Charlie D. Dresow

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in San Rafael, California

Ragghianti Freitas LLP
Charlie D. Dresow
Ragghianti Freitas LLP

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; view more

Licensed in California since: 2007

Education: University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021

Ragghianti Freitas LLP

1101 Fifth Avenue
Suite 100
San Rafael, CA 94901-3246 Visit website


Attorney Charlie D. Dresow is a partner at Ragghianti Freitas LLP in San Rafael, California. A graduate of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law with a concentration in criminal justice, Mr. Dresow has dedicated his career to criminal defense. He is passionate about upholding the rights of the accused through rigorous and effective legal representation.


Mr. Dresow’s practice spans every level of offense, from misdemeanors to complex felonies and from pretrial matters to appeals. He has handled high-profile cases that garnered national media attention. His cases have been featured in the New York Times and on news outlets such as CNN and “Good Morning America.” As a result, Mr. Dresow has unique experience managing public perceptions in high-stakes cases.


Mr. Dresow’s cutting-edge advocacy has earned him the respect of his peers. He has been named among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. Additionally, he enjoys a 10/10 rating and more than a dozen five-star client reviews on Avvo.


Mr. Dresow, a native of Marin County, has extensive experience appearing before state and federal courts across Northern California. He is actively involved in the local legal community, serving as a board member of Marin Trial Lawyers and Alternate Defenders Incorporated. He has also published multiple articles in the Marin Bar Journal addressing important criminal law topics.


As a third-generation criminal defense attorney, Mr. Dresow carries on the legacy of his father and grandfather, both respected defense lawyers in San Francisco. His lifelong commitment to protecting individual rights and freedoms has been the foundation of his practice for nearly a decade.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Theft

  • 100% Criminal Defense

First Admitted: 2007, California

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Director, Marin County Bar Association, 2011 - 2013
  • Member, Law Day-Public Education Committee, Marin County Bar Association,
  • Member, Marin County Bar Association, 2007 - Present
  • Member, Richard Sangster Inn of Court, 2008 - Present
  • Member, California Public Defenders Association, 2008 - Present
  • Member, Sonoma County Bar Association, 2009 - Present
  • Member, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 2009 - Present
  • Member, Marin County Bar Association CLE Committee, 2009 - Present
  • Member, Criminal Defense Section, Sonoma County Bar Association, 2009 - Present
  • Member, San Francisco Bar Association, 2009 - Present
  • Member, American Psychology-Law Society, 2010 - Present
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010 - Present
  • Member, California DUI Lawyers Association, 2010 - Present
  • Chair, MCBA Law Day 2011 , Marin County Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • Member, Scholorship Committee, Marin County Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • California, 2007-2015
  • Vice-President Board of Directors Alternate Defenders Incorporated, 2015
  • Director Marin County Bar Association, 2016
  • President of the Board of Directors, Alternate Defenders Incorporated, 2017
  • President Elect, Marin County Bar Association, 2017
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certificate of Commendation, Marin County Board of Supervisors, 2004
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • The Impact Of Simple Words, The Marin Lawyer, 2009
  • Youth and the Law, 2009 Marin County Bar Association Law Day, 2009
  • Jury Selection, February 2009 Program, 2009
  • Ashcroft v. Iqbal, October 2009 Program, 2009
  • The Confrontation Clause and Out of Court Statements Not Offered for the Truth of the Matter Asserted, The Marin Lawyer, 2010
  • The Right Against Self Incrimination Is Not a Technicality, The Marin Lawyer, 2010
  • Spotlight on Charles Dresow, Marin Lawyer, 2010
  • Legal Education, Marin County Law Day, 2010
  • Presentation Coordinator, Do you have to speak up to remain silent, October Program, 2010
  • The American Jury - We the People in Action, Sonoma County Bar Association Law Day, 2010
  • The California Public Records Act, Marin Lawyer, 2011
  • The Danger of No Internet Presence, Marin Lawyer, 2011
  • Youth and the Law Law Day, 2011
  • With Friends Like These March Program, 2011
  • Criminal Trial, Napa County Police Academy mock trial practicum, 2011
  • Modern Technology and the Fourth Amendment, Marin Lawyer, 2012
  • Crisis Management for the Attorney, Marin County Bar Journal, 2015
  • The Role of the Jury Trial, Marin Bar Journal, 2015
  • The Duty is Ours , Marin County Bar Journal , 2017
  • California Creates “Do-Over” Remedy for Immigrants to Avert Deportation , Marin County Bar Journal , 2017
  • Robert F. Kennedy’s Tips for Closing Arguments, Marin County Bar Journal, 2017
  • The Pop Culture Closing Argument, Marin County Bar Journal, 2017
  • Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyer, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013

Office location for Charlie D. Dresow

1101 Fifth Avenue
Suite 100
San Rafael, CA 94901-3246

Phone: 415-453-9433


2 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021

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