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."

  • Puget Law Group

     3201 1st Ave S, Suite 200
    Seattle, Washington 98134
    United States

    If you are charged with DUI, a crime of Domestic Violence, or any other criminal matter – or currently facing a pending criminal charge – you know that it is an experience filled with fear and uncertainty. The trial attorneys at Puget Law Group are former prosecutors who now fight for those accused of DUI and other criminal offenses, and those injured by the negligence of others. We know how to guide you through the legal system and will fight for the best possible outcome for you.

  • The Law Offices of Michael I. Gowdey, Ltd.

     815 S Casino Center Blvd #6718
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
    United States

    Premier Nevada Criminal, Personal Injury, family law and general civil law attorney serving Southern Nevada and California for 30 years. Michael Gowdey has been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the country, as well as Top 10 Trial Lawyers in Nevada. YOU NEED THE BEST LAWYER YOU CAN GET. Mr. Gowdey has handled some of the most high profile cases in Nevada over the past 30 years. Website : https://gowdeylaw.com/

  • Jerry O. Talton, Attorney at Law

     118 A East Main St.
    Front Royal, Virginia 22630
    United States

    Website: https://www.taltonlaw.com Jerry O. Talton, Attorney at Law is located in Front Royal, VA and is dedicated to providing quality services of Domestic Violence Attorney Front Royal VA, Juvenile Crimes Lawyer Front Royal VA, Misdemeanors Attorney Front Royal VA, Traffic & Drug Cases Lawyer Front Royal VA. Call us today at (540) 636-7040. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Law Offices of Sunita Kapoor

     4115 Blackhawk Plaza Circle Ste 100
    Danville, California 94506
    United States

    Website: http://skapoorlaw.com Law Offices of Sunita Kapoor is located in Danville, CA and is dedicated to providing quality services of Child Support Lawyer Danville CA, Criminal Defense Lawyer Danville CA, Business Law Attorney Danville CA, Estate and Federal Court. Call us today at (800) 767-4530. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Chris Lewis & Associates, P.C.

     1717 Main St, Suite 4625
    Dallas, Texas 75201
    United States

    Facing a federal criminal charge? Accused of a white collar crime? Injured in a car accident? Chris Lewis & Associates are ready to help you handle whatever criminal situation or personal injury you may have been involved in. From federal crimes to sex crimes to capital offenses, our Dallas defense lawyers can protect your rights and your freedom. From car accidents to slip and falls to wrongful death our Dallas personal injury attorneys can help you get the money you deserve.

  • Scott F. Kotler, PA

     2333 Brickell Ave h1
    Miami, Florida 33129
    United States

    Scott F. Kotler, P.A. provides criminal defense services to Brickell and Broward Counties and surrounding communities like Pinecrest and Kendall. My practice handles every type of charge. You can feel assured that the highest level of legal service protects you. I fight to make sure your case is resolved favorably.

  • Ian Sinclair Attorney at Law

     7101 W Hood Pl Ste B202
    Kennewick, Washington 99336
    United States

    Website: https://www.iansinclairlaw.com Ian Sinclair Attorney at Law is located in Kennewick, WA and is dedicated to providing quality services of Assault Attorney Kennewick WA, Felony Lawyer Kennewick WA, Misdemeanor Attorney Kennewick WA, Appeals Lawyer Kennewick WA. Call us today at (206) 225-4950. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Hanlon Law

     210 N Pierce St
    Tampa, Florida 33602
    United States

    We serve clients throughout Florida including those in the following localities: Hernando County including Spring Hill; Hillsborough County including Brandon, Riverview, and Tampa; Pinellas County including Clearwater, Largo, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Seminole, and St. Petersburg; and Pasco County including Dade City, Hudson, and New Port Richey.

  • Law Office of W. Todd Ver Weire

     3011 Dawn Drive, Suite 104
    Georgetown, Texas 78628
    United States

    At the Law Office of W. Todd Ver Weire, we are dedicated to helping those facing difficult criminal charges. We understand that the legal process can be a difficult time for our clients, and we seek to make the process as easy as possible while bringing them the best possible outcome in court. In addition, we are passionate about helping businesses succeed, and this includes providing support in legal matters. Contact the Law Office of W. Todd Ver Weire today at (512) 368-7202.

  • Key West Attorneys

     Key West, FL
    Fort Lauderdale, FL United States

    Key West Family Attorneys can defend your constitutional rights and build a solid, trusting relationship with you while also pursuing justice and a “not guilty” verdict on your behalf.

  • Paul Key Law

     3900 S Stonebridge Dr Ste 502
    McKinne, texa 75070
    United States

    Paul Key Law is located in McKinney, TX and is dedicated to providing quality services of Sex Crimes Attorney McKinney TX, Criminal Defense Lawyer McKinney TX, Misdemeanor Attorney McKinney TX, Robbery Lawyer McKinney TX. Call us today at (972) 562-4446. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Roger P. Bouchard Attorney At Law, LLC

     970 Hatch St #1
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
    United States

    Website: https://www.bouchardcincinnaticriminalduiattorney.com Roger P. Bouchard Attorney At Law, LLC is located in Cincinnati, OH and is dedicated to providing quality services of Attorney Cincinnati OH, DUI Lawyer Cincinnati OH, DWI Attorney Cincinnati OH, DWI Lawyer Cincinnati OH. Call us today at (513) 324-8865. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Law Office of Clay Bedford

     91 N Washington St
    sonora, California 95370
    United States

    Website: http://claybedford.com Law Office of Clay Bedford is located in Sonora, CA and is dedicated to providing quality services of DWI Lawyer Sonora CA , Misdemeanor Attorney Sonora CA , Felony Lawyer Sonora CA , Traffic Attorney Sonora CA. Call us today at (800) 985-6320. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you. Business hours: Mon- Fri – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Coolidge Law Firm

     434 Fayetteville St, #2030
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
    United States

    We are criminal defense lawyers that can defend you against any criminal charge before the Wake County courts, whether DUI, drug crimes, sex crimes, weapons, or another offense. No legal accusation is too small to have a large impact on your life, and no accusation is too major for us to handle. At Coolidge Law Firm, we use our broad range of experience and skills to defend your rights and your freedom.

  • Broden, Mickelsen, LLP

     2600 State St
    Dallas, Texas 75204
    United States

    Phone: 2147209552

    Broden, Mickelsen LLP is a criminal defense law firm in Dallas, TX with a focus on federal and white-collar crimes. Our skilled attorneys can help get your charges reduced or dropped. Contact us today to get started. Broden, Mickelsen, LLP 2600 State St., Dallas, TX 75204 214 720 9552 Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Defense Attorneys Broden Mickelsen

  • The Botnick Law Firm

     20600 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 495
    Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
    United States

    Phone: 2162459245

    Fight for your FREEDOM — Top-Rated Cleveland Criminal Defense Law Firm // Quality Representation · REWARDING Results. 5-Star Avvo Rating. Voted Best DUI Lawyers in Cleveland 2020 by Expertise. Our #1 Goal is to Protect The Rights & Liberties of the Criminally Accused. Accused Of A Serious Crime? — Mr. Botnick is ready to FIGHT for Clients facing Serious Felonies & Misdemeanors. Criminal Defense. DUI/OVI. Driving Offenses. Expungements. Delinquency Matters.

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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.