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  • Charles HumphreysL. Charles Humphreys Click to contact
    Attorney L. Charles (Charlie) Humphreys is a trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in pursuing Texas Justice For All. With his extensive background in criminal defense, Charlie’s depth of experience in this critical area helps protect and uphold the constitutional rights afforded to all Texans which is invaluable to our clients on a daily basis.
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  • Laura Peterson Click to contact
    Attorney Laura Peterson is recognized in Texas and nationally as one of the top Juvenile Criminal lawyers in the United States. Laura is Board Certified in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and emphasizes in juvenile delinquency and child sexual abuse cases. Laura has written several articles and lectured on many occasions based upon her expertise.
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  • Melanie BugbeeMelanie Bugbee Click to contact
    Attorney Melanie Bugbee is a trial lawyer with over 20 years of civil litigation experience. Melanie’s emphasis is currently in the Family Law area and she has demonstrated in the past and continues to strive in the future for a high level of client satisfaction. Melanie’s integrity, experience, and commitment define the standard of professionalism to pursue justice for you.
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Charles HumphreysL. Charles Humphreys
Charlie@DallasJusticeForAll.net

(866) 259-0661

L. Charles (i.e. Charlie) Humphreys graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1986. After graduating, he began practicing law in Iowa with his father’s law firm for several years and obtained several jury trial acquittals for criminal defendants. In 1992, Mr. Humphreys relocated from Iowa to the Dallas Metroplex area and over the past 16 years, has become one of Texas’ top criminal attorneys. He has represented thousands of citizens accused of crimes ranging from murder/homicide to misdemeanor shoplifting.

Over his career, Mr. Humphreys has achieved a 90%+ acquittal success rate on jury trials. Recently, his last two jury trials for murder resulted in not guilty verdicts. Mr. Humphreys primary emphasis is in serious felony charges such as: Homicide/Murder, Drug Possession, Drug Delivery, Drug Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sexual Assaults, Burglary, Robbery, Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon (UCW), Aggravated Assaults, White Collar Crimes, etc. He practices in both Texas State Courts and Texas Federal Courts.

Although Mr. Humphreys emphasis is on serious felonies, he continues to provide quality representation to clients who are charged with misdemeanors such as: Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Theft, Shoplifting, Criminal Trespass, Drug Possession, Public Lewd, Simple Assault, Assault Family Violence (Domestic Violence), etc. Additionally, Mr. Humphreys provides expert representation for all probation violations and parole revocations.

Furthermore, Mr. Humphreys, through Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm, PLLC, also provides bail bonding services for his clients. Thus, not only will Mr. Humphreys get you out of jail by posting a bail bond, but he will use his years of experience and expertise to keep you from going back to jail.

Mr. Humphreys is one of the founding partners of Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm, PLLC, and has built his law firm by providing quality service and personal attention to each and every one of his clients. Mr. Humphreys long ago established the policy for Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm that all phone calls are returned the same day and he personally provides his cell phone number to each and every one of his clients for emergencies.

Mr. Humphreys is a devoted husband to his wife Laura and a dedicated father to his young son. He is an avid bow hunter and fisherman who loves to spend his extra time outdoors.

If you would like to contact Mr. Humphreys, please contact him at (866) 259-0661 or via email Charlie@DallasJusticeForAll.net.
Laura PetersonLaura Peterson
Laura@DallasJusticeForAll.net



(866) 259-0661

Laura Peterson graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1986 with her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Immediately thereafter, Ms. Peterson attended the University of Virginia School of Law where she obtained her JD degree in 1989. After graduating law school, she relocated to the Dallas, Texas Metroplex after being recruited by the civil litigation firm of Baker, Mills, & Glast, P.C. After a few years of practicing civil litigation, Ms. Peterson finally found her calling in criminal defense law.

From 1994 to 1999, Ms. Peterson served as an Assistant Public Defender in Dallas County. She was assigned to the mental illness court, misdemeanor courts, felony courts and juvenile courts. Ms. Peterson handled all aspects of criminal cases including pleas, trials before the court, jury trials, and juvenile certification hearings. During her five years as an Assistant Public Defender, she defended dozens of criminal cases and lost only one jury trial.

Thereafter in 1999, Ms. Peterson went into private practice and was one of the founding partners of Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm, PLLC, and has built her law firm by providing quality service and personal attention to each and every one of her clients. Ms. Peterson is dedicated to providing the best legal representation to her criminal defendant clients through her experience, diligent preparation and integrity for the legal profession.

Ms. Peterson’s primary emphasis is in juvenile delinquency and child sexual abuse cases. Ms. Peterson’s professional activities include:

Board Certifications:
  • Board Certified - Juvenile Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2001)

  • Board Certified - Criminal Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1999)


Elected Positions:
  • Council, State Bar of Texas Juvenile Law Section (January 2005 - present)

  • State Bar College

  • Pro Bono College


Memberships:
  • National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Texas Independent Legal Studies, Inc.


Admissions:
  • Texas State Bar

  • United States District Courts of Texas (Northern, Western, and Eastern)

Ms. Peterson has written several articles and frequently lectured at several events across Texas. These include:

 
Papers/Publications:
  • Challenging Outcry Witness Statements in Child Abuse Cases,” Voice for the Defense, Vol. 29 No.11, February 2001

  • Confessions and Custody © 2001

  • Suggestibility of Children © 2002

  • Inside Edition – Interview as expert on juvenile law regarding Lewisville, Texas sibling murder case, aired April 17, 2002

  • Effective Use of Experts © 2003

  • Unstacking the Deck, Dealing with Suggestibility © 2003

  • Junk Science in Child Abuse Cases © 2003

  • Is my Juvenile Client Competent to Stand Trial? Chapter 55 © 2003

  • Competency Issues in Juvenile Cases © 2003

  • Sex Offender Registration © 2004

  • Dealing with Child Protective Services © 2004

  • The Art and Science of Jury Selection © 2004

  • The Role of Advocacy Centers; Advocating for Whom? © 2005

  • Look Before You Leap: Sex Offender Registration Issues © 2006

  • Juvenile Sex Offender Registration © 2007

  • Practical Application of Forensic and Clinical Psychology: Defense Perspective © 2008


Faculty:
  • Target: Kids in Court, Understanding the Process: Juvenile Justice in Dallas County, March 23, 2001, “How to Protect Your Client from Release to Plea” (Dallas, Texas)

  • Dallas Bar Association, Advanced Training Series for Attorneys: Constitutional Rights of Juveniles, August 17, 2001, “Confessions and Custody” (Dallas, Texas)

  • Dallas County Youth Summit 2002, March 12, 2002, “Crossing the Line/Breaking the Line” (Dallas, Texas)

  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Juvenile Law Class, teaching juvenile offenders who were on deferred or referred from the truancy court and their parents about the consequences of breaking the law, monthly 2002 through 2005 (Dallas, Texas)

  • Dallas Bar Association, Juvenile Justice Committee, March 27, 2002, “Confessions and Custody” (Dallas, Texas)

  • Dallas Bar Association, Criminal Section, June 28, 2002, “Suggestibility of Children” (Dallas, Texas)

  • Texas Independent Legal Studies, Juvenile Trial Project, July 18, 2003, “Effective Use of Experts” (Dallas, Texas)

  • Texas Independent Legal Studies, Juvenile Trial Project, August 1, 2003, “Effective Use of Experts” (San Antonio, Texas)

  • Dallas Bar Association, Juvenile Justice Committee, September 26, 2003, “Is My Juvenile Client Competent to Stand Trial?” (Dallas, Texas)

  • Texas Independent Bar Association, Texas Criminal and Family Law Conference, October 14 – 16, 2003, “Don’t Get Caught with Your Pants Down, Junk Science in Child Abuse Cases” (Laie, Hawaii)

  • Dallas Bar Association, Juvenile Justice Committee, October 24, 2003, “Competency Issues in Juvenile Cases” (Dallas, Texas)

  • Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, September 15, 2004, “Sex Offender Registration” (Dallas, Texas)

  • Dallas Bar Association, Juvenile Justice Committee, September 24, 2004, “Dealing with CPS” (Dallas, Texas)

  • Texas Independent Bar Association, Texas Criminal and Juvenile Law Conference, September 30 – October 4, 2004, “Art and Science of Jury Selection” (Laie, Hawaii)

  • Texas Independent Bar Association, Texas Criminal and Juvenile Law Conference, September 29 – October 3, 2005, “The Role of Advocacy Centers; Advocating for Whom?” (Laie, Hawaii)

  • Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Juvenile Justice in Dallas County: Essential Training and Current Issues, September 22, 2006, “Sex Offender Deregistration and Un-registration” (Dallas, Texas)

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Defending Juveniles, December 7-8, 2006, Panel: Ethically Negotiating with the State and Panel: Ethical Obligations of Representing Juveniles (Galveston, Texas)

  • State Bar of Texas Juvenile Section and Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, Nuts and Bolts of Juvenile Law, July 30-31, 2007, “Juvenile Sex Offender Registration” (Austin, Texas)(rated as one of top three speakers at the conference)

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Defending Juveniles, October 11-12, 2007, “Handling Sex Offender Cases” (Austin, Texas)

  • State Bar of Texas Juvenile Section, Robert O. Dawson Juvenile Law Institute, 21st Annual Juvenile Law Conference, February 18-20, 2008, “Practical Application of Forensic and Clinical Psychology” (Corpus Christi, Texas)(rated as one of top three speakers at the conference)

  • Killeen Area Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Child Sexual Abuse Workshop, June 20, 2008, “Analyzing Child Sexual Abuse Interviews” (Killeen, Texas)

  • State Bar of Texas Juvenile Section and Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, Nuts and Bolts of Juvenile Law, July 21-22, 2008, “Ethical Considerations in Juvenile Sex Offender Registration” (Austin, Texas)

  • Dallas Bar Association, Juvenile Justice Committee and the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Juvenile Justice CLE, September 12, 2008, “Sex Offender Registration” (Dallas, Texas)

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Defending Juveniles, September 25-26, 2008, “Strategies for Handling Juvenile Sex Crimes” (Dallas, Texas)

  • State Bar of Texas, Juvenile Law Section Forms Committee, draft forms to be used statewide in juvenile law cases, 2002-2004; (revised sex offender forms 2007).


Ms. Peterson is a devoted wife to her husband Charlie and a dedicated mother to her young son. She has personally served on the following local community organizations:

  • YWCA Board of Directors, 2000-2003
    Human Resources Committee Chair, 2002-2003
    Strategic Planning Chair, 2002-2003
    Leaders in Action Steering Committee, 1994-2000
    Chair, 1996-1997

  • Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Board of Directors, 1996-2003
    Personnel Committee Chair, 2001-2002
    Nominating Committee Chair, 2000-2001

  • DayTop Texas Board of Governors, 1997-1999
    Residential treatment program for juveniles

  • Dallas Women’s Foundation, 1989-1995
    Vice President of Grants, 1993-1995
    Board of Directors, 1993-1995

  • Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. Board of Directors, 1990-1993
    President, Board of Directors, 1992

  • Midway Park Medical Center, Women’s Advisory Council, 1993

If you would like to contact Ms. Peterson, please contact her at (866) 259-0661 or via email Laura@DallasJusticeForAll.net.

Melanie BugbeeMelanie Bugbee
Melanie@DallasJusticeForAll.net



(866) 259-0661

Melanie Bugbee graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, with her bachelor’s degree in Government. Thereafter, Ms. Bugbee attended Texas Tech School of Law where she obtained her law degree. After graduating law school, she relocated to the Dallas, Texas Metroplex and served as a Fee Attorney for Stewart Title in Dallas, Texas. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Bugbee opened her own law practice in the areas of family law, residential real property transactions, foreclosure, and wills and probate.

Throughout the years, Ms. Bugbee has narrowed her practice of law to only the areas of family law, including divorce, custody, parentage, child support, visitation and access, enforcement, modification, intervention, GAL and Title IV-D cases. Ms. Bugbee personally handles her family cases from intake through trial and has developed a significant client database over the years through referrals only. She has an excellent work ethic and strives on achieving client satisfaction. Her proven ability to evaluate, research, and achieve objectives efficiently and economically, has placed her ahead of other family law attorneys. This is accomplished through her integrity, experience, and commitment to the legal profession.

Ms. Bugbee now serves as the family law attorney for Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm, PLLC, and represents husbands, wives, mothers, and fathers in pursuit of justice in their family law matters throughout the Dallas Metroplex.

If you would like to contact Ms. Bugbee, please reach her at (866) 259-0661 or via email at Melanie@DallasJusticeForAll.net.
Office Manager
Peggy J. Bradshaw
Peggy@DallasJusticeForAll.net

(866) 259-0661

Peggy J. Bradshaw, Humphreys & Peterson’s office manager and legal assistant, is known as the friendliest voice in town. Peggy, an Arkansas native, is the glue that holds our firm together, and even when your lawyer is not available, she can usually answer that pressing non-legal question. She has an excellent rapport with court staff in Dallas and surrounding counties. Peggy is currently working on her own Board Certification and she offers notary services as well.

If you would like to contact Ms. Bradshaw, please reach her at (866) 259-0661 or via email at Peggy@DallasJusticeForAll.net.

 
 

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