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About me

 I provide my clients with excellent, effective, efficient and ethical representation.  I do not shy away from difficult cases.  I am able to negotiate favorable dispositions or take a case to trial and win.  I will treat you with respect  and dignity.  I make myself available to answer any questions or concerns as they develop.  I enjoy being active in my community and volunteering my time coaching youth football. 

I handle all types of criminal cases, from felonies to misdemeanors.  I also represent clients in post conviction proceedings such as probation violations, expungements, and motions to terminate probation early.  I handle DUIS, drug crimes, violent crime, domestic violence cases, property crime, and all other types of criminal offenses. 


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    9 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    9 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

20 total 

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  • Joshua Beal Davis

    I endorse this lawyer. You cannot find a better criminal defense attorney in the Marin County area. Discreet, thorough, tough in the courtroom and well-respected by fellow defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges alike.


    Joshua Davis Criminal defense Attorney
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  • David Jon Pullman

    Charles Dresow is a great criminal defense lawyer who really goes to bat for his clients. He's well respected amongst the other criminal defense lawyer's in the community because of the fine work that he does.


    David Pullman Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Ragghianti | Freitas LLP

1101 Fifth Avenue,
Suite 100
San Rafael, CA, 94901


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Criminal Trial LawyerThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Criminal Justice ConcentrationMcgeorge School of Law2007
Certificate of CommendationMarin County Board of Supervisors2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices Charles D. Dresow2009 - Present
Special Deputy District AttorneyMarin County District Attorney2008 - 2008
Legal Research AttorneyMarin County District Attorney2007 - 2008
VolunteerKatrina-Gideon Project2006 - 2006
Certified Law StudentSacramento County Public Defender2005 - 2007
Legal InternSacramento Public Defenders Office2005 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Marin County Bar AssociationMember Scholorship Committee2011 - Present
Marin County Bar AssociationChair MCBA Law Day 20112011 - Present
Marin County Bar AssociationDirector2011 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
American Psychology-Law SocietyMember2010 - Present
San Francisco Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Sonoma County Bar Association, Criminal Defense SectionMember2009 - Present
Marin County Bar Association CLE CommitteeMember2009 - Present
Marin County Bar Association Law Day-Public Education CommitteeMember2009 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2009 - Present
Sonoma County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2008 - Present
Richard Sangster Inn of CourtMember2008 - Present
Marin County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. GProbation violation dismissed after hearing.
People v. VNot Guilty all Counts after jury trial
People v. Scase dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Pitzer College (Claremont)N/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Napa County Police Academy mock trial practicumCriminal Trial2011
March ProgramWith Friends Like These2011
Law DayYouth and the Law2011
Sonoma County Bar Association Law DayThe American Jury - We the People in Action2010
October ProgramDo you have to speak up to remain silent (Presentation Coordinator)2010
Marin County Law DayLegal Education2010
October 2009 ProgramAshcroft v. Iqbal2009
February 2009 ProgramJury Selection2009
2009 Marin County Bar Association Law DayYouth and the Law2009