Mr. Charlton's practice focuses on the representation of corporations and public officials who seek to interface with federal and state law enforcement officials. In that regard, Mr. Charlton has assisted a number of corporate and elected officials who wished to notify law enforcement of illegal acts committed by others, as well as assist when they might be the subject of an investigation. Mr. Charlton has further assisted corporations in the drafting of compliance programs and issues relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mr. Charlton also represents a number of Native American governments and their leaders. Those governments have included Ak-Chin, Salt River Pima-Maricopa, Hualapai, and the Navajo Nation.
In 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Mr. Charlton as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. Mr. Charlton’s top priorities for the U.S. Attorney’s Office included terrorism, illegal immigration and public corruption. As a result, Mr. Charlton created a National Security Section within the U.S. Attorney’s office and the statewide Anti-Terrorism Advisory Committee. He lobbied for and received funding for additional manpower to help address the problems associated with Arizona’s 370 mile border with Mexico. Mr. Charlton also brought attention to public corruption, greatly increasing the investigations into and prosecutions of those individuals who have betrayed the public’s trust.
One of Mr. Charlton’s other top priorities was crime on Arizona’s 21 Indian Reservations. During his tenure, Mr. Charlton developed a number of initiatives to reduce violence in Indian country by attacking the twin problems of drug and alcohol abuse. Mr. Charlton also entered into an agreement with the Arizona Department of Gaming and the state’s tribes to create the nation’s first federal prosecution unit dedicated solely to gaming and gaming related crimes.
Mr. Charlton has taught many classes in Latin America, at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice, providing instruction to Latin American prosecutors and judges in the Spanish language on the American criminal justice system.