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."

  • Aaron Delgado & Associates

     227 Seabreeze Blvd
    Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
    United States

    Our Daytona Beach attorneys are compassionate and attentive in our service to clients, while providing vigorous representation on their behalf. We work hard to promote our clients’ rights in numerous legal practice areas, including criminal law, personal injury, civil litigation and family law.

  • 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!

  • Healthcare Fraud Group

     2808 Cole Ave
    dallas, texas 75204
    United States

    Healthcare Fraud Group If you’ve been accused of healthcare fraud, the first thing that you’ll need to do is to get in touch with an attorney. This is because such allegations are serious and you want to make sure that all your bases are covered. The legal aspects will not be easy to understand and you need an experienced attorney by your side to walk with you through the process.

  • Schill Law Group

     8700 East Vía de Ventura
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
    United States

    With over 100 years of combined legal experience in family law, divorce, DUI defense, and criminal law, the Schill Law Group has some of the most experienced and accomplished lawyers in Scottsdale. If you have a family law, divorce, DUI defense, or criminal law matter, Schill Law Group can help.

  • Nickola Law

     1015 Church St
    Flint, Michigan 48502
    United States

    Phone: 8107675420

    Nickola Law offers top quality legal services in both criminal defense and personal injury to clients in Mid-Michigan. Call 810-767-5420 today for a free consultation.

  • The VanNoy Firm

     2621 Dryden Rd
    Moraine, Ohio 45439
    United States

    Phone: 9379525043

    We are dedicated to bringing our Fairborn, Ohio clients both aggressive and individualized legal representation. We represent clients in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, wrongful death, and DUI. Please contact the team of attorneys at the VanNoy Firm today by calling 937-952-5043. For more details visit our site.

  • Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus

     5225 Old Orchard Rd
    Skokie, Illinois 60077
    United States

    Call (847) 966-0300 for a Chicago criminal defense lawyer who will aggressively defend your case in court. The Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus are experienced in defending a wide variety of legal issues from misdemeanors to felonies, including DUI, immigration, narcotics and burglary.

  • Dod Law, APLC

     RONSON J. SHAMOUN BUILDING
    San Diego, California 92101
    United States

    With 14 years of experience practicing criminal defense law, Dod Ghassemkhani and his law firm Dod Law, APC, in Vista and Downtown San Diego, California, have worked on more than 6,500 criminal cases in and out of the courtroom in the San Diego area. This experience includes nearly every type of criminal case, including more than 75 jury trials and 400 preliminary hearings. Mr. Ghassemkhani also is uniquely qualified by the California State Bar to handle serious capital offenses.

  • Miller Leonard, P.C.

     14143 Denver W Pkwy, #100
    Golden, Colorado 80401
    United States

    Miller Leonard formed Miller Leonard, PC to give expert service to clients in need of assistance. Each case is important and Miler believes each client deserves special attention. Miller will listen to his client’s fears, concerns, and thoughts and take them seriously. Miller has a wealth of experience in the area of criminal law.

  • Shah Law Firm, PLLC

     2 N Central Ave, Ste. #1926
    Phoenix, Arizona 85004
    United States

    The Shah Law Firm, PLLC is a leading Criminal Defense and DUI law firm in Phoenix. With over 13 years of experience successfully defending over 2,500 clients from charges ranging from first offense DUI to attempted murder charges, the Shah Law Firm will aggressively defend you in court while vigorously protecting your constitutional rights.

  • Goldstein Mehta LLC

     1717 Arch Street, Suite 320
    philadelphia, PA  19103
    United States

    If you are facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, our team of criminal defense attorneys can provide you the skillful representation and aggressive defense necessary to obtain justice. As a top-rated law firm in Philadelphia, we have extensive resources and a thorough understanding of the local courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement. This experience allows us to offer you the best chance to win your case.

  • Anthony Morrow Law

     185 N Main St
    Rutherfordton, North Carolina 28139
    United States

    Have you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of someone else or been arrested on criminal charges? If so, you have to anticipate the worst and hire the best.If you’ve been seriously injured, your future depends on getting full and fair compensation. The Law Office of Anthony R. Morrow is able to provide excellent personal injury and criminal defense representation because we have the advanced training, meaningful experience and determination necessary to win.

  • Miller and Hine Attorneys at Law

     2630 Margarette Ave
    St. Louis, Missouri 63143
    United States

    Remember, you are innocent unless proven guilty, and the burden of proving your guilt rests entirely upon the government. Furthermore, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, it may be possible to reduce some of the charges against you to a lesser offense or complete dismissal of the case. The criminal defense lawyers at Miller & Hine have proven results.

  • Wendell Law Group

     600 W 6th St Suite #450
    Los Angeles, California 90017
    United States

    Wendell M. Smith, is a Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer, and one of the founding members at the Wendell Law Group. Wendell is an intricate part of our law firm, and helps each client individually when accused of a DUI. As a former prosecutor, Wendell has a unique perspective on how the justice system DUI suspects, and knows how to fight the system.

  • McClees Law Firm, PLLC

     1545 Heights Blvd Suite 500
    Houston, texas 77008
    United States

    Attorney Ed McClees is a Criminal Trial Lawyer who is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. After two years trying DWI cases as a prosecutor, Ed became the Harris County District Attorney, where he served as chief of the Organized Crime Section, prosecuting cases involving complex organized criminal activities, including Money Laundering, Aggravated Robbery, Theft, Murder, & other major crimes. If you have been charged with a crime or are concerned that you

  • David M. Dudley

     3415 S Sepulveda Blvd Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California 90034
    United States

    Los Angeles based federal attorney David M. Dudley is the only Harvard Law School graduate in the nation who has devoted his legal practice to the defense of individuals accused of serious federal and state crimes across the country. For over 25 years, Mr. Dudley has represented persons facing major federal penalties in 36 different states.

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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.