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."

  • Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC

     8851 US Hшy 19 N ⵡnіт 1106 8644VVMX+8H Рinellas FL 33782
    Colleyville, texas 76034
    United States

    Our law firm has 5 star rated criminal defense attorneys and DWI lawyers. We are experienced trial attorneys with offices in Colleyville and Fort Worth, Texas. We are A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and are one of the top rated law firms in TX. Managing Partner Bryan Hoeller is a Super Lawyers Rising Star and one of Fort Worth’s top criminal attorneys according to Fort Worth Magazine. Partner Colin McLaughlin is Board Certified in Criminal Law. Call us for an initial consultation today.

  • Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter

     3300 Oak Lawn Ave #701
    Dallas, Texas 75219
    United States

    Facing a serious criminal charge can be a difficult experience to go through. At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our dedicated legal team has the experience and resources needed to effectively defend accusations made against our clients. If you have been charged with a DWI offense in the Dallas area, we can carefully construct a defense strategy to help ensure that your license is still protected. For others who are suffering the consequences of past criminal charges, you may be wondering i

  • Right Law Group, P. C.

     102 S Tejon St #1137
    Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
    United States

    Choose the right path, so you can confidently explore all life has to offer! The criminal defense and estate planning attorneys work hard to build the right relationship and implement the right strategy so you are able to solve your legal issues with confidence! Home

  • K. Ryan Helmick

     830 S 4th St
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
    United States

    During his time as a lawyer he has been fortunate enough to have trained with the Trial Lawyers College, founded by famed trial lawyer Gerry Spence, on more than one occasion. He also spent his first year of practice mentoring under the legendary Las Vegas Criminal Defense lawyer, William “Bill” Terry. Learning from these two Hall of Fame lawyers gave Ryan the tools necessary to provide the best defense possible for his clients.

  • David Menocal

     830 S 4th St
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
    United States

    In 2008, David graduated cum laude from Furman University, a premier liberal arts school located in Greenville, South Carolina. At Furman, David received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Political Science with a concentration in Latin American Studies. It was at Furman where David developed a passion for his Cuban roots and interest in serving the Hispanic community. While at Furman, he clerked for the Steve Henry Law Office.

  • Bike Guardians

     Bike Guardians (Bicycle Accident Law Firm), 6619 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85250
    United States

    Bike Guardians is dedicated to representing victims of bicycle accidents, and fighting for the maximum settlement. If you have been in a bicycle accident, don’t just settle get the maximum settlement.

  • Aron Law Firm

     15 W Carrillo St
    Santa Barbara, California 93101
    United States

    Phone: 8056181768

    William M. Aron is a former Deputy District Attorney and after litigating on behalf of and against some of the largest law firms in the world, Mr. Aron and his team have amassed substantial legal experience in both the criminal and civil law arenas – making us a formidable opponent in almost any context.

  • Kreps Law Firm

     1932 Laurel Rd Suite 1-E
    Birmingham, Alabama 35216
    United States

    When I decided to become an Alabama attorney, I did it with the intention of offering personalized, high-quality legal services. After 17+ years, 18,000+ resolved charges and 550+ 5-Star reviews, I’m still keeping that promise.

  • Greg McCollum Complete Legal Defense Team

     1019 Hwy 17 S
    North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
    United States

    Phone: 8432792677

    At the Greg McCollum Complete Legal Defense Team in North Myrtle Beach, FL we represent, assist, and defend people who are accused of crimes. Being accused of a crime is a harrowing experience. You experience public shame and humiliation and do not know where to turn for help. We are experienced and knowledgeable and will take immediate steps to begin repairing your life.

  • Ronald J. Manto, Attorney at Law

     888 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 505
    Miami, Florida 33132
    United States

    Phone: 3057420696

    Ronald J. Manto has been practicing criminal defense in South Florida since 1994. He has tried over 50 felony jury trials, including but not limited to Murder, Drug Trafficking, Tax Evasion, Medicare Fraud. Manto handles cases in both State and Federal Courts throughout the State of Florida and the United States. Whether your case is a misdemeanor or a serious felony, Manto has the knowledge and experience to get the best result. Ronald J. Manto

  • Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC

     600 8th Ave
    Fort Worth, TX 76104
    United States

    Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC is a criminal defense law firm dedicated to providing the best Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys and DWI lawyers in Tarrant County, Texas. Our lawyers have tried over 200 combined jury trials in criminal and DWI law. All of our fort worth criminal defense attorneys and DWI lawyers are former Tarrant County prosecutors and have extensive experience in and out of the courtroom. Call us to learn about how our criminal defense attorney or DWI lawyer can help you.

  • Jaffe Family Law, LLC

     3490 Piedmont Rd NE
    Atlanta, Georgia 30305
    United States

    Adam believes in providing a completely FREE initial consultation. He will never set a time limit, restrict the discussion, or rush you through the process. In order to provide the elite representation and service that Adam has come to be known for, it is imperative to him that he takes the time to.

  • Kestenbaum Law Group

     14401 Sylvan St
    Los Angeles, California 91401
    United States

    Phone: 8186164312

    Kestenbaum Law Group focuses on defending the rights of those accused of crimes in Los Angeles. Since 1979, David S. Kestenbaum has been practicing law in the state of California, earning his experience in both the prosecution of criminals and the defense of the accused.

  • Stephen T Bowling: DWI & Criminal Defense Attorneys

     816 Congress Ave, Suite 950
    Austin, texas 78701
    United States

    Award Winning Austin DWI & Criminal Defense Attorneys. Top Rated by Best DWI & Criminal Defense Attorneys for 2016, 2017, and 2018. As your DWI & Criminal Defense Attorneys in Austin we fight to get your case Dismissed or Reduced. With over 25 years of combined experience we guide you throught the process and ensure you get the best outcome. Call 512-599-9000 for a Free Consultation.

  • The Law Offices of Scott Henry

     8 Corporate Park, Suite 300
    Irvine, California 92606
    United States

    An award-winning legal team in Irvine, CA; The Law Offices of Scott Henry is comprised of a former Riverside County public defender and a former Clerk for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Drawing on more than 20 years of combined legal experience, the firm’s Southern California DUI defense lawyers provide hard-hitting, aggressive legal counsel to individuals who have been arrested or charged with DUI throughout Irvine, Riverside County, San Bernardino County and Orange County areas.

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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.