A Former Federal Prosecutor
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Charles L Truncale
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Jacksonville, FL






Charlie Truncale is a highly experienced trial attorney who uses his lengthy prosecutorial background to expertly defend those accused of state or federal crimes. Licensed for over 30 years in 3 states, Mr. Truncale previously represented the United States for 23 years as a Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Department of Justice, and for over 2 years he prosecuted state crimes as a chief state prosecutor. As a chief federal prosecutor, Mr. Truncale successfully prosecuted a number of complex cases that drew national attention, including a case against a Colombian drug trafficking kingpin that distributed some of the largest loads of cocaine imported into the southeastern states. In addition to large scale drug cases, Mr. Truncale routinely prosecuted a wide variety of white collar crime cases involving public corruption, bank fraud, tax fraud, and fraud against the government. In one case, after a 5-week trial, Mr. Truncale collected over $20 million in restitution and fines against one corporate defendant.

Mr. Truncale now defends against a large variety of state and federal crimes, ranging from criminal traffic offenses, drug trafficking, assault, battery, robbery, manslaughter, murder, theft offenses, perjury, tax evasion, public corruption, white collar crime, and conspiracies to defraud, among others. Mr. Truncale uses the same skills and intense advocacy honed during his lengthy government career to provide the best defense of the constitutional rights of the accused. Successes include a complete dismissal of serious federal drug charges against a client who was accused of large, interstate drug activity. The dismissal was obtained despite compelling wiretap evidence.

Mr. Truncale is committed to providing effective services at reasonable and affordable rates. He prides himself in providing aggressive, yet highly professional representation, to ensure complete satisfaction for those he represents. Mr. Truncale provides easily accessible and thorough representation so that his clients are well-informed of the progress of their defense. Mr. Truncale holds an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a prominent legal firm directory. The AV rating is the highest rating for lawyers based on excellence in skills and integrity.

Mr. Truncale also is a respected appellate counsel having handled and won almost all of his 200 appeals  before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta. Mr. Truncale has 30 published opinions in the federal reporter system in both civil and criminal cases.

Mr. Truncale earned his bachelor's degree in Economics and Business from Rutgers University and his law degree from Cumberland School of Law of Samford University. He practices primarily in northeast Florida and is also licensed in the states of Georgia and Alabama where he practices in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Truncale has made it a habit to provide extensive civic service for communities in Florida by creating and administering federally tax exempt organizations for youth athletics and drug court programs.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Georgia, 1978
  • Alabama, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981


  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Director, Cumberland Research Board
  • Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
    • A.B.
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Economics

Representative Cases

  • United States v. Gregory Michael Willson, 2012
  • United States v. Edgardo Candelaria, Jr.
  • State of Florida v. A.H. Baiyer, 2013
  • State of Florida v. Jen Yung Lee, 2011
  • State of Florida v. Errol Ricketts
  • United States v. Lan Mong Thi Nguyen
  • State of Florida v. Marcus Thomas
  • State of Georgia v. Valerie Cox
  • State of Florida v. John Reader
  • State of Florida v. Paul MacNeil
  • United States v. Jabari Hird
  • United States v. Jawan Lequint Myers

Representative Clients

  • Empire Sports Agency, LLC


  • Overview of the Federal Tort Claims Act, Jacksonville Bar Association, 2005
  • Ethics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Department of Justice, Assistant United States Attorney, 1981 to 2004
  • Montgomery County, (Ala) District Attorney's Office, Chief Deputy District Attorney, 1979 to 1981

Pro Bono Activities

  • Created tax-exempt status for Fl. Amateur Wrestling Asso. and preparation of tax filing, 1992 to 2000
  • Created tax-exempt status for St. Johns County Drug Court Program, 2004 to 2005

Ancillary Businesses

  • Creation of Tax-exempt status for non-profit organizations