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."

  • The Defenders Criminal Defense Lawyers

     830 South 4th Street Suite 100
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
    United States

    Phone: 7023333333

    The Defenders are seasoned criminal defense attorneys who understand that each alleged crime has a unique set of circumstances surrounding it, and we are committed to thoroughly investigating each and every facet of the case to build the best defense possible. The Defenders Criminal Defense Lawyers 830 South 4th Street Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 333-3333 Criminal Justice Attorney

  • Patton Law Office, S.C.

     1119 60th St
    Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140
    United States

    Patton Law, located in Kenosha Wisconsin, focuses on Criminal Defense, Juvenile Defense, Termination of Parental Rights, Child Protection (CHIPS), Indian Law/ICWA, Investigations, White Collar Crime, and Family Law and are there to help you navigate the legal system. Website: https://www.pattonlawwi.com

  • North Star Criminal Defense

     8500 Normandale Lake Boulevard, Suite 960
    Bloomington, Minnesota 55437
    United States

    North Star Criminal Defense is a full-service criminal defense firm that prides itself on not only getting favorable results for its clients, but also on the fact that former clients routinely refer us to friends and family that need our services. Our clients get the respect and attention they deserve.

  • Meltzer & Bell, P.A.

     110 SE 6th St., Suite 1749
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
    United States

    Phone: 9547656585

    Fort Lauderdale Criminal & DUI Defense Lawyers. We build the strong defense possible for our clients, relentlessly pursuing your best outcome. We are a client-driven firm with over 500 5-Star reviews across all Florida offices. Call us for a free consultation today.

  • Barrix Law Firm

     2828 Kraft Ave SE
    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
    United States

    If you are charged with a crime in the Grand Rapids area or anywhere in the state, you must have legal representation immediately. Ask a Michigan criminal defense attorney at Barrix Law Firm to advise and represent you. A conviction for a sex crime, theft, domestic violence, or driving under the influence (DUI) could put you in prison, devastate your family and disrupt your future. Don’t let that happen.

  • Aric Cramer, Attorney at Law

     132 W Tabernacle Building A
    St. George, Utah 84770
    United States

    Aric Cramer, Attorney at Law, is a skilled Utah criminal defense attorney who defends clients accused of serious crimes. Since his own experience prosecuting criminals, Mr. Cramer has used his first-hand knowledge to protect the wrongly accused in aggravated assault cases and other felony offenses. In addition, he knows how to attack and challenge issues that can often be built on circumstantial evidence by prosecutors. Website: https://www.ariccramer.com/

  • Rosenberg Law Firm

     137 Court Street, Suite 2
    Brooklyn, New York 11201
    United States

    Rosenberg Law Firm is a full-service trial firm with a proven record of consistent victories in both the state and federal courts across the state of New York and beyond. With over 50 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys offer expertise in all areas of criminal defense, appellate law, and post-judgment advocacy.

  • Clark Law and Associates, LLC

     6501 S Macadam Ave
    Portland, Oregon 97239
    United States

    Have a Portland criminal defense lawyer with Clark Law and Associates represent and advise you. A criminal conviction, even for a misdemeanor, could put you in jail or on probation, but that doesn’t have to happen. If you’re charged with a crime, put your case in the hands of a skilled and experienced defense attorney with Clark Law and Associates.

  • The Bianchi Law Group, LLC

     125 Half Mile Rd
    Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
    United States

    At the Bianchi Law Group, a team of former prosecutors aggressively fights on behalf of clients who face criminal charges. The Bianchi Law Group is a New Jersey-based criminal defense firm that handles criminal trials, criminal investigations, high profile cases, white-collar criminal cases, and municipal court cases. These lawyers put their extensive legal backgrounds to work for every client in every case.

  • Mirsky Law Firm

     114 Old Country Rd
    Mineola, New York 11501
    United States

    With over two decades specializing only in the practice of criminal law, David M. Mirsky has a reputation and skills to fight your charges that are unmatched by any other attorney at our firm with 80 years combined experience between all members who won’t take “just” what is given without striking back first! We WON’T BE MOVED until YOU WIN – whether through arbitration or trial rights. Mirsky Law Firm 114 Old Country Rd, Mineola, NY 11501 (516) 299-6187 https://criminalattorneylongisland

  • Meltzer & Bell, P.A.

     211 South 2nd Street
    Fort Pierce, Florida 34950
    United States

    Meltzer & Bell, P.A. is a Palm Beach County criminal defense firm founded by former felony special unit prosecutor, Lawrence Michael Meltzer, Esquire, and former major crimes Public Defender, Steven Kenneth Bell, Esquire. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. handles ALL State and Federal criminal matters in Palm Beach County and throughout the State of Florida.

  • Law Offices of Jerry Nicholson, A Professional Corporation

     5855 E Naples Plaza
    Long Beach, California 90803
    United States

    If you are charged with a DUI or any other criminal offense in Orange County, contact Jerry Nicholson immediately. With decades of legal experience under his belt for such cases across Long Beach and Southern California as well-known around here Mr.Nicholson is an expert when it comes to handling these kinds of complicated matters. Law Offices of Jerry Nicholson, A Professional Corporation 5855 E Naples Plaza, #205, Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 434-8916 Home

  • Law Office of Annie Scott

     22503 Katy Fwy
    Houston, Texas 77450
    United States

    If you’re dealing with an issue related to family law, such as a divorce, adoption, or child custody, don’t hesitate to come in, and we’ll talk it through. The same goes for criminal defense issues such as DUI, assault, theft, or even drug charges. I am here when you need me, I work with you to make your situation better. For more information contact my firm at Annie Scott’s Law Office and call me today at +1 281-800-5841.

  • Law Offices of Vadim A. Glozman

     53 W Jackson Blvd STE 1522
    Chicago, Illinois 60604
    United States

    The Law Offices of Vadim A. Glozman represent individuals and corporations facing state and federal prosecution, focusing primarily on white collar and major felony criminal defense, civil and criminal asset forfeiture, and appellate representation.

  • Law Firm of Gianni Karmily, PLLC

     711 Middle Neck Rd
    Great Neck, New York 11024
    United States

    Having a good attorney can make the difference between a not guilty verdict or a dismissal of charges and a guilty verdict that may be penalized with probation, fines, or jail. Because your freedom and future are at stake when you are charged with a crime, Gianni Karmily will handle your case with diligence, determination, and commitment. Law Firm of Gianni Karmily, PLLC 119 Jackson Street #6, Hempstead, New York 11550 (516) 614-4228

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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.