Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

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    Law Offices of Beles & Beles

    Superlawyers Recipient?: Yes

     Ordway Building
    Oakland, California 94612
    United States

    Practice Overview:

    CA State Bar Certified Specialists in Criminal Law, Appellate Law and Appellate Law since 1980.

    Review:

    "First I would like to thank the beles family which includes their entire law firm. They treat you with respect and you get your money's worth they are very understanding,and easy to talk to."

    Criminal Defense and Immigration Attorneys in Oakland, Pleasanton, Hayward and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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    Law Offices of James Dunn

     620 Jefferson Ave
    Redwood City, California 94063
    United States

    Practice Overview:

    DUI and Criminal Defense Attorneys with offices in Redwood City, San Jose, Palo Alto and Dublin.

    Review:

    "I wanted to give James Dunn the credit he deserves. I’m a free man—no legal issues thanks to James Dunn. I’ll be forever indebted to you. Thank you for your legal service and advice your expertise and your genius. Thank you for getting me free of the entanglements I was having with the legal system."

    "If you want to WIN, this is the guy. Jim never gave up on my case and kept fighting for me even after I was ready to give up."

  • Law Offices of Jezic & Moyse – Easton

     32 South Washington Street
    Berkeley, Maryland 21601
    United States

    Jezic & Moyse is an established law firm that practices criminal defense, immigration law, medical malpractice, and much more. This group of Maryland attorneys is led by Andrew Jezic, named one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers 4 years in a row, and one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Maryland by Washingtonian magazine 8 years in a row.

  • Gressley & Donaldson LLP

     24630 Washington Ave STE 202
    Murrieta, California 92562
    United States

    Gressley & Donaldson are Murrieta DUI & Criminal Defense attorneys focused on results, we believe every client deserves the best representation possible. Gressley & Donaldson is the only DUI defense and criminal defense firm awarded the Super Lawyers designation in the Inland Empire. We are nationwide lecturers on DUI defense, and contributing authors to bestselling DUI defense practice guides. Gressley & Donaldson handles each case as a team by putting its combined 30+ years of criminal and DUI

  • Kevin Harris

     2001 Bryan St #2125
    Dallas, Texas 75201
    United States

    Our Texas criminal defense firm is based on core values and the hard work ethic of the twin Harris brothers. We understand how even criminal allegations, much less convictions, can influence your life and make things difficult for your family members, too. We take pride in the personal attention we give each of our clients. Our firm is not focused on volume since we care a great deal about the clients we represent.

  • The Mazloom Law Firm, LLC

     250 Lawrence St NE
    Marietta, Georgia 30060
    United States

    Phone: 7705909837

    The Mazloom Law Firm is a distinguished boutique criminal defense firm that prides itself on offering exceptional legal representation to individuals facing various challenges within the Criminal Justice System. Whether clients are being investigated, accused, or formally charged, the firm is dedicated to providing robust defense strategies tailored to their unique situations. Located in Marietta, Georgia, the firm is led by Mazi Mazloom.

  • The Law Office of Michael A Troiano

     601 S. 7th St. Las Vegas, Nevada
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
    United States

    Phone: 7028435500

    When arrested or charged with a crime in Las Vegas, Nevada it is important to hire an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney to aggressively handle your case. Michael A. Troiano is an experienced Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney who has fought for his clients rights on a variety of different offenses. Criminal Defense is a complex area of law, and in order to protect oneself from a criminal conviction and jail, it is important to hire an attorney who handles criminal cases exclusively.

  • Brian D. Roman, Attorney At Law

     98 Orne St
    North Attleborough, Massachusetts 02760
    United States

    Brian D. Roman, Attorney At Law, is a renowned criminal defense firm, located in the heart of North Attleborough. With years of experience, we specialize in tackling legal intricacies of drug offenses and disputes related to family law. Dedicated to upholding the rights of our clients, we make legal processes easy and understandable, delivering outcomes that truly matter. Website: https://attorneyroman.com

  • Kevin K Berg

     2902 Centenary Blvd
    Shreveport, Louisiana 71104
    United States

    Phone: 3189468962

    Kevin started his career with the Caddo Parish Public Defender’s Office, where his dedication to criminal clients began to grow. In 2009 he opened The Berg Law Firm and quickly established himself as a valuable resource for jury trials, such as second-degree murders, armed robberies, and drug distribution. He was even featured on the television show “Snapped” for his representation of Linda Passaretti.

  • Jacob Longman

     830 Main St
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
    United States

    Jacob Longman is a senior partner at Longman Jakuback, specializing in violent crimes and post-conviction. He earned a bachelor’s degree from LSU in Literature and History. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he served in both law enforcement and the military. He then returned to LSU for law school, graduating from the Paul M. Hebert School of Law in 2017. Criminal defense work is his passion, and he enjoys reading, spending time with his fiancé and dogs, and watching sports — he roots for L

  • Greco Neyland, PC

     757 3rd Avenue, 20th Floor
    New York, New York 10017
    United States

    Greco Neyland, P.C. is a boutique criminal defense law firm founded by former prosecutors. We have over 50 years of collective experience at Greco Neyland. We have offices in Manhattan as well as in White Plains (Westchester County), New York. We handle all State and Federal criminal matters, including Assaults, Gun Possession, Drugs, Sex-Related Cases, DWI, among others. Give us a call today to discuss how we can help you.

  • Tara Gallogly

     4058 Orange Ave
    Long Beach, California 90807
    United States

    Phone: 5622698487

    The TMG Law Firm is a criminal defense firm that treats clients like the human beings they are. We know that being arrested can be a terrifying experience. Often, clients have no experience with law enforcement and have no idea what to expect. Even to someone who has been previously arrested or charged, the justice system can seem confusing and unforgiving. We recognize that our clients need to be protected. We explain the process thoroughly as we navigate through a client’s case, providing clie

  • Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC

     12700 Hillcrest Rd, Suite 200
    Dallas, Texas 75230
    United States

    Phone: 4694847439

    The Law Office of Bryan Fagan is a domestic litigation firm focused on representing families in divorce and all other family law practice areas. Families have chosen the Law Office of Bryan Fagan because of our dedication to representing families in family law cases. Our mission is to be advisors and advocates for families before, during, and after divorce, with a passionate and intelligent devotion to excellence.

  • Confianza Legal

     12631 Imperial Hwy.
    Santa Fe Springs, California 90670
    United States

    Confianza Legal has represented thousands of people in Southern California facing criminal charges like drug crimes, homicide, domestic violence, and DUI, among others. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and fighting for you. If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges or are being investigated by any law enforcement agency, you need an experienced Los Angeles top criminal defense lawyer.

  • Ladner Criminal Defense & DUI Lawyer Nashville

      501 Union St, #414
    Nashville, Tennessee 37219
    United States

    Ladner Criminal Defense & DUI Lawyer, your trusted advocates in navigating the complexities of criminal law. We specialize in providing expert legal representation for individuals facing criminal charges in Nashville. We understand that being accused of a crime can be a daunting and stressful experience. That’s why our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys is here to provide you with personalized attention in Davidson County and strategic guidance every step of the way in Tennessee.

  • Louis J. Goodman

     1290 B St #307, Hayward, CA 94541, United States
    Hayward, California 94541
    United States

    Phone: 5105829090

    Every day police arrest thousands of individuals for alleged criminal conduct. The charges include allegations of homicide, violence and domestic violence, theft, possession of narcotics and other drugs, sex crimes, child molestation, and serious traffic matters such as driving under the influence of alcohol, hit and run, vehicular manslaughter, or driving on a suspended license. No matter the charge, an Alameda County criminal defense lawyer can help.

  • W. James Payne

     4434 Main St
    Shallotte, North Carolina 28470
    United States

    Phone: 9107544389

    W. James Payne is a criminal defense attorney, representing white-collar criminal matters and military justice matters. Payne has been local to the Shallotte and Wilmington, North Carolina areas since 1988. Payne retired as a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve after 30 years of dedicated service. He had the honor to spend five years of that service as a Judge.

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What does a Criminal Defense Attorney do?

So what does a criminal defense attorney actually do? Many people’s conceptions about the job of a defense attorney come from what they see in movies, TV and what they read in fiction-based novels.

How much of popular media’s depiction of criminal defense work is accurate? Well that all depends. Some media outlets do a good job of replicating some of the aspects of the profession, but what you often don’t see are the more “boring” or mundane aspects of the job. Do defense attorneys make brilliant speeches at the ends of trials during their closing arguments? Yes, some attorneys adopt a more bombastic style, but that’s a rarer occurrence than movies like to let on. The truth usually is that there is no closing statement because the case settles way before a trial comes close to occurring.

Criminal defense attorneys deal mostly with the prosecutor that will be trying a case. When a person is arrested by police, it is the area’s prosecutor that decides what charges will be filed against the criminal defendant, or whether that defendant will be charged at all in the first place.  Most cases begin with some form an investigation of an allegation against criminal defendant wherein the authorities speak to witnesses and gather evidence. There are multiple directions a case can go after this preliminary investigation. The authorities can decide they need more time and continue to search for evidence or they can seek an indictment.

The initial step in a criminal investigation is often the most crucial. Most cases are made and broken at this stage. It is imperative to have adequate representation from the beginning. That’s where a criminal defense attorney’s duties kick in. Usually, a criminal defendant won’t know that they are under investigation until they are spoken to by police or actually indicted unless there was an arrest made shortly after a crime was alleged.

At this initial stage, not much information other than basic allegations will be made available to the accused which is to say that the criminal defendant may not know how much evidence there is or what witnesses may be saying. This is not to say all criminal defendants need to worry about what a witness might say or that there would be any wrongdoing or guilt assumed, just that a criminal defendant needs to be in the position to understand what is happening as they are unlikely to be the subject of a criminal investigation for no reason.

At this initial stage and throughout the criminal justice process, a criminal defendant needs guidance to know what they should and should not do. Going back to an earlier concept, most people’s knowledge of the criminal justice system is based on what they see on TV. After all, most people are aware that they should not be very talkative at any stage of this process. You may ask yourself why that is?

The simple answer is that everything you say will be scrutinized and if you happen to slightly alter your account of events in any way it may look like you are being misleading or dishonest. It could totally not be the case, people misspeak all the time and say things they do not intend or really mean, so how are you supposed to know what should be said versus what should not be? That’s were having a good attorney comes into play. The attorney is likely to tell you not to talk about the situation and all and will help you fully understand what needs to be said and done if and when you need to speak about the matter.

When would l need a Criminal Defense Attorney?

You will almost definitely know when you need a criminal defense attorney. If you have been arrested or charged with a crime you need an attorney. If police would like to speak to you about some incident, you most likely should speak to an attorney before answering any questions they may have.

The requirement of a criminal defense attorney does not stop at simple crimes. Do you have a business that is heavily regulated by the local or national government such as waste management or chemicals? If you are in a position of authority and have run afoul of certain regulations you may need to seek out a criminal attorney. Do you own a bar or establishment that serves alcohol? Are you keeping up with licensing requirements? If you are not sure, you likely need to speak with an attorney

Even if you haven’t been accused or arrested, be vigilant and discuss borderline situations with an attorney as soon as you possibly can. Whether it be a legal services clinic, the public defender, help hotline or a private criminal defense attorney, feel free to reach out to a criminal defense attorney if the need arises.

Signs you need to speak to a Criminal Defense Attorney

  • You have been arrested
  • Police are requesting to speak with you about a criminal incident
  • You had a criminal record at an early age and what to see if the conviction record is eligible for expungement (record clearing).

How do you choose a Criminal Defense Attorney?

The first thing you need to do is understand the process and determine your means. Often people ask a very crucial question about the ability to pay large amounts for an attorney. People wonder if they need to do this in order to secure successful results. Does the money you spend matter?

This is a complicated matter and depends on many factors including the severity of the charges and your ability to pay. After all, every person’s budget is not the same and all attorneys do not charge the same amounts for their services. However, the stakes of criminal charges often warrant the expense. If you have a major felony allegation on your hands it would only make sense to find the most experienced criminal defense attorney you can find. On the other hand, if you’re dealing with a parking ticket, you may have more options available.

Determine Your Needs

As mentioned above you need to determine what the stakes are. Felony charges come with possibly significant jail time. Misdemeanor charges can also result in jail time , so keep that in mind.  Moreover, you will want to find a criminal defense attorney that has dealt with your type of situation before. You need to know what cases the attorney has taken and what the results they have obtained.

Research Online

Start researching a few local attorneys to see which ones have the most experience in criminal defense.  You should also takes steps to see what local criminal defense attorneys think about your selected attorney. Sites like martindale.com and avvo.com provide peer review resources as well as lawyer directories to help narrow your search.

Check the State Bar Association’s Website for any Disciplinary History

Every state bar association has a disciplinary board that keeps track of all disciplinary actions taken against an attorney in their jurisdiction. These disciplinary actions stem from unethical acts taken by attorney such as misappropriating client funds or unethical practices during their practice of law. While it’s true that there are some attorneys that run afoul of the rules, most do not. You should free to look up the names of any attorneys that you are considering consulting with to see if and what disciplinary actions have been taken against them.

Schedule an Appointment with a Criminal Defense Attorney

Finally, the easiest step, you need to make an appointment to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. If you have already been arrested you may need assistance in a search. You will get appointed a public defender in the meantime, which is not a problem. They will handle your case appropriately and can later be replaced by one of your choosing.

If you are free to search for an attorney or anticipate an imminent criminal issue, you need to conduct your search quickly. As was discussed earlier, the earlier you can have an attorney with you the better. The defense attorney will be able to explain the process and help you understand what can be a frightening and tense situation.