Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • Kurtz & Blum, PLLC

     434 Fayetteville St , Suite 710
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
    United States

    At Kurtz & Blum, we are a well-established law firm with a strong team of seasoned criminal attorneys. With more than 50 years of combined legal experience, our lawyers often work together on cases to develop well-rounded, thoughtful strategies for achieving positive outcomes for our clients and their families. When you hire a criminal justice attorney at Kurtz & Blum, you get the whole team.

  • Hadeed Law

     5182 Liberty Ave Unit 9162
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15224
    United States

    Hadeed Law is located in Pittsburgh, PA and is dedicated to providing quality services in the following practice areas: Controlled lawyer Pittsburgh PA, Drunk lawyer Pittsburgh PA, Alcoholic lawyer Pittsburgh PA, substance abuse lawyer Pittsburgh PA, BAC lawyer Pittsburgh PA, Blood Alcohol lawyer Pittsburgh PA, Drug lawyer Pittsburgh PA, Smoking lawyer Pittsburgh PA, Weed lawyer Pittsburgh PA. Call us today at (412) 303-2570. We can help! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Roberts Law Group, PLLC

     114 N Elm St
    Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
    United States

    Roberts Law Group, PLLC in Greensboro serves clients and successfully represented individuals just like you throughout North Carolina and has the experience that you need after being charged with a criminal offense. We are committed to helping you protect your rights and your future. Our goal as your chosen criminal defense lawyer is to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. Call us at 919-838-6643 to schedule a free initial consultation.

  • Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C.

     2942 Evergreen Pkwy, #201
    Evergreen, Colorado 80439
    United States

    For the biggest legal dilemmas of your life, you need to choose a dedicated lawyer who is fully prepared and equipped to protect your best interests. Your legal advocate should provide you with the resources you need to overcome the unique challenges associated with your courtroom case. The lawyer you retain to stand in your corner could be the single most important legal decision you can make. || Website: https://www.gerashsteiner.net/evergreen-trial-lawyers

  • Nash Law, PLLC

     41 Peabody Street, Suite 102
    Nashville, Tennessee 37210
    United States

    If you’ve been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, your first & most important action is to choose a Franklin or Nashville criminal defense attorney that will do everything possible to reduce potential damages to your life & future. At Nash Law LLC, our legal team offers personalized attention for each and every one of our clients. If you’re facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, in either state or federal court, our criminal defense lawyer will take action at once for your defense.

  • Wilson & Kinsman, LLC

     301 N Nappanee St
    Elkhart, Indiana 46514
    United States

    At Wilson & Kinsman, LLC you will get personal injury and criminal defense lawyers at your place in Elkhart, IN. At Wilson & Kinsman LLC, our experienced Michiana attorneys are committed to providing quality legal representation in Elkhart, Michiana, South Bend, Goshen, and neighboring counties in Indiana. Should you want to ensure that your interests are secured and that the best possible result for your situation is achieved? For a free case review..

  • Tony L. Blair, P.C.

     1011 Emory Street
    Oxford, Georgia 30054
    United States

    Tony L. Blair, P.C. is a Covington, GA criminal defense law firm. Our team of Covington criminal defense lawyers fully understand the rights of criminal defendants under Georgia state law. We represent people in all types of criminal defense cases including DUI, minor drug charges, traffic tickets, and more. Our criminal defense attorneys have years of experience and are excellent advocates for the rights of our clients. | Website: https://tonyblairlaw.com/

  • El Bufete De Defensa Criminal

     3500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 308
    San Diego, California 92103
    United States

    En El Bufete De Defensa Criminal, nuestro excepcional equipo de abogados cuenta con amplia experiencia y el conocimiento necesario para atender sus necesidades en materia legal. El alto nivel de compromiso y profesionalismo en la representación de cada uno de nuestros clientes; la atención al detalle al evaluar minuciosamente las circunstancias de cada caso en concreto, y por supuesto; la excelencia en la asesoría, procurando siempre ayudarlo a comprender sus derechos; son rasgos diferenciado.

  • The Law Office of Annie Scott

     201 Jackson St Fl 2
    Richmond, Texas 77469
    United States

    If you’re dealing with an issue related to family law, such as a divorce, adoption, or child custody, don’t hesitate to come in, and we’ll talk it through. The same goes for criminal defense issues such as DUI, assault, theft, or even drug charges. I am here when you need me, I work with you to make your situation better. For more information contact my firm at Annie Scott’s Law Office and call me today at 281-846-5020.

  • Gireud | Hobbs, PLLC

     8930 Wurzbach Rd
    San Antonio, Texas 78240
    United States

    Families need an attorney, on their side, when something goes seriously wrong. Perhaps it is a loved one under arrest for DWI or drug possession; you’ve been injured in an accident; your marriage is in trouble, or maybe immigration authorities are knocking at your door. If you’re like most people, you have little experience with the Texas legal system. Turn to Gireud | Hobbs immediately for help.

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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.