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AWARDS: $2,350,000 award to automobile accident wrongful death plaintiffs • jury acquittal – double criminal homicide • $1,000,000 award to motorcycle accident wrongful death plaintiffs • jury acquittal – criminal homicide • $465,000 award to medical malpractice plaintiff • jury acquittal – criminal homicide, recklessly endangering another person, neglect of a care dependent person • $325,000 federal jury verdict, UIM and insurance bad faith award to automobile accident plaintiffs • jury acquittal – attempted criminal homicide • $300,000 award to medical malpractice plaintiff • jury acquittal- attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon • $300,000 award to automobile accident/ products liability plaintiffs • jury acquittal – homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle DUI, aggravate assault by vehicle • $115,000 award to truck accident plaintiff • jury acquittal – murder, rape • $100,000 non-jury trial verdict to facial laceration plaintiff • jury acquittal – 1st degree Murder (capital case) • $90,000 award to premises liability/slip-and-fall plaintiff • jury acquittal – DUI, terroristic threats, carrying firearms without a license • $440,000 award to civil rights violation plaintiff • jury acquittal – theft, receiving stolen property • $135,000 award to civil rights violation plaintiff • jury acquittal – possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (PWI) • $636,000 jury verdict in plaintiffs’ medical malpractice case • jury acquittal – indecent assault, indecent exposure • $550,000 award in plaintiffs’ personal injury case • juvenile case acquittal- solicitation to commit aggravated assault, aggravated assault of unborn child • $250,000 award to mass transit accident plaintiff • jury acquittal – theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy • $130,000 award to premises liability/slip-and-fall plaintiffs • court-appointed appellate counsel – Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reversal of rape conviction • $465,000 award to automobile accident plaintiff • jury acquittal – aggravated assault • $125,000 award to automobile accident plaintiff • jury acquittal – DUI • non-jury acquittal – dismissal of armed robbery charges • $170,000 award to automobile accident plaintiffs • successful jury verdict in defense of attorney charged with legal malpractice in professional liability case • $140,000 award to injured bicyclist plaintiff • non-jury acquittal – dismissal of 2 counts of criminal homicide • $180,000 award to employment discrimination plaintiff • jury acquittal – indecent exposure • non-jury custody trial – award of primary physical and legal custody of minor to paternal grandparents over natural mother • juvenile decertification petition granted to criminal homicide charges – release at age 21 • non-jury custody trial – award of primary physical and legal custody of minor to father • jury acquittal – DUI • $90,000 award to automobile accident plaintiffs • non-jury custody trial – award of primary physical and legal custody of minor to mother • $50,000 jury verdict for plaintiff- passenger in automobile accident case • non-jury custody trial – award of primary physical and legal custody of minor to father • hung jury – Arson trial (no criminal punishment imposed) • $265,000 award to premises liability plaintiff • jury acquittal – delivery of a controlled substance • $125,000 award to premises liability plaintiff • jury acquittal – DUI • $190,000 award to products liability plaintiff • $150,000 award to premises liability/construction accident plaintiff • $750,000 award to prison medical malpractice and civil rights violation plaintiff • $90,000 award to automobile accident plaintiffs • $108,500 award to automobile accident plaintiff • $80,000 award to automobile accident plaintiff • $150,000 award to truck accident plaintiffs.

Criminal Law

Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorneys

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If you are arrested, it is important to act quickly in securing legal counsel!

The consequences of being arrested and charged with a crime can last a lifetime. A criminal arrest and conviction, in addition to negatively impacting  a person’s freedom and reputation, may permanently damage one’s opportunity for obtaining future gainful employment, higher education, loans, housing and even residency in the United States, to mention just a few of the possible negative outcomes.   At the same time, the internet has made it easy for anyone — such as employers, banks, landlords, and  college admissions officers — to pull up arrest records immediately.

If you are arrested, it is vitally important that you secure trained and experienced trial counsel as soon as possible so that  all of  your federal and state constitutional and legal rights are protected, and your chances for achieving a favorable outcome are maximized.  Since the 1970’s, the lawyers at Charles Law Offices have  zealously and effectively guarded the legal rights and interests of people arrested and charged with criminal offenses.

Verdicts and Acquittals

If you have been arrested, the lawyers at Charles Law Offices  will protect all of  your federal and state constitutional and  legal rights throughout all stages of the criminal prosecution,  including  the preliminary arraignment and bail hearing before the magisterial district justice, the preliminary hearing, status conferences, the omnibus pretrial motion hearing, jury selection, trial by jury (or judge), and appeal, if necessary.

Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition

In specific cases, you may qualify for a special program known as “ARD” (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) that permits a first time offender to avoid being “convicted” of a criminal offense. Your criminal charges are dismissed and your criminal record  may be erased — a legal process known as “expungement” —  if you successfully finish the ARD program. Thus, the ARD program benefits  first-time DUI or non-violent offenders, and is a desirable option to being convicted  of a crime in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In DUI cases, a  person who is accepted  into the ARD program by the District Attorney’s Office will not be subject to the  mandatory minimum jail term and motor vehicle license suspension  that accompany a DUI criminal conviction. The ARD program, which can last up to 24 months in non-DUI cases, is managed by the District Attorney’s Office along with the probation office  in the county where the alleged crime took place.   Upon successful completion of the ARD program, your arrest record may qualify for expungement.

 

The trial lawyers at Charles Law Offices will check to see if you qualify  for admission into the ARD program, assist in the preparation of the necessary paperwork  for timely application into the ARD program, negotiate your admission into the ARD program with the District Attorney’s Office, attend the necessary court hearings, and secure expungement of your arrest record when you successfully finish the program.

DUI-ARD Case

ARD often is granted in Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substances (DUI/DWI) cases.   If your blood alcohol content (BAC) was less than .10 at the time of the offense, your driver’s license will NOT be suspended if you are granted ARD. If your blood alcohol content was .10 or greater at the time of the offense, your driver’s license will be suspended, but for a period of time significantly less than that imposed following a DUI conviction.  ARD may be denied to DUI defendants who had a minor child inside their motor vehicle when the offense took place. Also, ARD may be denied if the offense involved a serious motor vehicle accident.  However, entry into the program is within the discretion of the District Attorney’s Office and is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Theft-ARD Case

Another common offense that results in ARD being granted is a Theft-related offense including, but not limited to, Writing Bad Checks, Receiving Stolen Property, Theft by Deception, and Retail Theft. Admission into the ARD program on a theft offense may hinge upon the value of the property stolen and whether the victim has been compensated or made whole.

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with a lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the attorneys at Charles Law Offices.

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"Attorney Dennis Charles does not give up on his clients with difficult problems. His exemplary and successful defense of an unfortunate teenager charged with double criminal homicide impressed me the most. Attorney Charles has excellent trial skills, a tremendous work ethic and very high moral values."

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A Family History of Devotion to
Law and Public Service

The Charles Brothers’ devotion to the law is derived from a family history in the legal system and of service to others. Their father, Charles “Chink” Charles (depicted in the lower left-hand corner of the photograph) held a 35 year career in law enforcement, and was selected to serve as the personal bodyguard for former United States Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson during their campaign visits to Allentown.

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