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."

  • Law Office of Rolando Cantu

     515 Pecan Blvd
    McAllen, Texas 78501
    United States

    Phone: 9562679898

    Rolando Cantu is a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney who provides legal representation for those accused of commiting federal crimes. His principal office is located in McAllen, Texas. He, however represents clients all across the United States. He is a former federal prosecutor with over 15 years of criminal law experience. He has successfully represented clients who have been charged with federal drug conspiracies, drug possession with intent to distribute, money laundering, alien smugglin

  • The Law Offices fo Kerry L Armstrong APLC

     750 B St #2820
    San Diego, California 92101
    United States

    Phone: 6193044696

    If you have been arrested for a serious criminal offense, you should hire a San Diego criminal defense attorney who is willing to do whatever it takes to protect your rights, freedom and future. At The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, we believe that the mark of an effective lawyer goes far beyond their defense skills – it is about how far they are willing to go to protect your best interests.

  • Davalos Law Firm PC

     2502 Beverly Pl
    Stockton, California 95204
    United States

    https://www.thedavaloslawfirm.com/ • Our law firm in Stockton is committed to giving the legal help you need by first examining as well as assessing your case. From there we make the effort to understand your needs and also wishes surrounding the preferred result of your case. We understand that areas of law can be time-consuming as well as irritating without someone on your side that recognizes the law as well as is experienced in it.

  • The Law Office of Purav Bhatt – Criminal Defense; DUI, Drug, Felony, Weapon, Gun

     1655 S Blue Island, #312
    Chicago, Illinois 60608
    United States

    The Law Office of Purav Bhatt – Criminal Defense; DUI, Drug, Felony, Weapon, Gun strives to provide aggressive and cost-effective criminal defense representation for all our clients. Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Purav Bhatt has been using his training and experience as a former prosecutor to defend clients in Chicagoland.

  • Sophia C. Martinez, Attorney at Law

     13750 San Pedro Avenue #645
    San Antonio, texas 78232
    United States

    Sophia C. Martinez is a San Antonio criminal defense lawyer and former Assistant District Attorney with over 25 years of experience. With her background as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, Sophia has the experience to understand all sides of a criminal case to provide the best possible defense and protection for her clients. If you have been charged with a crime in San Antonio, contact Sophia C. Martinez today to receive a free consultation. | Website: https://sophiamartinezlaw.com/

  • Ng Sidhu Law

     Unit 1104, 13737 - 96 Avenue
    Berkeley, British Columbia United States

    Representing clients in Lower Mainland BC, Ng Sidhu Law firm strongly believes that thorough communication leads to successful outcomes at court. With our tireless efforts, we aim and achieve to keep our clients informed from our first meeting through to trial preparations. We understand what is needed to be successful, we are required to go above and beyond to understand every element of your case and from there, explore every option to provide the best legal offence & defence. Ng Sidhu is

  • Spence Law

     304 West U.S. Highway 6
    Valparaiso, Indiana 46385
    United States

    Katrina gained valuable courtroom experience as a former deputy prosecuting attorney with the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office. She also oversaw the successful prosecution of Domestic Violence crimes, and trained officers and other members of law enforcement in the field of Domestic Violence. After obtaining a law degree, she worked with Cook County Sheriff as a legal advisor. Spence Law Office PC concentrates on Criminal, Traffic and Family Law defense representation in Northwest Indiana.

  • Halloran Sage

     One Goodwin Square 225 Asylum Street Hartford,
    New Haven, Connecticut 06103
    United States

    Phone: 8605226103

    Halloran Sage provides responsive legal counsel to client needs. We are one of the largest Connecticut-based firms, with a substantial presence throughout the state. We serve clients ranging from individuals and non-profit organizations to national corporate enterprises. Our deep knowledge of the local application of law and the players involved gives us, and you, unique insight into the way actions play out—so you can choose in favor of the outcome that serves you best.

  • Jason S. English

     505 W 12th St Suite 200-M
    Austin, TX 78701
    United States

    Phone: 5124547548

    Jason S. English Law, PLLC is an an experienced Dwi and criminal defense attorney in Austin who will fight for you. The effects of an arrest and criminal charges can have long-lasting, expensive consequences on a person’s life. Learn valuable information from a defense attorney in Austin.

  • Sanjay Biswas Attorney At Law

     1005 N Elm St Suite #200
    Denton, TX 76201
    United States

    Sanjay Biswas is a reputed attorney. He will help you prepare your defenses to criminal charges that you face. If you need a DWI lawyer near Denton, contact him today so that he can give you a free consultation. He is well versed with the law and offers the best legal defense that is right for you! No matter the case type, we will handle it all. Call us to know more! Email: sanjaybiswaslaw@gmail.com Website: https://www.dentonlawtx.com/

  • The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, PLLC

     720 3rd Ave, #2015
    Seattle, Washington 98104
    United States

    Kevin Trombold is the criminal defense attorney, DUI attorney, and domestic violence attorney that is based in the state of Washington. Kevin has effectively represented hundreds of clients charged with crimes in courts across the State of Washington. He will be a dedicated and aggressive advocate on your behalf, and he will guide your case to its best possible outcome so that you can move positively and constructively ahead with your life.

  • Majors Law Group

     707 S Grady Way Suite 600
    Renton, Washington 98057
    United States

    Majors law group in Washington provides best service of attorney at reasonable rates to their clients. Our expert like Dominic majors available for helps 24*7 in personal injury and chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. Contact us now (360) 470-7000 ! Home

  • The Sherman Defense Law Firm, P.A.

     2256 First St Ste 155
    Fort Myers, Florida 33901
    United States

    Have you been charged with a crime? Call the Sherman Defense Law Firm today. We can help you fight your case and get the best possible outcome for your situation. Our Fort Myers criminal defense lawyers have years of experience in dealing with drug crimes and theft cases. We know how to build a strong defense that will give you the best chance at beating these charges or getting them dropped altogether.

  • SLM Law, APC

     6303 Owensmouth Ave 10th Floor
    woodland hills, California 91367
    United States

    SLM Law is an experienced and skilled criminal & personal injury law firm. As a former Deputy Public Defender for Los Angeles County, Silva Megerditchian has handled thousands of criminal defense cases from misdemeanors, felonies to federal cases. She also represents clients in personal injury matters.

  • Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett, P.A.

     4245 Rachel Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34607
    Spring Hill, Florida 34607
    United States

    Our firm takes pride in our decades of experience working with clients charged with all types of crimes, ranging from white collar offenses to violent felonies. We understand how stressful this time period can be for our clients and their families; we take great care to ensure that they feel comfortable throughout the entire process. We are proud to work together to serve clients throughout the city of Spring Hill. Our attorneys will always be in your corner and won’t make you feel like you ar

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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.