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Charles W Applegate

Charles W Applegate

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Lawsuits & Disputes, Car Accidents, Personal Injury

About Me

As a former district attorney, I prosecuted hundreds of crimes. As a licensed defense attorney, I have seen hundreds of civil and criminal cases to the end. I have the experience to evaluate your case and I know how prosecutors think. My insider knowledge of the system allows me to see, and take advantage of, weaknesses in the other side's case that can help you.

My ability to disagree without being disagreeable has allowed me to develop a reputation as a good, strong attorney who is easy to work with. I know how to work every single angle of a case until I find the one that's best for you.

I've been a wage-earner for 26 years. I've worked in offices, gas stations, warehouses, restaurants, and law firms. I know what it means to work with my back and my hands, and I understand and respect the financial limits and abilities of my clients.



Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    8 years, 500 cases
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 15%
    12 years, 100 cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 15%
    8 years, 500 cases
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    12 years, 200 cases
  5. Car Accidents: 10%
    12 years, 200 cases



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Patrick Michael Pekin

    I went to law school with Mr. Applegate and I work with him on the occasional criminal case. He is an excellent attorney with superb analytical skills and a powerful courtroom presence.


    Patrick Pekin Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Charles. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info


3436 C Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, CA, 95403



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Deputy District AttorneyMendocino County District Attorney2007 - 2008
Deputy District AttorneyTulare County District Attorney2007 - 2008

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Friends OutsideMember, Board of Directors2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2013
Sonoma County Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2013
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2003 - 2013

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People vs. (Anonymous)Case Dismissed
Felony DUIFelony child endangerment dismissed; DUI reduced to a misdemeanor.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of Massachusetts, AmherstEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1994