Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • Scott C. Nolan

     10304 Eaton Pl #100
    Fairfax, Virginia 22030
    United States

    With over two decades of legal experience, defense attorney Scott C. Nolan provides high-quality defense representation. If you are innocent of the charge against you, Scott C. Nolan will seek to have the case dismissed.

  • Law Firm of Gianni Karmily, PLLC – South Nassau County Office

     119 Jackson St
    New York, New York 11550
    United States

    If you’ve been arrested, handcuffed, photographed, and fingerprinted, it can be frightening – but don’t lose hope. New York criminal defense attorney Gianni Karmily provides aggressive and effective defense representation if you’re charged with a crime on Long Island or in New York City. He will develop an appropriate defense strategy on your behalf, and he will fight passionately for the justice you need and deserve.

  • The Henry Law Firm, P.A.

     9225 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 1150
    Overland Park, Kansas 66210
    United States

    The Henry Law Firm, P.A. is a family law practice in the heart of Johnson County, Kansas. We have offered empathetic legal advice and determined representation to each of our clients. We understand that life’s journey occasionally creates bewilderment, anxiety, and stress in families that may require the assistance of a skilled and understanding attorney.

  • Stowe Law Firm, PLLC

     130 W Kerr St, STE 100
    Salisbury, North Carolina 28144
    United States

    This is a law firm proudly offering services in criminal defense, traffic violations, speeding tickets, expungements, and DUI/DWI defense. We are dedicated to providing the highest levels of professionalism in order to protect your rights, and your liberty. We take a client centered approach to ensure each our clients’ needs are met individually. Ryan Stowe is the principal attorney at Stowe Law Firm, PLLC.

  • The Lux Law Firm, PLLC

     429 S Cascade Ave, Suite 101
    Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
    United States

    The Lux Law Firm is a Criminal Defense Law Firm based in Colorado Springs, CO. Stop the worry and uncertainty, schedule a free consultation today. || Website: https://theluxlawfirm.com/

  • Law Offices of Andrew Dosa

     1516 Oak St
    Alameda, California 94501
    United States

    Law Offices of Andrew Dosa is a criminal defense, estate planning, and civil litigation law firm in Alameda, CA. We have more than two decades of experience in handling civil & business litigation, criminal defense, personal injury lawsuits, and estate planning cases. If you are facing any criminal charges, civil disputes, or estate concerns? Schedule a free consultation with our Alameda California law firm by calling us at 510-333-4564.

  • Colorado Legal Defense Group

     4047 Tejon St
    Denver, Colorado 80211
    United States

    Colorado Legal Defense Group is a Colorado law firm that offers legal representation in all areas of criminal defense. We have decades of experience fighting all criminal charges, including battery domestic violence, DUI & drunk driving charges, solicitation for prostitution, and drug charges. We may be able to help you avoid jail time and possibly get the charges reduced or dismissed altogether. We defend clients against misdemeanor, felony, DUI and juvenile charges throughout Colorado.

  • David Hunter

     345 Commerce Green Blvd
    Sugar Land, Texas 77478
    United States

    Phone: 2815017216

    Are you accused of assault? Approach David Hunter Law Firm to get represented by a proven Fort Bend assault attorney. They fight for your rights and help to get the best possible outcome in court. For a consultation, visit- https://www.davidhunterlawfirm.com/assault-lawyer-fort-bend-county

  • McCleery Law Firm

     203 Front Ave SE
    New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
    United States

    Home to our original and largest office location, we are proud to have our central base of operations in downtown New Philadelphia. We are located just one block from the historic Tuscarawas County Courthouse, across the street from the Municipal Court building, and within sight of the New Philadelphia Police and Fire Department buildings. || Website: https://www.mccleerylawfirm.com

  • Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel, LLC

     4601 Military Trail, Suite 206
    Jupiter, Florida 33458
    United States

    If you are in need of an experienced DUI lawyer and criminal defense attorney in the West Palm Beach area, contact the Law Offices of Gabriel & Gabriel, LLC today. Criminal defense attorney Brian Gabriel has built our firm’s reputation through consistent, results-driven efforts. When you collaborate with Gabriel & Gabriel, you receive legal counsel from an experienced defender with a passion for upholding your rights and ensuring they are preserved. | Website: https://www.gabriellawteam.com/

  • Gutin & Wolverton: Harley I. Gutin

     5190 N Cocoa Blvd
    Cocoa, Florida 32927
    United States

    Phone: 3216337337

    Our criminal defense attorneys, Harley Gutin and Stephen Wolverton, are experienced, aggressive trial lawyers. Together they combine over 45 years of legal experience to make a formidable defense team. Harley and Stephen are both former assistant public defense attorneys who, between them, have handled over 140 trials from jury selection to verdict. They are members of the Florida Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Brevard County Bar Association.

  • The Law Office Of Gutin & Wolverton

     5190 N Cocoa Blvd
    Cocoa, Florida 32927
    United States

    Phone: 3216337337

    Our criminal defense attorneys, Harley Gutin and Stephen Wolverton, are experienced, aggressive trial lawyers. Together they combine over 45 years of legal experience to make a formidable defense team. Harley and Stephen are both former assistant public defense attorneys who, between them, have handled over 140 trials from jury selection to verdict. They are members of the Florida Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Brevard County Bar Association.

  • The Bianchi Law Group, LLC

     8 Campus Dr Suite 105
    Parsippany, New Jersey 07054
    United States

    At the Bianchi Law Group, a team of former prosecutors aggressively fights on behalf of clients who face criminal charges. The Bianchi Law Group is a New Jersey-based criminal defense firm that handles criminal trials, criminal investigations, high profile cases, white collar criminal cases, and municipal court cases.

  • Hardy Law Group, PLLC

     701 W Belknap St
    Fort Worth, texas 76102
    United States

    The Fort Worth law firm of Hardy Law Group, PLLC provides reliable legal representation in family law matters such as divorce as well as all matters of criminal defense. If you need a family law attorney, or if you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, the sooner you put an attorney on the case, the better.

  • San Diego Criminal Attorney

     750 B St Suite 2775
    San Diego, California 92101
    United States

    Our reputation starts with our integrity; we litigate all of our cases with professionalism. That is, we will be courteous, but firm. We will negotiate faithfully, but never back down against our clients’ interest. Our integrity is a key element of our success: other criminal justice professionals in San Diego have come to recognize us for our professionalism and zeal. They know that we mean business every time we step into court.

  • The Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC

     52 N Sandusky St
    Delaware, Ohio 43015
    United States

    Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC has vast experience defending people accused of crimes. Our team of Delaware, OH Criminal-Attorneys is dedicated to finding the best solution for your case. The Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC 52 North Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015 (740) 363-3900

  • Neal Davis Law Firm

     Law Building
    Houston, Texas 77008
    United States

    Neal Davis Law Firm, based in Houston, Texas, handles cases across the state and country. For nearly 20 years, Neal has defended clients in all types of matters, including arguing before the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals and appearing as lead counsel before the U.S. Supreme Court. Before opening his law firm, Neal worked for more than ten years with legendary Texas criminal defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin.

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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.