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."

  • Musca Law

     630 W Adams St #205
    Jacksonville, Florida 32204
    United States

    You will have so much in mind if you have made such offense of driving a vehicle while being impaired by alcohol or drugs, from what the things needed to do to who you should approach to seek help. The jacksonville dui lawyer can help you with your case as the lawyers of Musca Law are all well-experienced and have a lot of knowledge about dui. Visit this site https://www.muscalaw.com/locations/jacksonville/jacksonville-dui-lawyers for more info. Email Us: contactus@muscalaw.com .

  • George H. Ramos, Jr. & Associates

     427 C St
    San Diego, California 92101
    United States

    Phone: 6192311830

    At George H. Ramos, Jr. & Associates, our San Diego criminal defense lawyer has the experience you need for your criminal case in California. Attorney George H. Ramos, Jr. is one of the most experienced criminal lawyers in San Diego with a deep understanding of the law. Whether you are facing charges related to drug crimes, domestic violence, or sex crimes, we can help defend your rights. Call today.

  • Vermont State Records

     1 Lawson Lane,Suite 340
    Burlington, Vermont 05401
    United States

    As a citizen of the state, one can demand access to State records Vermont without providing any personal information except for the records kept hidden by law. https://vermont.staterecords.org/

  • Utah State Records

     222 S Main St 5th Floor
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
    United States

    You can obtain the Utah State record online whenever you feel like it is required. These records contain various important matters which can serve your purpose. https://utah.staterecords.org/

  • North Dakota State Records

     3523 45th Street South, Suite 100
    Fargo, North Dakota 58104
    United States

    The citizens can obtain the North Dakota State records without having to provide any personal information except for the records which have been kept hidden by law. https://northdakota.staterecords.org/

  • New Hampshire State Records

     15 Constitution Dr 1st floor
    Bedford, New Hampshire 03110
    United States

    With respect to the Right to Information act, the New Hampshire State Records have now been made open to the residents of the state. These records are also available online. https://newhampshire.staterecords.org/

  • Bradley Johnson Lawyers

     917 S 10th St
    Tacoma, Washington 98405
    United States

    Bradley Johnson is an attorney with a passion for helping people accused of crimes or injured by the negligence of others. He founded Bradley Johnson Lawyers in 1993 and has steadily built a practice full of outstanding attorneys and support staff. All are dedicated to providing exceptional legal support and believe all people deserve strong, compelling advocacy.

  • Michael J Fioretti, Esq

     1415 Route 70 East, Suite 105
    Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034
    United States

    Michael J. Fioretti has dedicated his entire career to serving the specific needs of each individual client and the relentless pursuit of fairness and justice. Mr. Fioretti began his career as a trial attorney in 2003, specializing in civil rights litigation and representing victims of police brutality. New Jersey workers’ compensation (representing injured workers), personal injury (plaintiffs), employment discrimination/sexual harassment (plaintiffs), and criminal/municipal defense Lawyer.

  • Snader Law Group

     9950 W Van Buren St Ste. 104
    Avondale, Arizona 85323
    United States

    Howard A. Snader is a former prosecutor, and for more than 30 years he has fought for the rights of others. If you are facing criminal charges, call a criminal attorney Avondale AZ at Snader Law Group today at 623-738-3221.

  • Grabel & Associates

     202 E Washington St
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
    United States

    Ann Arbor, MI criminal attorneys defending against DUI, theft, fraud, drug possession, CSC charges as well as juvenile defense and post-conviction. Grabel & Associates has the experience needed to produce excellent results. Our premier law firm has been protecting clients statewide for over a decade. We provide our clients with comprehensive, individualized legal defense services. Grabel & Associates is recognized as one of Michigan’s best criminal defense law firms.

  • Hanlon Law

     405 6th St S, #2
    St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
    United States

    At Hanlon Law, we aggressively defend the accused on a wide array of criminal charges in both federal and state courts in St Petersburg, FL and surrounding areas. We’re top rated, and we have the knowledge and resources to get the timely results our clients need to protect their future. If you have been charged with a crime in the St. Petersburg, FL area, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Hanlon Law. || Website: https://www.stpetersburgcriminalattorney.net

  • Jeffrey Higgins

     200 Pasadena Place, Suite A
    Orlando, Florida 32803
    United States

    A Florida native licensed to practice law since 1998, Jeff is a skilled lawyer with significant trial experience and an excellent bedside manner. Over the course of his career, he has defended clients against many types of alleged offenses, earned Death Penalty experience, and secured Not Guilty verdicts in multiple trials for charges including drug trafficking & possession, assault & battery, attempted kidnapping, and various property and sex crimes.

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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.