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The Applegate Law Office focuses on efficient, effective representation. I provide my clients with exactly the help that they need. I founded the Applegate Law Office in June 2009. I have been practicing law in California since 2003, and I have spent most of those years practicing law in the North Bay. As an attorney for years in Santa Rosa and a former prosecutor in Ukiah and Willits, I am familiar with Sonoma and Mendocino County courts. My office, centrally located in Santa Rosa, serves all of the North Bay – Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, Napa, and Marin counties.

A criminal arrest is a serious problem.  From domestic violence to drugs to DUI, fraud to firearm or weapons charges, sex crimes to shoplifting, the Applegate Law Office is ready to handle your criminal case. Any criminal matter that could lead to a misdemeanor, a felony, or a parole or probation violation is a problem that matters to you.

Civil lawsuits are serious problems, too. If you were injured by someone else, you need someone skilled and aggressive to identify and track down the responsible party and hold them accountable.  If someone is accusing you of doing them wrong, then you need someone skilled at defense to protect your interests and your rights. With well over a decade of experience in civil litigation, Applegate Law can take care of  you..

If a problem is big enough to matter to you, it is big enough to matter to me – and no problem is too big for me to tackle. Whether you’re facing criminal charges or involved in a civil lawsuit, I can help. And with a free consultation and a wide range of payment options, you can let your needs, not your budget, make the decision for you. Call so I can start protecting your rights and your freedom now.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following: 

  • Criminal Law
    • Misdemeanors
    • Felonies
    • Traffic Citations
    • Drug Offenses
    • Embezzlement
    • Domestic Violence
    • Violent Crimes
    • Weapons Offenses
    • Robbery
    • Burglary
    • Shoplifting
    • Child Abuse and Endangerment
    • Gang Charges and Enhancements
    • Juvenile Crimes
    • Three Strikes
    • Personal Injury
  • Civil Rights
    • Police Misconduct
    • Bullying
    • Assault and Battery
    • Car Accidents
    • Slip and Fall Claims
    • Negligent Security Claims
    • Dog Bite Claims

Call 707-775-9459 today to arrange your free initial consultation

Attorney Charles Applegate

I became a lawyer because I like helping people, I like sticking up for people, and I hate bullies. When you’re accused of a crime, all of the power and resources of the entire society is brought to bear against you. It’s you (and your lawyer) against the Police, the District Attorney’s office, the court system, your accusers — basically, it’s you against the world. Unless you have a good attorney, those aren’t good odds.

SKILL: I have practiced law in both criminal and civil courts throughout California. That experience shaped how I approach cases today. Representing people as defendants in civil lawsuits taught me how to poke holes in the other side’s case — how to keep them from proving that my client did what they say he did. Prosecuting criminal cases as a DA taught me how to build a case to win it — how to prove that my side is right, and that the other side is either dishonest or just plain wrong. Whether I’m defending someone accused of a crime or helping someone get restitution for an injury or insult, what I’m doing comes down to those key skills: building up my client’s case and tearing the other side’s case down. That’s what I do when I fight for my clients; that’s how we work to win cases.

TRUST: As your attorney, I won’t lie to you and I won’t lie for you. If an attorney will lie on your behalf when it’s convenient or rewarding, I suspect that attorney will lie TO you when it’s convenient. You MUST be able to trust your attorney. If you don’t trust your attorney, well … unless your case settles instantly, for everything you want, and for free you’re always going to wonder if you got a good deal. I take the time to listen to you and address your concerns so you’ll know you’re in the right hands, and you won’t have to second-guess later.

TIME: Every client who makes an appointment to talk about their case with me gets as much time as needed to figure out if I can help them, and if I’m the one to give them the help. It’s no pressure; it’s no risk. I understand that the client is putting his time, money, freedom, reputation, and rights in my hands. I know it’s a big decision and I want all of my clients to feel safe and taken care of, and to know that they got everything they could hope for — or even better.

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Charles W. Applegate

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Criminal Defense Since 2014
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Criminal Defense Since 2014
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