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."

  • Douglas Crawford Law

     501 S 7th St
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
    United States

    Website: https://douglascrawfordlaw.com/ Douglas Crawford Law handles criminal law matters including drug crimes, sex crimes, DUI, violent crimes and Felonies in Las Vegas, Nevada and its surrounding cities such as North Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin and Southern Nevada. Mr. Crawford also handles family law cases, divorce, child custody cases, relocation of children cases, Adoptions, Termination of Parental Rights cases and personal injury matters.

  • South Sound Law Group

     705 S 9th St STE 204
    Tacoma, Washington 98405
    United States

    Phone: 2533833328

    South Sound Law Group is a family owned and run law firm located in Tacoma, WA. Our main practice areas are criminal defense and personal injury suits. We represent clients throughout western Washington. Our criminal defense practice covers all matters, including DUI, criminal traffic, domestic violence, drug crimes, and felonies, as well as civil traffic infractions. Our personal injury practice is primarily focused on serious injuries or fatalities from motor vehicle accidents.

  • Rosenblum Law Offices

     7375 S Pecos Rd #101
    Paradise, Nevada 89120
    United States

    Serving Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Centennial Hills, Clark County and Nye County, Rosenblum Law Offices is the firm individuals and businesses alike count on to handle their litigation needs. Providing a wide variety of intertwined services, we excel at achieving our clients’ goals throughout Southern Nevada.

  • New Mexico Criminal Law Offices

     1008 5th St NW
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
    United States

    Jack Mkhitarian practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense. Mr. Mkhitarian is a member of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. Mr. Mkhitarian is an active member of the United States District Court’s Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel of Attorneys. Website: https://www.newmexicocriminallaw.com/

  • Coontz Law

     1100 W. Saginaw St., Suite 4A
    Lansing, Michigan 48915
    United States

    Description: We provide an unwavering criminal defense to ordinary Michiganders. Fax: 5177300038 Mobile: 5178968791 Website: Home Page Payment Methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Personal Check, Discover, Financing Available, ATM / Debit Business Hours: Mon – Sun: Open 24 Hours Year Established: 2018 Number of Employees: 3

  • The Vance Law Firm

     6631 Atlanta Hwy
    Montgomery, Alabama 36117
    United States

    “Stewart Vance concentrates his Montgomery, AL practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability. He represents those who have been injured in an automobile or other accidents; have suffered severe injuries or death from defective products; or who have had loved ones suffer from Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse. Contact our injury lawyers today for a free case review!”

  • Twibell Pierson Criminal Law

     901 E St Louis St #1600
    Springfield, Missouri 65806
    United States

    Don’t Compromise – Hire A Criminal Lawyer More than 20 people face brutal accidents as a consequence of driving while being drunk. DWI cases can make you spend jail time. This could happen due to the lack of knowledge and seriousness of the lawyers you hire. DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) cases can cause you lifelong troubles. Lawyers must be hired who are in a regular practice of handling similar cases. Website: http://twibellpierson.com/

  • North Star Criminal Defense

     370 Selby Ave
    Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
    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.

  • Dressel/Malikschmitt LLP

     11 E Cliff St
    Somerville, New Jersey 08876
    United States

    Phone: 8482029323

    When you or your loved ones are faced with difficult legal problems, the counsel you choose matters. You need to be experienced, intelligent attorneys to navigate challenging areas of law in a time of crisis. Dressel/Malikschmitt brings years of experience from the private and public sectors to every case it takes. For more details please visit https://www.dresselmalikschmitt.com/

  • Beerup Law

     603 Boone's Lick Rd
    Saint Charles, Missouri 63301
    United States

    Beerup Law is a St. Charles, Missouri based criminal defense law firm. Ruth Beerup has 25 years of experience handling traffic, DWI, misdemeanor and felony criminal cases in St. Charles, St. Louis, Lincoln, Warren, Jefferson and Franklin Counties.

  • Matt Alford Law

     3355 W Alabama St
    houston, texas 77098
    United States

    Matt has defended virtually every type of criminal case and enjoys an outstanding success rate. Matt’s methods are aggressive and direct. Due to his experience and background, he can tailor the best defense for each client’s needs. || Address: 3355 W Alabama St, Suite 444, Houston, TX 77098, USA

  • Schill Law Group

     8708 East Vía de Ventura
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
    United States

    “Schill Law Group represents clients with DUIs, family law cases, and criminal law cases. As a top law firm in Phoenix, Schill Law Group has decades of experience defending countless people. We treat every client with compassion and understanding, and we approach every case with a fierce determination to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. Call us now for a free consultation and to hear about our flat fee agreement.

  • Goostree Law Group – DuPage County

     1770 Park St
    Naperville, Illinois 60563
    United States

    The family law firm of Goostree Law Group is experienced in representing clients in all areas of family law in Naperville ,Wheaton and DuPage County and has three office locations to better serve clients.To learn more, visit https://www.napervillefamilydivorcelaw.com/ or call 630-364-4046 for a free consultation.

  • Patrick B. Courtney, P.A.

     212 W Platt St, Tampa, FL 33606
    Tampa, Florida 33606
    United States

    Most criminal cases are resolved with dismissals or plea bargains, but if your case goes to trial, attorney Patrick B. Courtney has a successful trial record and a reputation that’s above reproach. He’s handled more than seventy-five jury trials over the last twenty-five years.

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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.