Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • Toland Law, LLC

     100 Cambridge St
    Boston, Massachusetts 02114
    United States

    Paul J. Toland, Esq. is a trusted advocate for clients seeking legal services related to criminal defense and immigration. Attorney Paul Toland earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 2009 and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Massachusetts School of Law in 2012, where he focused on criminal law and civil litigation.

  • Stewart Law Group

     600 B Street Suite 2050 San Diego
    San Diego, California 92101
    United States

    Phone: 6197024123

    The Stewart Law Group is lead by Attorney L. Marcel Stewart, who has significant trial and litigation experience at very high levels. Early in his career, he worked on the largest civil lawsuit of the time, known as the “Tobacco Litigation.” Then, he was part of a team of civil trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, who sued the tobacco industry for civil RICO conspiracy.

  • Naderi Law Office, Inc.

     405 N Maclay Ave 2nd Floor
    San Fernando, California 91340
    United States

    Full-service San Fernando criminal defense attorneys for clients throughout San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys and the Los Angeles suburbs. We are committed to protecting your rights. We handle each case with the same determined resolve and commitment. Whether you have been charged with a simple traffic violation or a high-level felony offense, you have a right to expect that your defense attorney will aggressively defend your rights. Our criminal defense attorneys represent adults and juveniles.

  • Norman D. McKellar

     412 Ebenezer Rd
    Knoxville, Tennessee 37923
    United States

    Norman D. McKellar practices law in the areas of IRS tax resolution and federal criminal defense, with an emphasis on tax fraud and white collar federal crimes. Mr. McKellar has successfully defended clients in criminal cases in both federal and state courts and in U.S. Tax Court. Mr. McKellar was voted by his peers as a “Top Attorney” for 8 straight years by Knoxville’s CityView magazine. In 2014, Mr. McKellar was selected as a member of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers

  • Law Office of Ali J. Amirshahi

     101 Shockoe Slip
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    United States

    Mr. Amirshahi is a criminal defense lawyer in the City of Richmond, and the surrounding counties including Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover. He is also licensed to practice in the United States District Court for Virginia, Eastern and Western District.

  • The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp

     1221 Studewood St
    Houston, Texas 77008
    United States

    The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp is a criminal law firm built around the basic goal of achieving the most positive results for our Texas clients. Our practice is founded on the principle of combining the undivided attention of a small Houston law firm with the full-service abilities of a large firm.

  • Caldwell & Kearns, P.C.

     3631 North Front St
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110
    United States

    Caldwell & Kearns, P.C. has been serving Central Pennsylvania since 1928 with legal issues ranging from family law to criminal law and more. Our attorneys on staff specialize in dozens of different areas of the law so if you have a issue with the law in some form or another, we can most likely help you out with your case. We have an office in Harrisburg and an office in Hummelstown available for your convenience.

  • Utah Freedom Fighters

     503 500 W
    Bountiful, Utah 84010
    United States

    Utah Freedom Fighters are the leading DUI attorneys in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, Utah. We defend individuals against a wide range of criminal offenses, including drunk driving, drug crimes, assault, theft, and more. Learn more about our services or schedule your free consultation today.

  • The Crowder Law Firm, P.C

     7950 Legacy Dr
    Plano, texas 75024
    United States

    The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. has been serving the accused in Collin, Denton, Dallas, and Tarrant Counties, as well as the surrounding areas for over 18 years. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony charge, the firm treats you with honesty and respect. As early as your initial consultation, the firm lets you know the possible risks and rewards of your case. With over 200 acquittals, their Plano criminal defense attorney has the professional experience and knowledge to help you from start

  • The Chastaine Law Office

     2377 Gold Meadow Way #100
    Gold River, California 95670
    United States

    The Chastaine Law Office is a criminal defense law firm in Gold River, CA exclusively handles various criminal matters such as dui, drug crimes, domestic viloence, assault & battery and many more. Our legal team has 30 years of dedicated experience in giving people clear options on how to resolve their cases. Our firm understand the stress and fear people go through when they faced charges, we provide creative results-oriented legal solutions for all our clients.

  • VS Criminal Defense Attorneys

     1845 S Dobson Rd
    Mesa, Arizona 85202
    United States

    VS Criminal Defense Attorneys are focused on providing you personalized service and aggressive representation. Our lead attorney is renowned by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top Criminal Defense Attorney. Our dedicated attorneys have a passion for individual rights, government accountability, personal freedom, and are prepared to fight for these ideals on your behalf.

  • David F. Stoddard Law Firm

     320 E River St
    Anderson, South Carolina 29624
    United States

    Some lawyers make their living in the courtroom; others find their calling reviewing contracts and handling transactions. As for me — I’m a trial lawyer, Criminal Defense Lawyer, Divorce Lawyer, and DUI Lawyer. Throughout my 25-year career (and counting!), I have litigated cases in courtrooms throughout South Carolina. Seeing as my casework revolves around DUIs, other criminal charges, and personal injuries of every variety, it’s no wonder why. When faced with a legal concern that falls within

  • Marco Bass Law Firm, PLLC

     1320 Guadalupe St
    San Antonio, Texas 78207
    United States

    One of the most important reasons people retain defense counsel is to receive discretion and the proper attention every Client and case deserves. Our office understands a Client’s career and reputation are at stake. Mr. Bass leverages his ability to negotiate with a willingness to go to trial (when needed) to reach successful outcomes for his Clients. || Website: https://marcobass.com

  • Arshad Pangere and Warring, LLP

     7899 Taft St
    Merrillville, Indiana 46410
    United States

    We are experienced Northwest Indiana Divorce and Criminal Defense attorneys that are prepared to offer you the best legal guidance to your case. At Arshad, Pangere and Warring, LLP, we offer free consulations just call us 219-736-6500.

  • The Lucero Law Office

     925 Luna Cir NW
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
    United States

    Based in Albuquerque, The Lucero Law Office, LLC is committed to provide personalized legal representation since 2012. Our team of attorneys has over 15 years of combined experience, plus the energy and vigor to take on all of your legal challenges. We bring experience, knowledge, and teamwork to help tackle any of the legal problems life may throw your way. Our attorneys are well experienced in the areas of Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, and Personal Injury.

  • The Lucero Law Office

     925 Luna Cir NW
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
    United States

    Based in Albuquerque, The Lucero Law Office, LLC is committed to provide personalized legal representation since 2012. Our team of attorneys has over 15 years of combined experience, plus the energy and vigor to take on all of your legal challenges. We bring experience, knowledge, and teamwork to help tackle any of the legal problems life may throw your way. Our attorneys are well experienced in the areas of Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, and Personal Injury.

  • Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC

     8851 US Hшy 19 N ⵡnіт 1106 8644VVMX+8H Рinellas FL 33782
    Colleyville, texas 76034
    United States

    Our law firm has 5 star rated criminal defense attorneys and DWI lawyers. We are experienced trial attorneys with offices in Colleyville and Fort Worth, Texas. We are A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and are one of the top rated law firms in TX. Managing Partner Bryan Hoeller is a Super Lawyers Rising Star and one of Fort Worth’s top criminal attorneys according to Fort Worth Magazine. Partner Colin McLaughlin is Board Certified in Criminal Law. Call us for an initial consultation today.

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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.