Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • Greg McCollum Complete Legal Defense Team

     1019 Hwy 17 S
    North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
    United States

    Phone: 8432792677

    At the Greg McCollum Complete Legal Defense Team in North Myrtle Beach, FL we represent, assist, and defend people who are accused of crimes. Being accused of a crime is a harrowing experience. You experience public shame and humiliation and do not know where to turn for help. We are experienced and knowledgeable and will take immediate steps to begin repairing your life.

  • Ronald J. Manto, Attorney at Law

     888 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 505
    Miami, Florida 33132
    United States

    Phone: 3057420696

    Ronald J. Manto has been practicing criminal defense in South Florida since 1994. He has tried over 50 felony jury trials, including but not limited to Murder, Drug Trafficking, Tax Evasion, Medicare Fraud. Manto handles cases in both State and Federal Courts throughout the State of Florida and the United States. Whether your case is a misdemeanor or a serious felony, Manto has the knowledge and experience to get the best result. Ronald J. Manto

  • Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC

     600 8th Ave
    Fort Worth, TX 76104
    United States

    Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC is a criminal defense law firm dedicated to providing the best Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys and DWI lawyers in Tarrant County, Texas. Our lawyers have tried over 200 combined jury trials in criminal and DWI law. All of our fort worth criminal defense attorneys and DWI lawyers are former Tarrant County prosecutors and have extensive experience in and out of the courtroom. Call us to learn about how our criminal defense attorney or DWI lawyer can help you.

  • Jaffe Family Law, LLC

     3490 Piedmont Rd NE
    Atlanta, Georgia 30305
    United States

    Adam believes in providing a completely FREE initial consultation. He will never set a time limit, restrict the discussion, or rush you through the process. In order to provide the elite representation and service that Adam has come to be known for, it is imperative to him that he takes the time to.

  • Kestenbaum Law Group

     14401 Sylvan St
    Los Angeles, California 91401
    United States

    Phone: 8186164312

    Kestenbaum Law Group focuses on defending the rights of those accused of crimes in Los Angeles. Since 1979, David S. Kestenbaum has been practicing law in the state of California, earning his experience in both the prosecution of criminals and the defense of the accused.

  • Stephen T Bowling: DWI & Criminal Defense Attorneys

     816 Congress Ave, Suite 950
    Austin, texas 78701
    United States

    Award Winning Austin DWI & Criminal Defense Attorneys. Top Rated by Best DWI & Criminal Defense Attorneys for 2016, 2017, and 2018. As your DWI & Criminal Defense Attorneys in Austin we fight to get your case Dismissed or Reduced. With over 25 years of combined experience we guide you throught the process and ensure you get the best outcome. Call 512-599-9000 for a Free Consultation.

  • The Law Offices of Scott Henry

     8 Corporate Park, Suite 300
    Irvine, California 92606
    United States

    An award-winning legal team in Irvine, CA; The Law Offices of Scott Henry is comprised of a former Riverside County public defender and a former Clerk for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Drawing on more than 20 years of combined legal experience, the firm’s Southern California DUI defense lawyers provide hard-hitting, aggressive legal counsel to individuals who have been arrested or charged with DUI throughout Irvine, Riverside County, San Bernardino County and Orange County areas.

  • Law Office of Jay Bianco

     129 Dorrance St
    Providence, Rhode Island 02903
    United States

    If you or your loved one has been charged with a crime in Providence, RI, then our criminal defense attorney can help you. Over the years, we have worked on a number of different criminal law case types, and are familiar with the definitions, sentences, and defenses associated with numerous crime types. Call Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer Jay Bianco at (401) 255-3355 or visit https://www.criminallawyerrhodeisland.com/ now.

  • Gounaris Abboud, LPA

     130 W 2nd St STE 1000
    Dayton, Ohio 45402
    United States

    At Gounaris Abboud, LPA, we aim to provide nothing less than the dedicated legal counsel that our clients deserve. Whether you are searching for criminal defense, federal criminal defense, DUI defense, personal injury or family law representation in Dayton, OH, you can trust that the future of your case will be in good hands when you turn to us for help.

  • Aaron Delgado & Associates

     227 Seabreeze Blvd
    Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
    United States

    Our Daytona Beach attorneys are compassionate and attentive in our service to clients, while providing vigorous representation on their behalf. We work hard to promote our clients’ rights in numerous legal practice areas, including criminal law, personal injury, civil litigation and family law.

  • Law Offices of Greene & Lloyd, PLLC

     4115 S. Meridian
    Puyallup, Washington 98373
    United States

    If you’ve been injured through the negligence of another or if you have been accused of a crime, call the Law Offices of Greene & Lloyd, PLLC to schedule a consultation today. We will do everything possible to protect your rights, liberties and freedom. We are available to help you. Let us help. We’ll provide a Free Case Evaluation so you know what you are getting into ahead of time. We look forward to helping!

  • Healthcare Fraud Group

     2808 Cole Ave
    dallas, texas 75204
    United States

    Healthcare Fraud Group If you’ve been accused of healthcare fraud, the first thing that you’ll need to do is to get in touch with an attorney. This is because such allegations are serious and you want to make sure that all your bases are covered. The legal aspects will not be easy to understand and you need an experienced attorney by your side to walk with you through the process.

  • Schill Law Group

     8700 East Vía de Ventura
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
    United States

    With over 100 years of combined legal experience in family law, divorce, DUI defense, and criminal law, the Schill Law Group has some of the most experienced and accomplished lawyers in Scottsdale. If you have a family law, divorce, DUI defense, or criminal law matter, Schill Law Group can help.

  • Nickola Law

     1015 Church St
    Flint, Michigan 48502
    United States

    Phone: 8107675420

    Nickola Law offers top quality legal services in both criminal defense and personal injury to clients in Mid-Michigan. Call 810-767-5420 today for a free consultation.

  • The VanNoy Firm

     2621 Dryden Rd
    Moraine, Ohio 45439
    United States

    Phone: 9379525043

    We are dedicated to bringing our Fairborn, Ohio clients both aggressive and individualized legal representation. We represent clients in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, wrongful death, and DUI. Please contact the team of attorneys at the VanNoy Firm today by calling 937-952-5043. For more details visit our site.

  • Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus

     5225 Old Orchard Rd
    Skokie, Illinois 60077
    United States

    Call (847) 966-0300 for a Chicago criminal defense lawyer who will aggressively defend your case in court. The Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus are experienced in defending a wide variety of legal issues from misdemeanors to felonies, including DUI, immigration, narcotics and burglary.

  • Dod Law, APLC

     RONSON J. SHAMOUN BUILDING
    San Diego, California 92101
    United States

    With 14 years of experience practicing criminal defense law, Dod Ghassemkhani and his law firm Dod Law, APC, in Vista and Downtown San Diego, California, have worked on more than 6,500 criminal cases in and out of the courtroom in the San Diego area. This experience includes nearly every type of criminal case, including more than 75 jury trials and 400 preliminary hearings. Mr. Ghassemkhani also is uniquely qualified by the California State Bar to handle serious capital offenses.

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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.