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 Morris Firm

     816 E La Rua St
    Pensacola, Florida 32501
    United States

    Phone: 8505839112

    The Morris Firm is a Pensacola criminal defence law firm lead by attorney Brandon Morris. Our team advocates for your rights no matter the charges you are facing. We can handle DUI, drug charges, theft charges and more. We pride ourselves on being honest with our clients throughout the entire court process so they know what to expect. Contact us today so we can advocate for you.

  • Saputo Law Firm

     2828 N. Harwood St., Suite 1950
    Dallas, texas 75201
    United States

    The Saputo Law Firm represents clients who face pending or threatened high-stakes litigation against the government. Our lawyers defend people against serious misdemeanor and felony charges in state and federal courts. The firm also handles a variety of civil matters related to criminal law, including record clearing, civil asset forfeiture defense and drivers license defense.

  • Leichter Law Firm PC

     1602 E 7th St
    Austin, texas 78702
    United States

    The Texas medical license lawyers of the Leichter Law Firm PC are devoted to the legal representation of physicians, medical professionals (i.e. nurses, pharmacists, and dentists) in administrative licensing and healthcare matters in both state and federal disputes, regulatory inquiries and investigations, criminal defense and healthcare related transactions. We are a physician/clinician-friendly firm

  • James Kontos Criminal Defense Attorney

     5430 Village Dr
    Rockledge, Florida 32955
    United States

    James Kontos is a criminal defense lawyer located in Rockledge, Florida. With over 25 years of experience, James Kontos has been successfully defending the citizens of Rockledge. His practice areas include DUI, Felony, Misdemeanor and more. Call today for a free consultation. James Kontos has been defending the citizens of Florida for decades and he can help you win your case too.

  • Elmen Legal, PLLC

     3810 Packard Street, Ste 220
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
    United States

    At the criminal defense law firm of Elmen Legal, PLLC, I represent people who have been accused of crimes in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan. I proudly work with people at all stages of the criminal process, from the initial investigation to trial, and at sentencing. I feel privileged to stand up for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and I understand that, for my clients, I may be the only thing standing between them and a criminal conviction, significant fines, and jail or prison time.

  • The Hamilton Law Firm

     11445 E Vía Linda
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85259
    United States

    The Hamilton Law Firm is an Arizona law firm representing clients in criminal defense, personal injury, DUI, and civil litigation. Our criminal defense attorneys, DUI defense attorneys, and personal injury defense attorneys pride ourselves in keeping our practice limited in order to better serve you. Whether you have been charged with a DUI, a misdemeanor or felony, or if you have suffered personal injury through no fault of your own, we can help.

  • Fremstad Law Firm

     3003 32nd Avenue South, Suite 240
    Fargo, North Dakota 58103
    United States

    At Fremstad Law, our mission is to transform how and when people experience working with attorneys. Our North Dakota law firm’s goal is to actively promote and foster a close relationship with our valued clients that will result in a better understanding of their needs. We believe in exceeding expectations by solving problems and challenging the conventional wisdom to produce better outcomes.

  • The David Hunter Law Firm

     345 Commerce Green Blvd
    Sugar Land, Texas 77478
    United States

    If you ever find yourself in a position where you need a criminal defense attorney, contact David Hunter to get the best legal representation in Sugar Land, Texas. Handling every case with respect and understanding, he specializes in DWI/DUI, drug possession charges, domestic violence and juvenile charges.

  • Law Offices of Jason A. Steinberger, LLC

     505 8th Ave #701
    New York, New York 10018
    United States

    Facing criminal offenses can have a significant impact on your life, whether you have been accused of a misdemeanor like shoplifting or reckless driving, or whether you are facing an extremely serious charge like sexual assault or homicide. At the Law Offices of Jason A. Steinberger, we handle cases both big and small – and treat each of our clients with dignity, compassion, and respect.

  • Daniel M. Murphy, P.C.

     598 S Gilpin St
    Denver, Colorado 80209
    United States

    Daniel Murphy offers a full range of criminal defense services through his Denver law offices. He stays focused on a client’s long-term needs and goals while protecting that client’s rights and offering proven, trustworthy legal advice, services, and representation.

  • Contant Law, P.C.

     10 Cedar St #23
    Woburn, Massachusetts 01801
    United States

    Attorney Michael A. Contant has been practicing law for over two decades. His practice focuses on criminal defense, personal injury, consumer bankruptcy, and Title IX cases. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law. Attorney Lauren N. Fountain focuses on criminal defense and personal injury. She is also a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law.

  • The Law Offices of David C. Hardaway

     100 E San Antonio St #201
    San Marcos, Texas 78666
    United States

    Criminal defense lawyer David C. Hardaway is a native of Dallas and a 2008 graduate of the University of Arkansas Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Texas state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. He has been named by the National Trial Lawyers as one of America’s “Top 100” criminal defense attorneys. He has also been selected for the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honor bestowed on fewer than ten percent of the attorneys in this state.

  • Miranda Rights Law Firm

     445 S Figueroa St #2980
    Los Angeles, California 90071
    United States

    For over a decade, attorney Douglas Miranda at the Miranda Rights Law Firm has represented the accused. He has defended clients in southern California who have been charged with offenses that include DUI, assault, sex crimes, robbery, drug crimes, domestic violence, and a number of other felonies and misdemeanors.

  • Kilroy Law Firm

     161 S Main St #303
    Fall River, Massachusetts 02721
    United States

    It is a fact that most attorneys price themselves out of the market. At Kilroy Law Firm, we strongly believe that you deserve quality representation at an affordable rate. We are a full-service legal firm that offers a wide range of services including criminal defense, family law, personal injury, and prison consultation. Our prices are both affordable and fair, and you will get 110% effort from us no matter what you pay. In life, there are battles that you are not meant to fight alone. When you

  • Kilroy Law Firm

     127 Dorrance St
    Providence, Rhode Island 02903
    United States

    It is a fact that most attorneys price themselves out of the market. At Kilroy Law Firm, we strongly believe that you deserve quality representation at an affordable rate. We are a full-service legal firm that offers a wide range of services including criminal defense, family law, personal injury, and prison consultation. Our prices are both affordable and fair, and you will get 110% effort from us no matter what you pay. In life, there are battles that you are not meant to fight alone. When you

  • Stowers and Sarcone, PLC

     650 S Prairie View Dr
    West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
    United States

    Phone: 5152247446

    The team at Stowers & Sarcone PLC in Des Moines, Iowa, is dedicated to providing skilled criminal defense to individuals facing federal and state charges as well as those seeking appeals of convictions or sentences.If you or a loved one has been arrested for, charged with or is under investigation for a drug crime, OWI, a sex offense, theft, fraud or a violent crime, contact us today to schedule a consultation and put an experienced trial team on your side

  • Stowers and Sarcone, PLC

     650 S Prairie View Dr
    West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
    United States

    Phone: 5152247446

    The team at Stowers & Sarcone PLC in Des Moines, Iowa, is dedicated to providing skilled criminal defense to individuals facing federal and state charges as well as those seeking appeals of convictions or sentences.If you or a loved one has been arrested for, charged with or is under investigation for a drug crime, OWI, a sex offense, theft, fraud or a violent crime, contact us today to schedule a consultation and put an experienced trial team on your side

  • Law Offices of Greene & Lloyd, PLLC

     4115 S. Meridian
    Puyallup, Washington 98373
    United States

    If you’ve been injured through the negligence of another or if you have been accused of a crime, call the Law Offices of Greene & Lloyd, PLLC to schedule a consultation today. We will do everything possible to protect your rights, liberties and freedom. We are available to help you. Let us help. We’ll provide a Free Case Evaluation so you know what you are getting into ahead of time. We look forward to helping!

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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.