Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Charlene Davidson prosecutes digital crimes, sex crimes, and gun crimes for Craighead County. In July of 2017, she transferred to the County Office from the Second Judicial Drug Task Force where she served as Task Force Coordinator and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. While at the Task Force she was responsible for its overall management including financial and personnel oversight and the prosecution of drug and civil forfeiture cases in the Second Judicial District. She also provided guidance and training to Task Force members and coordinated prosecution between multiple jurisdictions. While working as a lawyer with the Arkansas Public Defender Commission from 2001-2014, she has represented individuals charged with capital murder, murder, rape, computer crimes, and other serious felonies. She was certified by the Public Defender Commission to represent individuals in death penalty cases. She also represented juveniles charged as adults, assisted in the development of an alternative Juvenile Drug Court funded by a $1 million dollar SAMHSA Grant, and supervised the College Intern Program for her office during her tenure with the Commission. She has taught State approved CLE as well as provided training for other court professionals. She has conducted classes at Mid-South Academy on changes in Title IV-E requirements for the Office of Chief Counsel. She has served as the Field Supervisor for the University of Arkansas Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law’s Prosecutor Practicum Course. She designed the current bachelors and associate degree programs in Criminal Justice at National American University and teaches undergraduate courses in Computer Forensic Investigators, Gangs, Cybercrime, Psychology and the Law, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure. She enjoys spending time with her family and pets, reading, and exercise. She has been a yoga practitioner since 1998 and is a committed life-long-learner.
She has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Dakota where she served as Editor-in-Chief for the Great Plains Natural Resources Journal. Upon graduation from law school in 1998 she clerked for Chief Justice David Gilbertson of the South Dakota Supreme Court. She holds a Masters of Art degree from Old Dominion University. She holds a Bachelors of Art from East Tennessee State University. During her undergraduate tenure, she studied abroad at the L’Institute Catholique de Paris, in Paris, France. She has trained at the United States Secret Service’s National Computer Forensic Institute in Hoover, Alabama, completing the Computer Forensics and the Digital Devices for Prosecutors courses.