Criminal Defense

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right …to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense. ~ United States Constitution (Sixth Amendment)

Trial by jury shall be as heretofore, and the right thereof remain inviolate. ~ Pennsylvania Constitution, Declaration of Rights (Article 1, Section 6)

Arrested? Have the police called you and asked to “talk with you?” Have you been charged with a crime or are you being investigated?

YOU HAVE RIGHTS AND YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY TO HELP YOU PROTECT THOSE RIGHTS.

Joe Charlton has extensive experience in representing clients throughout the criminal process, from the investigative stages of the process, through trials and appeals. He has tried numerous criminal jury trials ranging from Misdemeanors to Felonies. Joe’s philosophy is that the best results come from being prepared and having effective communication with his clients.

Trial strategy should start from the inception of the case (the first meeting with the client) and not after an attorney finds out that “they are going to trial.” Charlton & Charlton utilizes experienced investigators to assist in the investigation of the case and prepare for trial from the initial client meeting on.

Considering that each client has different circumstances, trial isn’t always the best avenue for a client and a plea agreement may be necessary. There are many factors that enter into plea negotiations. Joe works with the client to make sure that the best possible plea deal is on the table, thus enabling the client to make an informed choice - a choice that will affect the client’s future.

The bottom line is that your counsel matters in this process.