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."

  • Law Office of John L. Calcagni, III

     628 Pleasant St #322
    New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740
    United States

    At the Law Office of John L. Calcagni III we strive to provide aggressive, experienced, and effective representation to our clients. Our firm has been serving the commonwealth of Massachusetts for over a decade and is prepared to assist you with all matters of criminal defense, military defense, and Federal Criminal Defense. If you are not in the area we are available to assist you as well in Rhode Island, New York, and Florida, as well.

  • Law Offices of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC

     4625 East Bay Drive, #313
    Clearwater, Florida 33764
    United States

    Our experienced Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Attorneys offer a unique personal approach. Our team has over thirty years of litigation experience. We have defended thousands of criminal defense cases – we know the system. Let us put our knowledge and criminal defense experience to work for you. Aggressive representation with personal attention is the hallmark of our litigation team. Our firm handles cases in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Largo and the surrounding Tampa Bay areas.

  • Law Offices of John D. Kirby, A.P.C.

     401 West A Street Suite 1150
    San Diego, California 92101
    United States

    John D. Kirby is a prominent Federal Criminal Defense Attorney, experienced San Diego Criminal Lawyer and former U.S. Federal Prosecutor defending and protecting the rights of his clients with unparalleled success. If you’re facing serious criminal charges or drug offenses we know that every detail matters and we’ll develop exceptional strategies to protect your rights and liberty.

  • Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

     3500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 203
    San Diego, California 92103
    United States

    Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers is a nationally recognized federal defense law firm that handles cases throughout the United States. Our accomplished attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience defending the rights of clients charged with drug-related offenses, white-collar crimes, fraud offenses, violent crimes, sex crimes and more, and we treat our clients with the respect and individualized attention they deserve.

  • Hochglaube & DeBorde, P.C.

     3515 Fannin St
    Houston, texas 77004
    United States

    Hochglaube & DeBorde provides dedicated, aggressive legal representation – the kind of representation that consistently delivers positive results. We are known for our excellent reputation in criminal defense in both state and federal courts from the pretrial investigation phase through trial and post-conviction.

  • Shouse Law Group

     333 City Blvd W, Ste 1750
    Orange, California 92868
    United States

    An Orange County criminal defense lawyer from our Santa Ana criminal law offices would be happy to meet with you and assess you case. We can advise you on possible defenses, legal strategy options, and where to go from here. Don’t hesitate to call us for expert legal analysis by an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney.

  • John B. Fabriele, III, LLC.

     197 State Route 18 South Suite 203N
    East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
    United States

    East Brunswick New Jersey Criminal Attorney John B. Fabriele, III is here to help and aggressively protect the accused throughout our state. Call (732) 487-3388 today for your initial consultation.

  • Greenblatt & Veliev

     112 N Washington St
    Rockville, Maryland 20850
    United States

    Our lawyers have more than 50 years of combined personal injury law experience that will guarantee you a strong voice in settlement negotiations and trials. Our top-rated, Super Lawyer attorneys offer personal, 24/7 service to each client and will never stop working to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.

  • The Law Office Of John E. MacDonald, Inc.

     1 Turks Head Pl #1440
    Providence, Rhode Island 02903
    United States

    “John E. MacDonald is recognized as a top RI Criminal Defense Lawyer and Trial Attorney in Providence, Rhode Island. He has a 25+ year track record of successfully defending state and federal criminal cases throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. As a former President of the RI Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and former Rhode Island Public Defender, Attorney MacDonald has built a strong reputation for defending clients against any type of felony or misdemeanor charge.

  • Hanlon Law

     210 Pierce St
    Tampa, Florida 33602
    United States

    At Hanlon Law, we aggressively defend the accused on a wide array of criminal charges in both federal and state courts in Tampa, FL and surrounding areas. We’re top rated, and we have the knowledge and resources to get the timely results our clients need to protect their future. If you have been charged with a crime in the Tampa, FL area, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Hanlon Law. || Website: https://www.criminalattorneytampa.net

  • Hanlon Law

     1605 Main St, Ste 1115
    Sarasota, Florida 34236
    United States

    Whenever you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges, you should retain a vigorous and experienced lawyer. Our founder, Will Hanlon, has knowledgeably represented criminal defendants since 1994. You can call Hanlon Law at 941.462.1789 or complete our online form to start discussing your case with us. || Website: https://www.sarasotadefenseattorney.com/

  • lucianna law

     1638 Center Ave
    Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024
    United States

    Phone: 2019476484

    Ms. Nancy E. Luciana is a top rated attorney certified by the supreme court of New Jersey. Our attorneys have been recognized for excellence in the legitimate profession, having gotten the qualification of New Jersey Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in New Jersey, America.

  • Hanlon Law

     4500 140th Ave N, #E220
    Clearwater, Florida 33762
    United States

    The Hanlon Law Firm Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorney Fighting for Your Future. Hanlon Law provides knowledgeable and tenacious representation to people in the Tampa Bay area who have been charged with a wide variety of crimes. A conviction may change the lives of both a defendant and their family, so it is critical to assert your rights as vigorously as possible throughout the criminal justice process. Website: https://criminalattorneyclearwater.net

  • Riccio Law

     7 Peck Street
    Attleboro, Massachusetts 02703
    United States

    Riccio Law practices in the areas of Criminal Defense and Personal Injury in Massachusetts, primarily in Greater Boston and Southeastern Massachusetts. Founder Anthony Riccio is an experienced trial lawyer with a proven record of success and reputation as one of the best young attorneys in the state.

  • Lobb & Mohr

     295 W Summerlin St
    Bartow, Florida 33830
    United States

    At the Law Office of William J. Lobb, we have more than 30 years of combined courtroom experience, appearing in Polk County and Hardee County courtrooms on a daily basis and representing our clients’ best interests in their legal matters.

  • Nicolas M. Geman

     600 17th St Suite 1880
    Denver, Colorado 80202
    United States

    Mr. Geman is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and New York University, where he found a passion for defending the accused during his work on the Innocence Project in New York City. Since then, he has worked with many of the country’s leading attorneys on some of the biggest cases, including domestic terrorism, homicide offenses, and massive white collar financial frauds.

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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.