Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

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    Law Offices of Beles & Beles

     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."

  • Nicolas M. Geman

     600 17th St Suite 1880
    Denver, Colorado 80202
    United States

    Mr. Geman is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and New York University, where he found a passion for defending the accused during his work on the Innocence Project in New York City. Since then, he has worked with many of the country’s leading attorneys on some of the biggest cases, including domestic terrorism, homicide offenses, and massive white collar financial frauds.

  • McCleery Law Firm

     44 2nd St SE
    Carrollton, Ohio 44615
    United States

    First introduced to Carrollton during the Marcellus and Utica Shale boom, our firm chose Carroll County as one of the earliest sites to concentrate our work, performing title research and assisting clients with negotiating fair oil and gas leases. We travel to Carrollton frequently, as well as nearby communities to assist our clients with many different types of cases. || Website: https://www.mccleerylawfirm.com/carrollton

  • Lane, Hupp, & Crowley

     111 W Monroe St Ste. 1216
    Phoenix, Arizona 85003
    United States

    Facing criminal charges can be an intimidating, overwhelming process. Your future can seem uncertain, and the consequences you face can be severe. You may be unsure whether you need an attorney or if the verdict against you is already essentially decided. At Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, our attorneys have almost 40 years of combined experience representing individuals across Arizona against various criminal charges.

  • Law Office of Jared Michel Thomas

     111 SE 3rd St
    Evansville, Indiana 47708
    United States

    There are few things more stressful or frightening than being arrested or charged with a crime. We firmly believe that everyone deserves their day in court. At Thomas Law, we are a general litigation firm with a focus on criminal defense and family law cases. For the past decade, Thomas Law has been providing quality legal services to those in Evansville and the surrounding areas. During this time, Jared has built a reputation for being an aggressive and seasoned attorney.

  • Scott C. Nolan

     10304 Eaton Pl #100
    Fairfax, Virginia 22030
    United States

    With over two decades of legal experience, defense attorney Scott C. Nolan provides high-quality defense representation. If you are innocent of the charge against you, Scott C. Nolan will seek to have the case dismissed.

  • Law Firm of Gianni Karmily, PLLC – South Nassau County Office

     119 Jackson St
    New York, New York 11550
    United States

    If you’ve been arrested, handcuffed, photographed, and fingerprinted, it can be frightening – but don’t lose hope. New York criminal defense attorney Gianni Karmily provides aggressive and effective defense representation if you’re charged with a crime on Long Island or in New York City. He will develop an appropriate defense strategy on your behalf, and he will fight passionately for the justice you need and deserve.

  • The Henry Law Firm, P.A.

     9225 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 1150
    Overland Park, Kansas 66210
    United States

    The Henry Law Firm, P.A. is a family law practice in the heart of Johnson County, Kansas. We have offered empathetic legal advice and determined representation to each of our clients. We understand that life’s journey occasionally creates bewilderment, anxiety, and stress in families that may require the assistance of a skilled and understanding attorney.

  • Stowe Law Firm, PLLC

     130 W Kerr St, STE 100
    Salisbury, North Carolina 28144
    United States

    This is a law firm proudly offering services in criminal defense, traffic violations, speeding tickets, expungements, and DUI/DWI defense. We are dedicated to providing the highest levels of professionalism in order to protect your rights, and your liberty. We take a client centered approach to ensure each our clients’ needs are met individually. Ryan Stowe is the principal attorney at Stowe Law Firm, PLLC.

  • The Lux Law Firm, PLLC

     429 S Cascade Ave, Suite 101
    Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
    United States

    The Lux Law Firm is a Criminal Defense Law Firm based in Colorado Springs, CO. Stop the worry and uncertainty, schedule a free consultation today. || Website: https://theluxlawfirm.com/

  • Law Offices of Andrew Dosa

     1516 Oak St
    Alameda, California 94501
    United States

    Law Offices of Andrew Dosa is a criminal defense, estate planning, and civil litigation law firm in Alameda, CA. We have more than two decades of experience in handling civil & business litigation, criminal defense, personal injury lawsuits, and estate planning cases. If you are facing any criminal charges, civil disputes, or estate concerns? Schedule a free consultation with our Alameda California law firm by calling us at 510-333-4564.

  • Colorado Legal Defense Group

     4047 Tejon St
    Denver, Colorado 80211
    United States

    Colorado Legal Defense Group is a Colorado law firm that offers legal representation in all areas of criminal defense. We have decades of experience fighting all criminal charges, including battery domestic violence, DUI & drunk driving charges, solicitation for prostitution, and drug charges. We may be able to help you avoid jail time and possibly get the charges reduced or dismissed altogether. We defend clients against misdemeanor, felony, DUI and juvenile charges throughout Colorado.

  • David Hunter

     345 Commerce Green Blvd
    Sugar Land, Texas 77478
    United States

    Phone: 2815017216

    Are you accused of assault? Approach David Hunter Law Firm to get represented by a proven Fort Bend assault attorney. They fight for your rights and help to get the best possible outcome in court. For a consultation, visit- https://www.davidhunterlawfirm.com/assault-lawyer-fort-bend-county

  • McCleery Law Firm

     203 Front Ave SE
    New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
    United States

    Home to our original and largest office location, we are proud to have our central base of operations in downtown New Philadelphia. We are located just one block from the historic Tuscarawas County Courthouse, across the street from the Municipal Court building, and within sight of the New Philadelphia Police and Fire Department buildings. || Website: https://www.mccleerylawfirm.com

  • Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel, LLC

     4601 Military Trail, Suite 206
    Jupiter, Florida 33458
    United States

    If you are in need of an experienced DUI lawyer and criminal defense attorney in the West Palm Beach area, contact the Law Offices of Gabriel & Gabriel, LLC today. Criminal defense attorney Brian Gabriel has built our firm’s reputation through consistent, results-driven efforts. When you collaborate with Gabriel & Gabriel, you receive legal counsel from an experienced defender with a passion for upholding your rights and ensuring they are preserved. | Website: https://www.gabriellawteam.com/

  • Gutin & Wolverton: Harley I. Gutin

     5190 N Cocoa Blvd
    Cocoa, Florida 32927
    United States

    Phone: 3216337337

    Our criminal defense attorneys, Harley Gutin and Stephen Wolverton, are experienced, aggressive trial lawyers. Together they combine over 45 years of legal experience to make a formidable defense team. Harley and Stephen are both former assistant public defense attorneys who, between them, have handled over 140 trials from jury selection to verdict. They are members of the Florida Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Brevard County Bar Association.

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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.