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Coleen D. St. Clair

Ms. St. Clair graduated from the University of Wyoming, in 1984, with a Bachelors degree in Administration of Justice and Psychology. She graduated with honors, and after having achieved the outstanding student of the year in Administration of Justice. She worked as an intern for the Wyoming State Senate for 2 years. She attended the University of Oregon School of Law, where she graduated in 1987 in the top 10% of her class.

She began her legal career with a prominent civil law firm in Seattle, Lane Powell Spears Luberski, where she handled complex civil litigation. Coleen went on to become a Prosecuting attorney for Snohomish County, for the next twenty years, where she handled tens of thousands of criminal cases, including DUI's, assaults, weapons violations, drug possession, trafficking, and sales, fraud, embezzlement, burglary, car theft, forgery, theft, possession of stolen property, arson, rape, molestation, organized crimes, hate crimes, crimes against peace officers, controlled substance homicide, manslaughter, and murder.

She has handled tens of thousands of preliminary hearings, successfully handled and negotiated tens of thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases, and adjudicated matters in Juvenile court where she handled the serious habitual offenders. She worked in specialized units for violent crimes, drug crimes, sex crimes, non-violent crimes, juvenile crimes, DUI and Domestic violence. She has taken hundreds of cases, both misdemeanor and felony, to jury trial, achieving outstanding results. Coleen represents clients throughout the Puget Sound region in both State and Federal Court, in all types of criminal matters.

Examples of cases Ms. St. Clair has tried before a jury:

  • Murder 1
  • Murder 2
  • Manslaughter
  • Controlled Substance Homicide
  • Domestic Violence/Assault
  • Assault with a weapon/firearm Assault 1/Assault 2/Assault 3
  • Assault of a child  Assault 4
  • Assault with Sexual Motivation
  • Harassment
  • Telephone Harassment
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Tampering with a Witness
  • Intimidating a Witness
  • Violating a Protection Order
  • Threats to Bomb
  • Unlawful Display of Weapon
  • Kidnapping
  • Unlawful Imprisonment
  • Custodial Interference
  • Minor in Possession
  • Reckless Driving
  • Driving While Suspended
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Rape 1/Rape 2
  • Rape of a child 1 2 and 3
  • Child molestation
  • Incest
  • Indecent liberties
  • Communicating with a minor
  • Robbery 1/Robbery 2
  • Burglary 1/Burglary 2
  • Theft
  • Forgery
  • Identity Theft
  • Auto theft
  • Theft of a Firearm
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Trafficking
  • Possession of controlled substance
  • Delivery of controlled substance
  • Prescription forgery
  • Arson
  • Unlawful burning
  • Criminal trespass
  • Eluding a Police Vehicle
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Obstructing
  • DUI
  • Physical Control

Recent Blog Posts


  • Way More Than I Hoped

    Facing drunk driving charges is awful. Guilt, shame and fear is just the beginning of what one feels. Finding the right attorney is key to not making a really bad situation even worse. Coleen St. Clair is a seasoned and experienced attorney. Hope you never find yourself needing an attorney for a ...
  • NO Charges!

    I came to Ms. St. Clair after I was arrested for a DUI. My breath test was just over the legal limit. I had immigration issues and a DUI would have been terrible. She talked to Prosecutors about my case and they agreed to file NO charges! I really thought she was great.
  • Amazing and Funny!

    Coleen got my charges greatly reduced with a really high breath test. She did exactly what she told me she hoped we could do. She was amazing and funny and I would recommend her.
  • DUI Defense Better Than Hoped

    Thought I was doomed with drunk driving charges. This attorney did the impossible. She has the intelligence and backbone. Made an awful situation turn out okay. Determined to never be in a position to need her services again! No hesitation in recommending her as the best out there.
  • “Straight Up Solid. Aggressive Criminal Defense - Has Experience to Work With (Not P.O.) Prosecuting Attorneys”

    Attorney is the best of the best. Avoided costly court and legal expenses through settlement because of her knowledge and experience with the local court system. Another attorney referred me to her and she came through and then some. If you want straight talk from an attorney and one with "accura...
  • Very Favorable

    In January 2010 I received a DUI charge. A friend who worked as Court Staff referred me to Ms. St. Clair, telling me she was a remarkable attorney. I had spoken to other attorneys but as soon as I spoke with Ms. St. Clair I knew she was the best attorney to handle my matter. She quickly assesse...
  • Truly Exceptional

    I was charged with domestic violence assault and trespass based on claims my child’s mother made so she could gain advantage in a child custody case. Ms. St. Clair represented me at trial and the jury found me not guilty of all of the charges in less than 5 minutes. ! She was tough, smart, and th...
  • Her Biggest Fan

    When I was 15 years old, I was charged with Assault 1 for a terrible accident involving a family member. I was held without bail. Ms. St. Clair was relentless in her pursuit of justice in my case. A conviction would have meant my incarceration for years and the end to my dreams of college. She ...
  • She is the Best

    I don not know how to even begin to describe my terrible situation. I was in a bad car accident which I was at fault. I was so scared and had no idea how to fix it. I called Coleen and thanks God I did. She is honest, frank and will tell how it is, but she will do anything in her power to resolve...
  • Great lawyer

    Our 16 year old son was being falsely accused of a serious offense that would have ruined his life. Ms. St. Clair had spent countless hours on our case to prove his innocence. With several court appearances and a large stack of evidence the other party didn't have a case and it was dismissed. If ...
  • Amazing lawyer and person

    Coleen went above and beyond for me. Her communication with me through the whole court process helped me get a better understanding of what to expect with each court date. She's always available to answer any questions I have and she has this innate ability to make people around her feel comforta...

    “If you want an attorney who will put every effort to make sure you are safe pick up Colleen she is the best attorney I have even known I have been charged with DV4 assault and violation of non contact order against my ex wife I was facing 2 years in jail and deportation, at the end I ended up n...

    "I couldn't have found a better defense attorney to represent me and guide me through the intimidating legal process. Coleen St Clair's previous 20 years experience as a prosecutor brought incredible perspective, value, and leverage to my case. Without that experience, It's highly probable my cas...

    Very professional advice and support through a dark chapter of my life”

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St. Clair Defense

You must be confident in the experience and ability of your attorney. Effective representation requires trust, confidence, communication and a shared goal. Your future depends on it. If you have been charged with DUI or a criminal offense in King County, Snohomish County or Pierce County, we can help. Call Seattle criminal defense firm St. Clair Law Offices today to discuss your case. 206-578-2200. Your initial consultation is free.