Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • The Law Codes

     #624, Sector 16-D
    Austin, California United States

    The Law Codes is a reputed law firm in Chandigarh having lawyers practicing in diverse fields of law. We endeavor to spread legal awareness to society at large to ensure that people are aware of their rights and fight for justice. We believe in hard work, excellence, & professional ethics. Our senior partners/associates write articles with the motive to spread general awareness about complex legal issues which are not understood by the public at large.

  • Hannay Lawyers

     50 Davenport St
    Southport, Qld 4215
    United States

    Phone: 0755712555

    Hannay Lawyers has been synonymous with the most complex and high-profile criminal law matters in Queensland. They have a proven record of achieving outstanding outcomes for clients, and their lawyers take pride in their commitment to fearlessly advocating their client’s rights. Hannay lawyers is featured in Doyle’s Guide to Leading Criminal Law Firms in Queensland for 2016. The 2016 listing of leading Queensland Criminal Lawyers details solicitors practising in criminal law matters in the Queen

  • Bosscher Lawyers

     Level 4/376 George St
    Brisbane City, Qld 4000
    United States

    Bosscher Lawyers has 100 years of collective experience in the field of criminal law in Brisbane, Queensland. As one of Australia’s leading criminal law firm, our experienced criminal lawyers have represented thousands of clients in criminal law matters. Our wide range of services includes traffic offences, white collar crimes, drug offences, fraud, property offences, domestic violence, drink driving, assault and other criminal law cases.

  • Felicio Law Firm

     1/18 Karalta Rd, Erina NSW 2250, Australia
    ERINA, Nsw 2250
    United States

    We are a law firm located on the Central Coast in Erina, NSW, Australia. The solicitor of the firm Ms Ceu Felicio (aka Sky Felicio) has been practising since 1986 and has owned Felicio Law Firm since 1992. Please contact our Central Coast lawyers for legal advice. Visit Us: https://feliciolawfirm.com.au/

  • Jennifer Mills Peek, Attorney At Law PLLC

     134 South 3rd Street
    Paducah, Kentucky 42001
    United States

    Jennifer Mills Peek, Attorney At Law PLLC, is a family law firm serving the KY community for more than seven years. She has helped people dealing with divorce and child custody issues, criminal matters, and matters of legal documents. Email: jmpeeklaw@gmail.com Website: https://paducahfamilylaw.com/

  • Jennifer Ann Burns

     714 Manatee Ave E
    Bradenton, Florida 34208
    United States

    Jennifer Burns is a local Coloradans native and an active volunteer with children in the Tampa Bay community. She also mentors teens, having been involved as part of Great American Teach-in program or Teen Court before returning to school full time after law graduation at Stetson University College Of Law where she studied international relations and received her degree magna cum laude just two years ago!

  • Matthew B. Wheeley

     601 N Ashley Dr
    Tampa, Florida 33602
    United States

    By using strategic litigation, Matthew Wheeley can protect your interests. The team at Carlson Meissner Hart and Hayslett have the skills to take on any opponent that stands before them in court or out of it—and they will do everything within their power for a client who places trust into this law firm’s hands.

  • The Law Office of Bradley R Corbett, Criminal Defense Attorney

     440 S Melrose Dr STE 204
    Vista, California 92081
    United States

    The Law Offices of Bradley R. Corbett specializes in a wide range of criminal defense cases. Whether you’re charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, your case is very important to us. We’re available 24/7, nights and weekends, to consult with you. Call (760) 208-1619 to see if you can get your charges dismissed or reduced.

  • Casey K Carlson

     4245 Rachel Blvd
    Spring Hill, Florida 34607
    United States

    The attorneys at Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett have been helping people in the Spring Hill area for over 50 years. Our team has more than 125 combined years of experience, and we’ve seen it all from criminal cases to Social Security disability claims!

  • Mario Gunde Peters & Kelley

     319 Riveredge Boulevard
    Cocoa, Florida 32922
    United States

    Mario Gunde Peters & Kelley (Legal Eagles) was established in 1976 by Anthony Mario, Retired. We are an experienced criminal and family law firm in Brevard County, Florida. Our attorneys have jury trial experience for almost every type of criminal charge from serious felony cases to simple misdemeanors. The firm is very experienced in divorce litigation including complex divorces that cross international or state boundaries.

  • The Law Office of Bradley R Corbett, Criminal Defense Attorney

     41593 Winchester Road #200
    Temecula, California 92590
    United States

    The Law Offices of Bradley R. Corbett specializes in a wide range of criminal defense cases. Whether you’re charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, your case is very important to us. We’re available 24/7, nights and weekends, to consult with you. Call (760) 208-1619 to see if you can get your charges dismissed or reduced.

  • The Law Office of Bradley R Corbett, Criminal Defense Attorney

     8880 Rio San Diego Dr. Suite 800
    San Diego, California 92108
    United States

    Phone: 6198004449

    The Law Offices of Bradley R. Corbett specializes in a wide range of criminal defense cases. Whether you’re charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, your case is very important to us. We’re available 24/7, nights and weekends, to consult with you. Call (760) 208-1619 to see if you can get your charges dismissed or reduced.

  • Edward D. Carlson

     250 N Belcher Rd. STE 100
    Clearwater, Florida 33765
    United States

    The legal team at Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett has an impressive 125 years of combined experience. We draw on this expertise to help us reach the best possible outcomes in most complex criminal cases. Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett, P.A. 250 N Belcher Rd. STE 102, Clearwater, FL 33765 (727) 443-1562 Clearwater

  • Elton Jenkins Law, P.L.L.C.

     217 East Main
    Norman, Oklahoma 73069
    United States

    At Elton Jenkins Law, P.L.L.C., we provide experienced, aggressive criminal defense and family law services to residents in Norman and throughout Oklahoma. We understand that facing criminal charges or struggling with family law is stressful, and you may be worried about your future, your job, and your family. You can rely on our attorneys and staff for sound legal advice and support during this time.

  • The Defenders Criminal Defense Lawyers

     830 South 4th Street Suite 100
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
    United States

    Phone: 7023333333

    The Defenders are seasoned criminal defense attorneys who understand that each alleged crime has a unique set of circumstances surrounding it, and we are committed to thoroughly investigating each and every facet of the case to build the best defense possible. The Defenders Criminal Defense Lawyers 830 South 4th Street Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 333-3333 Criminal Justice Attorney

  • Patton Law Office, S.C.

     1119 60th St
    Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140
    United States

    Patton Law, located in Kenosha Wisconsin, focuses on Criminal Defense, Juvenile Defense, Termination of Parental Rights, Child Protection (CHIPS), Indian Law/ICWA, Investigations, White Collar Crime, and Family Law and are there to help you navigate the legal system. Website: https://www.pattonlawwi.com

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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.