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Hard times require hope and help. The Seattle criminal lawyers at Black & Askerov provide both…to all our clients.

Being charged with a crime is one of the most difficult and disruptive events that can happen to someone. We are here to walk you through the process, help you make the best decisions possible, and most importantly, fight for you, tooth and nail, every step of the way.


Don’t ever give up on your case. We certainly don’t. With over two decades of combined experience, our dedicated and proven defense attorneys know the importance of standing by your side, upholding your rights and believing in positive results.



white collar
federal crimes
Violent Crimes
domestic violence
dui defense
pre-charge investigations
appeals & Post-conviction relief
protection orders


At Black & Askerov, PLLC, we understand the serious consequences that may follow a criminal conviction and the importance of fighting for a defendant’s rights to the limits of the law. We are attorneys who have developed a hard-earned reputation as leaders in the criminal defense community. Based in Seattle, our dedicated criminal defense lawyers are tireless in investigating each client’s situation, negotiating during the plea bargaining process, and preparing a case for trial.

If you choose us, you can trust us to provide an honest assessment of your options, rather than promising unrealistic results. We will clearly explain each aspect of your case so that you can make appropriate decisions for your needs and goals. Committed to leaving no stone unturned, our criminal defense firm represents Washington residents in the following areas:

Our firm has extensive experience working with foreign nationals. We know how to pursue outcomes in state and federal cases, in both the pre-trial and post-conviction contexts, that protect the immigration status of people who have been charged with crimes.

Call us now to get the superior protection and representation you and your loved ones deserve. We always offer a free consultation. Just contact us and let us help.



Tim Akerov

Teymur “Tim” Askerov

Criminal Defense Attorney – Seattle, WA

Meet Tim
Chris Black

Chris Black

Criminal Defense Attorney – Seattle, WA

Meet Chris



Please find below our most recent posts. Visit the Black & Askerov Blog here to view and access all of our firm’s blog posts.

First Degree Perjury Under Washington Law

Perjury in the first degree is the crime where people knowingly make a false statement while under oath in any official proceeding. The offense is a serious felony under Washington law that is punishable by up to a decade in prison. If you or a loved one is facing a perjury charge, it is critical for you to contact a skilled defense attorney now for help.

How Does Washington Law Define Perjury?

RCW 9A.72.020 is the Washington statute that defines the crime of perjury in the first degree. People commit this offense if they:

  1. Knowingly make a materially false statement while under oath, and
  2. Do so in the […]

Federal Charges of Human Trafficking

Federal criminal law makes it a crime for people to engage in human trafficking, which typically involves the threat or use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain commercial sex acts, labor, or other services. The offense is a serious felony that can lead to years in prison. If you are facing human trafficking charges, you must contact a criminal defense attorney now for help.

What is the Crime of Human Trafficking?

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent reauthorizations define human trafficking as:

  1. Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to […]

New Washington Law Restores Voting Rights to Convicted Felons

A new Washington law allows convicted felons to vote immediately upon release from total confinement. Felons are those people that are found guilty of a felony offense in the Washington criminal court system. If you or a loved one is facing a felony charge, it is critical that you contact a criminal defense attorney now for help.

What is House Bill 1078?

House Bill 1078 is the new Washington law that restores voting right to convicted felons once they are released from confinement. The law went into effect on January 1, 2022. Felons lose the right to vote once they are convicted of a felony offense. Prior […]

“I am enthusiastically recommending Chris Black. He worked with me over the course of a year while representing a family member of mine on a case that was very complex. In addition to his great skill and knowledge as an attorney, I found him to be unfailingly compassionate and kind, and always calm under very difficult circumstances. Chris goes out of his way to respond quickly to any question or issue. He is a person of high integrity and consistently provides excellent representation from start to finish. I will always be grateful to him.”

Megan - Seattle, WA

“Recently my family and I experienced nothing any of us had ever come close to dealing with before. My husband and I hurriedly traveled to Seattle from Sandpoint, Idaho to help one of our sons who had been arrested on felony assault charges. We were panicked, confused, and totally out of our element in that we have never needed the services of a lawyer before. Thankfully, while we were traveling across state a relative found Chris online for us and we decided to call. This was the best decision we could have made and it set the course for a positive outcome for our son and family. Not only were we able to get our son released from jail promptly but I believe that Chris’s vast experience and expertise was ultimately what led to our son never even being charged. It was a traumatic time for all of us and had we not had Chris on our side I am afraid our son’s life would have been changed dramatically and not for the best. Chris is straight forward, frank, very knowledgeable and he treated us with kindness and understanding. Chris is a genuine person who’s talent was used to help us in a way that I will never be able to properly thank him for. Contact Chris and Tim, you will immediately be set at ease and I know they will be able to help.”

Deidre - Sandpoint, ID

“My family had been bothered by a legal issue off and on for decades. We went to different law firms in the area and were met with high retainers and opinions that the outcome of the case would be detrimental to our family. When we talked to Black Law, Chris himself talked to the family and laid out his opinion, strategy and cost. His opinion was we had a good chance at a positive outcome, and some chance at an outright dismissal. His retainer was lower than anyone else had quoted. His strategy was to work hard and smart and get started on the issue the next day. Which he did! In a matter of days, (not months as quoted elsewhere), he had the total case dismissed in our favor!! His work was right on the mark and immediate. He himself is personal and personable. I can’t say enough about his company and how he treats his clients. No promises, but straight talk with detailed strategy and opinion on outcome. Then he executes his strategy and our outcome was the best possible, and much better than expected. I recommend Chris the highest of anyone I would recommend for anything. Especially when it is legal. Great guy and firm.”

Jeffery - Seattle, WA

“I had a difficult case with harmful false accusations. I was told by other professionals that it was impossible to win. I wanted someone to believe in me, and that is exactly what Mr. Black and his team did. There are no words to describe his dedication to my case. Thanks to his knowledge, professionalism, and values, I won my ‘impossible to win’ case. Chris is an excellent lawyer, but most of all a wonderful person.”

Daysi - Seattle, WA

“Mr. Black is everything I could ask for in a legal professional. He is to the point and very frank. I was represented by Mr. Black and found him to be the consummate professional. His knowledge of the law and his dedicated representation put my mind at ease. He made my entire ordeal manageable and I was satisfied with the outcome of my case.”

Travis - Seattle, WA

“Mr Black defended me in a DV 4th degree case recently. I talked to a couple of attorneys and tried to find the best one in Seattle. Only Mr Black had kind concern and care about what happened. The other attorneys are like: oh this is just another DV case, you finish some courses first.

This was my first time got involved in this, and I was very panic. He is very professional, with great insights and the best strategies on a case. He cares about people, gave me great advices and worked on the case. He always reply my questions very fast, either on phone or email.

Only 2 weeks after I hired Mr Black, my case got dismissed. I strongly recommend him as the best defense lawyer.”


“Chris stepped into a hard case for me and my extended family. We didn’t know what to do and he helped us so much. I will forever be grateful for his expertise and advise.”

Joan - Seattle, WA

“I was about to give up in my criminal case, the legal defender told me to plea guilty and I will be 6 months in prison and there was no solution for my case, I was facing up to 5 years in prison and 250,000 Dls fine, thank God my wife hire Mr. Black ; got released from jail two weeks after. 4 months after hiring Mr. Black I am at home, my case is finish and done with it. I have time served, I paid $100.00 fine and got 2 points on my record, I highly recommend Mr. Black, he is a professional, experienced and one of the best.”

Jose - Seattle, WA

“Having found myself in a less than enviable position I needed a criminal attorney. Luckily for me, Chris was referred to me by one of his associates. Chris was very professional and thorough making sure that my rights were protected. His counsel was sound and he put me at ease as best he could during a very traumatic time for me.

I feel lucky that I had Chris but hopefully will never need his services again.”


“After dealing with another lawyer’s BS I was so glad to have Chris Black on my side. He deals with criminal cases daily and knows the players, the process, the ins and outs and how the prosecutors choose their strategies. Thank GOD my friend and attorney Jerry B. recommended Chris to me. Chris made me feel at ease. I was never charged, I believe thanks to Chris’ communication with the detective. Case not done, but ive got a solid advocate if it comes back. Trust Chris.”

Mike - Seattle, WA

“Mr Black defended me in a DV case last year. He is a very knowledgeable, professional and reliablle lawyer. He is also a very compassionate caring human being. He helped my during the most difficult time of my life and I consider myself very lucky for having such a strong lawyer by my side. He is an excellent lawyer who stands by his clients to defend their right with his outmost abilities. I feel very confident to recommend him as a top criminal lawyer.”

Vicky - Seattle, WA

“All I can say it’s very simple… he is the BEST !

We went trough a very difficult case. We saw and consulted many different lawyers before him, but they just reviewed the case, studied it for a day (maybe) charged their fees and returned our case saying “their specialty is not for this case”

Finally we found him. We called late but He had the heart to accept to see us. He was very frank, honest and never had hided fees. He told us at front what to expect to spend.

Professionally, what can I say? He stood up for us and came out with a great solution to our case. We hired him ONLY one day before the court day!
This just speaks out for itself …He knows what he’s doing and he does it magnificent!

There are no words to express his professionalism, honesty, politeness, experience and knowledge as an Attorney at Law.”


“I’ve worked with Chris for 23+ consecutive months. Chris’s experience in both criminal and family law have served me well in my dealings with the state. He has always provided me with valuable advice and is always responsive with email from both my self and everyone else involved in my cases. He always keeps my up to date with everything going on, and never makes a decision that will affect my cases without consulting me first. His rate is very reasonable and Chris has been flexible when I’ve had trouble keeping up with payments. It has been almost 2 years and he has stuck through it all with me. He has definitely been more than just a lawyer for me, he has also been a good friend.”

Robert - Seattle, WA

“Christopher really helped me out during a tough time. I found myself in an unenviable position and Christopher was professional throughout the process. He kept me informed of what was going on and was always thorough.

I appreciated his frankness and candor while giving me peace of mind. Basically if Chris said it was going to be ok, i knew it would be and vice versa. Hopefully I’ll never need to use him again but would highly recommend. Felt lucky that he was my lawyer.”


“Always spent the time I needed to understand the circumstances. He did everything possible to make sure I benefited through our experience. For me, I never was charged. He was the best thing that ever happened to me, through one of the toughest times in my life.”

Matt - Seattle, WA

“Chris did a great job for me. I’m really pleased with all of his efforts and the results he helped me obtain.

Previous to hiring Chris, I was represented by a lawyer from the Federal Public Defenders Office. My lawyer had decided I was guilty, my case was not defendable and I should just accept the prosecutor’s plea agreement as written. I would have been entering a plea within months of arrest and I am certain the results would have just followed the federal sentencing guidelines resulting in two to three years of prison time. This would have given me little time to settle my personal matters prior to going to prison.

Immediately upon talking with Chris I was relieved in the change in attitude he brought to my case. Chris was always available to me and responded to my calls and emails quickly. Chris worked directly with me to obtain the necessary background information and other facts of the case. Although, I eventually pled guilty to one of the charges, Chris helped in the characterization of my actions and presented all of my information in the most favorable light. I’m sure that this approach severely reduced my eventual sentence. I received a sentence of months instead of years as a result of these efforts.

Additionally, the year of continuances allowed me to get all of my personal matters attended to prior to reporting to prison. I’m now in a much better personal state because of these effort.

I recommend anyone facing a criminal prosecution to immediately contact Chris for a consultation. I am sure he can be a valuable asset to you and your case.”


“Christopher Robert black is the best lawyer I have ever hired. I would recommend him to all my family and friends and all the people out there. You can’t go wrong with Christopher Robert black. His an awesome lawyer if I in trouble again I would definitely hired him again. Thank you Christopher Robert black for all your good hard work.”

Jose - Seattle, WA

“Mr. Black was very helpful in getting my case closed as quickly as possible. Chris walked me through the different options and possibilities and made me feel confident that I would not have a blemish on my record. Consultations and fees were very reasonable. I will use Chris Black for all my Attorney needs. Thank you Mr. Black.”

Ken - Seattle, WA


We serve clients throughout Washington including those in the following localities: King County including Bellevue, Kent, and Seattle; Benton County including Kennewick; Chelan County including Wenatchee; Clallam County including Port Angeles; Grays Harbor County including Aberdeen; Kitsap County including Port Orchard; Kittitas County including Ellensburg; Pierce County including Tacoma; Skagit County including Mount Vernon; Snohomish County including Everett; Spokane County including Spokane; Thurston County including Olympia; Whatcom County including Bellingham; and Yakima County including Yakima.


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