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Charles Frederick Magill

Criminal defense Attorney at Fresno, CA

4.7   25 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    We defend many clients against charges of robbery, sexual assault, murder, gang-related incidents, charges against juveniles and other serious crimes. Our team is passionate about protecting your rights and freedoms, with the ultimate goal of allowing you to move on with your life.

    36 years, 450 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    DUI suspects usually get arrested because of poor performance during a field sobriety test administered by the arresting officer. However, the main piece of evidence against you is your blood alcohol level. None of these tests are perfect, and the team at Magill & Guzman Magill knows how to effectively challenge the results.

    36 years, 85 cases

  3. Education
    If your child has been suspended or expelled, then call our office. Your child has a right to due process in the disciplinary process and has a right to an attorney.

    24 years, 20 cases

Decades of Experience, Fresno Roots and Exceptional Criminal Defense in the San Joaquin Valley

Since graduating from the San Joaquin College of Law in 1989, Charles Magill, the president of the firm, has been establishing himself as one of Fresno’s leading legal minds. For the past 22 years he has defended private individuals throughout Central California. He has stood up to federal and state prosecutors and time after time he has protected his clients’ rights against the most formidable opponents and most unlikely odds. Mr. Magill is a tenacious and creative defense lawyer who is not afraid to question conventional wisdom or take cases that other attorneys will not. Federal drug crimes; high stakes juvenile crimes cases; vehicular manslaughter and DUI, murder, theft, and all misdemeanors and felonies as well as criminal appeals; Mr. Magill has handled them all.

To speak with the right Fresno attorney for your criminal defense, call.

Father, Artist, Philanthropist and One of Fresno’s Most Sought-After Attorneys

Mr. Magill’s confidence is born of experience. He has conducted over 150 jury and court trials in state and federal courts. As a fierce, creative, and knowledgeable trial attorney, Mr. Magill is highly sought-after by people throughout the valley and also by local and national media outlets. Amongst his peers in the San Joaquin Valley he is known as an exemplary professional who is also down-to-earth and capable of explaining the law in clear and concise ways. This is why NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Fresno Bee and other media outlets often turn to him for legal insight. His relationship with local media has served his clients well when they find themselves in the middle of a high-profile firestorm.

As a father of five, as an artist, as an active member of his Fresno community, and as a philanthropist, Mr. Magill has deep experience in the law and the varied life experience that makes him the creative and intelligent defense lawyer you need on your side. He was selected as a Pro Tem Judge in the Fresno County Superior Court which is a rare honor, and he was also named “Best Trial Attorney” by the legal organization The Private Defenders.

Furthermore, he takes his pride in Fresno seriously and has long been an active member in the community as a High School Mock Trial Coach at Bullard High and Central High; as a member of the San Joaquin College of Law Barrister Balls Planning Committee; as a Sunday School Teacher; as a High School Debate/Forensics Judge; as a High School Mock Trial Scoring Attorney; and as a Young Life Leader.

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Charles Frederick Magill
1060 Fulton Mall Ste 806
Fresno, CA, 93721

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4.7 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
Posted by John | February 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This is the lawyer you want on your side in court!
Magill Guzman-Magill Law deserves 5 Stars. Whether a serious traffic case, a drug matter or anything in between, I have the utmost confidence that he will do his best to ensure the best possible outcome. I reached out to Charles Magill to handle a potentially serious case and was expertly guided through each stage of the legal process. His knowledge of the process, the law and his close-working relationship among his colleagues all contributed to a positive outcome. Most importantly, he didn't rush me along but listened to my story and then offered what I view as invaluable guidance.
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Posted by Hunter | July 13, 2014
Mr. Magill was great.
Mr. Magill represented me with a DUI case in Merced, CA. He was very good about explaining what I should expect and advocating for me. I spoke with a couple of other defense attorneys that were cheaper but I am glad I went with Mr. Magill. He was definitely worth the extra money.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2014
You Cannot Go Wrong with Mr. Magill!
Magill went above and beyond to help me out. Not only will he get the job done, but he will get it done efficiently and better than anyone else. I have worked with other attorneys in the past, and Magill has been the only one who seemed to be truly passionate about my trial and did his best to help me out. He is very knowledgeable and explained everything to me in language I could understand. Thank you Mr. Magill!
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Posted by Daniel | July 1, 2014
Best of the Best
I was charged with driving with a suspended license. Mr Magill came onto my case and explained how well I was doing in other areas of my life. The judge was going to lock me up, but Mr Magill saved me from being arrested.
Posted by Michael | June 29, 2014
Great guy and very personable.
Charles was my grandparents neighbor for many years before my grandfather passed. He helped my grandfather a few time and was always very informative and kind to the family. Charles will always have a smile on his face and a kind word for you even if he has had a rough day.
Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2014
Saved my A**
After my arrest my parents hired Mr. Magill to defend me against felony drug charges. Mr. Magill made sure that I was going to my meetings and took the initiative to call the DA's office to put a different spin on the case before they made the decision to file. My charges ended up not even being filed!
Posted by Adam | June 18, 2014
My guardian Angel- Charles Magill
Charles Magill is a genius. Unfortunately I have had to use him three times in my life, and every single time he has come through in the clutch! Charles Magill was professional, comforting, and I had all of my calls answered! Unfortunately not every lawyer cares about his or her clients like Mr. Magill. I can assure you that if you ever need a criminal attorney, you will want one that cares about you, answers your calls, and fights for you. Not only does Mr. Magill do all of that, but he never stops fighting! He is an American hero. Oh and in case I forgot to mention- EVERY single case I have needed Mr. Magill for has ended in my favor and resulted in my absolute freedom. If it sounds like I’m biased, it’s because I am. 3 times in my life I needed an attorney, and all three times Mr. Magill came and fought successfully for me. Don’t look any further, he’s the guy you want.
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2013
Cannot go wrong here!
Chuck and Laura are amazing! I went to them in early April with my criminal defense matter where I was facing 2 misdemenors and 1 felony. They faught for me and saved my budding career. The case was resolved before making it to trial which saved me a ton of stress and money. Chuck tried to negotiate withthe DA since the charges were far fethched and exaggerated but the DA wouldn't budge. Chuck then worked his magic with the judge and resolved my case with nothing more than a misdemenor (which could be exponged) and some community service, the ensuing fine was even waived. I wish i couldve met them under better circumstances but Chuck and Laura literally saved me and I am forever greatful. I highly recommend them! Worth every penny!
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Posted by Shari | July 2, 2013
Passionate, aggressive, and determined.
I never thought my family would need a criminal defense lawyer, and when my son needed help, I tried my best to handle everything myself. I couldn't even bring myself to admit that we needed a lawyer, I was so embarrassed. I ran into Charles Magill at the courthouse and was instantly overcome by his compassion, take-charge attitude, optimism and good-heartedness. He explained everything very clearly to me and always made me feel relaxed and confident. Although the case took much longer than I ever expected, Charles never wavered, and two years later, he still follows up on my son's progress, always keeping me informed. I'm very pleased and would recommend Charles Magill to anyone.
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Posted by Clara | May 21, 2013
Forever grateful
YES!!! I researched a few lawyers in town and was torn between two. However, from the moment I met with Chuck I felt confident I was in trustworthy hands; not to mention Laura, his great partner/wife!!! I was impressed with his level of knowledge, confidence and awesome track record! He is someone who is grounded and in touch with regular people such as myself. So I chose Chuck and it was the smartest decision! I always felt he sincerely cared about my life and was emotionally available and supportive!!!
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Posted by Gail | May 2, 2013
Dedicated, honest, fighter
When I met Chuck and Laura I was without hope and felt desperate, our family had been fighting corrupt law enforcement, a trial that was filled with perjury, ignored subpoenas, and witnesses intimidated by the sheriff’s department. Chuck and Laura listened to our concerns and immediately started research on our case. The judge and prosecutor continued trying to bully us to fulfill their agenda, Chuck and Laura will not back down. I feel like God brought us together, I know that we still have a long road ahead, I am confident that they will do everything to help us. Chuck and Laura not only cared about our case, they cared about us as a family, our health, our spiritual well-being. They have worked tirelessly to defend our son. In my opinion Chuck and Laura treat the U. S. Constitution as a living, breathing organism, not just words on a paper that sit in a museum. I would recommend Chuck Magill or Laura Guzman Magill to anyone that wants to be represented, not just have some show up in court.
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Posted by Frank | April 30, 2013
Highly Skilled Professional Attorney and a WINNER
Charles and Laura Magill already did succesfully represent me in the past, so when false criminal charges in a Domestic Violence case were filed against me I did not hesitate for a second to have them represent me again. Charles and Laura are highly skilled professional attorneys who are very experienced, have a broad an in-depth knowledge of the law, know the Court System in and out and are great negotiators. But even more important they are WINNERS, who will never give up no matter how hopeless a case might look and will keep seeking for every possible solution to win their case. In Domestic Violence cases, like the one that I had to deal with, winning a case is in most situations a hard thing to achieve. Especially while, like also in my case, it is one word (my ex spouse) against another (mine) and proofing the facts is a difficult thing to achieve. Moreover when a 12 member jury has to be convinced of your innocence. But also here Charles and Laura kept looking to every possible angle of my case, striving in every possible way to get a not guilty verdict from the jury. And that is what happened in the end, having my case being aquitted. I have no idea what the end-result of my case would have been without Charles and Laura representing me. But I know for a fact that without their persistence, their professional attitude and the time and energy they put in defending me, things could have ended much worse for me. If ever you might end up in a similar situation like I did and need a criminal defense attorney, I would definitely recommend Charles and Laura Magill as the attorneys that highly likely will win a case for you.
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Posted by Kyle | April 29, 2013
Courage can be defined as doing the right thing, despite the threat of adversity. Keep doing the right thing Chuck (and Laura). My family and I were extremely fortunate to have Chuck and Laura Magill represent our son, only after others wanted to let "the other side" drive the case. Overzealous prosecutors and badge heavy law enforcement will not hesitate to fabricate charges, trample on your Constitutional Rights, and make self-serving, back room deals. Our system of justice needs attorneys like Chuck and Laura as a safeguard of checks and balance. Chuck and Laura will "defend" their clients the way a defense attorney should, and they hold those empowered to enforce, prosecute and hear the law accountable. It is a fact, based on experience and observation, Laura and Chuck are true, loyal defenders of "the people" and your Rights. I only wish more attorneys had their honesty, backbone, compassion, energy, drive and knowledge of the law. Keep up the great work!!
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Posted by SONJA | April 25, 2013
A great Lawyer
Charles Magill is the best attorney and I am so glad that I was given his name. He does excellent work very through and results oriented. I would absolutely recommend him. Also the fact that he is a family man with good standing ethics and treats you like a human being. You always feel very comfortable talking to him and know that he is working very hard for you. Thanks so much.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2013
Chuck a defender for the times!
I remember when Chuck defended me back in 1993! Yes he was determined to made sure that I was informed that it was my first offense and that I would not have to serve any time! I was so afraid and scared because I was involved with the WRONG people! Although the drugs were NOT mine I was charged with it because of my boyfriend and his friend saying "Not mine" Blah blah, any way I did not have to serve anytime, THANK GOD but if I had not had such a great attorney I would have seen the prison cell because of my associates! After my plead deal was done, another case popped up about three months later, and Chuck to the court house because he saw my name on the report! He subsequently stood up for me and the charges were dropped! Thank you Chuck! I do want to say he really did care and he was my public defender! I am so grateful! My life has changed and I no longer associate with the wrong people!
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2013
Tenacious and passionate
I never in my life thought I would need a criminal attorney, and when I went to see Chuck, I was still in shock. He took control, soothed me, asked a lot of tough questions, and was completely up front and honest with me. Chuck and his wife Laura are aggressive, passionate defense lawyers and I always felt like my case mattered to them. They are so busy that I sometimes felt they could do a better job of keeping me informed: in particular, I didn't understand why my case stretched out as long as it did, and he didn't fill me in that the delays were to my benefit. Chuck is a master negotiator and never backs down. I truly felt like I couldn't possibly be in better hands.
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Posted by Vanessa | November 27, 2012
Charles Magill savvy on human rights abuses and health care laws.
Chuck Magill has the unique distinction of knowing the system from the DA to public defender's office (which he and his wife have worked at) I worked for one of the of the top lawyers in Fresno and have ties to the legal community in Fresno, California and worldwide. People can set you up for fake citizen's arrest and Chuck knows about false arrests and the issues that our police department has. Many of the law enforcement respect him and his brutally honest demeanor. If someone is trying to sue you or cannot win a case, are in the wrong they may try to harm you with a fake citizen's arrest. Charles (Chuck) Magill can fix it and is a shrewed negiotator that has won many false arrest claims and brought attention to this matter. Chuck is also respected by many attorneys in Fresno, who regularly seek his advice. For those of you who file a fake citizen's arrest and cannot back it up, you stand the chance of being sued or prosecuted by the DA's office who is sick and tired of being used for Kangaroo Court BS cases like a particular attorney that has scammed clients out of thousands. I highly recommend Chuck (Charles) for anyone should they be caught in a misunderstanding with the police. Most police that I know do not agree with arresting anyone at a nursing home in front of elderly partents (as what happened to me) But in the end it is working out well because now more attention will be brought to the facility who had issues with elder abuse and poor health care. They are now trying to straighten up their act after a worker cried "victim" because she could not be accountable for her actions. Then attacked me with a camera on the floor of a healthcare facility (not allowed because of privacy ACT)
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Posted by jim | July 20, 2010
great lawyer
mr magill has done legal work for our family and i have always found him to be professional,upfront, and honest.i would reccomend him.
Posted by cassandra | May 20, 2010
Great Legal Representation
We belong to the same legal network association. We have yet to meet in person, however, we communicate via phone and internet regularly. During the past several months I've dealt with certain health challenges that require legal assistance, referrals and at time financial support. Chuck and his Law Office have graciously supported me when asked without question and without really knowing me personally just out of the kindness and generosity of his heart. It's an extension of God's grace and love that I've rarely if ever encountered and i'm so grateful.
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Posted by Frank | May 16, 2010
I was arrested after being betrayed by a family member. Having never been in trouble with the law besides a speeding ticket, I was terrified. I got an attorney who was a friend of my brothers. He was horrible. After meeting with a few more attorneys, Chuck made no promises about the outcome just that he would do his best to defend my case. That was the TRUTH!! Chuck was very professional and kept me informed and prepared for each court date. Fresno County gave us 3 different DA's and Chuck outmatched them all during this 18 month ordeal. I did go to trial and was found innocent of all 5 felony charges. Chuck looked at the case originally and set a very fair price. When going to trial good attorneys know it's war and Chuck came to do battle and was excelent. My life depended on him and he fought for my innocence. Everyone who is in need of criminal defense should know you will not find anyone better then Chuck.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Law Offices of Charles F. Magill
  • 1991 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Smurr, Gelegan and Henry
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Law Clerk
  • Nuttall Berman Magill
  • 1988 - 1989


  • San Joaquin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • California St Univ Hayward
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DUI Dismissed
  • Dismissed
  • P v. Jason Shirley
  • 30 days Work Program


  • The Private Defenders
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys NACDL
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor - Education
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor - DUI
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor - Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice - Education
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice - DUI
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice - Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2007
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 2007
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2006
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 2006
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2005
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 2005
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2004
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 2004
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2003
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 2003
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2002
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 2002
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2001
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 2001
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 2000
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 2000
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1999
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 1999
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1998
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 1998
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1997
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 1997
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1996
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 1996
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1995
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 1995
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1994
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 1994
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1993
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 1993
  • Recognition for Sitting as Judge Pro Tempore 1992
  • Fresno County Superior Court
  • 1992
  • Best Trial Attorney
  • Private Defenders of California
  • N/A
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  • The Private Defenders Seminar
  • Unique Closing Arguments
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • 2014 Conference
  • Tips for Closing Arguments
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (32)
Given (6)
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Unknown Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this individual as a highly respected and knowledgable lawyer in their practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the top attorneys in the region."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Charles is sharp witted, outside-the-box thinker who brings these attributes to the table for his clients' benefit."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of Fresno's best, I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Charles. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. You will always get the best out of this lawyer. Cannot recommend him more."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles is hands-down one of the best attorneys that practice in Northern CA. He challenges district attorneys and officers on a daily basis and I highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've seen Chuck's work for over 15 years. He is extraordinary in his ability to assess, plan and attack a case. His results speak for themselves. He has a unique insight that I have not seen before in other attorneys. He is in a class by himself."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Magill knows how to stand up for the little guy, the down trodden and anyone who needs a lawyer in their corner. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chuck throughout his entire practice and have seen him grow from a new attorney learning the ropes to a seasoned veteran who is sought out for help by other lawyers. He is a tireless fighter for his clients. You would be in very capable hands hiring Chuck for your criminal case. I highly endorse this lawyer's work."
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