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Charles Curlett, Jr.

Baltimore Criminal Defense Attorney

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Charles Curlett, Jr.

Baltimore Criminal Defense Attorney

Baltimore Criminal Defense lawyer

Charles Curlett, Jr.

Charles (“Chad”) Curlett is a former Manhattan prosecutor and experienced trial attorney. A leader in the federal criminal bar, Chad is a Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association, as well as a past Chair of the Criminal Law Section and a past President of the Maryland Chapter. For over 20 years Chad has represented clients in high-profile investigations and litigation. Chad’s practice primarily involves conducting internal investigations, defending clients accused of business and financial crime, and business litigation.
Chad began his legal career in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, the Netherlands, where he was principally involved in the investigation and trial of a Bosnian Serb General for genocide committed in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina in July 1995.

Chad then served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. His work in the Trial Division included the prosecution and trial of felony criminal cases involving narcotics and weapons offenses, assault and homicide. Appointed by then-District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau to Investigation Division Central, Chad pursued the investigation and prosecution of domestic and international financial crime.

Chad entered private practice in 2006 joining the litigation practice of an AmLaw firm, where he became a partner and was the vice-chair of the white collar and government enforcement practice group. Prior to joining Rosenberg Martin Greenberg in 2019, Chad practiced for seven years at Levin & Curlett LLC, the white-collar litigation firm that he founded with Steven Levin.

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About Baltimore Criminal Defense Law

If you or your loved one is facing a criminal charge, it can be a nerve-wracking and intimidating time.  Given the complexity of criminal laws and the potentially severe consequences, an experienced Baltimore criminal lawyer is essential to navigating through this uncertain time.

Below we have provided some basic information about Baltimore criminal law, including when and how a Baltimore criminal defense attorney in can be most useful.

What Are Criminal Charges?

At its simplest, an individual is facing criminal charges when they have committed a crime.  A crime is any act committed or omitted that violates a public law.  The laws of Maryland will define these forbidden acts.  All crimes will generally fall into one of the following categories:

  • Felony: Felonies are the most severe level of crime, generally punishable by imprisonment for more than a year, in addition to any fines.  Examples of crimes that are considered felonies include murder, arson, and rape.
  • Misdemeanor: Misdemeanors are lesser crimes, generally resulting in prison sentences of less than a year and lesser fines.  Examples of misdemeanors include trespassing and vandalism.
  • Infraction: Infractions are minor or petty crimes that normally do not result in jail time.  Examples include speeding or running a red light.

While each of the above categories of crimes come with different punishments, each can have a significant impact on an individual’s life.

How a Baltimore Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

If you are facing criminal charges, you should contact a Criminal Defense attorney in Baltimore as soon as possible.  Regardless of whether you have committed some wrongdoing or if you are completely innocent, a licensed legal practitioner will be an invaluable resource throughout the criminal process.

A criminal lawyer in Baltimore can assist in all facets of the criminal process, including:

  • Ensure Your Rights are Protected. You may have heard the recitation of Miranda rights in movies or TV shows – including the right to an attorney.  This is considered an essential right to those facing criminal charges because an attorney can ensure a charged individual receives all the rights they are due under the law.
  • Understand the Legal Process. Criminal attorneys know the ins and outs of the legal process for criminal cases.  They can assist you in any preliminary hearings, ensure your bail is set at a reasonable amount, and confirm that all legal procedures are being properly followed by the police and the prosecutor.
  • Create Defense Strategy. Lawyers who work in Baltimore criminal law have significant experience strategizing the most effective way to handle a case.  This often includes striking deals with the prosecution and securing lesser sentences.
  • Understand Case Precedent. One important tool in a successful criminal case is past case law.  If there are past cases where a similarly situated defendant overcame criminal charges, an attorney can use this to persuade a judge or jury that you should see the same result.

As you or your loved one determines next steps for handling criminal charges, an Baltimore Criminal Defense attorney will be an invaluable asset.  The criminal legal process can present unexpectedly complicated twists and turns, where a wrong step could result in serious limitations on your personal liberty.

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U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers in America, White Collar Criminal Defense (2019-2020)

New York Metro Super Lawyers, White Collar Criminal Defense (2015-2020)

Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, White Collar Criminal Defense (2019-2020)

Federal Bar Association: Criminal Law Section (Past Chair), Maryland Chapter (Past President)


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