Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

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    John J. Garvey III

     10 Almaden Blvd
    San Jose, California 95113
    United States

    Practice Overview:

    Car accident injury lawyer serving San Jose and the Silicon Valley, CA

    Review:

    "He advised us and provided the best outcome for me and my family. Great Team. Highly recommend John Garvey III"

    "John used only the very best people to prove my case and as such left the defendants attorney with little option but to settle the case."

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    Spaulding & Campi Criminal Attorneys

     901 H St Suite 200
    Sacramento, California 95814
    United States

    Practice Overview:

    Criminal Defense Attorneys with offices in Sacramento, Roseville, Woodland and Fairfield

    Review:

    "Michelle Spaulding truly is a compassionate and caring person and great attorney. She goes above and beyond and then beyond some more."

    "I highly recommend the legal services of Michelle Spaulding. A family member was unjustly charged with offenses that with conviction could have resulted in long term consequences. A consummate professional"

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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."

  • The Curtis Firm, LLC

     1216 M.L.K. Jr Way, Suite 1
    Tacoma, Washington 98405
    United States

    Phone: 2533271063

    For over 14 years, James Curtis has served Tacoma, Washington by providing zealous advocacy both inside and outside the courtroom. You should never face the government alone. Hiring an experienced Tacoma DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyer can have a huge impact on any criminal charge you face. As a former prosecutor, he knows the other side of the table and the tactics they use to prosecute, which is an asset to defending you. James has tried hundreds of DUI and Felony Criminal cases.

  • Peter Albani Law

     138 W 5th Ave
    Denver, Colorado 80204
    United States

    We carry a personal approach for each case because we care about you and your specific scenario. Our office is a sanctuary. We will not reject you because of you race, your gender, your religious beliefs, your age, or because you may have committed a crime. We will help you because nothing less is acceptable. When it comes to court we believe in the following. We come to court prepared. || Website: https://peteralbanilaw.com

  • The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC

     2214 2nd Ave
    San Diego, California 92101
    United States

    Our criminal defense attorneys in San Diego have a proven track record of success with over 35 years of combined experience in handling criminal cases. If you have been arrested anywhere in California, we at Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong are here to help you. Contact us now at 619-268-4682 to get help immediately. || Website: https://sddefenseattorneys.com

  • Sieben Edmunds Miller PLLC

     2287 Waters Dr
    Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120
    United States

    Sieben Edmunds Miller PLLC is a premier law firm working exclusively in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury. They maintain a state-wide reputation for achieving positive results and substantial settlements for our clients.

  • The Law Office of Steven Jumes

     5740 Boat Club Rd
    Fort Worth, Texas 76179
    United States

    Have you or a loved one been arrested or learned of a pending criminal investigation? These challenges can present some of the most stressful circumstances in a person’s life. At the Law Office of Steven Jumes we have experience helping people face these kinds of crises by developing tailored legal strategies that expand our clients’ chances of success. Along the way we will walk you through the charges, the legal process, as well as the legal strategy we will employ . Law Enforcement has alread

  • Cowboy Country Criminal Defense

     259 S Center Street, #308
    Casper, Wyoming 82601
    United States

    We are a Wyoming criminal defense firm handling felonies, DUIs, and misdemeanor charges throughout the state. Our number one priority is helping those who have been accused of crimes protect their best shot at freedom and take back the reins to their future. || Website: https://bestshotatfreedom.com

  • WeedenLaw

     910 16th St Mall, #203
    Denver, Colorado 80202
    United States

    Jeffery L. Weeden specializes in results-oriented Criminal Defense Attorney based in Denver Colorado. He practices throughout Colorado, but spends the majority of court time in the counties of Denver, Adams, Jefferson, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield and Douglas and also Municipal Courts in Aurora, Lakewood and Littleton. Jeffery Lawrence Weeden P.C. is the founder of WeedenLaw where he specializes in the areas of both state and federal criminal and civil litigation and mediation.

  • Shouse Law Group

     1901 Harrison St
    Oakland, California 94612
    United States

    Shouse Law Group provides top-notch legal representation throughout California in the areas of criminal defense, DUI, immigration, employment law, and personal injury. Our team of attorneys includes four former prosecutors and a former police sergeant. Together we share more than 100 years collective experience defending individuals. Our California criminal defense attorneys help to get felony and misdemeanor charges reduced or dismissed, our employment law attorneys help workers to fight back.

  • Shouse Law Group

     1 World Trade Center
    Long Beach, California 90802
    United States

    Shouse Law Group provides top-notch legal representation throughout California in the areas of criminal defense, DUI, immigration, employment law, and personal injury. Our team of attorneys includes four former prosecutors and a former police sergeant. Together we share more than 100 years collective experience defending individuals. Our California criminal defense attorneys help to get felony and misdemeanor charges reduced or dismissed, our employment law attorneys help workers to fight back.

  • Shouse Law Group

     303 North Glenoaks Blvd, 200
    Burbank, California 91502
    United States

    Shouse Law Group provides top-notch legal representation throughout California in the areas of criminal defense, DUI, immigration, employment law, and personal injury. Our team of attorneys includes four former prosecutors and a former police sergeant. Together we share more than 100 years collective experience defending individuals.

  • Renfroe Driscoll & Foster

     118-35 Queens Blvd
    New York, New York 11375
    United States

    Renfroe Driscoll & Foster, LLP is a law office with more than 30 years of experience in Criminal law this have made us one of the most sought-after law office in NY, our professional team of attorneys will help you to successfully overcome critical situations.No matter how difficult your case may be, I will be there to fight for you. Why Renfroe Driscoll & Foster? Our clients are Family. Every case with take is personal.We value your trust and pledged to do everything .

  • Las Vegas Defense Group – Reno

     200 S Virginia St
    reno, Nevada 89501
    United States

    Shouse Law Group is a criminal defense law firm that includes former prosecutors and former police detectives. We defend citizens accused of crimes and DUI offenses throughout Nevada. We also work to educate the public on how to stay out of trouble and how to protect their Constitutional rights.

  • Shouse Law Group

     333 City Blvd West, 1750
    ORANGE, California 92868
    United States

    Shouse Law Group provides top-notch legal representation throughout California in the areas of criminal defense, DUI, immigration, employment law, and personal injury. Our team of attorneys includes four former prosecutors and a former police sergeant. Together we share more than 100 years collective experience defending individuals. Our California criminal defense attorneys help to get felony and misdemeanor charges reduced or dismissed, our employment law attorneys help workers to fight back a

  • The Law Office of Kim Stephens

     1143 Prince Ave
    Athens, Georgia 30606
    United States

    Kim T. Stephens and Michael S. Brown have more than twenty-five years of trial experience winning criminal and divorce cases. Stephens ranks as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Georgia, aggressively defending people charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes in Athens and across the state. Brown represents clients going through a divorce, child custody, and other domestic situations, consistently achieving excellent results for his clients.

  • McKenzie Law Firm, P.C.

     113 E Airy St
    Norristown, Pennsylvania 19401
    United States

    McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. is a criminal defense law firm located in Norristown, PA founded by attorney David McKenzie III. We have an intrinsic understanding of criminal defense law and our firm has won many awards that demonstrate this talent. We have been able to have charges reduced for many of our clients, and have had other cases dropped entirely. We serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, from Bristol to Springfield, and from Montgomeryville to Willow Grove.

  • Eskew Law, LLC

     1 N Meridian St, #600
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
    United States

    Eskew Law was founded in 2011 and we are committed to representing your best interests to protect your future. Our experienced criminal defense, personal injury, and family law attorneys fight to give our clients a voice in their legal matters. We will do what it takes to understand your priorities and accomplish your goals. Together, we can get your case resolved in the best way possible. || Website: https://www.eskewlaw.com

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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.