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Charles W Applegate

Criminal defense Attorney at Santa Rosa, CA

4.5   22 reviews
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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    If you are suspected of a crime or charged with a violation of law, you NEED a criminal defense attorney to present your defense or negotiate a penalty. As a former criminal prosecutor who has handled hundreds and hundreds of criminal cases, I know how the police and the prosecution operate. As a criminal defense attorney, I use that inside knowledge to help get my clients the best possible result.

    17 years, 500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    15%
    If you are suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may be arrested for DUI (driving under the influence). A DUI conviction has serious consequences, but g good attorney can negotiate lesser penalties, or even get the charges dropped or reduced, depending on your circumstances and your past history.

    17 years, 500 cases

  3. Lawsuits and disputes
    15%
    If you make a big purchase and later decide you to return the item, what can you do if the store refuses to refund your money? You can file a lawsuit and proceed with litigation, but the process can be costly and time-consuming. The law provides several other methods to resolve disputes and all offer unique advantages. A lawyer who specializes in disputes reviews your paperwork and tells you what method will best serve your needs and budget.

    21 years, 100 cases

  4. Car accident
    10%
    If you are involved in a car accident, you may benefit from the services of a car accident lawyer, one who knows the dynamics of car crashes and can identify and weigh all the possible factors which may have played a part.

    21 years, 200 cases

  5. Personal injury
    10%
    A personal injury lawyer works with clients who have suffered a physical or emotional injury, usually by accident or mistake. Whether you were in a car accident or the victim of medical malpractice, a personal injury attorney can help. I know how the insurance claim process works, what evidence to gather, and how to calculate and present your claim for damages so that you get the relief that you deserve.

    21 years, 200 cases

As a former district attorney, I prosecuted hundreds of crimes. As a licensed defense attorney, I have seen hundreds of civil and criminal cases to the end. I have the experience to evaluate your case and I know how prosecutors think. My insider knowledge of the system allows me to see, and take advantage of, weaknesses in the other side's case that can help you.

My ability to disagree without being disagreeable has allowed me to develop a reputation as a good, strong attorney who is easy to work with. I know how to work every single angle of a case until I find the one that's best for you.

I've been a wage-earner for 26 years. I've worked in offices, gas stations, warehouses, restaurants, and law firms. I know what it means to work with my back and my hands, and I understand and respect the financial limits and abilities of my clients.

 

Awards

Gold Client Champion
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
2012

Location

APPLEGATE LAW OFFICE

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by Mandī Kęrn | April 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional but has a heart
Unlike many lawyers I reached out to regarding my case, Charles actually has a heart. He helped my case get dropped completely while keeping me calm during a very tense situation. I would highly recommend using Charles as your lawyer. He is efficient, respectful, and will get the job done all while being considerate. He helped me reunite with my son and nothing will ever matter as much as that.
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Response from Charles Applegate June 24, 2017
Dear Mandi - Thanks for the glowing review! I'm delighted that you're so happy, and I was thrilled to reunite you with your gorgeous son and undo the damage done to both of you by the police and the courts.
Posted by Jeremiah | May 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI Case
Charles is not only an outstanding lawyer but a great person. I received my DUI early January and I was very stressed out. Charles helped me remain calm and got me through the court system with ease and was very articulate about the situation. I am very grateful that my dad and I hired him to represent me and if somehow in the future I know someone that needs lawyer I will give that person Mr. Applegate's number.
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Response from Charles Applegate June 24, 2017
Thanks, Jeremiah - I appreciate your kind words, and I appreciate all the hard work that YOU put in to help me get your case taken care of. You're a fine young man, and I'm delighted to see you doing so well.
Posted by Shannon | November 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
Charles provided excellent service to my family and I when we needed a lawyer for an auto accident injury. He and his staff were professional, kind, patient, and timely throughout the process, from beginning to end. We had a positive outcome and experience with him, even while dealing with a not so positive injury. I would absolutely recommend Charles and his staff.
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Posted by Lynne | August 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Charles Applegate is the best!
I had the good fortune to have hired Charles Applegate for a personal injury lawsuit. This type of thing can be very nerve-wracking and stressful and, certainly, nothing that I had experience in at all. From our first meeting and throughout this process, Charles walked me through what needed to happen and what I needed to do. He was incredibly responsive and returned my calls or emails almost immediately. All that I had to do was complete an assortment of documents, provide my own documentation to support my claim, and attend a deposition. Charles took care of everything else. He was very respectful of my feelings and my injury; he never made me feel like my lawsuit was frivolous. We agreed upon a settlement amount that ranged from acceptable to awesome. He negotiated an amount that exceeded the awesome amount! I negotiate for a living, and I’ve got to hand it to Charles. He fought for me and pushed the opposing lawyers to come back with a hefty settlement. I wouldn’t want to sit on the other side of the table from Charles. He was relentless. I cannot recommend him highly enough. I hope I never need his services again, but if I do, Charles is the only lawyer I would call.
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Posted by Rosa | July 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great in helping me navigate the legal system
Me Applegate is professional and I trust him in guiding me thru the legal process. I'm glad he is representing me and can't thank him enough.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Good
Was kind, understating, down to earth and helpful. Very good at his job. Hopefully we won’t need to use him, but highly confident, if so he would do an amazing job. So patient. Answered all of our questions. Had a wealth of experience and knowledge.
Posted by Roman | January 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
I told Charles my Situation and he New it was a weak case against me and during this time he responded to every text and phone call the following day after hiring Charles he was in court and when seen DA he was able to find out that all charges against me were dropped. Thank You Charles for keeping me calm throughout this joke of a mess.
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Posted by Shane | June 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legendary
Simple put: Charles Applegate is a LEGEND! His cool, calm and collective approach to my, seemingly, horrific and bleak-consequences case; was both comforting and infectious. Charles was right there with me through the entire ordeal and was always available to offer his experience and expertise. His knowledge of criminal law is undeniable and he has a plethora of practice and interconnections. I can honestly say without any qualms; had I not had Charles Applegate fighting for me, I’d be laying, badly beaten by the court and DMV. You’re a scholar and a gentleman. I thank you.
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Posted by Calysta | May 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend
I met Charles Applegate during one of thee most difficult times in my life. His fine tuned knowledge in his profession maneuvered me through an extraordinary amount of chaos. His sensitivity to what I was personally experiencing helped me gain hope and trust. Mr Applegate became my pillar of light during this dark period. He guided me through my legal matter with excellent professionalism and helped me understand my life lesson through his wisdom, humor and great care. This is a man you want in your corner.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GREATE LAWYER !
I thanks got I found a GREATE LAWYER for my case. He strongly cares about his client’s problems and difficult situations. He does everything he has in his hands to clarify and get you out of the problem. I discovered that he has a lot of experience in his field and gives you tranquility the way he handle your case. I can only say, Thank you from the bottom of my hart.
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Posted by Denise | May 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer
Charles has been amazing and I have used his services several times over the last few years. He has been able to get charges reduced, with referral to programs for my child which helped with the primary problem.
Posted by Mark | October 12, 2013
INTEGRITY & COMMON SENSE
Mr. Applegate has helped me in a few situations. His price has always been fair and legal advice sound and well explained. I have even referred him to a friend who raved about how Charlie handled his DUI case. I will recommend Mr. Applegate to anyone and everyone who needs legal help.
Posted by Jason | April 16, 2013
Honestly this is the guy to go with ... ill save you the time .
Charles is very very very much the lawyer you want to hire to defend you and handle your case , he was able to reduce my charge and lower fines which is always a good things . Kept in contact all the time and always returned my phone calls . Called two lawyers before going with Charles and he sounded the most honest/real and also happened to be the best rates for his services . Thanks again Charles !
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Posted by Daniel | November 2, 2012
Charles W. Applegate_The People's Choice
Charles Applegate is the man to have handle your legal problems. He is sincere, honest, hard-working, considerate and prompt. He has vast knowledge of every area of his expertise, and was happy to answer any and all of my questions. He always returned my phone calls in less than 24 hours. I would highly recommend Charles Applegate to anyone looking for a competent and reliable man to represent them and get them positive results.
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Posted by Julianna | April 15, 2011
Excellent assistance
Charles was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I was a long distance client and he was diligent about keeping me informed and forwarding my interests. I recommend him without reservation.
Posted by Ben | April 10, 2011
Charles Applegate
Charles was extremely helpful in my case. I had some unique circumstances and specific goals for my case that I could not have accomplished with a public defender. Charles was quick with email responses and kept me well-informed with the status of my case.
Posted by Brad | March 11, 2011
Case Dismissed
Charles quickly went to work to reverse a potentially damaging and false charge against me. He immediately saw the truth of the situation and went forth to convey this quickly. His professionalism and knowledge got the case dismissed.
Posted by Andy | March 9, 2011
Knowledgeable and helpful
Charles helped me out with some real estate/collection issues I had a year or so ago. He was the only one who saw my side of the argument and who offered to help and guided me as to what would work and what wouldnt, thereby saving me money on legal fees and not lining his own pocket.
Posted by Sue | March 8, 2011
Mr. Applegate Got Results.
We got nothing but doors slamming in our faces when we tried to solve our problem on our own. Mr. Applegate was extremely helpful. He listened carefully and let us know he understood our problem. He made calls to our HOA and a collection agency to see if he could solve the problem in the fastest and simplest possible manner. He took time to explain procedures and kept us informed every step of the way. He was confident and reassuring, and we got excellent results. We highly recommend Mr. Applegate.
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Posted by Cate | November 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very dissappointing
In my husband's case, Charles never filed the suit, it's going on 9 months. Then when we asked him why, he wouldn't tell us, he got mad and said he never intended to file all along. We we're shocked, and wondering what was going on, so we tried to ask him and he got mad again! Then sent a letter saying he no longer represented us. So all he did for us was NOTHING except waste our time. Now we have to start ALL OVER AGAIN with another attorney.. Charles Applegate is one big dissappointment. Do not go there, you will be very sorry.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Tulare County District Attorney
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Mendocino County District Attorney
  • 2007 - 2008

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Felony DUI
  • Felony child endangerment dismissed; DUI reduced to a misdemeanor.
  • People vs. (Anonymous)
  • Case Dismissed

Associations

  • Friends Outside
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2013
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2013
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (7)
Endorse Charles
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles is a great attorney who is very good at listening to his clients to ensure he gets the best outcome for them. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I went to law school with Mr. Applegate and I work with him on the occasional criminal case. He is an excellent attorney with superb analytical skills and a powerful courtroom presence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
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 | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I know Charles Applegate and have worked with him. He is a hard working, dedicated, knowledgeable and efficient attorney. More importantly, he is a good person who will treat you the way you want to be treated. I strongly endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Charles is a hard-working, earnest, and conscientious advocate for his clients. His clients trust him and other attorneys respect him because he is an outstanding person and excellent attorney. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Applegate takes a real interest in the defendant's case and looks after all the legal aspects. He diligently pursues all legal avenues and works directly with the other side, if possible, (often a Deputy District Attorney) to resolve, thorny issues, in the very best interests of the client. He is an attorney I enjoy working with as he has integrity and he is very smart."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Charles is brilliant, fast on his feet, and gets results that leave others slack-jawed."
General practice Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles Applegate is an outstanding advocate for his clients and is committed to ensuring that the judicial process is upheld on their behalf."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Applegate is a lawyer of the highest caliber. His keen intellect, compassion, and work ethic will continue to produce great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the best attorneys in the state."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles is a highly skilled and effective advocate for his clients. Charles is known in the legal community as a competent and hard working attorney. He has earned the respect of his peers and the court. I have referred many people to Charles for help with various criminal law issues, as I feel confident that they will be well served. If you're looking for an intelligent, passionate, dedicated lawyer, look no further."
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Santa Rosa Criminal defense Lawyer Charles W Applegate
Charles W Applegate
Criminal defense Attorney
Santa Rosa, CA
Licensed for 20 years
Free Consultation