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Charles Frederick Magill

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Decades of Experience, Fresno Roots and Exceptional Criminal Defense in the San Joaquin Valley


Since graduating from the San Joaquin College of Law in 1989, Charles Magill, the president of the firm, has been establishing himself as one of Fresno’s leading legal minds. For the past 22 years he has defended private individuals throughout Central California. He has stood up to federal and state prosecutors and time after time he has protected his clients’ rights against the most formidable opponents and most unlikely odds. Mr. Magill is a tenacious and creative defense lawyer who is not afraid to question conventional wisdom or take cases that other attorneys will not. Federal drug crimes; high stakes juvenile crimes cases; vehicular manslaughter and DUI, murder, theft, and all misdemeanors and felonies as well as criminal appeals; Mr. Magill has handled them all.


To speak with the right Fresno attorney for your criminal defense, call 559-255-3425.


Father, Artist, Philanthropist and One of Fresno’s Most Sought-After Attorneys


Mr. Magill’s confidence is born of experience. He has conducted over 150 jury and court trials in state and federal courts. As a fierce, creative, and knowledgeable trial attorney, Mr. Magill is highly sought-after by people throughout the valley and also by local and national media outlets. Amongst his peers in the San Joaquin Valley he is known as an exemplary professional who is also down-to-earth and capable of explaining the law in clear and concise ways. This is why NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Fresno Bee and other media outlets often turn to him for legal insight. His relationship with local media has served his clients well when they find themselves in the middle of a high-profile firestorm.


As a father of five, as an artist, as an active member of his Fresno community, and as a philanthropist, Mr. Magill has deep experience in the law and the varied life experience that makes him the creative and intelligent defense lawyer you need on your side. He was selected as a Pro Tem Judge in the Fresno County Superior Court which is a rare honor, and he was also named “Best Trial Attorney” by the legal organization The Private Defenders.


Furthermore, he takes his pride in Fresno seriously and has long been an active member in the community as a High School Mock Trial Coach at Bullard High and Central High; as a member of the San Joaquin College of Law Barrister Balls Planning Committee; as a Sunday School Teacher; as a High School Debate/Forensics Judge; as a High School Mock Trial Scoring Attorney; and as a Young Life Leader.

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Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    28 years, 450 cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 15%
    28 years, 85 cases
  3. Education: 5%
    16 years, 20 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($350-450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

1060 Fulton Mall Ste 806
Fresno, CA, 93721

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198911/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2007Fresno County Superior Court2007
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2006Fresno County Superior Court2006
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2005Fresno County Superior Court2005
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2004Fresno County Superior Court2004
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2003Fresno County Superior Court2003
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2002Fresno County Superior Court2002
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2001Fresno County Superior Court2001
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2000Fresno County Superior Court2000
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1999Fresno County Superior Court1999
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1998Fresno County Superior Court1998
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1997Fresno County Superior Court1997
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1996Fresno County Superior Court1996
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1995Fresno County Superior Court1995
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1994Fresno County Superior Court1994
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1993Fresno County Superior Court1993
Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1992Fresno County Superior Court1992
Best Trial AttorneyPrivate Defenders of CaliforniaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/OwnerLaw Offices of Charles F. Magill1991 - Present
AttorneySmurr, Gelegan and Henry1989 - 1991
Law ClerkNuttall Berman Magill1988 - 1989
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Private DefendersMember2008 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys NACDLMember2004 - Present
Fresno County Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
P v. Jason Shirley30 days Work Program
DUI DismissedDismissed
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
The Private Defenders SeminarUnique Closing Arguments2014
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
San Joaquin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
California State University, HaywardN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2014 ConferenceTips for Closing Arguments2014