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Joseph V. Charlton


Location: Sarver, Pennsylvania
Phone: 724-540-1161
Fax: 724-540-1164


Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Defense – State and Federal
  • White Collar Criminal Defense—State and Federal
  • DUI – Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol
  • Oil and Gas/Energy Law– Leasing, Negotiation, Mineral Rights
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Wills/Trusts
  • Probate and Estates
  • Personal Injury/Product Liability/Injury Cases
  • Business Law – Registration, Compliance, General Counsel
  • Property Issues – Boundary, Right-of-Way, Access, Title

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania – 2005
  • United States District Court: Western District of Pennsylvania – 2006
  • United States Court of Appeals: Third Circuit – 2007
  • Court of Common Pleas of Butler County
  • Court of Common Pleas of Armstrong County


  • University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    J.D. (2005)
  • Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
    Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (2002)
  • Freeport Area High School, Sarver, Pennsylvania (1998)

Honors and Awards

  • 2010 "Rising Star" in the area of Criminal Defense by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2011 Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Member
  • 2011 The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 Under 40

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Butler County Bar Association
  • Armstrong County Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL)
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Inns of Court – University of Pittsburgh Chapter

Activities/Community Involvement/Charity

  • Allegheny Valley Chamber of Commerece - Board of Directors
  • National Character Education Foundation (NCEF) - Board of Directors
  • Freeport Area School District Foundation (FASDF) - Board of Directors/President
  • Freeport Area High School Mock Trial Team – Attorney Advisor
  • Solicitor – Armstrong County Republican Committee
  • Masonic Lodge – Armstrong 239 - Trustee
  • Syria Shrine - Member


Joe is an experienced criminal defense attorney and has defended cases all over Western Pennsylvania, including Butler, Armstrong, Westmoreland, Allegheny, and Mercer counties. He has defended federal criminal cases in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and handles a high volume of DUI cases.

Joe has also developed an extensive practice in the area of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law. Joe represents clients on matters ranging from oil and gas lease review, negotiation of lease terms, lease disputes and oil and gas trespass cases among other areas. Joe's clients' property holdings range from small homesteads to approximately 600 acre parcels.

Joe graduated in 1998 from Freeport Area High School, where he finished at the top of his class. He attended Geneva College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, with a minor in Economics, graduating in 2002 with honors. He attended University of Pittsburgh School of Law, graduating in 2005. He practiced as an associate at a Butler law firm from 2005 to 2010 prior to opening Charlton & Charlton. Joe has been named a 2010 "Rising Star" in the area of Criminal Defense by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, a prestigious distinction that only 2.5% of lawyers in Pennsylvania receive.