Charles has deep Ithaca roots. His grandparents raised their five children here. Before attending college, Charles enlisted in the United States Navy where he served both at home and abroad. He went to college on the G.I. Bill, working nights in a factory and attending classes during the day. While in law school, Charles worked as a legal intern for the U.S. Army Jag Corps Military Justice Unit on the team that prosecuted a double homicide which received significant press attention. He also interned for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he worked on a complex insider trading case.
After graduating from law school, Charles joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he served until 2018. During his time there, he handled hundreds of matters, including drug cases, assaults, domestic violence, tax crimes, sex crimes, larcenies, robberies, burglaries, extortion, and homicides. Many of these cases received press attention. His wealth of criminal law experience at one of the nation’s most prestigious prosecutor's offices gives him an unparalleled understanding of what it takes to defend people who have been accused of crimes and makes him a formidable adversary and advocate. Charles's skills in the courtroom are universally recognized by his colleagues and earned him a position teaching Trial Advocacy to law students at St. John's University.
Charles is admitted to the bar of the State of New York and federally in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Criminal Defense Practice Areas