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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.


    "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.


    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.


    "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."

  • Veitch Ault Defense

     2122 112th Ave NE, Suite #A200
    Bellevue, Washington 98004
    United States

    A highly skilled DUI attorney is necessary to help navigate the complexities of Washington State’s strict impaired driving laws. Veitch Ault Defense has been consistently recognized as being at the forefront of Washington State DUI litigation & routinely obtaining outstanding resolutions for clients.

  • Ryan Garry LLC, Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorneys

     333 S 7th St #2250
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
    United States

    Our attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure that you get the leading possible outcome for your case. Our attorneys are always available for consultation and advice. We can discuss your case in detail, explain all possible outcomes, and help you understand what legal options are available to you. The Ryan Garry LLC, Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorneys is a Minneapolis criminal defense firm that handles a wide variety of state and federal crimes.

  • Godwin Dold

     300 1st Ave NW Ste 240
    Rochester, Minnesota 55901
    United States

    Website: Godwin Dold is located in Rochester, MN and is dedicated to providing quality services of DUI Law Attorney Rochester MN, Criminal Defense Lawyer Rochester MN, Commercial Litigation Lawyer Rochester MN, Employment Law Attorney Rochester MN, Business Law Attorney Rochester MN. Call us today at +15072188383. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Henry Goodrich Law

     614 Ashbourne Dr
    Shreveport, Louisiana 71106
    United States

    Website: Henry Goodrich Law is located in Shreveport, LA and is dedicated to providing quality services of Wills Lawyer Shreveport LA, Trusts Lawyer Shreveport LA, Probate Attorney Shreveport LA, Estate Planning Lawyer Shreveport LA. Call us today at (318) 317-1182. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Fuhrman Law Offices

     112 W Meeker
    Puyallup, Washington 98371
    United States

    Website: Fuhrman Law Offices is located in Puyallup, WA and is dedicated to providing quality services of Wills Lawyer Puyallup WA, Contracts Attorney Puyallup WA, Federal Crime Lawyer Puyallup WA ,Assault Attorney Puyallup WA , Domestic Violence Lawyer Puyallup WA. Call us today at (253) 848-7788. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia, PLLC

     2486 Rivermont Ave ste 203
    Lynchburg, Virginia 24503
    United States

    The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia, PLLC is located in Lynchburg, VA and is dedicated to providing quality services of Trusts Lawyer Lynchburg VA, Long Term Care Attorney Lynchburg VA, Guardianship Lawyer Lynchburg VA, Estate Planning for singles Attorney Lynchburg VA ,Conservatorship Lawyer Lynchburg VA. Call us today at (276) 629-5381 . We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Oberheiden, P.C. – White Collar Criminal Lawyer

     30 Wall St 8TH FLOOR
    New York, New York 10005
    United States

    At Oberheiden, P.C. – White Collar Criminal Lawyer, we focus on federal defense. We have a proven track record of securing favorable results for our clients, and we have represented individuals and companies in investigations. Following a federal indictment, trial preparation becomes key. However, this does not necessarily mean that you should be expecting to go to trial at this stage. Hours: 24/7

  • Joseph Ruiz

     733 E 12th 1/2 St
    houston, texas 77008
    United States

    Joseph Ruiz after ten years of fighting in countless courtrooms for a big law firm and trying over 325 jury trials, Mr. Ruiz founded the Law Office of Joseph Ruiz, PLLC with the mission of expanding access to exceptional, personalized DWI and criminal defense representation to the people of Harris County, and its surrounding counties, at reasonable fees. WEBSITE:

  • Sayegh & Sayegh PC

     615 Yonkers Ave
    Yonkers, New York 10704
    United States

    At Sayegh & Sayegh, we protect the rights of clients in Yonkers and surrounding areas. Our lawyer focuses on criminal defense and personal injury representation, so bring us your case if it involves: DWI or drug crime law, Auto or truck accident law, Malpractice law. The firm has negotiated several multi-million dollar personal injury settlements.

  • The Paralegal Clinic

     101 sunland Dr
    Beebe, Arkansas 72012
    United States

    The Paralegal Clinic is located in Beebe, AR and is dedicated to providing quality services of Paralegal Services Beebe AR, Legal Services in Beebe AR, Digital scanning Services in Beebe AR, Paralegal Services in Beebe AR. Call us today at (501) 259-5914. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Law Office of Mario Andrews

     4400 Keller Ave 140 Suite 313
    Oakland, California 94605
    United States

    Law Office of Mario Andrews is located in Oakland CA and is dedicated to providing quality services of Assault Attorney Oakland CA, Restraining Order Lawyer Oakland CA, Drug Case Attorney Oakland CA, Felony Lawyer Oakland CA. Call us today at (510) 686-1142. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Dave Clark Law Office

     111 East 5600 South #105
    Murray, Utah 84107
    United States

    Dave Clark Law Office is located in Murray, UT and is dedicated to providing quality services of Assault Lawyer Murray UT, Assault Attorney Murray UT, Theft Lawyer Murray UT, Theft Attorney Murray UT, Experienced Lawyer Murray UT. Call us today at (385) 421-8919. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Mario Gunde Peters & Kelley

     3210 North Wickham Road, Unit 3
    Melbourne, Florida 32935
    United States

    Legal Eagles was established in 1976 by Anthony Mario (Retired). We have over 67 years combined experienced in criminal and family law. Our attorneys have jury trial experience for almost every type of criminal charge, from serious felony cases to simple misdemeanors. The firm is very experienced in divorce litigation, including complex divorces that cross international or state boundaries. We also have years of experience handling personal injury, bankruptcy, wills, and foreclosure defense.

  • Oberheiden, P.C.

     2250 SW 3rd Ave 4th floor
    Miami, Florida 33129
    United States

    Founded in 2010 by federal defense attorney Nick Oberheiden, Ph.D., Oberheiden P.C. is a team of highly-experienced attorneys and legal professionals who work collaboratively to defend clients across the United States in high-stakes federal matters. Attorneys routinely meet with prospective and existing clients at clients’ offices and facilities, as well as at Oberheiden P.C.’s Miami office. Website:

  • Carol Kendrick

     340 W Morgan St
    Monroe, North Carolina 28112
    United States

    Ms. Carol Kendrick is active in the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and was previously elected to the Board of Governors for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. She has served this organization in numerous capacities, including past-Chair of the Criminal Defense Section. WEBSITE:

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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 and 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.