Professional Biography

Charlie Beach is a well-known and respected attorney with more than 21 years of experience in criminal felony and misdemeanor cases.   He is an advocate for restorative justice programs, particularly dealing with drug and alcohol addiction issues.  Charlie is an accomplished author, popular keynote speaker, and dedicated teacher who is admired by his peers for his unique ability to excel in any environment and approach each case with integrity, honesty and openness.

Charlie has expertly handled thousands of cases and hundreds of trials with an emphasis on DUI law and driving-related cases. He authored "Traffic Court Practice and Procedure" for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the manual considered to be the foremost authority at the Chicago Traffic Court. His diverse litigation experience also spans real estate, commercial and appellate law, and Article III appeals from government agencies.


Charlie has devoted significant time and energy to pro bono projects. He co-founded a pro bono program to assist defendants and Public Defenders with driving-related issues and also designed a program to help people coming out of prison regain their driving privileges.  Charlie counsels indigent groups on their legal rights, and serves as a member of the Women's Criminal Defense Bar and the Trans Life Advisory Board (TLAB) that provides pro bono resources to people in the trans community.  Charlie also volunteers at San Lucas Community Church on North Ave providing pro bono legal advice.

Charlie is the past President of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is deeply devoted to protecting peoples' constitutional rights. He has been elected chair of Chicago Bar Association Traffic Law Committee over six times.

Charlie is a frequent speaker to prosecutors, public defenders, the private bar and the Chicago Police Academy. He taught criminal law at John Marshall in their IT program, and trial advocacy at Bradley University.

Charlie was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and raised in Troy, Michigan.  His mother was a secretary and his father worked in a machine shop. Charlie and his brother, Jeff, spent summers working long hours in the machine shop with their father learning the value of hard work and the challenges of working people.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Charlie received his law degree from DePaul College of Law in 1996. In 1997, he began working for the Cook County Public Defender and later became clerk to Appellate Court Justice Judith Koehler in the 3rd Judicial District of Illinois.

As President of his neighborhood non profit group, Hamlin Park NFP, Charlie focuses on improving the welfare of his community's residents. In addition to his investment in his own community, Charlie is also on the Board of Lathrop Community Partners, a group tasked by the CHA to guide and consult on the redevelopment of Julia C. Lathrop Homes.

Charlie welcomes conversations with the voters he is seeking to serve. Feel free to contact him at Beachforjudge2018@gmail.com

Personal Biography

Charlie and Virginia Beach have been married for 18 years, having met in the first weeks of attending DePaul College of Law.  Virginia works for a large health system where she is Director of Claims and manages hospital litigation in multiple jurisdictions.  More importantly, Charlie and Virginia have three young boys who keep them active and busy.  Gus, age 15, is a freshman at St. Ignatius College Prep while Max and Ben, ages 13 and 9, attend Franklin Fine Arts, a Chicago Public School located in the Oldtown neighborhood.

Charlie, Virginia and the boys reside near Hamlin Park where Max and Ben play in the Hamlin Park Baseball League.  All three boys are active in travel soccer with Chicago City Soccer Club and the Chicago Fire Soccer Club.  Not to be outdone, Charlie and Virginia are still active soccer players in the Player's Sports Recreational league were they do their best to not reveal their age.


Weekends for this family involve multiple sporting events in multiple locations and at least one trip to the Clybourn Costco for food supplies for their growing boys.  Charlie and Virginia consider sitting in Hamlin Park and watching youth baseball as their down time. 

In addition to being parents, Charlie and Virginia are active in the community.  Charlie has been President of Hamlin Park Neighbors, NFP for a number of years and also serves as the Beat Facilitator for the Chicago Police Department for Beat 1931.   Virginia regularly schedules and programs block parties for the neighborhood.   Both Virginia and Charlie have served as coaches to their son's soccer teams over the years.

Ultimately, Charlie and Virginia love the City of Chicago and their neighborhood and are proud to raise their family in the 6th Subcircuit.

Charlie welcomes conversations with the voters he is seeking to serve. Feel free to contact him at Beachforjudge2018@gmail.com.

 

Found qualified, or recommended by all evaluating Bar Associations.