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Charles Thomas Jr.

DUI and DWI Attorney at Media, PA

4.1   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found

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About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    I have handled hundreds of DUI matters ranging from ARD-eligible first offenses to Felony 1 Aggravated Assault while DUI. Experience includes successful suppression motions, jury, and bench trials.

    21 years

  2. Litigation
    I am an experienced general litigator, having contested matters at all levels of court -- from the Magisterial District Courts up to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

    21 years

  3. Intellectual property
    I represent individuals and businesses protect their creative works and branding with the use of copyright and trademark. I am experienced in all facets of intellectual property protection and litigation.

    12 years

I represent clients in both state and federal courts throughout the State of Pennsylvania on criminal matters including DUI, assault, battery, disorderly conduct, retail theft, possession of narcotics, sex crimes, homicide, probation and parole violations, white collar crimes and embezzlement.

I also represent clients in criminal appeals, proceedings pursuant to the Post Conviction Relief Act, expungements and pardons. 

You may contact me for a free 30 minute telephone consultation without obligation. All of my fee arrangements are flat fee. This means that I will do all of the work necessary and agreed to on your case for the amount to which we agree at the beginning of the case, no matter how much work needs to be done or how many court apperances it takes to see your matter through. I offer payment plans on a case-by-case basis. 


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Charles Thomas Jr.
280 N. Providence Rd.
Suite 4
Media, PA, 19063


4.1 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by Arthur | March 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A pleasure to work with, and gets results
Mr. Thomas was absolutely wonderful to work with. I was scared out of my wits with my sudden situation in which I thought I would be trapped living in a building that violated health codes. Mr. Thomas responded to me very quickly, and the amount of information he had to counter each of my fears helped calm me down immensely. I had a lot of questions and he was always more than prompt with a reply. He guided me through exactly what I needed to do and then he took it from there, updating me on his progress. I'm so extremely thankful that I had him on my side, as my case was quickly resolved in my favor. What I paid was very fair, and so well worth it to preserve my sanity and well being. He is also an ally to LGBT folk, which is an essential quality I seek out when I'm considering who I want to work with. Would definitely work with again, A+.
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Posted by Anna | March 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Pleasure to Work With
Charles was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and personable, and made the entire experience a breeze for me, getting the case dismissed with speed and diligence. Thank you!
Response from Charles Thomas March 21, 2019
I'm very glad that I could help you out!
Posted by Johnny | March 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super easy to a satificatory result
I had Mr. Thomas handle a protection order for me. He professionally stepped me through the process, was communicative and kept me in the loop through the entire process, which involved multiple iterations. The protection order worked well. Satisfied client!
Posted by Kate | August 26, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great first time experience with lawyering up.
Several months ago I started receiving flyers by mail seemingly out of the blue. They offered protection from being sued, and offers of bankruptcy assistance. It turns out they knew I was about to be served, and took what felt like an unethical route to try to get my business. I contacted Mr. Thomas, who promptly looked up my case, sent me the information I needed, and informed me of what all would be involved and what he thought he could do for me. I was being sued for old credit card debt. He charged me an extremely fair, flat rate and met with me a couple times over the course of the next month to handle paperwork & take care of business. Had I not had a lawyer, I easily would have had a judgment passed against me. Even if the outcome had not been in my favor (which it was,) I feel that Mr. Thomas was an asset to have on my side. He took the time to listen and was very clear in helping me to manage my expectations. 10/10, would hire again.
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Response from Charles Thomas August 26, 2015
Thank you for your kind words. It was a genuine pleasure to help you — especially since the motion I filed caused them to withdraw the complaint. I like winning for good people.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2015
Bully landlord forced to back off
My landlord engaged in retaliatory rent increases, including a demand for years of unjustified back rent. Mr. Thomas contacted them and negotiated a satisfactory outcome, and kept us from having to drag them into court.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2015
Professional and easy to work with!
Charles was not only able to help me negotiate with my landlords when my small business was in jeopardy, but he was able to get results quickly and always wanted to make sure that he had a thorough understanding of my circumstances so as not to mis communicate anything. If you're looking for someone who will represent you accurately and professionally, Charles is your man.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2014
Fantastic Attorney
Last year I was brought up on over eighty felony counts in Montgomery County. Mr. Thomas did an amazing job. He represented me with vigor and amazing intelligence. The judge at sentencing commented that Mr. Thomas had done an excellent job. Even after giving a full blown confession to the cops, Mr. Thomas was able to work out a sweetheart of a deal. I ended up pleading guilty to two counts, one of which was a misdemeanor. If you want a lawyer that will listen and has your best interest at heart I highly recommend Mr. Thomas.
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Posted by domgiand | May 13, 2013
Assistance from Charles Thomas Jr.
I'm going thru a credit card civil case......on my own and needed some help. Mr. Thomas was super quick to respond and helpful.
Posted by Chris | August 21, 2012
Before a couple of months ago I never had any need for a lawyer, so I never dealt with any. My ideas about what it meant to obtain legal representation were shaped by stale jokes and stereotypes. I assumed that I would not be able to afford a lawyer due to ridiculous hourly rates. I figured my lawyer wouldn't care about my case as it was sure to be one of many. I was basically just bracing for impact; and then I was referred to Charles Thomas. He charged me a flat fee for his services and made me aware up front of what my different options would cost. He kept in touch with me marvelously throughout the settlement process (I chose to settle which was both my least expensive option and the least lucrative choice of action for him, and I still felt that he always had my best interests at heart). I feel like I'm rambling on at this point but I'm sort of still ecstatic from the relief of finally being able to put this lawsuit behind me. Trust a guy who feared the worst and got some real help: if you need legal representation, hire Charles Thomas.
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Posted by Benjamin | March 30, 2012
I'm just a stupid kid, but he helped get me out of a underage-drinking DUI
Charles got me into a first-time offenders program, and despite fearing that my life would TOTALLY be over, the process was not too horrible and now that I've completed the program, I'm back on an unrestricted license.
Response from Charles Thomas April 6, 2012
Thank you very much!
Posted by Leo | October 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Solid, competent counsel, at a fair price
Straight up - good representation. If you need warm & fuzzy hand holding with counsel, probably not your guy. Appears to meeting and court at the last minute, on occasion, in our experience. Still, gets the job done, as well as could be expected at any price. Delivered best DUI terms possible, within the law.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2015
My personal experience with Mr. Thomas
Mr. Thomas was condescending, impatient, and would not let me express my opinion, or if I asked questions he would come across impatient. I gave me no hope in this case in which I was innocent. He did not review my past record, and everything seem to come across as a surprise to him, when a statement from prosecution was made. Some statements made by prosecution were based on their assumption and not fact. He would agree on the side of prosecution, he would never allow me to give explanations or say anything in my own defense. I have made mistakes in the past, and in this case I am innocent but, the DA's office seems to bear more weight on him then what I have tried to tell him regarding my case in defense of myself. He didn't do any research regarding my personal history, and at times would ask to leave the courtroom to go to the law Library. I had no trust or faith in him that he would try to prove my innocence, and in my case it was difficult to do, so he put no effort into doing any prior investigating, in a simple yet complex case.
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Response from Charles Thomas June 17, 2015
Oh I know who this is.... Caught in the act with stolen merchandise on your person, two or three prior theft convictions, and only your own word as your evidence. When I said that I didn't like your chances, that was in fact very sound legal advice. But you fired me, as is your right, and hired another attorney, as is your right. You requested a trial, as is your right, and then it seems failed to appear — which is not your right. I looked up the docket and it shows a bench warrant from your trial day. Seems I'm not the only one who didn't like your chances. It's not condescending to point out that you story has holes and lacks credibility — that is a lawyer's job.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2014
Biased and unprofessional lawyer - would not recommend for legal counsel.
This lawyer approached my question from a clearly biased and activist point of view and was not helpful in anyway. He personally "attacked" my question and made inappropriate comments on my personal views - how he could ever fairly represent a client is beyond me. Another lawyer even commented to say that his answer was unprofessional. I had a legitimate question that needed to be treated with more respect from a legal perspective - not a personal attack.
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Response from Charles Thomas January 14, 2014
In other words, you're not a client. You're the jerk who asked the bigoted question. So your opinion counts for less than dirt. Also, you failed to mention my answer was correct. So go shove it up whichever hole is most convenient.
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2012
Came to hearing unprepared. Did not obtain any paperwork from the court regarding the case. Never knew the facts of my case. Showed up to court late. Complete ineffective counsel for an easy case and it ended up costing twice as much as if I just pled guilty. DO NOT HIRE - you can tell by the quality of his "firm's" website.
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Response from Charles Thomas March 30, 2012
Here is a fact — in 2011 I saved my clients from over 3,500 years in possible jail time. I don't know who this reviewer is. I can't tell that they aren't happy with the outcome of their case. Not everyone gets what they want in court. Someone has to win, and someone has to lose. But I can think of dozens of my clients who avoided jail or conviction because of my diligent efforts. People who listened to my advice and seriously accepted what I could do and whet I could not. But some people only hear what they want to hear. Those people? No one can help.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Rick Linn, LLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Lee M. Herman, Esq
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Dethlefs-Pykosh Law Group, LLC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Charles Thomas
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Lancaster County Office of the Public Defender
  • 2003 - 2007
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  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Camden
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Rider University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Perreault
  • A precedent setting decision


  • Chester County Bar Association
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 2003 - 2008

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (11)
Endorse Charles
Copyright infringement Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Charles is a talented trial lawyer committed to his clients. His strong interpersonal personal skills are well-suited to the practice of criminal law."
Copyright infringement Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who serve the avvo community as much as Mr. Thomas are few and far between. It takes passion, concern and dedication to devote so much time. You have my endorsement and kudos."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charlie knows his stuff - very knowledgeable about criminal law."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His insightful contributions to Avvo show his thorough knowledge of criminal law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Copyright infringement Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Charlie is great to work with and I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Charles Thomas is the man for Pennsylvania criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charlie really knows his stuff when it comes to criminal law, DUI, and DWI. I recommend him very highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I followed Mr. Thomas on blogs and listserves for a long time. He is a true criminal defense attorney and would recommend those accused of crimes to pay him a visit in his area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Thomas exemplifies the very best attributes of an active attorney and displays a level of professionalism, confidence and skill we should all aspire to. Honesty, dedication and a love of the law, which means. giving back to others who lack our understanding of the law and a benefit from our inherent desire to provide solutions to problems. The thousands years of combined legal experience of professionals activity participating in this forum represent some of the very best of our profession, which is after all, at its base is desire to help those in need. This Attorney’s experience and knowledge, I believe, demonstrates that there is a desire to provide accurate advice and obtain appropriate results for clients. Most importantly, this Attorney is willing to help complete strangers (as is the case in this forum) with their legal problems for which we collectively provide useful information, thereby demystifying the legal process as much as possible. I would recommend this"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Thomas is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is one of the best attorney's in his field and a credit to the legal profession."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Thomas is a straight shooter who'll explain everything clearly and succinctly. On top of that, he's a swell guy with a great sense of humor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Other
"I have seen responses by Charles online at AVVO and respect his candor to the person asking the question and his zealousness to assist people with their legal questions."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charlie is an incredibly dedicated advocate for his clients. His knowledge of substantive criminal law and the law of criminal procedure is masterful. Charlie is a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer with excellent skills in the courtroom. He places a premium on communicating with his clients, and assisting them in making decisions that are in their best legal interests. I am pleased to recommend Charlie."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Mr. Thomas through a list serve we are both on as well as other social media sites. He is always willing to answer questions and go out of his way to help. If his interactions on-line with other attorneys are an indication of how he interacts with clients, I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Thomas."
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