Charles Clark is a graduate of Rutgers College and the University of Miami School of Law. He practiced criminal law as a Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor for over 12 years.
Mr. Clark began his legal career in 1995 where he started in the Appellate section of the Prosecutor’s Office.
Upon joining the Family section (Juvenile crime/Domestic violence) of the Prosecutor’s office in 1996, Mr. Clark handled hundreds of juvenile cases ranging from drug charges to first degree Armed Robberies and Aggravated Sexual Assaults. Mr. Clark not only successfully represented the State at trial on many of these juvenile cases, but he also tried a number of domestic violence restraining order violation cases and the related weapons forfeiture cases before graduating to the felony trial division.
Over the next several years, Mr. Clark honed his trials skills as a member of the Trial Division. He successfully prosecuted adult defendants for crimes such as Murder, Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault as well as drug related crimes.
My main strength is my trial experience. I spent many years trying complex criminal cases for every type of criminal offense. I do not worry about being taken advantage of in plea negotiations because I have the confidence to go to trial on any case.
I stress to my clients that my firm takes a trial posture on every case. We do not go to trial on every case and are often successful in our plea negotiations. But our clients do have all of the options available to them and can feel confident that they will have an excellent chance of success if they choose to go to trial.
As a criminal defense lawyer, I really feel strongly about protecting my client’s rights, ensuring that the State has sufficient proof to even charge my client and protecting my client from being pressured into sacrificing his constitutional rights.
– Charles F. Clark, Founding Partner, Clark & Clark, LLC
In 2003, Mr. Clark was promoted to the Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit where he successfully prosecuted defendants for crimes such as Aggravated Sexual Assault, Attempted Child Luring, and Endangering the Welfare of Children.
In 2006 Mr. Clark was promoted to Director of the Asbury Park Satellite Office by Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis A. Valentin. As the Director of this subdivision of major crimes, Mr. Clark reviewed all of the indictable cases originating in Asbury Park. He was also responsible for providing legal advice to the Asbury Park police department and for supervising the Major Crimes Investigative Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office in a number of high profile homicide cases including a number of gang related homicides. Mr. Clark was one of only three prosecutors entrusted with supervisory control of major crimes investigations in the Prosecutor’s office before his departure in December of 2007.
In 2007, Mr. Clark left the Prosecutor’s Office to start the firm of Clark and Clark. Mr. Clark has used his experience to successfully handle hundreds of criminal defense cases in the last seven years. In his career, Mr. Clark has successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases including numerous Murder and Aggravated Sexual Assault cases as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. Mr. Clark’s clients know that they have an experienced trial attorney who gives them their best chance at success if they choose to go to trial. He has also used his unique trial experience and understanding of the legal issues to negotiate on behalf of his clients and limit their consequences. Mr. Clark has handled cases in nearly every County in New Jersey and regularly appears in both North New Jersey and Central New Jersey Counties.
If you have been charged with a crime or similar type offense (DUI/DWI), let our unique experience as both prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys work for you. We understand the legal issues from both sides and have the experience to negotiate a satisfactory resolution or aggressively protect your rights at trial where you are presumed innocent.
- New York, 1997
- New Jersey, 1995
- U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1995
- University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida (J.D. – 1994)
- Rutgers College (B.A. – 1991)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Monmouth County Bar Association, Member
- Certified Criminal Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court
Past Employment Positions
- Monmouth County, Assistant Prosecutor
- Prosecutor’s Office, Appellate Section, 1995
- Juvenile Crime and Domestic Violence, Family Section, 1996
- Asbury Park Satellite Office, Director