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Charles K. Kenyon Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Madison, WI

4.7   12 reviews

also known as Charles Kyle Kenyon


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About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    51%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender

    44 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    31%
    Certified to Administer Field Sobriety Tests - same training as officers.

    44 years, 250 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    3%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender

  4. Violent crime
    3%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender

    44 years, 100 cases

  5. Child abuse
    1%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender Psychology Degree

    44 years, 25 cases

  6. Computer fraud
    1%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender

  7. Consumer protection
    1%

  8. Credit card fraud
    1%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender Business School and Accounting Background

    44 years, 15 cases

  9. Expungement
    1%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender

    38 years

  10. Identity theft
    1%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender

    44 years

  11. Insurance fraud
    1%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender

  12. Juvenile law
    1%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender Psychology Degree Trainer on ADHD and law

    44 years, 250 cases

  13. Personal injury
    1%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender

  14. Securities and investment fraud
    1%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender

  15. Sex crime
    1%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender

  16. White collar crime
    1%
    Former District Attorney Former Public Defender

    44 years

I fight for people's rights because otherwise I would just give in and be a cynic.  A while ago I learned to walk barefoot on hot coals to help discipline my mind. Compared with some courtrooms, that was easy!

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Dane County's Circuit Court is at 217 South Hamilton Street in Madison about two blocks from the State Capitol Building.
Charles Kenyon's office is at 5555 Odana Road in the same building as the Supreme Fitness Center.
I enjoy sailing.
Licensed for 44 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1979
Updated 12/05/2022

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

Contact Charles

Charles Kyle Kenyon, Attorney at Law
5555 Odana Road, Suite 101
Madison, WI, 53719-1281

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Call him, he's experienced and advised best next steps in first call!
Charles' immediate response to my questions helped me to make a plan for best next steps. He told me upfront what his fees would be and gave me free advice on what to expect. He's an experienced public defender who fights for the people. Thank you, Charles!
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding service
I was arrested at 5 a.m on a Saturday morning and I asked a family member to find an attorney for me. She contacted Mr. Kenyon. He was extremely responsive and met with me over the weekend to set my expectations, gather facts, and begin formulating a strategy. He met with me again early Monday morning, briefed me on the steps he had taken, and once again did a fine job of ensuring I knew what would be happening over the next few days. As it turns out, my charges were dropped a few hours later, but it was clear that Mr. Kenyon was an excellent choice and had a firm grasp of dealing with the legal process, and developing a strategy for my defense. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Charles Kenyon is superb. He knows the law and he knows the system. He is respected by others in the system. For example, In our case he filed a motion to suppress because the OWI stop was dubious. The D. A. knows that he does not file such motions frivolously, as do some attorneys just to impress their clients. in fact the D.A. told him it was a relevant thing to do in our case, even before the hearing. I believe that this (that Charles was going to file the motion) also caused the D.A. to look carefully at the entire case. The arrest itself was based on bad practices--the video showed this and Charles spotted this right away. By the time we got to the hearing on the motion to suppress, the D.A. was ready to dismiss all the charges and the judge granted the dismissals. The knowledge and the respect that Charles has are big pluses. He also met with us whenever requested and answered all our questions along the way. Recommended highly with no reservations.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very grateful for a experienced and knowledgable attorney!
I was facing an OWI (2nd), Refusal of Chemical Test, and a Fleeing charge. After looking around for DUI attorneys, my family and I found Charles Kenyon. Charles was honest and very informative. After hiring Charles, I was VERY impressed with his knowledge of the Justice System especially alcohol related offenses. He answered every question my family and I had. He explained the process that we would be going through in detail. He didn’t leave one stone unturned. Charles carefully examined all the evidence including the video tape in my case and got a dismissal of all charges. I am very grateful for all the work Charles put into my case and the outcome he got. If you are ever in the unfortunate situation where you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, look no further than Charles Kenyon.
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Response from Charles Kenyon August 9, 2016
I was very pleased to be able to bring this result about. Every case depends on the facts and the evidence. I told the client up-front that refusal cases can be very difficult in Wisconsin and that dismissal was not likely. Knowing what the officer's training was for conducting field sobriety tests was crucial.
Posted by Sofia | March 11, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful
Provided extremely detailed and very helpful information with accompanied sources and suggestions in regards to my situation. Thank you, I will look into everything and apply it!
Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What every lawyer should be, knowledgeable and accessible.
I came across Mr. Kenyon's website when I was searching for information about a previous law. I had been having difficulty locating this information, and after several times trying I was about to give up. I narrowed my search with more specific keywords and there was the exact information - on his website. He was very courteous and professional while answering my questions. There was no doubt that this was a lawyer unlike any others. He told me exactly what he could do for me, and did it in exactly the time frame that he said he would. No legal jargon, double talk or haggling. He was also kind enough to follow up by sending me documentation via e-mail and postal carrier of the specifics of the work he had done. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking honest competent counsel.
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Posted by Mike | April 4, 2015
Felony reduced through knowledgeable attorney.
Charles Kenyon handled my felony case, one fee for the whole deal. Mr Kenyon showed up for all appearances, calmly guiding me through a process totally unfamiliar to me. He was not judgmental, simply looked at all the evidence and got me the best deal possible. And he didn't flinch when the prosecutor tried to play hardball. Charles hung in there to the end and was willing to go to trial if needed. I highly recommendrecommend Attorney Kenyon to anyone facing a criminal charge.
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Posted by Leslie | December 11, 2014
The Best Legal Choice
Mr. Kenyon is not only knowledgeable, but he is compassionate. If you are in a legal situation, CALL Charles Kenyon, and he will make sure you get the best counsel!!! I recommend him and am very glad that I made the call!!!
Posted by Robert | June 10, 2014
Iowa County Traffic Court
I was extremely pleased with the results Charles Kenyon got for me in my Iowa County Traffic Court case. He not only got me what I was asking for, he in fact got me a much better deal than I would have thought possible. I would recommend his services without question to anyone I know.
Posted by Jim | September 7, 2012
The best lawyer I ever had. I didn't know they could be like this!
I just had moved to Wisconsin and received my first DUI/DWI. I didn't have a Wisconsin Driver's License yet. Being from Texas, I refused to take the test and was marked as a refusal. He kept it from being a refusal and kept me from having to install a breathalyzer in my car. That helped me keep my employment as a mechanic. In addition, he managed to delay the final finding so that i had time to get my Wisconsin Drivers License so I would be eligible for an occupational when I lost the license.
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Response from Charles Kenyon October 29, 2012
I was especially happy with the result in this case even though the client was convicted of the DUI. He kept his livelihood and was able to get licensed in Wisconsin.
Posted by liz | September 5, 2012
Charles helped me greatly!
Very knowledgeable. I was so panicked about my Husband's upcoming trial and I had a lot of bad information. I posted a question here on AVVO and within the hour Charles reached out to me and took time and stayed on the phone with me answering question after question. He went through the process with me and walked me through what I should expect. He helped calm me down and let me know there are options when things looked very hopeless. He gave me much more info than previous consultations.
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Posted by Brandon | March 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely horrible
I hired Mr. Kenyon in both a civil and criminal defense case regarding Marijuana and DUI. I've found that Charles did not keep proper notes regarding my case, as I've had to constantly remind him of what took place on the day of my arrest. During a suppression hearing regarding evidence, he admitted evidence we were trying to suppress. He was regularly late for court, and was not at his office at times we scheduled meetings. In the end, I had to fire Mr. Kenyon and appoint a public defender. Definitely not worth the $6k flat fee retainer.
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Response from Charles Kenyon October 6, 2018
This client hired another law firm who hired me. I worked hard with him and moved to suppress the evidence against him. I did not negotiate the fee with him nor did he hire me directly. This case has lasted more than a year and involved numerous court appearances. He and his friend told police they were smoking pot earlier in the day/evening. They were in a parking lot and tried to pull out when police came. They said that the police indicated that they were to stay there while the officer went inside to serve papers and that client got out of his closed car to inquire as to the reason. They testified to this in court. Had his been the only evidence, the case would have been dismissed. The officer testified that when he went there to serve papers on a third party, the client got out of his car and approached him, at which time he smelled marijuana. At that time, he told client to return to his vehicle and later was told about the smoking marijuana by client and friend, following which he arrested client for operating under the influence of a controlled substance and discovered paraphernalia in the vehicle. The officer testified that he did not attempt to stop client's vehicle from leaving until after that contact where he smelled marijuana. The police report did not mention anything before the officer was approached by the client. The officer had a dash video which started when he pulled up to conduct the work with client, but was not running when he originally stopped on the street to serve papers. This is understandable, since the dash video is activated by turning on the emergency lights. On the video, officer goes over the circumstances of the initial encounter with client. He does not dispute this on the video. In meeting with the client, I emphasized to him that if the police officer denied having stopped him prior to smelling the marijuana, the judge would likely believe the officer. She did. I am sorry that the client is upset. I do not think any other attorney could have gotten a better result in this case. He now has had three lawyers on his case. He was offered reduction of the criminal charge to non-criminal in return for a plea to the civil charge. As of my last contact with the prosecutor, the offer was still on the table. This case is still pending. The officer did attempt an administrative suspension of his license. Because of my actions in requesting a hearing, that suspension did not happen. He still has his license as of this writing, I believe. Update, September. Client accepted the plea offer that I had advised prior to discharge.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Kenyon Law Offices
  • 2002 - Present
  • Assistant State Public Defender
  • Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office
  • 1991 - 2002
  • District Attorney
  • Kewaunee County Wisconsin
  • 1988 - 1991

Education

  • Northwestern University Center for Public Safety
  • none
  • 1989
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Legal Cases

  • Felony OWI/DUI/DWI Drunk Driving
  • Misdemeanor, 29 days jail, probation
  • Child Abuse and Bail Jumping
  • Not guilty, dismissed
  • OWI - Breathalyzer has fudge factor.
  • Not guilty, dismissed
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Associations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Children's Law Section
  • Founding Member
  • N/A
  • Marinette County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • Door-Kewaunee Bar Association
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member
  • N/A
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • NHTSA Field SobrietyTests Administration
  • Platt and Associates
  • 2012
  • Ruben Society for Public Service
  • Office of State Public Defender
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Wisconsin Public Defender Presentation
  • Presentation
  • N/A
  • Wisconsin Department of Justice Presentation
  • Presentation
  • N/A
  • National College of District Attorneys Presentation
  • Presentation
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association Presentation
  • Presentation
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (44)
Endorse Charles
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have followed Attorney Kenyon in his career as District Attorney, Assistant Public Defender and as Private Legal Counsel. I am impressed by the breadth of his knowledge in Criminal and DUI law. He is passionate in his defense of his clients. I have known him for over 20 years and highly recommend this skilled advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Charles Kenyon. I recall that that in the late 1970s, when I was a law student intern, learning criminal defense in Madison, Wisconsin, I would see Mr. Kenyon fighting for his clients in court. I was impressed then, and I am still impressed. He is an intelligent and dedicated advocate. I am happy to make this endorsement. Andrew Mishlove"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Consumer protection Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kenyon is a well-respected lawyer and a valuable asset to this community. His continuing dedication to the law and his clients is admirable."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Charles Kenyon Jr. Outstanding legal answers on Avvo. He is an asset to our profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When your are charged with a crime you need a lawyer. When you need to win you need Charles Kenyon, Jr. one of the most respected lawyers in the country! I endorse him.."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kenyon consistently provides informative answers. His writing is concise and well reasoned. He does a fine job of observing if any pertinent facts that may be missing from a question, but which could affect the analysis. His passion shows through in his answers, as well. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child abuse Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As echoed by my fellow peers, Charles is a top notch attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles is an experienced, highly respected attorney who always represents his clients with the utmost of skill,knowledge and understanding.i can readily endorse him without hesitation or reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kenyon has a comprehensive understanding in the areas of DUI/DWI and Criminal Law. His contributions and commitment to assisting individuals on this website demonstrate his high level of expertise and professionalism, you wont find a better attorney in your area."
Computer fraud Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Give Charles a call and you will find a caring and knowledgeable counselor ready to fight for your for your future"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He speaks the truth. He will tell the blunt truth. He will give you the best truth money can buy and the truth no money can buy. Trust him he has your best interest at heart. I know him to be a great a great lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you have been accused of a crime, you will definitely want to speak with Charles Kenyon, Jr. He is a highly respected and very capable attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kenyon is an intelligent and experienced practitioner in criminal law. His work in this area is first-rate."
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