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."

  • McCormack Law

     190 William St
    New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740
    United States

    Ashley McCormack is the founder of McCormack Law P.C. and an aggressive advocate for her clients, no matter the legal concern. She is a seasoned trial attorney, having prosecuted and defended a multitude of criminal and civil lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout Massachusetts.

  • The Law Offices of Robin D. Perry

     400 Oceangate # 700
    Long Beach, California 90802
    United States

    Phone: 5622162944

    Since 1998 The Law Offices of Robin D. Perry & Associates has provided vigorous representation and an unyielding dedication to its individual and corporate clients. The Law Offices of Robin D. Perry & Associates is a goal-oriented, values-driven firm, committed to providing effective representation to satisfy the legal needs of a diverse client base.

  • Stewart Salwin

     7702 E Doubletree Ranch Rd #300
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
    United States

    My name is Stewart Salwin, and I’m a Scottsdale-based litigator who represents people accused of misdemeanor and felony crimes. In addition to practicing criminal law, I also represent employees who have been discriminated against based on race, national origin, sex, religion, disability, gender, and sexual harassment.

  • Sosinsky Law

     45 Broadway, Suite 3010
    New York, New York 10006
    United States

    Phone: 2122852270

    New York City criminal defense lawyer Frederick (“Fred”) L. Sosinsky has been at the top of his profession for more than 30 years, successfully representing individual and corporate clients under New York state and federal criminal or regulatory investigation and in the state and federal courts in literally thousands of cases involving all manner of allegations.

  • Aramjoo Law Firm

     17 W Kansas St
    Liberty, Missouri 64068
    United States

    Phone: 8166086983

    “Aramjoo Law Firm is a law firm based in Liberty, Missouri that focuses on helping clients in the Liberty and Kansas City area with traffic law, criminal defense, family law, juvenile law, estate planning, and civil litigation. Ashley and Paemon Aramjoo knew right out of law school that starting a law firm was what they wanted to do. They saw people that needed help and knew that they had the desire and skills to help them. While in law school, Paemon and Ashley were voted most likely to sta

  • Remington & Dixon, PLLC

     135 Perrin Place Suite 200, Charlotte,NC 28207, Suite 200
    Charlotte, North Carolina 28207
    United States

    Phone: 7042477110

    Remington & Dixon, PLLC is dedicated to providing our clients with top-notch representation in the areas of criminal defense, professional license defense, family law, and more. When you hire our firm, your problems become our problems, relieving you of the stress and letting you get back to your life.

  • Saller, Lord, Ernstberger & Insley

     12 S Calvert St
    Baltimore, Maryland 21202
    United States

    Phone: 4107837945

    Saller, Lord, Ernstberger & Insley have many years of experience, the skilled lawyers at Saller, Lord, Ernstberger & Insley are ready to help you construct an aggressive, smart, and decisive defense strategy to provide you with the results you need. Our team of criminal lawyers near Baltimore provides dedicated work and years of experience to bring real value to your defense. Known in Baltimore, by our clients, as the premier criminal defense attorney

  • Criminal Defense

     4723a Sunset Blvd
    Lexington, South Carolina 29702
    United States

    Attorney Michael Jeffcoat believes that when people need assistance in dealing with a professional license or criminal matter, they deserve a zealous advocate who will fight for their rights and their future.

  • Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC

     15800 Pines Blvd, Suite 3101
    Pembroke Pines, Florida 33027
    United States

    Welcome to Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC. We aggressively defend Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps cases worldwide. We fight court martial cases throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim (Korea, Hawaii, Guam, Japan). We represent military clients that are under investigation by CID, OSI, and NCIS with the objective of avoiding criminal charges. Founded and led by Michael Waddington, our firm is one of the most experienced and successful military law firms in t

  • G&S DUI Attorneys at Law

     33 N Dearborn St #1950
    Chicago, Illinois 60602
    United States

    Chicago G&S DUI Attorneys at Law is a law firm with the primary focus of representing Illinois drivers who have been charged with Driving Under the Influence. Email: LAWYER@DUICHICAGO.COM Website: duichicago.com

  • Criminal Lawyer – Zamani Law⚖️

     Toronto
    Berkeley, California M5H 2K1
    United States

    Zamani Law is a criminal defence firm in Toronto that provides legal representation to persons facing criminal allegations. Our firm’s priority is to protect your rights and expeditiously attain the most reasonable resolution or withdrawal of the charges laid against you. If you’re faced with any criminal charges, contact Zamani Law for a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers. Address: 121 Richmond St W #1100, Toronto, ON M5H 2K1, Canada Phone No: +14166271318 Website URL: h

  • The Hogle Law Firm in Mesa

     1013 S Stapley Dr
    Mesa, Arizona 85204
    United States

    We are Criminal Defense Lawyers and DUI Attorneys. We also handle cases of Sexual Misconduct With Minor, Aggravated Assault, Possession of Drugs, Paraphernalia, Probation Violations, Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespassing, Aggravated DUI, Domestic Violence, Extreme DUI, Sexual Molestation, Criminal Speeding. Website: https://hoglecriminallaw.com/mesa/

  • The Criminal Defense Team of Baldwin Perry & Kamish, P.C.

     150 N Main St
    Franklin, Indiana 46131
    United States

    The Criminal Defense Team at Baldwin Perry & Kamish, P.C. has defended individuals who have been accused of crimes throughout the State of Indiana since 2007. We are 100% focused on criminal defense and bring our over 120 years of combined experience to every case. The Criminal Defense Team has 5 Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists on our team to handle your case. Contact our team today to find out what sets our Indiana criminal defense attorneys apart from the crowd.

  • Law Office of John L. Calcagni, III

     628 Pleasant St #322
    New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740
    United States

    At the Law Office of John L. Calcagni III we strive to provide aggressive, experienced, and effective representation to our clients. Our firm has been serving the commonwealth of Massachusetts for over a decade and is prepared to assist you with all matters of criminal defense, military defense, and Federal Criminal Defense. If you are not in the area we are available to assist you as well in Rhode Island, New York, and Florida, as well.

  • Law Offices of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC

     4625 East Bay Drive, #313
    Clearwater, Florida 33764
    United States

    Our experienced Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Attorneys offer a unique personal approach. Our team has over thirty years of litigation experience. We have defended thousands of criminal defense cases – we know the system. Let us put our knowledge and criminal defense experience to work for you. Aggressive representation with personal attention is the hallmark of our litigation team. Our firm handles cases in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Largo and the surrounding Tampa Bay areas.

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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.