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       I provide personal representation of my clients. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer, not a secretary or a paralegal responding for a lawyer who does not communicate directly with you. I will be personally available to keep you fully informed about all aspects of your case and involve you in all important decisions concerning your case.  I don't handle divorces, car wrecks, bankruptcy, slip and fall cases and then call myself a criminal defense attorney because I'll take a criminal case if one walks in the door.


 


      My entire practice is devoted to criminal defense and  I have the knowledge and experience you need when you are charged with a crime and your case will have my full attention.


 


   


      I attended West Virginia University (B.A. Political Science and History, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), George Washington University, and the West Virginia University College of Law (J.D., Order of the Coif, Order of Barristers, Managing Editor – West Virginia Law Review, President – Lugar Trial Association, National Trial Team, West Virginia Invitational Trial Competition Champion).


 


   I am  admitted to the West Virginia State Bar and to the bars of the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.


 


    I am  a member of the West Virginia State Bar White Collar Criminal Section and also the Criminal Justice Section, and hold membership in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  I also have  extensive experience in trials and appeals in both state and federal courts and have handled hundreds of cases involving a wide range of matters as a criminal defense lawyer.  I also teach lawyers at seminars on criminal law in West Virginia. 


 


 

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Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    24 years, 1 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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    I endorse this outstanding lawyer. David Schles is dedicated to helping residents of West Virginia defend themselves against charges ranging from a simple misdemeanor to murder. He has 23 years experience working as a criminal defense attorney and will aggressively represent your case and defend your rights, both in and out of court. David Schles attended West Virginia University (B.A. Political Science and History, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), George Washington University, and the West Virginia University College of Law (J.D., Order of the Coif, Order of Barristers, Managing Editor – West Virginia Law Review, President – Lugar Trial Association, National Trial Team, West Virginia Invitational Trial Competition Champion). David Schles has extensive experience in trials and appeals in both state and federal courts and has handled hundreds of cases involving a wide range of matters as a criminal defense lawyer. He teaches seminars on criminal law in West Virginia.

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Contact info

815 Quarrier Street
Suite 306
Charleston, WV, 25301

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WVAuthorized to practice law199301/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Order of the CoifWest Virginia University College of Law1993
Order of BarristersWest Virginia University College of LawN/A
Managing EditorWest Virginia Law ReviewN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lawyer/ProprietorLaw Office of David Schles2005 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1996 - Present
West Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law CommitteeN/AN/A
West Virginia State Bar, White Collar Crime CommitteeN/AN/A
4th Circuit, Criminal Justice Act Appellate PanelN/AN/A
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
West Virginia Law ReviewMayles v. Shone's, Inc.: Comment on Recent Developments in Mandolidis Actions1992
National Business Institute SeminarThe Criminal Trial from Start to FinishN/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
West Virginia University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NBI Legal SeminarsCriminal Defense Discovery in West VirginiaN/A