Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • Moermond & Mulligan

     225 W Court St UNIT 500
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
    United States

    https://www.mmdefense.law/ • At Moermond & Mulligan, LLC, we understand that being charged with a crime can be a daunting experience. Our team of skilled criminal defense lawyers is well-versed in all areas of criminal law, from DUI to drug offenses to white-collar crimes. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

  • Fulgham Hampton Criminal Defense Attorneys

     4354 W Vickery Blvd
    Fort Worth, TX 76107
    United States

    Our Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorneys and DWI Lawyers at The Fulgham Law Firm are here to make sure you are treated fairly and have a clear plan of action to get your life back. Our legal team of criminal lawyers has over 70+ years of criminal law experience and over 300+ jury trials in Texas. Our criminal lawyers have a proactive approach that provides a track record of dismissals, no-bills and not guilty verdicts. Website: https://www.criminalattorneyfortworth.com/

  • Fontes Law Group Santa Ana

     2677 N. Main Street, Ste 820
    Santa Ana, California 92705
    United States

    The Fontes Law Group boasts a seasoned team that provides proficient legal counsel in Santa Ana, CA, specializing in various fields including immigration law, family law, workers’ compensation, and criminal defense.

  • Bernard Law, P.C.

     115 Main St
    Bensenville, Illinois 60106
    United States

    Bernard Law is a premier law firm working exclusively in the area of DUI and Criminal Defense Serving Chicago and the Chicagoland Area. When you’re ready to take the next step and for the best criminal defense, Attorney Nate Bernard and the attorneys at Bernard Law are here for you. Visit our website – https://natebernardlaw.com/

  • Futeral & Nelson, LLC

     534 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Suite 202
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
    United States

    We are top-rated lawyers near Charleston, SC. Our attorneys help our clients with different legal challenges including divorce, family law, custody, child support, visitation, father’s rights, alimony, family court mediation, DUI defense, criminal defense, drug charges, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, domestic violence, CDV, assault and battery, injury claims, car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home abuse, employment law and more.

  • The Law Offices of David A. Black

     Phoenix
    Phoenix, Arizona 85004
    United States

    If you have been charged with a crime in the greater Phoenix area, no matter if it’s a misdemeanor or a serious felony, you need an skilled criminal defense lawyer by your side. At the Law Offices of David A. Black, we represent clients accused with a wide scope of crimes, including DUI, drug crimes, domestic violence, assault, aggravated assault, homicide, and others.

  • Randall & Bruch, P.C

     321 N Main St
    Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868
    United States

    Eighty-Five Combined Years Of Experience On Your Side. We are a community-rooted firm committed to helping people overcome legal troubles. With many decades of experience, our team provides trusted and effective representation for clients from all walks of life. We have a respected reputation among insurance companies, prosecutors and other opponents as being strong advocates for our clients. No matter what kind of challenge you’re facing, you can rely on us to come through for you.

  • Olen Firm Criminal Defense Lawyers

     225 S Lake Ave STE 300
    Pasadena, California 91101
    United States

    https://olenfirm.com/pasadena-criminal-defense-attorney/ • Our reliable and knowledgeable Pasadena Criminal Defense Lawyer at the Olen Firm is here to provide you with the quality legal representation you need and deserve. Schedule your consultation today to get started on your case.

  • The Law Office of Tina Sypek D’Amato, LLC

     27 N Park St
    Rockville, Connecticut 06029
    United States

    Law Office of Tina Sypek D’Amato, LLC. is a small law firm with a big heart” is both the motto and the philosophy of the Law Office of Tina Sypek D’Amato in Rockville , LLC. She is a criminal defense lawyer and handles all maters, including but not limited to, sexual assaults, assaults, risk of injury, domestic violence, drug crimes, gun crimes, strangulation, kidnapping, larceny, fraud, drug trafficking, manslaughter, reckless driving. | Visit us – https://tinasypekdamato.com/

  • Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm

     2765 S Main St, Suite C-2
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    United States

    Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm is your trusted partner in legal matters, focusing criminal, juvenile, traffic, and school disciplinary defense in Kennesaw, GA. Our experienced attorneys are committed to providing top-notch legal services tailored to your unique needs. Contact us today for a free consultation.

  • The Wiseman Law Firm

     1115 E Livingston St
    Orlando, Florida 32803
    United States

    The Wiseman Law Firm is an Orlando, FL ciminal defense law firm that represents the accused in a broad range of crimes, including those involving DUI, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, assault/battery, federal crimes, tourist crimes, internet sex crimes, traffic violations, and many more. Attorney Wiseman is an experienced Orlando criminal defense lawyer with over 15 years of trial-tested experience. | Website: https://www.wisemantriallaw.com/

  • Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm

     3227 S Cherokee Ln Suite 1360
    Woodstock, Georgia 30188
    United States

    Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm is your trusted partner in legal matters, focusing criminal, juvenile, traffic, and school disciplinary defense in Woodstock, GA. Our experienced attorneys are committed to providing top-notch legal services tailored to your unique needs. Contact us today for a free consultation.

  • Maduabum Law Firm LLC

     494 Broad St, #208
    Newark, NJ 07102
    United States

    Maduabum Law Firm LLC: A distinguished Newark, NJ-based law firm practicing in various areas of the law including criminal defense, immigration law, family law and personal injury. Our criminal defense attorneys in Newark, NJ are adept in handling a wide range of cases, including DUI, drug possession, and indictable & disorderly persons offenses. Website:https://maduabumlaw.com

  • Kosnett Law Firm

     11645 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 500 A,
    Los Angeles, California 90025
    United States

    At Kosnett Law Firm, our approach to defending against campus antisemitism and racism attacks is rooted in a deep commitment to justice and equality. We prioritize open communication with our clients, ensuring that their perspectives are heard and understood. Our antisemitism attack attorneys conduct thorough investigations, gathering evidence to build a robust defense strategy tailored to the specifics of each case. Visit us : https://stopschoolantisemitism.com/

  • Krum, Gergely, & Oates LLC – Criminal Lawyers

     2311 Wilson Blvd Suite 3
    Arlington, Virginia 22201
    United States

    Krum, Gergely, & Oates LLC is a premier criminal defense law firm in Arlington, Virginia committed to serving our community and its neighboring regions. Our firm boasts a distinguished history of legal prowess, and our seasoned attorneys are devoted to delivering exceptional legal advice and steadfast support to those dealing with various criminal charges. At Krum, Gergely, & Oates LLC, we uphold the essential belief that everyone is entitled to a robust and equitable defense. Whether you are fa

  • Law Offices of Joseph R. Donahue, LLC

     135 Prospect Street
    Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450
    United States

    Bergen County New Jersey based Criminal Defense Attorneys. Former Prosecutor, Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Super Lawyer-Criminal Defense. Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Domestic Violence, Restraining Orders (TRO/FRO), Expungements and Serious Traffic Matters. Serving Bergen County, Passaic County, Essex County, Hudson County, Morris County and Union County. Appearing in all of Northern New Jersey’s State, Municipal and Federal Courts. Free Consultation.

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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.