Law Office of Charles Dawkins Jr.
(908) 409-1349
(908) 962-9929

1139 E Jersey Street, Suite 613 Elizabeth, NJ 07201
200 Centennial Avenue, Suite 200, Piscataway, NJ 08854
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Top 100 Trial Lawyers - The National Trial Lawyers
Top 100 Trial Lawyers - The National Trial Lawyers

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About Charles Dawkins Jr.

 Charles Dawkins Jr. was raised in Ohio by great parents. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College. Subsequent to receiving his degree from the Honors Tutorial College, he attended American University's Washington College of Law. He was fortunate to have not only great teachers at American University but also great faculty mentors. One of his professors was the first African American awarded an atheletic scholarship to play SEC College basketball.

 He practices law in the current areas; Federal and State Criminal Defense, Immigration Law, NJ. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Criminal and Civil Appeals, Appeals to the United States Supreme Court, and Habeas Corpus Briefs.


  • Has Been Working with Juvenile Law in Juvenile & Family Court
  • Has Served as a Former Assistant Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Newark, New Jersey
  • Is Currently on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Criminal Panel Attorneys List
  • Has experience in trying State and Federal Criminal Cases
  • Has Appealed Case to the United States Supreme Court
  • Has Argued Civil Cases in New Jersey Federal District Court
  • Has experience obtaining asylum or Withholding of Removal for citizens of India ,Ghana, and has represented clients from most parts of the world.
  • Has experience preventing clients from Removal/Deportation to respective countries
  • Has experience obtaining Acquittals or Dismissals in New Jersey State Court, New Jersey Federal District Criminal Court, and New Jersey Family Court.
  • Has experience in Appeals decided by the Board of Immigration Appeal
  • Has experience representing many clients charged with Immigration Aggravated Felonys.
  • Has experience obtaining many citizenships, visas, and green cards.

AWARDS: 2016 receipient of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyers. Not an important award but it helps my SEO optimization; and they have excellent superbowl conferences with high profilet trial lawyer speakers and legendary football atheletes like Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw. I have no idea who recommended me for this award. 

Currently Avvo rated '10"

AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION MEMBER:  Immigration law is a specialty. I consider membership in this organization to be a requirement to stay on top of my game; keep my library updated; and to get updates on significant issues that a person will only know if he is getting updated New Jersey chapter information.

NEW JERSEY STATE BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBER: New Jersey requires private attorneys to take a certain amount of Continuing Legal Education Courses.  Membership gives me a discount on courses and helps me stay abreast of the law.  Membership also permits me to conduct legal research on the site. I take as many as time and money will permit.


   Criminal Defense:  A third party may pay the fee, but I only discuss the facts of the case and the strategy of the case with the Adult client.  If I discuss the case with another party present when I speak with the client I lose attorney client privilege.  Clients who are not married to their girlfriends/boyfriends are instructed to refrain from speaking about the case to them or family members.  Paying money for the client fails to affect me or give the third party any special rights.

Juveniles:  I always inform the parents about the case when a juvenile is being charged of a crime.  If the person is a young adult, I will talk to the parents as it relates to the plea but not the facts of the case.

Immigration Clients: In immigration court I will speak with girlfriends and relatives.  I often need their support to get supporting documents and in some cases, the citizen relative is essential for immigration relief. I have represented people from all parts of the continent and many different religions. 

Appeals Clients:  The trial record and decision legal basis are the most important documents for an appeal. I will discuss with the client and family members their opinions as it relates to the trial.  Usually both parties want to attack the lawyer, the judge or both.  


    My Irish American high school American history teacher who was also a very confident but humble lawyer taught me a lesson at an early age.  He was a World War II purple heart combat veteran, but he defended conscientious objectors  during the Vietnam War Era.  He was courageous and intelligent, but not a braggadocio.

     On a historical note former President John Adams defended British Soldiers accused of perpetrating the Boston Massacre---obviously as a Founding Father he failed to support British colonialism.  

   My values are antithetical to some of the people who I have defended in Criminal Court and Immigration Court,  but It is not my duty to judge people but to assure that people are effectively represented as supported by the United States Constitution.  In most cases, a trial occurs because the State's evidence is inconsistent with investigative truth, I am unable to get a factual basis from the client, apparent procedural due process issues, or an immigrant will be deported with a guilty plea.  Ultimately the client makes the decision.

    If a person wants to plea guilty I attempt to assure that the guilty plea is voluntary, knowing, and with a full understanding of the consequences.  The person must be guilty.  The system fails when innocent people plea guilty.  If a person is in fact guilty, a plea bargain is an excellent means to reduce his/her exposure to the penalties of the law.  

       I personally believe and practice all the precepts of the Christian Faith, but I also believe in defending traditional notions of fundamental fairness and Due Process guarantees of the United States Constitution for ALL people.  

Quote of the Day: "To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."

                                      Theodore Roosevelt

      Call me. I give free consultations for most criminal law matters, but I charge a fee for most Immigration consultations.

Contact Charles Dawkins Jr. in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and hire a dedicated Criminal Defense Attorney, Deportation Lawyer, and Criminal Appeals Lawyer today.