Cristman, William

William Cristman

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Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Defense
  • Domestic Violence & Neglect
  • Drug Violations
  • Drug Sale and Possession
  • Sex Offenses
  • Sexual Assault
  • Personal Injury
  • Auto Accidents
  • Theft and Shoplifting
  • Robbery and Burglary
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Other Misdemeanor and Felony Crimes


The Law Office of William Cristman, P.L.L.C., represents clients in Saint Albans, Burlington and throughout Northern Vermont in criminal defense and personal injury claims. The law firm combines experience and knowledge with a zealous, aggressive approach to protecting clients' interests. William V. Cristman, Attorney at Law, understands the seriousness of the charges you are facing or the personal injuries you have endured. He is ready to protect your interests aggressively.

Criminal Defense

The Law Office of William Cristman, P.L.L.C., defends clients against a range of criminal charges, including:

  • DUI/DWI - including second and multiple offense DUI, felony DUI, DUI for CDL drivers and related DUI/DWI matters
  • Drug crimes - including possession of large quantities, trafficking, cultivation and manufacturing
  • Sex crimes - including sexual assault and related charges

The firm focuses on nullifying evidence obtained from breath tests, field sobriety tests and blood tests in DUI/DWI cases. With more than a decade of experience and study regarding these techniques, William V. Cristman, Attorney at Law, breaks down the scientific and legal problems associated with the standardized tests, with a particular focus on the Data Master DMT - the device used in Vermont to check breath-alcohol content (BAC) levels.

Personal Injury

The firm also represents plaintiffs throughout Northern Vermont in car accidents, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, farm accidents, third-party work-related accidents, wrongful death and other serious personal injury claims.

Current Employment Position

  • Managing Attorney

Past Positions

  • Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, Staff Attorney, 2005 to 2008
  • Private Practice, Criminal Defense Attorney, 2003 to 2005
  • Fulton County Conflict Defender, Staff Attorney, 2002 to 2003
  • Law office of Nicholas Hadden, Staff Attorney, 2009 to 2013

Professional Associations

  • Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member 2008-2009, Board of Directors 2009-2010, Treasurer 2010-2011, President-Elect 2011-2012, President 2012-2013
  • National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), Member 2009-2011; Vermont State Delegate 2012-2015


  • Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. - 2002
  • Georgia State University School of Policy Studies
    • B.S. - 1999
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List, 1997, 1998, 1999
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Research Paper Contest Winner 1999
    • Honors: Economics Award 1999
    • Major: Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Vermont, 2008
  • Georgia, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 2012

Published Works

  • Chandler V. US: Does the Defense Attorney Have a Legal Obligation to Present Mitigation Evidence, 18 GSU L. Rev. 563, 2001

Representative Cases

  • State v. Webb , 2010 VT 54; Vermont Supreme Court Case that expands the rights of defendants to challenge the legality of a traffic stop at a civil drivers license suspension hearing.
  • Franklin County Datamaster Cases, 2011-2012, A scientific challenge to the accuracy & reliability of breath alcohol testing equipment used in Vermont. A decision is currently pending in the Vermont Superior Court, Franklin County Criminal Division