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."

  • Brian J Neary Law Offices

     21 Main Street
    Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
    United States

    The Law Offices of Brian J. Neary – a law firm established in 1982 and dedicated to representing those accused of crimes and serious motor vehicle offenses. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, you want to get the best possible defense. You want a law firm that has experience, expertise, and a reputation for excellence.

  • The Law Office of Joseph A. Lobosco

     510 Clinton Square
    Rochester, NY 14604
    United States

    Phone: 5853530735

    Criminal defense attorney with over 30 years of experience practicing law – first as a prosecutor, then as a defense lawyer. I defend clients against many different kinds of charges, including drug crimes, sex crimes, gun crimes, DWI/DUI/DWAI, homicide, theft, assault, and many more. I also represent clients in criminal appeals. If you’ve been charged with a crime in New York or believe you’ve been wrongfully convicted, call me now or visit my website for more information.

  • Law Office Of Frank Fernandez, Esq.

     185 Devonshire St Suite 302
    Boston, California 02110
    United States

    When you need a top-notch Boston criminal defense lawyer, contact us for the best representation. Frank is a trial specialist, and our experience will help you to tide the tough seas easily. His sharp ear for and scientific approach will help to win cases giving you the best result. Connect with our firm today and give your trial the right direction. Website: https://thefernandezfirm.com/

  • Gaxiola Law Group

     2 N Central Ave
    Phoenix, Arizona 85004
    United States

    At Gaxiola Law Group, you are hiring criminal attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona, who have the tenacity, attitude, skills and trial experience to give you the best possible legal defense in the courts. We know the law and use it to protect and defend you!

  • Scott M. Brown & Associates

     17210 Mercury Dr
    Houston, texas 77058
    United States

    Scott M. Brown & Associates is a Texas Law firm specializing in Divorce, Contested Child Custody & DWI cases. With Offices in Pearland, Webster & Angleton, the attorneys can provide exceptional results in Family Law & Criminal Defense unparalleled by the competition with stellar client reviews. || Website: https://sbrownlawyer.com

  • Minick Law, P.C. | Smithfield DUI Lawyers

     614 E Market St., # 104
    Smithfield, North Carolina 27577
    United States

    Phone: 9192298326

    Minick Law, P.C. is a North Carolina DWI / DUI, Traffic Violation and Criminal Defense firm. Our attorneys take pride in aggressive criminal defense. We know that being arrested for DWI or charged with a crime is one of the most embarrassing and scary situations you will ever experience. We are here to help.

  • The Graham Law Firm PLLC

     221 North Pruett Street
    Paragould, Arkansas 72450
    United States

    Patient, diligent, and experienced in trial, no stone will be left unturned when it comes to protecting and advocating for your interests. Whether you are facing a criminal charge or family matter Lauren will take the time to thoroughly understand and pursue the best possible outcome. Based in Paragould, The Graham Law Firm practices in both Arkansas and Missouri.

  • The SoCal Law Network

     23152 Verdugo Dr #201
    Laguna Hills, California 92653
    United States

    Our legal team at the SoCal Law Network includes three prominent California criminal defense attorneys. With more than two decades of legal experience and more than one hundred jury trials, attorney Alan Castillo has received the highest possible rating – 10/10 – from Avvo, the national attorney rating service.

  • Jack Rice Defense

     370 Selby Ave
    Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
    United States

    Jack Rice Defense represents professionals and others who are charged with felonies and serious misdemeanors including sex crimes, violent crimes, drug crimes, theft and fraud crimes, and domestic and family-related crimes. These charges can destroy your life but don’t worry Jack Rice Defense will stand beside you and fight. For more details contact us today at (651) 447-7650 or visit https://www.jackricelaw.com/

  • Invictus Law

     1240 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 404
    Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
    United States

    Invictus Law provides award-winning 5-star rated legal representation for our community and its military members. Our trusted & skilled attorney team of former Prosecutors, USMC & Army Jags fight for the best possible outcome for every client. We analyze your case, educate you on the law & prepare a winning strategy for court. We specialize in Criminal Defense, Family Law, Military Law & Security Clearance Law. We practice in Virginia Beach Norfolk, Chesapeake and the greater Hampton Roads Area.

  • Law Office of James J. Caruolo

     33 College Hill Rd
    Warwick, Rhode Island 02886
    United States

    Law Offices of James J. Caruolo is a full-service law firm serving in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Our attorney provides legal representation in the areas of Real Estate, Criminal, and Personal Injury Law. Call us at 401.828.7100 for more details.

  • Silver Law Firm

     1211 Embarcadero
    Oakland, California 94606
    United States

    With over 25 years of experience as a Oakland criminal defense attorney and a life-long devotion to protecting the rights of the accused, attorney Elliot Silver is a strong ally when facing the harsh California justice system. No matter the charge, from marijuana to murder and everything in between, attorney Silver will vigorously defend you in your darkest hour. In the end, Silver gets results.

  • Tabibnia Law – Los Angeles Office

     10100 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste 300
    Los Angeles, California 90067
    United States

    Our legal expertise is focused primarily on criminal defense. We have successfully represented individuals charged with misdemeanor crimes, felony crimes, DUIs, drug crimes, federal crimes, violent crimes, sex crimes, white color crimes, and others. Website: https://tabibnialaw.com/

  • Tabibnia Law – Van Nuys Office

     6454 Van Nuys Blvd. Ste 150
    Los Angeles, California 91401
    United States

    Our legal expertise is focused primarily on criminal defense. We have successfully represented individuals charged with misdemeanor crimes, felony crimes, DUIs, drug crimes, federal crimes, violent crimes, sex crimes, white color crimes, and others. Website: http://www.tabibnialaw.com/

  • The Zeiger Firm

     1500 John F Kennedy Blvd, #620A
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
    United States

    The Zeiger Firm is experienced with cases involving DUI, theft and robbery, drug crimes, gun charges, sex crimes, assault, homicide, white collar crimes, police brutality, vehicular homicide, and more. || Website: https://brianzeiger.com

  • Brad Keating

     Gahanna
    Gahanna, Ohio 43230
    United States

    The Keating Firm LTD is a personal injury attorney in Columbus Ohio where people can secure a practiced personal injury attorney. We believe in justice and restitution. As such, our experienced law firm is prepared to offer more than just proper legal care. The mantra that everyone deserves justice is what we hold always, which propels us to do the utmost and get you the deserved justice. The local residents rely on us when they need an injury lawyer in Columbus that can take up their personal i

  • David W. Martin Law Group

     1613 E North St
    Greenville, South Carolina 29607
    United States

    David W. Martin Law Group is located in Greenville, South Carolina. Our team of lawyers has the experience and insights needed to help you craft a compelling case. David provides a wealth of expertise in family law, and personal injury cases in South Carolina. No matter what type of situation you are in, we realize just how unique each case is and take the time to provide you with the counsel you need to make the best use of your legal options. Visit: https://www.davidwmartinlaw.com/

  • Meltzer & Bell, P.A.

     515 N Flagler Dr
    west palm beach, Florida 33401
    United States

    Meltzer & Bell, P.A. is a criminal defense firm serving residents and visitors of Palm Beach County, FL who face misdemeanor, felony or federal charges. Attorneys Lawrence Meltzer and Steven Bell are dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services and transparency to clients by ensuring one of the firm’s partners is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

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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.