I have negotiated hundreds of plea agreements, many of which have been remarkable in their own right. I also have a notable record of dismissals, as a result of search or confession challenges under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. The cases cited on this site constitute what comes most readily to mind as I reflect on my career.

In addition to pursuing justice for my clients, I have worked hard to promote a justice model within our society which reflects what we are entitled to expect as a by-product of 6,000 years of civilization. I have served my profession and my community by fostering professionalism. I am a Founding Member of the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a former President of that organization. I am a full fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. I served as Chairman of the Criminal Section of the Montana State Bar for ten years. I am a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a Provisional Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. I also co-founded the first drug treatment court in the state of Montana and I am a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.

I have on occasion, served as an expert witness in federal court on criminal defense matters. Over the course of the last several years, I have published in the area of criminal law, and I have spoken at a number of seminars pertaining to criminal law matters.

Chuck exemplifies leadership qualities and excellence in the legal profession. He is a valued, accomplished public speaker and published writer. Chuck has informed and kept his readers and audiences in rapt attention with subjects ranging from scientific evidence to criminal defense ethics and trial strategies. Here are some of his distinctions:

  • Founder, Past President, the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1998-1999
  • American Trial Lawyers Association “Top 100 Trial Lawyers”
  • Chairman, Montana State Bar, Criminal Section
  • Full Fellow, the American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Co-founder, Montana’s first drug treatment court
  • Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Provisional Member, American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Federal court expert witness on matters of criminal defense
  • Recipient of NAACP*’s Atticus Finch Award Criminal Justice Award for successful pro bono representation., 1991
  • Recipient of State of Georgia, Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Assistance Award 1988

Noted seminar speaker, criminal law topics at venues across the country:

  • American Society of General Surgeons – Boston, Massachusetts
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences – San Francisco, California
  • State Bar of Montana – various conferences on ethics, death penalty, expert witnesses and office management