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Charles F Clark

Criminal defense Attorney at Freehold, NJ

4.6   10 reviews

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About Charles

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My main strength is my trial experience. I spent many years trying complex criminal cases for every type of criminal offense. I do not worry about being taken advantage of in plea negotiations because I have the confidence to go to trial on any case.

I stress to my clients that my firm takes a trial posture on every case. We do not go to trial on every case and are often successful in our plea negotiations. But our clients do have all of the options available to them and can feel confident that they will have an excellent chance of success if they choose to go to trial.

As a criminal defense lawyer, I really feel strongly about protecting my client’s rights, ensuring that the State has sufficient proof to even charge my client and protecting my client from being pressured into sacrificing his constitutional rights.

– Charles F. Clark, Founding Partner, Clark & Clark, LLC

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Licensed for 27 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/04/2022
State NY
Status Suspended
Acquired 1997
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Clark & Clark, LLC
1 Broad Street.
Suite 7
Freehold, NJ, 07728
Jersey City Office
665 Newark Avenue
Suite 402
Jersey City, NJ, 07306
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4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney and result
Hired Charlie for defense of a minor. Excellent attorney and is well respected by his peers. Explained exactly what would/could happen and delivered the result we were hoping for. Very personal and great guy to deal with.
Posted by Michele | July 27, 2015
Amazing Lawyer!
Charles Clark helped me out with a simple assault case. I was worried because I'm not one who typically gets into trouble. Charles explained to me the possibilities of what could happen and throughout the process up until the court date, we corresponded just so I can be more at ease about my case. Charles was very knowledgeable about the possible outcomes, while at the same time talking to me in a calm, friendly, and courteous manner to make sure I felt more relaxed. If you have another lawyer and his name is not Charles Clark, I suggest you drop that lawyer and get this one. By the way, the outcome of my simple assault charge was that it was dismissed. Thank you again Charlie!!
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Posted by Rhonda | November 24, 2014
Last of the good ones
Charlie is very competent, professional, focused and caring. He knew the law and used his knowledge to educate me, a person that is naively honest and a person that never experienced any legal issues was in great fear. He is a proactive, straight-shooter, optimistic attorney. His knowledge kept me calm, I found him to be very detailed, a good listener and very trustworthy. For over a year, he was consistent, attentive, respectful, and didn't ignore my case after he had received payment. I always felt that I had hired the best! He was always early for our meetings, always prepared, never was distracted, never rude or condescending, did everything that he could for my case and performed as promised. Charlie always answered/returned my calls/texts and kept his word. I have never done a review and I'm not very trusting of attorneys, and Charlie knew it, I really feel that Charlie, who was a total stranger, really worked hard for me, as if I was his family!
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Posted by Pedro | June 25, 2014
Professional, friendly and reassuring!
Charles Clark is the most trustworthy attorney I've had. During my case he ensured I was well informed. When I had my consultation with him, he made me feel at ease. If I ever need legal assistance again, I already know who I'm hiring! Thanks Charles!
Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2014
current dui and cds case
The first and only lawyer I didn't feel the need to take a shower after speaking with. Extremely reasonable concerning cost and freaked out clients.
Posted by dmw_1961 | May 22, 2014
Speeding ticket...Attorney Charles Clark
I had a speeding ticket...63mph in a 25mph zone...$260.00 plus 5 points (and God only knows how high my insurance rates would go up)...the highest speeding ticket you can get. At court, Charles Clark got the ticket reduced to a zero point unsafe operation offense with no effect on my insurance. I had to pay a token surcharge/fine and Mr. clark's retainer which was nothing compared to the costs associated with a 5 point ticket! I recommend Charles to anyone...indeed I recommend the ENTIRE Clark & Clark firm (Charles, Susan, and Ryan Clark). Professional and sensitive people.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2013
This attorney goes above and beyond what any other attorney will do for a client.
I am a leader in my community. I was arrested on false charges. Charlie immediately took my case on (and charged me a very reasonable rate, which in these days is quite important) and wrote a 9 page letter to the prosecutor. My charges were DROPPED and my case expunged. Charlie never gave up on me. He is the BEST of the best. You will NOT find a better attorney to represent you.
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Posted by Jason Pidcock | February 26, 2011
Charlie Clark has been my attorney for the past two years defending me on a criminal sexual assault case. During this time, Charlie has fought tirelessly for my voice to be heard and my innocence to be shown. He and his associates have won motion after motion on my behalf. Although this nightmare is still ongoing, Charlie has won me a new trial, by having the judge overturn the jury's original verdict and lowering the degree of charges against me. My first two attorney's where rushing me to plea to a crime I did not commit. Charlie and his associates have heard my side of the complaint and believed in me from day one! My family and I are truly blessed to have a firm like Clark and Clark in New Jersey that truly care about justice and not plea bargains.
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Posted by Dawn | February 26, 2011
Quality law experience and extremely trustworthy... TOP Notch attorney
I couldn't ask for a more qualified attorney. Charley Clark is exceptional at trial. He is helping me and my family through a very difficult sexual assault case. We are about to go through a second trial after the judge overturned a guilty verdict thanks to new evidence and a superb motion written by Charley.
Posted by matt | October 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
ruined my life!!!
my family hired Charles to defend me when I was a minor, he would never answer any of my family's questions and constantly missed appointments with me, I felt like Charles was working hand in hand with the prosecution. I was pressured by Charles and his partner to take a deal I wasn't comfortable with as a minor. close to 10 years later Im working with a great legal team to have my charges overturned and my legal team has been surprised by the numerous lies in my case by the prosecution that my first attorney Charles never looked into. horrible lawyer, just out for a paycheck
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Clark and Clark, LLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Assistant Prosecutor
  • Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1995 - 2007


  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Rutgers University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • State v. T.M.
  • Plead to Amended charge of Possession of CDS (3rd degree); 2 Years probation; $1000.00 fine
  • State v. B.M. - Monmouth County
  • Plead guilty to Count 1 Unlawful Possession of a weapon (3rd degree); other 2 charges dismissed. Credit time served and $155.00 fine
  • State v. P.P.
  • Amended Charge of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary (3rd degree); Flat 3 years New Jersey State Prison (eligible for parole in 9 months); $155.00 in fines
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  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Monmouth County Bar Association
  • member
  • N/A
  • Monmouth Bar Association, Criminal Practice Committee
  • member
  • 2010 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Certified Attorney
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • 2015
  • Board Certified - Criminal Trial Attorney
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Mandatory Training - Assistant Prosecutors
  • Eyewitness Identification Procedures
  • 2007
  • Mandatory Training - Assistant Prosecutors
  • Preparing a Trial Notebook
  • 2006
  • Training - Monmouth County Police Academy
  • The NJ Criminal Code - 2C
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Endorse Charles
Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Charlie's qualifications and experience are among the best. I would highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Charlie for years on co-defendant matters. He is extremely well prepared and works hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles and I handled a case where he represented the wife and I represented the husband. From what I witnessed, he kept his client well informed, was punctual and was prepared."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recently watched Charles in action in a highly contentious and emotional trial. He did an excellent job. I was especially impressed with his measured trial techniques, timely objections and professional demeanor. He had a superior grasp of all of the factual and legal aspects of the case and certainly served his client well under trying circumstances. You would be well served with him as your criminal defense counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Charlie and I had codefendants in a CDS case in Monmouth County. His command of the law and trial skills were impressive. He is wonderful at cross-examining witnesses and I learned a lot from watching him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Freehold Criminal defense Lawyer Charles F Clark
Charles F Clark
Criminal defense Attorney
Freehold, NJ
Licensed for 27 years
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