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    Law Offices of Beles & Beles

    Superlawyers Recipient?: Yes

     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."

  • SoCal Criminal Defense Lawyer

     1050 Lakes Dr #225
    West Covina, California 91790
    United States • With over 18 years in practice, SoCal Criminal Defense Lawyers is a distinguished firm offering expert criminal defense across Southern California. Their team of seasoned attorneys is dedicated to safeguarding the rights and interests of individuals facing criminal charges. Call us now today!

  • Abdallah Law Trial Lawyers

     15127 73rd Ave
    Orland Park, Illinois 60462
    United States

    Abdallah Law Trial Lawyers is a criminal defense and personal injury law firm in Orland Park, Chicago, Illinois. At Abdallah Law Trial Lawyers, we are committed to justice down to our very core. Not just a lofty and vague slogan, every decision we make, and every avenue we pursue is dedicated to achieving the best results possible for our clients. Our Chicago criminal defense attorneys are highly regarded and recognized throughout the legal community for their skillful work in complex.

  • Matthew C. Bangerter

     4124 Erie St
    Willoughby, Ohio 44094
    United States

    Phone: 4405573467

    Criminal charges — felonies, misdemeanors, drug charges, etc. — can be extremely stressful to you as well as your friends and family. The criminal court process will be extremely taxing, and its outcome could change the course of your life. It is highly important that you have a criminal defense attorney by your side who is not only well-versed and experienced in the law and procedure, but also understands forensic evidence.

  • J. Scott Smith

     1605 Westbrook Plaza Dr # 101
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103
    United States

    Phone: 3369923600

    I handle DWI, Criminal, and Family cases throughout Winston-Salem, Greensboro and the High Point metro area. I understand that every case affects my client’s lives. A DWI can mean the loss of a license or a job. A criminal charge can mean the loss of your freedom. A family law case can mean dramatic changes to your home life. If you have been charged with a crime, remember, Arrested Doesn’t Mean Guilty.

  • Jonathan D. Griffin

     321 N Center St
    Statesville, North Carolina 28677
    United States

    Griffin Law, PLLC, is a proven resource for people facing tough legal challenges in Iredell County and Alexander County. Attorney Jonathan D. Griffin has been providing clear counsel and skilled, determined representation for people from all walks of life since 2001.

  • Gallian Firm

     3500 Maple Ave suite 720
    Dallas, Texas 75219
    United States

    Gallian Law Firm Dallas criminal defense lawyers focus on protecting and defending individuals accused of state and federal crimes. Our civil litigation attorneys focus on efficiently and effectively representing people and businesses to navigate the complexities of a civil lawsuit. Website:

  • Phoenix Sex Crime Lawyer

     1100 E Washington St Suite 154
    Phoenix, Arizona 85034
    United States

    If you are facing a sex crime accusation, contact our experienced Phoenix sex crimes lawyers who will aggressively defend your rights and freedom. We have the expertise you need to defend against sexual assault charges, solicitation, false rape allegations, indecent exposure, and much more.

  • Doug Murphy Law Firm, P.C.

     902 Heights Blvd
    Houston, Texas 77008
    United States

    Established in 1999, Doug Murphy Law Firm, P.C. is a Houston-based law firm specializing in criminal defense and DWI cases. With over two decades of experience, the firm has built a reputation for providing top-notch legal representation to clients facing serious charges. Attorney Doug Murphy is highly esteemed in the legal community, holding board certifications in both criminal law and DWI defense. His expertise and dedication to his clients have earned him numerous accolades.

  • Arizona Felony Defense Lawyer

     3919 E Potter Dr
    Phoenix, Arizona 85050
    United States

    When you’re charged with a crime in Arizona, you should immediately seek legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney. Consequences of a conviction can be devastating, including steep fines, imprisonment, and a lifetime blemish on your record. At Arizona Felony Defense Lawyer, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide our clients with the most comprehensive and thorough legal representation.

  • Michael J. Thompson

     15744 Fort Campbell Blvd
    Oak Grove, Kentucky 42262
    United States

    As an Attorney licensed in Kentucky, and Tennessee, I have represented numerous divorce and family law clients. I also represent personal injury clients and have handled cases ranging from wrongful death to minor injuries.

  • Monterey License Attorney

     700 Cass St., Ste 202D-1
    Monterey, California 93940
    United States

    Website: Monterey License Attorney has expertise representing professionals before state licensing bodies. Each practitioner’s presence before the board is an opportunity to validate best practices or mitigate harmless mistakes. Our extensive expertise provides us with intimate knowledge of the people and processes that govern licensing hearings, which is crucial to successfully representing licensed professions.

  • Monterey Criminal Attorney

     700 Cass St., Ste 202D
    Monterey, California 93940
    United States

    Website: Facing criminal charges is undoubtedly a challenging experience, but remember, you do not have to face it alone. We at Monterey Criminal Attorney are here to fight for your rights, protect your future, and guide you through the legal complexities every step of the way. We are dedicated to providing unwavering legal support and strategic representation across a diverse spectrum of criminal defense matters.

  • Peoria Criminal Lawyer

     7972 West Thunderbird Road, Unit 105-D
    Peoria, Arizona 85381
    United States

    Peoria Criminal Lawyer is a prominent law firm located in Peoria, Arizona, dedicated to defending clients across a range of criminal charges. Led by Jeremy Geigle, an experienced attorney recognized for his legal prowess, the firm handles cases involving DUI, drug crimes, federal crimes, white-collar crimes, and more. Known for their aggressive defense strategies, they strive to achieve the best outcomes for their clients. Visit:

  • Gallo Law Firm

     818 S Casino Center Blvd
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
    United States

    If you have been arrested or charged with any crime in Nevada then contact an attorney at Gallo Law Office to discuss your case during a free and confidential consultation. James C. Gallo represents clients charged with all types of criminal offenses including DUI, hit and run, marijuana crimes, drug charges, theft crimes, or violation of probation cases. From a simple misdemeanor to the most serious felony offense, James C. Gallo is experienced in fighting the charges aggressively.

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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.