Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • Overson & Bugden PLLC

     250 E 200 S Suite 330
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
    United States

    Salt Lake City criminal defense lawyer Darwin Overson, a partner of Overson & Bugden PLLC, has many years of experience representing adult and juvenile defendants who have been arrested for violent and non-violent felonies and misdemeanors, including first offenses, repeat offenses, and aggravated crimes. Though our offices are located in Salt Lake City, our criminal defense attorneys represent defendants in criminal cases throughout Federal and local courts in the state of Utah.

  • Chastaine Jones Criminal Defense Attorneys

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

    Chastaine Jones is an acclaimed criminal defense law firm located in Gold River, California. Attorneys at Chastaine Jones provide unmatched legal counsel to clients charged with serious crimes. Chastaine Jones represents clients accused or charged with sexual misconduct, violent crimes, domestic violence, drug crimes, expungements and sex offender registration relief. With Chastaine Jones, you will have access to some of the best representation available.

  • MRD Lawyers

     4650 South National Avenue, Suite C5
    Springfield, Missouri 65810
    United States

    MRD Lawyers – Criminal defense lawyers in Springfield, MO & the surrounding area. With 20+ years of combined experience as prosecuting attorneys, we know the way in which your case will be prosecuted against you. Hire attorneys Matthew Russell & Russ Dempsey, the top criminal defense lawyers in Springfield, MO to handle your legal needs. Specializing in criminal law & traffic law. Top felony defense lawyers, misdemeanor defense attorneys, traffic ticket lawyers, and DWI attorneys.

  • Khonsari Law Group

     150 2nd Ave N Suite 970
    St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
    United States

    The Khonsari Law Group’s criminal defense and family law attorneys are dedicated to providing powerful advocacy for those in need of representation in the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay area. We protect our clients’ rights and interests when they stand accused of DUI, DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, drug crimes, and other criminal charges. We also strongly advocate for our family law clients, whether they have a divorce, paternity, child custody, or adoption matter.

  • Strongest Defense

     770 County Square Drive, Suite 215
    Ventura, California 93003
    United States

    Criminal cases, especially those that involve violence and/or theft, are very serious matters. Working with a criminal lawyer near me can provide you with the best defense possible. Not only do criminal lawyers have the education and knowledge needed to help you, but they will also work hard to ensure you get the best results possible and will provide you with expert advice. Website :

  • Chudnovsky Law

     1933 S Broadway Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California 90007
    United States

    Chudnovsky Law is an award-winning Los Angeles criminal defense, DUI, and professional license defense law firm having attorneys with 75+ years of experience. Extensive experience defending those charged with all felony, misdemeanor, or professional license offenses (e.g. medical, nursing, pharmacy & dental license defense). Call for a free consultation with a Los Angeles criminal defense & DUI lawyer today.

  • Name Change After Marriage Vermont

     Lawson Lane
    Burlington, Vermont 05401
    United States

    Newly wed couples in Vermont may opt to adopt a uniform last name to reflect their new status. Learn the legal implications of name change after marriage as well as the eligibility and adminstrative requirements for updating all official documents to reflect the new name, across relevant Vermont agencies.

  • The Hawk Firm

     448 Telfair St
    Augusta, Georgia 30901
    United States

    The Hawk Firm is a personal injury and criminal justice law firm that has served the Augusta area for over 35 years. Business Email : Services : Personal Injury and Criminal Defense

  • Law Offices of Robert H. Hanaford

     125 Aviation Drive South
    Naples, Florida 34104
    United States

    Bob Hanaford represented clients in state and federal courts in some of the most complex insurance, transportation, construction injury, DUI and criminal cases. He concentrates his practice on DUI Defense and lawsuits involving death and serious injury from trucking, railroad, motorcycle, construction, workplace, and product accidents. Call Bob now to discuss your case. | Phone: (239) 315-9750 | Website:

  • Sparks Law Firm

     603 E Belknap St #200
    Fort Worth, texas 76102
    United States

    Justin Sparks has been defending clients across Fort Worth and Dallas for over a decade. Our firm helps you through the criminal process, from investigation to appeals. Free consultations for all new cases.

  • Wolfe, White & Associates

     60 Water St
    Logan, West Virginia 25601
    United States

    Reliability & Versatility Representing Clients with a Diverse Range of Legal Needs Personal Injury Car Accidents Slip & Falls Medical Negligence Employment Law Workers’ Compensation Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Human Rights Act Discrimination Whistle-blower Claims Consumer Protection & Debt Harassment Criminal Defense Social Security Disability Family Law & Divorce

  • The Lux Law Firm, PLLC

     128 S Tejon St #100
    Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
    United States

    Domestic violence charges are required by Colorado law to continue on to prosecution, even when the victim doesn’t desire this outcome. It is extremely important that you defend yourself against charges of this nature as they can result in prison time, fines, or a continued struggle with finding employment and housing. The implications of a domestic violence charge are far-ranging and they should never be taken lightly.

  • Longwell Elite Criminal Defense Lawyers

     390 N Orange Ave, Suite 1825
    Orlando, Florida 32801
    United States

    Longwell Elite Criminal Defense Lawyers in Orlando, FL provide Orlando criminal lawyer services including criminal investigations, drug crimes, trafficking, burglary, robbery, assault, battery, sex crimes, domestic violence, probation, white-collar crimes, murder, violent & post-conviction crimes. || Website:

  • Zoukis Consulting Group

     1000 Berryessa Lane, Suite 423
    Davis, California 95616
    United States

    Phone: 8436201100

    The Zoukis Consulting Group is a boutique federal criminal defense consulting firm. We specialize in federal prison preparation, resolution of in-prison issues, and reentry success. Contact us today if you need a federal criminal defense attorney. We help out clients serve the least amount of time in the best federal prisons with the earliest opportunities for release. Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer | Federal Criminal Lawyer

  • Greco Neyland, PC

     701 N Post Oak Rd #425, Houston, TX 77024, United States
    Houston, TX 77024
    United States

    Greco Neyland, PC offers a wide range of defense services in Houston and Harris County. We continue to represent clients accused of DWI and theft while taking on major cases involving charges for manslaughter or crimes. Irrespective of the accusations against you, you’ll receive the same tough and strategic legal representation from your criminal defense attorney.

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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.