Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys


    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.


    "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."

  • Robert Tsigler

     299 Broadway Suite 1400
    New York, New York 10007
    United States

    Mr. Tsigler graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology and went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. As a member of the New York Law School Fellowship Program, he fought against the debt collection practices of large banks and credit card companies. Robert prides himself on making sure clients receive the aggressive legal representation they deserve. WEBSITE :

  • Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney

     5588 N Palm Ave
    Fresno, California 93704
    United States

    Website: Description: The law office of Gerald Schwab has garnered extensive experience handling cases such as homicide, criminal sexual assault, drug offenses, complex white collar crimes, vehicular injury, and DUI. We are a Fresno based DUI Attorney serving all of California.

  • Oberheiden, P.C. – White Collar Criminal Lawyer

     30 Wall St 8th Floor
    New York, New York 10005
    United States

    Founded in 2010 by federal defense attorney Nick Oberheiden, Ph.D., Oberheiden P.C. is a team of highly-experienced attorneys and legal professionals who work collaboratively to defend clients across the United States in high-stakes federal matters. Attorneys routinely meet with prospective and existing clients at clients’ offices and facilities, as well as at Oberheiden P.C.’s New York office. Website :

  • O’Mara Law Group

     500 Florida Ave S, Suite 407
    Lakeland, Florida 33801
    United States

    The O’Mara Law Group is a Lakeland law firm with a national reputation for success in some of the most complex, challenging and high-profile cases in the country. Our Orlando criminal attorneys are top-rated by leading attorney rating services like Avvo and Martindale-Hubbell, and they have been recognized for excellence by organizations like the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

  • Joshua LeRoy, LeRoy Criminal Law, P.A.

     224 Datura St #1416
    West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
    United States

    Website URL : Site: Home DUI, Marijuana & Felony Criminal Attorney, Joshua LeRoy, Esq. is a veteran Criminal Lawyer, AVVO rated 10.0 in DUI and Traffic, and 10.0 in Criminal Defense. He was selected to the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers, 10 Best in Customer Satisfaction, and is A/V Rated Preeminent by his peers.

  • Johnson Carey Law

     850 Chambers Ave
    Eagle, Colorado 81631
    United States

    Erik Johnson and Bruce Carey are dedicated to defending your rights with over 60 years of combined legal experience. Their practice represents clients in Criminal Defense cases for serious felonies including homicide, arson, assault and weapons; misdemeanors such as DUI, harassment, domestic violence, theft and many more. Johnson Carey Law handles cases in Eagle, Vail, Edwards, Minturn, Avon, Wolcott, Glenwood Springs and surrounding counties and towns in Northwest Colorado.

  • SHElaw firm®

     315 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Ste. 470
    Decatur, Georgia 30030
    United States

    The Law Offices of Shequel P. Ross, LLC/ SHElaw firm® is a top-rated Atlanta law firm with a reputation for excellent results in criminal defense & personal injury cases. We fight to maximize settlements for personal injury claims and provide aggressive representation for defendants facing all types of charges.

  • The Law Office of John Charles Bell, L.L.C.

     3430 Independence Dr, Ste 140
    Homewood, Alabama 35209
    United States

    Website: The Law Office of John Charles Bell, L.L.C. is located in Homewood, AL and is dedicated to providing quality services of Personal Injury Lawyer Homewood AL , Auto Accidents Attorney Homewood AL,Civil Litigation Lawyer Homewood AL ,Traffic Attorney Homewood AL , DUI Lawyer Homewood AL . Call us today at (205) 637-6390. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Johnson/Turner Legal

     1155 Wayzata Blvd, Suite #10
    Wayzata, Minnesota 55391
    United States

    Johnson Turner Legal is a law practice located throughout Minnesota. Specializing in Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate and Criminal law, our unique, team-based approach & flat-fee pricing come together to create an exceptional experience. We believe that clients deserve more from law firms. Website:

  • Mergl and Wenger, Attorneys at Law

     439 S Hermitage Rd #1007
    Berkeley, Pennsylvania 16148
    United States

    Mergl and Wenger, Attorneys At Law provide legal services in criminal defense, and family law throughout Penn. The expert team will work to ensure the best possible outcome in any situation. David E Wenger is a loyal and well-experienced former Assistant District Attorney who provides legal services in criminal defense, and family law throughout Penn. He will find the right legal strategy for your case. His clarity, confidence, and expertise take to win cases.

  • Your Arizona Lawyer

     1202 East Maryland Ave, Suite 2F
    Phoenix, Arizona 85014
    United States

    Your Arizona Lawyer, located in Phoenix, Arizona, focuses on Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, Theft, Assault & Battery crimes, Domestic Violence and White-Collar Crimes. Always there to help you navigate the legal system in its entirety. A very dependable legal team, available 24 hours a day. || Website:

  • Rights Protection Law Group, PLLC

     100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1400
    Boston, Massachusetts 02114
    United States

    At Rights Protection Law Group, PLLC, our main objective is simple: to try to protect consumers and individuals from predatory practices that violate people’s legal rights. We believe strongly that no one deserves to have their rights violated, and as a result of that, we try to take every step that we can to try to ensure that our clients get a sense of justice and the compensation that they deserve.

  • Orange County Criminal Defense

     1111 Town and Country Rd Suite #49B
    Orange, California 92868
    United States

    Over a quarter of a century ago, two warriors faced one another across the field of battle….. Each one silently and stoicly aware of the apprehension all soldiers feel prior to battle. Contact Us:1111 Town and Country Rd Suite #49B, Orange, CA 92868. Visit Us:

  • Piotrowski Law

     101 NE 3rd Avenue, Suite 1500
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    United States

    Phone: 9549475000

    Piotrowski Law – About Us If you have been charged with a felony or a misdemeanor in Miami or anywhere in south Florida, do not risk your freedom with an inexperienced attorney. You must be advised and represented by a Miami criminal defense attorney who has a proven track record. Attorney Chad Piotrowski at Piotrowski Law aggressively and effectively defends his clients, and he will guide your case to its best possible outcome.

  • Priscilla Frisby

     177 N Church Ave #807
    Tucson, Arizona 85701
    United States

    Priscilla Frisby is located in Tucson, AZ and is dedicated to providing quality services of Criminal Attorney Tucson AZ, Defense Lawyer Tucson AZ, DUI Attorney Tucson AZ, Traffic Lawyer Tucson AZ. Call us today at (520) 628-1234. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Ralph E. T. Hensley, LLC

     306 E Main St
    Hogansville, Georgia 30230
    United States

    Ralph E. T. Hensley, LLC is located in Hogansville, GA and is dedicated to providing quality services of Personal Injury Lawyer Hogansville GA, Auto Accident Attorney Hogansville GA, Workplace Accident Lawyer Hogansville GA, Motorcycle Accident Attorney Hogansville GA, Dog Bite Lawyer Hogansville GA. Call us today at (706) 642-3057. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Jason Cromey, Esq.

     101 S Jefferson St
    Pensacola, Florida 32502
    United States

    Phone: 8504831689

    Website : Jason Cromey is one of Pensacola’s premiere criminal defense and criminal appellate attorneys. He is a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, a Super Lawyer Rising Star, and inductee into the National College of DUI Defense and is equipped with the skills to represent you – no matter the charge. Email : Hours of Operation Monday – Sunday open – 24hrs

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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.