My name is Alex Charns. If you want a giant law firm with lots of young, inexperienced associates just out of law school, a large staff of secretaries and paralegals, you’ve come to the wrong place.
Do you want a lawyer that plays golf with prosecutors? Again, wrong firm for that. (I do play hockey.)
I am active in my parish, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. For twelve years, I helped coach my kids’ hockey teams and I play myself. I write non-fiction and fiction, and do some blogging about law and hockey.
Why do I practice criminal and police misconduct law? As a law student, late one night, I witnessed firsthand the result of a police beat-down on a lonely N.C. road surrounded by soybean fields. I drove hours to go to court for that victim of police brutality, but the judge convicted him anyway. That is something I will never forget.
It was an honor to be selected to be a member of the North Carolina Racial Equity Network, a state-wide group of attorneys dedicated to working inside and outside the legal system for racial equity through individual casework, training and mentorships.
I take seriously the awesome responsibility for the life and welfare of my clients that comes with being a criminal defense attorney, and work to preserve the liberties embodied in our Constitution. I hope and pray to God that I succeed in that more than I fail.