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Charles L Waechter

Criminal defense Attorney at Baltimore, MD

4.7   62 reviews

About Charles

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I bring more than 30 years of experience to the job of defending people accused of criminal charges ranging from federal and state Internet child pornography to sex crimes and serious traffic offenses. I am known as an aggressive and hard-hitting criminal defense lawyer who will fight hard to keep your record as clean as possible and to minimize the effect of an arrest on your life.

I offer my clients more than 30 years of experience defending people against serious criminal accusations such as federal and state Internet child pornography, sexual solicitation of a minor, all sexual offenses, prostitution, rape, assault and battery, and all traffic matters. Recognized as an effective, hardworking criminal defense lawyer, I handle more than 750 criminal cases each year, and have developed professional relationships with state attorneys, judges and prosecutors in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. These channels of communication allow me to advocate efficiently on behalf of defendants in a wide range of criminal cases, including both federal and state Internet child pornography cases.

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Licensed for 37 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 11/30/2015

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The Law Offices of Charles L. Waechter
Baltimore Office
1435 Sulphur Spring Road, 1st Floor
Baltimore, MD, 21227
The Law Offices of Charles L. Waechter
Belair Office
206 North Hickory Avenue
Belair, MD, 21014
The Law Offices of Charles L. Waechter
Annapolis Office
420-1 Chinquapin Round Road, Suite 12
Annapolis, MD, 21401
The Law Offices of Charles L. Waechter
Ocean City Office
13909 N. Ocean Drive
Ocean City, MD, 21842
The Law Offices of Charles L. Waechter
Florida Office
4123 Eastridge Circle
Pompano Beach, FL, 33064
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  62 customer reviews
Posted by Connor | November 13, 2021
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Exceptional service
I hired attorney Waechter because I was charged with harassment while in Maryland. I am from Pennsylvania so it became more complex. Not only did attorney Waechter have the warrant for my arrest changed to a summons to appear in court, but got the charges dropped when the hearing took place. He spoke to the DA and was able to convince her to not pursue the charges against me. His staff was also very helpful and kind. I recommend attorney Waechter, he works hard for his clients.
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Posted by Scott | November 11, 2021
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Highly recommend
Mr. Waelchters negotiated the best possible result in my case. Short of getting my charges dropped, I am satisfied with the results he negotiated for me. I recommend him for representation if you get in trouble in Maryland. He got me pre trial probation for serious charges that could have got me 5 years. In addition, I can get the case expunged eventually.
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Posted by Angel | November 8, 2021
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Excellent Service
Mr Charles was able to help me get my charges lowered to save my clean criminal record. I walked away with only 1 year unsupervised probation. He was always up front, direct, and honest. Both he and his staff was always friendly and professional. Hire him if you ever find yourself in legal trouble.
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2021
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Excellent Lawyer
I was charged with indescent exposure charges. I was on vacation back in June and after being at the hotel for only 3 hours i was arrest. I woke up in a jail cell not knowing what happen. I was told i was being charged with indescent exposure. I was drugged by someone putting something in my drink. I then searched for the top lawyer in these matters bc i never been charged with anything in my life. Charlie was very aggresssive on this case for me. The final outcome was all charges dismissed. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND CHARLIE HE KNOWS HIS STUFF!!
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Posted by Phil | September 29, 2021
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More than happy!
I hired Mr. Waechter’s firm to represent me in a moving violation case which had a possible hefty fine & points. They were very proactive & accommodating as I live out of town & didn’t have my own transportation to get the court. After getting one postponement due to hiring them late in the game they got my case completely dismissed!! I’m ecstatic!! They are top-notch! I would highly recommend this firm.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2021
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Charles Waechter Review
A family member was charged with some very serious drug offenses in an Eastern Shore, MD county. It was a first offense but nevertheless, serious. We did our due diligence and spoke with several lawyers prior to consulting with Mr. Waechter. He was familiar with the judicial system in the county. Mr. Waechter offered guidance and treatment options to strengthen the case. He was no nonsense. He met with us several times before trial. The case was actually resolved before trial at a status hearing. He was able to get all charges dropped except one and secured probation before judgement for that offense. We were very pleased with this outcome. We would definitely recommend Mr. Waechter for your legal problems.
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2021
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Review
Very helpful and easy to contact. Organized and professional. Makes sure you understand your situation and does everything he can to help you through the process.
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2021
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An excellent man and an excellent lawyer
An excellent man and an excellent lawyer. My only complaint about Mr. Waechter is that he occasionally took a while to get back to me, but usually only when he was either busy with someone else, or was waiting to hear back so he actually had something to tell me. He was always very friendly and frank.
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2021
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Highly Recommended
I hired Charlie after a free consultation. It was a great decision. He helped prevent any charges from being filed against me. He was reassuring throughout the process. He always answered my calls. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Steve | May 29, 2021
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Old Country Lawyer
After a lifetime with no legal issues I found myself facing serious charges, and up against the incredible resources of the State. I have been wowed with Mr. Waechter’s legal moves as my case has unwound over the last four years. I was fortunate to have been referred to him early in the process. A magician in the courtroom!
Posted by Ricky | December 14, 2020
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Great guy
Excellent lawyer. Represented me well. Very professional. Looked at all the facts, asked lots of specifics to make sure he fully understood my circumstances. He did a very good job with my case, and I'm very satisfied. The first time I met him in court, left a long and lasting good impression that he actually cared about my case, because at the end of the day, the case is what really matters, and he really cared about mine. He did the right thing and made sure I was fully represented in court. Good lawyer and good firm in general. I don't live in Maryland or have any friends in Maryland, but if I did, I'd recommend him to them ABSOLUTELY.
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Posted by Christopher | December 1, 2020
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Outcome achieved
Mr. Waechter contacted me after an inquiry from lawyers.com, I was an out of state resident and had no idea what to do. It was also my first time being arrested on any charge. He guided me through this process, was always respondent to my questions and concerns. He also quickly responded to my calls. I would enthusiasticly recommend Charles Waechter if in need of a quality lawyer in the MD area!
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2020
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excellent representation
Charlie is a lifesaver. With his help and guidance I was able to avoid being charged entirely. He doesn't just care about getting good legal results; he also cares about his clients' humanity and recovery. I feel fortunate for having hired Charlie Waechter.
Posted by Giy | September 16, 2020
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True Professional
Everything you want in a Lawyer! Professional, Zellas Advocate for his client. Straight forward honest answers to your hard questions. Highly recommend if you want the possible results to your legal issue.
Posted by Paul | September 10, 2020
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Trucker
Charlie did an excellent job he saved my livelihood I have a class A cdl which the state of Md was trying to disqualify for a 120 days for 2 handheld devices in CT and speeding ticket in NH he totally got it dismissed would Highly recomend Thank you Hats Off
Posted by Lucas | September 1, 2020
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Excellent Work
Charlie was super helpful, got me a pretty sweet deal, and helped me out of a tight spot. He was always down to answer questions I had and explained everything thoroughly.
Posted by Julius | February 20, 2020
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Great Job
In the small amount of time Mr Waechter had to work with my case he was able to look at the facts and specifics to make sure I got the best out of my situation. He was also able to work with me financially. I was free to go straight home in less then an hour at court. I highly recommend Mr. Charles L Waechter if you have a criminal charge, DUI, and or DWI. Great Lawyer! Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2020
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Excellent representation
Mr. Waechter was very helpful at a very difficult time. A family member was charged with some very serious charges, and Mr Waechter helped us navigate the unfamiliar world of criminal law. Having no experience or expectations, he helped us with bail, defense, what to expect and how to plan. Internet porn is a very uncomfortable topic, and his representation helped us to get the charges set at a reasonable level, minimizing incarceration and handling counseling. I would definitely retain him again- although I pray i will not have to.
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Posted by Jacob | February 16, 2020
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JOB WELL DONE
I had a registry issue, and spoke with multiple attorneys in regard to removal. I was given mixed, doubtful, discouraging, and ambiguous answers of the possible success or even attempt........... until I spoke with Shawn Larson of Waechter Law. He was very busy, but made time to speak with me personally when I stopped by unexpectedly to simply drop off my case information. Shawn was experienced, confident, clear, and prompt in reviewing the details of my case, and assuring success as a very simple process. Upon advisement, I made the necessary payment and he began immediately and aggressively seeking the remedy discussed. Some months later, Shawn contacted me personally to give me the good news that I had been assured of from the beginning. I was extremely satisfied with the level of service and professionalism I received throughout the process, HIGHLY RECOMMEND Shawn Larson/Charles Waechter, and will certainly use them again in the future if the need arises, as well as advising family and friends. 5 STARS!!!
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Posted by Roberta | July 17, 2019
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defendent
My daughter hired Charles Waechter while I was in jail for two days. He was recommended by her friend. The charges were first and second degree assault which could of been 10 years in jail. He was able to get me out of jail on my own recognizance. By the time I went to court Mr. Waechter was able to get my first degree assault charge dropped plus I was only given one year of unsupervised probation. I was very thankful. The only drawback was his fee of $17,000.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense
  • Law Offices Charles L. Waechter
  • 1985 - Present

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Baltimore
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Associations

  • Shriners International
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Masonic Lodge
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Elks Lodge
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • United States District Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Preeminent 4.5 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011

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Baltimore Criminal defense Lawyer Charles L Waechter
Charles L Waechter
Criminal defense Attorney
Baltimore, MD
Licensed for 37 years
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