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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    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."

  • Miller and Hine Attorneys at Law

     2630 Margarette Ave
    St. Louis, Missouri 63143
    United States

    Remember, you are innocent unless proven guilty, and the burden of proving your guilt rests entirely upon the government. Furthermore, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, it may be possible to reduce some of the charges against you to a lesser offense or complete dismissal of the case. The criminal defense lawyers at Miller & Hine have proven results.

  • Wendell Law Group

     600 W 6th St Suite #450
    Los Angeles, California 90017
    United States

    Wendell M. Smith, is a Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer, and one of the founding members at the Wendell Law Group. Wendell is an intricate part of our law firm, and helps each client individually when accused of a DUI. As a former prosecutor, Wendell has a unique perspective on how the justice system DUI suspects, and knows how to fight the system.

  • McClees Law Firm, PLLC

     1545 Heights Blvd Suite 500
    Houston, texas 77008
    United States

    Attorney Ed McClees is a Criminal Trial Lawyer who is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. After two years trying DWI cases as a prosecutor, Ed became the Harris County District Attorney, where he served as chief of the Organized Crime Section, prosecuting cases involving complex organized criminal activities, including Money Laundering, Aggravated Robbery, Theft, Murder, & other major crimes. If you have been charged with a crime or are concerned that you

  • David M. Dudley

     3415 S Sepulveda Blvd Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California 90034
    United States

    Los Angeles based federal attorney David M. Dudley is the only Harvard Law School graduate in the nation who has devoted his legal practice to the defense of individuals accused of serious federal and state crimes across the country. For over 25 years, Mr. Dudley has represented persons facing major federal penalties in 36 different states.

  • The Law Offices of Scott Henry

     3750 University Avenue Suite 680
    Riverside, California 92501
    United States

    An award-winning legal team, 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 the Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and Orange County areas.

  • Travis Rice Attorney at Law, PLLC

     107 S. Kimball Ave. Ste. #265
    Caldwell, Idaho 83605
    United States

    As a Private Attorney I handle Felony, Misdemeanor, DUI’s, Domestic Violence, Traffic tickets, Property Crimes, Batteries, Assaults, Drug Cases, and any other Criminal Matters. I also do Expungements, sealings, Juvenile work, and Child Protection cases. I work in Boise, Caldwell, Nampa, Payette Council, Adams, Owyhee, and Canyon County.

  • Law Offices of Scott D. Henry

     17581 Irvine Blvd #100
    Tustin, California 92780
    United States

    An award-winning legal team, 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 the Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and Orange County areas.

  • Tyack Law Firm

     536 S High St
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    United States

    Tyack law has established a reputation for providing the highest quality legal services in Columbus Ohio. Our attorneys have more than two decades of combined experience in many practice areas such as crime defense, Personal injury and civil litigation. Our lawyers team will answer your all questions and describe the complete process related to your case. Call our personal injury lawyer columbus ohio today to discuss your case.

  • PC Law Group – Attorney Landon Justice

     843 Poplar Street
    Macon, Georgia 31201
    United States

    PC Law was built on a few simple precepts. People are to be treated not as a means to an end, but the end itself. The relationships we build with each person who works in our firm, partner or clerk, and each client, big or small, matters more than revenue. It is easy to decide what to focus on once you decide what you value most. We value people. Our firm mission is to base every single decision we make against these foundational ideas.

  • McCranie Law Firm, Douglas Criminal & DUI Lawyer

     301 E Jackson St
    Douglas, Georgia 31533
    United States

    George McCranie Law Firm serves all of Southern Georgia. We compassionately represent clients with DUI/drug charges, suspended license, federal crimes, burglary, theft, and probation violations. We have two convenient locations in Valdosta and Douglas. With more than 25 years of practice experience, you can trust the George McCranie Law Firm to handle your criminal case. We will fight to protect your rights and freedom like you we’re a member of our family.

  • Keith Hirschorn

     111 Town Square Pl
    Jersey City, New Jersey 07310
    United States

    The Law Offices of Keith Hirschorn, P.C. have been practicing law since 2001. The practice focuses on criminal defense and municipal law, including DUI and traffic offenses.

  • Harmoush & Rashedi Law Group LLP

     16055 Ventura Blvd
    Los Angeles, California 91436
    United States

    We work tirelessly to get justice for our clients who have been taken advantage of or treated unfairly. We represent our clients as though they are our family. After all, our clients are often mothers and fathers, and we fight for our clients the way we would want someone to fight for our own parents. We understand that we do not live in a perfect world, but we do our best to make it a more fair and just place for those who have been wronged.

  • Criminal Defense Attorney & Workers Compensation Law Offices of Arechigo & Stokka

     332 Minnesota Street, Suite W1080
    Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
    United States

    The Criminal Defense Attorney & Workers Compensation Law Offices of Arechigo & Stokka works with two groups of people: People who have been accused of a crime, and people who have been injured at work. If you have been hurt at work, there are many resources available to you that your employer may not tell you about.

  • Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC

     227 Main St
    Woodbridge Township, New Jersey 07095
    United States

    At the Law Offices of Anthony J, Vecchio, LLC, our experienced legal team has prosecuted and defended thousands of cases. Anthony Vecchio is dedicated to providing personalized, thorough, and effective representation to those in need. If you’ve been accused of a crime in New Jersey, don’t delay. Contact our firm today to schedule your free consultation. || Website: https://anthonyvecchiolaw.com

  • Keller Law Offices

     8000 Flour Exchange Building 310 Fourth Avenue South
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
    United States

    Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer Max Keller focuses on protecting the rights of those accused of committing a crime, including DWI, drug crimes, sex crimes, white collar crimes, & traffic violations. We eliminate fines and jail time. Keller was chosen as a Super Lawyer two years in a row.

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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.