Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • Caldwell & Kearns, P.C.

     113 E Main St
    Hummelstown, Pennsylvania 17036
    United States

    Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., is a top-rated Hummelstown law firm with a distinguished reputation since the 1920s. Our expert attorneys specialize in criminal law, family law, divorce, DUI assistance, elder law, licensing law, estate planning, real estate law, employment law, and more. Experience the excellence of our legal services in Central PA, rivaling downtown Philadelphia firms. Contact us for a personalized lawyer match to handle your case seamlessly

  • Bernal Law, APLC

     750 B St. Ste 1710
    San Diego, California 92101
    United States

    Bernal Law, APLC is headed by experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney Pedro Bernal, Esq.. Our lead criminal justice attorney served as a prosecutor for over a decade, and uses his knowledge of the prosecution to employ the most effective defense strategies for his clients. If you’ve been charged with a white-collar crime, drug possession, DUI, a violent offense, and more, Bernal Law, APLC is here to fight for your freedom. | Website:

  • Sciarrino & Sciarrino, PC

     106 Main St
    Mount Morris, New York 14510
    United States

    At Sciarrino & Sciarrino, P.C., we are a dedicated team of criminal defense attorneys serving the communities of Rochester, NY, and the surrounding areas of Livingston County and Wyoming County. For more than five decades, our criminal lawyers have been serving the people of New York when they need it most. Our criminal defense law firm is committed to helping the people of Rochester by providing excellent legal counsel and defense representation.

  • Law Office of Nicole Irmer

     2550 Fifth Ave
    San Diego, California 92103
    United States

    Nicole Irmer is the Founder and Principal Attorney. She has practiced law for more than 15 years. During this time she has proven herself to be a compassionate, diligent and zealous defense attorney. She is committed to each and every client and believes that each case is as individual as the person involved. She appreciates the magnitude of stress that clients and their families are under when accused of professional wrongdoing or charged with a crime.

  • King Law

     370 N Main St, Suite 200
    Waynesville, North Carolina 28786
    United States

    King Law is a Family Law, Estate Administration & Elder Law, Criminal Law, and Civil Litigation. law firm serving Waynesville, North Carolina, Mecklenburg County and all of Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina. Phones are available 24 hours a day, all year long. || Website:

  • Lisa Shapiro Strauss Attorney at Law

     4545 Bissonnet St #293
    Bellaire, Texas 77401
    United States

    Former prosecutor. Now working for you. As a former prosecutor and now dedicated Houston criminal defense lawyer, Lisa Shapiro Strauss understands how criminal charges and convictions can destroy careers, educational goals, families and futures. Our experienced legal team devotes significant time, talent and resources to each case to ensure the highest standard of client service.

  • Strongest Defense

     770 County Square Dr
    Ventura, California 93003
    United States

    Strongest Defense is a criminal defense law firm situated in Ventura. Our experienced team of Aggravated Assault Attorneys specializes in providing expert defense for individuals facing charges of aggravated assault, carjacking, sodomy, and homicide in California. With a deep understanding of the intricacies of California law, our dedicated California Aggravated Assault Lawyers are here to protect your rights and provide relentless advocacy. Whether you’re dealing with complex sodomy cases or c

  • Correll Law Firm, PC

     1833 Plaza Dr
    Winchester, Virginia 22601
    United States

    Correll Law Firm (540-535-2005) is a Winchester, Va-based personal injury, medical malpractice, and criminal defense law firm serving Northern Virginia. Our reach includes the Shenandoah Valley and areas in and around Washington, DC. Dedicated to our client’s pursuit of justice, we handle a wide variety of cases from motor vehicle collisions and trucking accidents to mistakes made during medical procedures.

  • Jeffrey Coller, Knoxville Criminal Defense Attorney

     800 S Gay St # 2000
    Knoxville, Tennessee 37929
    United States

    Jeffrey Coller, Knoxville Criminal Defense Attorney is a renowned firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Their legal team provides dedicated representation for a wide range of criminal charges. From assault and domestic violence to drug crimes, DUI, federal offenses, harassment, and juvenile charges, they have a proven track record of success.

  • Ryan Garvey Attorneys

     2111 E Highland Ave Suite 305
    Phoenix, Arizona 85016
    United States

    At Ryan Garvey Attorneys, our attorneys have over half a century’s worth of legal experience and are dedicated to protecting your rights and defending you against the criminal charges that you face. WEBSITE:

  • Katz and Phillips, P.A

     509 W Colonial Dr
    Orlando, Florida 32804
    United States

    Katz & Phillips, P.A. is here to help when criminal charges are brought against you. If you have been accused of a crime. If the police want to talk with you, or if you’ve been indicted or arrested, now is the time to give Katz & Phillips, P.A. a call. Our Orlando criminal defense team will provide you with the benefit of our decades of collective experience as we represent you. Call us today to get help from the Orlando criminal defense team at Katz and Phillips, P.A.

  • The Law Office of John C Schleiffarth, P.C.

     115101 N Sappington Rd
    Oakland, Missouri 63122
    United States

    JCS Law is a St. Louis Criminal Defense Law Firm focusing on DWI, Sex Crimes, Drug Crimes, and Federal Criminal Defense. If you have been charged with a DWI, a sex crime, an internet crime, drug possession, or a federal crime, you need bold and aggressive representation to protect your rights. Our skilled attorneys will leave no stone unturned in the course of your defense. Call us today for a free consultation.

  • Kent Collins Law Firm

     607 S Lake Dr
    Lexington, South Carolina 29072
    United States

    I am a former prosecutor who has been in private practice for some 16 years. While I do personal injury, wreck and wrongful death type cases the majority of my practice is devoted to criminal defense. I defend people because they know everyone makes mistakes including the law enforcement. Me and my staff are here to make sure justice is served and your rights are protected.

  • Ralls & Wille, PC

     314 S 6th Ave
    Tucson, Arizona 85701
    United States

    Ralls & Wille Law Firm applies deep experience, along with aggressive, innovative litigation, to fight tech-savvy criminal investigation. Backed by a committed team – including a legal assistant, paralegal, and talented investigators, the firm handles complex criminal cases. WEBSITE:

  • Touma Law Group

     6923 N Trenholm Rd suite 126
    Columbia, South Carolina 29206
    United States

    Our focus is to ensure that our clients’ needs are met. We prioritize providing the best criminal defense service possible. Previously working as public defenders, we gained valuable experience in criminal defense. We are always fighting for our client’s best interests.

  • Law Offices of Mike Pignone

     9214 Center St, 3rd Floor
    Manassas, Virginia 20110
    United States

    Northern Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney – EXPERIENCE OUR EXPERTISE. Getting past the feelings of going through a criminal charge and back to your life takes a lot of legal planning, paperwork and red tape. This is where our experience pays off for our clients. Finding ways to get our clients out of criminal charges or bringing people through the criminal processing fast and easy has always been our primary goal. In law, experience yields positive outcomes.

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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.