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Hochglaube & DeBorde, P.C.
3515 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77004

Experienced. Respected. Investigations | Trial | Appeals

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(713) 526-6300

Hochglaube & DeBorde, P.C.
3515 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77004

Experienced. Respected. Investigations | Trial | Appeals

Law Office of Gary Tabakman, PLLC
3515 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77004

Because Results Matter.

5.0
2 Verified Reviews

Phone(713) 331-9457

Law Office of Gary Tabakman, PLLC
3515 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77004

Because Results Matter.

Roger G. Jain & Associates, P.C.
9301 Southwest Fwy
Suite 250
Houston, TX 77074

Roger G. Jain & Associates, P.C. handles criminal defense, family law and civil matters in Houston, TX.

4.6
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(713) 981-0600

Roger G. Jain & Associates, P.C.
9301 Southwest Fwy
Suite 250
Houston, TX 77074

Roger G. Jain & Associates, P.C. handles criminal defense, family law and civil matters in Houston, TX.

Keith B. French Law, PLLC
2010 Broadway St
Suite 132
Pearland, TX 77581

Full-service criminal defense and civil litigation law firm dedicated to making sure that all Texans are given a fair shake before the law. Founding attorney Keith B. French spent years representing Fortune 500 companies as well as the federal government before founding his own firm. Handling all manner of criminal defense cases, including DWI/DUI, as well as personal injury, employment…

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(832) 243-6153

Keith B. French Law, PLLC
2010 Broadway St
Suite 132
Pearland, TX 77581

Full-service criminal defense and civil litigation law firm dedicated to making sure that all Texans are given a fair shake before the law. Founding attorney Keith B. French spent years representing Fortune 500 companies as well as the federal government before founding his own firm. Handling all manner of criminal defense cases, including DWI/DUI, as well as personal injury, employment…

The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC
7600 San Jacinto Pl
Suite 200
Plano, TX 75024

Our firm has over 30 years experience defending clients around the state of Texas who have been accused of an array of crimes including but not limited to federal crimes, DUI, fraud embezzlement, white collar crimes, thefts, drug crimes, gang related accusations, and more. We also cover other areas of law such as family law, business law, and personal injury…

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(888) 493-6529

The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC
7600 San Jacinto Pl
Suite 200
Plano, TX 75024

Our firm has over 30 years experience defending clients around the state of Texas who have been accused of an array of crimes including but not limited to federal crimes, DUI, fraud embezzlement, white collar crimes, thefts, drug crimes, gang related accusations, and more. We also cover other areas of law such as family law, business law, and personal injury…

Hamilton Grant PC
112 S Loraine St
#505
Midland, TX 79701

Hamilton, Hull & Byrd is a criminal defense firm located in Midland, Texas. Our Midland criminal lawyers are dedicated to providing all of our clients with both professional, experienced representation and personalized attention they deserve, regardless of the charge.

4.9
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(432) 296-4967

Hamilton Grant PC
112 S Loraine St
#505
Midland, TX 79701

Hamilton, Hull & Byrd is a criminal defense firm located in Midland, Texas. Our Midland criminal lawyers are dedicated to providing all of our clients with both professional, experienced representation and personalized attention they deserve, regardless of the charge.

Jason S. English Law, PLLC
505 West 12th Street
Suite 200 C
Austin, TX 78701

Jason S. English Law, PLLC is an experienced Dwi and criminal defense attorney in Austin who will fight for you. The effects of an arrest and criminal charges can have long-lasting, expensive consequences on a person's life. Learn valuable information from a defense attorney in Austin. Unclaimed: Claim this business

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(512) 454-7548

Jason S. English Law, PLLC
505 West 12th Street
Suite 200 C
Austin, TX 78701

Jason S. English Law, PLLC is an experienced Dwi and criminal defense attorney in Austin who will fight for you. The effects of an arrest and criminal charges can have long-lasting, expensive consequences on a person's life. Learn valuable information from a defense attorney in Austin. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Betty Blackwell - Austin Criminal Defense
1306 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78701

At Austin Texas Law Office of Betty Blackwell, anyone who has been charged with a criminal offense in Travis County can contact Betty to discuss your rights. Betty has been defending persons arrested in Austin for over 30 years, and is dedicated in helping you work through your case in an efficient, cost-effective manner. We offer many services such as…

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Phone(512) 479-0149

Betty Blackwell - Austin Criminal Defense
1306 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78701

At Austin Texas Law Office of Betty Blackwell, anyone who has been charged with a criminal offense in Travis County can contact Betty to discuss your rights. Betty has been defending persons arrested in Austin for over 30 years, and is dedicated in helping you work through your case in an efficient, cost-effective manner. We offer many services such as…

Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC
Mallick Tower
101 Summit Avenue, Suite 101
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Bryan is an experienced Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer and personal injury attorney, who has handled thousands of misdemeanor and felony criminal charges and has tried over 100 criminal cases, including jury trials in Fort Worth and Dallas for DWI, DWI-Misdemeanor Repetition, DWI with Child, DWI-Felony Repetition, Theft, Assault, Assault Family Violence, Burglary of a Habitation, Sexual Assault of a… Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(817) 864-8833

Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC
Mallick Tower
101 Summit Avenue, Suite 101
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Bryan is an experienced Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer and personal injury attorney, who has handled thousands of misdemeanor and felony criminal charges and has tried over 100 criminal cases, including jury trials in Fort Worth and Dallas for DWI, DWI-Misdemeanor Repetition, DWI with Child, DWI-Felony Repetition, Theft, Assault, Assault Family Violence, Burglary of a Habitation, Sexual Assault of a… Unclaimed: Claim this business

Andrew Deegan Attorney at Law
933 W. Weatherford Street, Suite 212
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Attorney Andrew Deegan has been honored with the ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the Chemistry and Law Division of the ACS. Using these skills in his practice means the implementation of validated and legitimate science for the benefit of justice to his clients. Click on this image to the right to learn more about this added advantage you…

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Phone(817) 689-7002

Andrew Deegan Attorney at Law
933 W. Weatherford Street, Suite 212
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Attorney Andrew Deegan has been honored with the ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the Chemistry and Law Division of the ACS. Using these skills in his practice means the implementation of validated and legitimate science for the benefit of justice to his clients. Click on this image to the right to learn more about this added advantage you…

Barbieri Law Firm, P.C.
7000 Preston Rd
Ste 700
Plano, TX 75024

At Barbieri Law Firm, P.C., we are passionate about protecting the rights and futures of individuals who are facing criminal charges. Because serious penalties are at stake after a criminal charge, it is important to ensure the attorney you work with is one that has experience in the field. For more than 20 years, our attorneys have been devoted to…

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Phone(469) 300-1522

Barbieri Law Firm, P.C.
7000 Preston Rd
Ste 700
Plano, TX 75024

At Barbieri Law Firm, P.C., we are passionate about protecting the rights and futures of individuals who are facing criminal charges. Because serious penalties are at stake after a criminal charge, it is important to ensure the attorney you work with is one that has experience in the field. For more than 20 years, our attorneys have been devoted to…

Check Criminal Record
12700 Hillcrest Rd
#118
Dallas, TX 75230

Check Criminal Record is a popular online criminal record search platform specializing in providing detailed arrest records and background searches to users across the United States. Some people use Check Criminal Record to find information about themselves. Others use Check Criminal Record to investigate a neighbor, check sex offender registries, and verify other important information about the people they interact…

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Phone(469) 708-4083

Check Criminal Record
12700 Hillcrest Rd
#118
Dallas, TX 75230

Check Criminal Record is a popular online criminal record search platform specializing in providing detailed arrest records and background searches to users across the United States. Some people use Check Criminal Record to find information about themselves. Others use Check Criminal Record to investigate a neighbor, check sex offender registries, and verify other important information about the people they interact…

CriminalDatabase.org
2257 N Loop 336 W
Suite 140117
Conroe, TX 77304

National database records company provides fast and thorough criminal background checks. Includes pre-employment checks, criminal records, arrest records, and sexual offender registry checks. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(305) 504-7015

CriminalDatabase.org
2257 N Loop 336 W
Suite 140117
Conroe, TX 77304

National database records company provides fast and thorough criminal background checks. Includes pre-employment checks, criminal records, arrest records, and sexual offender registry checks. Unclaimed: Claim this business

F. Edward Brown Law Firm
208 East Central Avenue, Suite 107
Belton, TX 76513

Best Killeen, Bell County, Texas criminal defense attorney serving Copperas Cove, Fort Hood, Harker Heights and Nolanville, and Kempner and Lampasas County.

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Phone(254) 634-2587

F. Edward Brown Law Firm
208 East Central Avenue, Suite 107
Belton, TX 76513

Best Killeen, Bell County, Texas criminal defense attorney serving Copperas Cove, Fort Hood, Harker Heights and Nolanville, and Kempner and Lampasas County.

Hines Ranc & Holub
1307 Nueces St
#101
Austin, TX 78701

If you are facing criminal changes, the criminal defense attorneys at Hines Ranc & Holub urge you to contact us as soon as possible. We can provide you with highly skilled and proven criminal defense methods you need to get you through this stressful time. We are not afraid of a challenge or of standing up to anyone in defense… Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(512) 472-6565

Hines Ranc & Holub
1307 Nueces St
#101
Austin, TX 78701

If you are facing criminal changes, the criminal defense attorneys at Hines Ranc & Holub urge you to contact us as soon as possible. We can provide you with highly skilled and proven criminal defense methods you need to get you through this stressful time. We are not afraid of a challenge or of standing up to anyone in defense… Unclaimed: Claim this business

Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC
Mallick Tower, 101 Summit Avenue, Suite 101
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Address: Mallick Tower 101 Summit Avenue, Suite 101 Fort Worth, Texas 76102 Phone Number: (866) 329-5235 Name: Bryan Hoeller Business Email: [email protected] Year of Company Formation: 2014 Working Hours: Monday Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Payment Methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express (AMEX), Personal Check, ATM/Debit, Discover Description: Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC is a criminal defense law firm dedicated to…

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Phone(866) 329-5235

Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC
Mallick Tower, 101 Summit Avenue, Suite 101
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Address: Mallick Tower 101 Summit Avenue, Suite 101 Fort Worth, Texas 76102 Phone Number: (866) 329-5235 Name: Bryan Hoeller Business Email: [email protected] Year of Company Formation: 2014 Working Hours: Monday Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Payment Methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express (AMEX), Personal Check, ATM/Debit, Discover Description: Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC is a criminal defense law firm dedicated to…

Hurley, Guinn & Singh
1805 13th Street
Lubbock, TX 79401

Based in Lubbock, Texas, Hurley, Guinn & Singh is a full-service criminal defense law firm dedicated to defending individuals facing state and federal criminal prosecutions and grand jury investigations. The law firm handles all types of criminal charges (including fraud, conspiracy, assault, sexual assault, DWI, and murder). Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(806) 771-0700

Hurley, Guinn & Singh
1805 13th Street
Lubbock, TX 79401

Based in Lubbock, Texas, Hurley, Guinn & Singh is a full-service criminal defense law firm dedicated to defending individuals facing state and federal criminal prosecutions and grand jury investigations. The law firm handles all types of criminal charges (including fraud, conspiracy, assault, sexual assault, DWI, and murder). Unclaimed: Claim this business

Institute of Computer Forensics and Criminal Investigations

ICFECI provides investigative, expert, and other services necessary for effective representation of defendants (including offering services in accordance with Title 18, United States Code, and Section 3006A. Adequate representation of defendants)

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Phone(214) 384-3246

Institute of Computer Forensics and Criminal Investigations

ICFECI provides investigative, expert, and other services necessary for effective representation of defendants (including offering services in accordance with Title 18, United States Code, and Section 3006A. Adequate representation of defendants)

Jack B. Carroll, Houston Criminal Lawyer
1419 Franklin St
Houston, TX 77002

Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Jack B. Carroll is the leader and founder of Jack B. Carroll & Associates, a criminal-justice law firm based in downtown Houston. Founded in 1990, if you were arrested for a felony or misdemeanor offense, our legal team can help. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(713) 228-4607

Jack B. Carroll, Houston Criminal Lawyer
1419 Franklin St
Houston, TX 77002

Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Jack B. Carroll is the leader and founder of Jack B. Carroll & Associates, a criminal-justice law firm based in downtown Houston. Founded in 1990, if you were arrested for a felony or misdemeanor offense, our legal team can help. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Jenny C Parks, PC
15821 US Hwy. 175
Kemp, TX 75143

The legal system can intimidate and overwhelm anyone we're here to help find the answers and create the solutions you need. Don't let yourself get buried in details. Contact us instead. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(972) 427-8888

Jenny C Parks, PC
15821 US Hwy. 175
Kemp, TX 75143

The legal system can intimidate and overwhelm anyone we're here to help find the answers and create the solutions you need. Don't let yourself get buried in details. Contact us instead. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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What Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Do?

Criminal defense lawyers work with people who have been accused of a crime. Their role is to ensure the defendant’s rights are upheld and that any eventual trial is fair and lawful. A good criminal defense attorney will research the case against you, investigate and review procedures taken against you, examine witnesses, gather evidence, and attempt to negotiate with prosecutors. You can rely on your criminal defense lawyer to advise you on the potential consequences of your plea and to explain a likely sentence. If no plea deal can be reached, your defense counsel will ultimately represent you in your trial. 

What Types of Crime Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help With?

Criminal defense attorneys can work with any kind of criminal offense, from misdemeanors to murder.

In practice, however, many of the best criminal defense lawyers specialize in a particular area of crime. If you have been charged with DUI or DWI, for example, you will want to find the best DUI attorney near you.

Other criminal attorneys may specialize in defending those accused of violent crimes, sex crimes, or domestic violence, while still others may specialize in fraud, financial crimes, drugs charges, tax offenses, or immigration issues - whatever the charges against you, a recommended criminal attorney can handle it.

 

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

There are two ways of getting a criminal defense attorney. If you can afford it, you can choose and hire your own, in which case you are fully responsible for paying the attorney’s fees. Alternatively, if you cannot afford or do not want to hire your own defense counsel, the court may appoint a criminal defense lawyer for you, if you meet certain conditions, and in this case, the costs will be paid by the government. Normally, if you face a potential jail or prison sentence, you will be eligible for court-appointed representation. If you are not facing incarceration, you may or may not be eligible for free defense counsel, depending on your financial situation and state law. Even if you are not eligible for free counsel, you may be eligible for partially funded representation if you can demonstrate that you cannot afford a private defense attorney. 

If you choose to hire your own defense counsel, the cost will depend heavily on the type and complexity of your criminal case. For a misdemeanor, you may be looking at around $5000 in legal fees. For a felony, it could be upwards of $25,000. Criminal defense attorneys are not allowed to operate on a contingency fee basis, and many will require all or a substantial proportion of the fee to be paid upfront.

 

Tips for Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested, you will need to find a criminal defense attorney quickly, to secure your release and prepare for what lies ahead.

Having said that, don’t panic and pick the first criminal law firm you find in an internet search. Not only are you likely to be spending a great deal of money, but your future hinges on getting effective representation that you can trust. This could be one of the most important decisions of your life, so research is essential.

There are tens of thousands of criminal defense attorneys in the United States.

Start with people you know. If you know an attorney of any kind, they may be able to recommend a criminal defense attorney. If anyone you know has ever had to use one, you could also find a recommendation there.

Beyond personal recommendations, the best way to choose a criminal defense attorney is through our directory of screened and verified criminal defense lawyers across the US. Here you can easily narrow down your search to your state and to criminal defense firms that specialize in the relevant crime.

You can also read reviews right here in the directory, to get a feel for which are the most trusted criminal defense attorneys near you. 

 

FAQ On Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

1 - Can I represent myself in a criminal case?

You can, but a better question is whether you should.

Around 2% of defendants do choose to represent themselves, and are referred to as pro se defendants, from the Latin for ‘on behalf of themselves’.

In theory, you always have the right to represent yourself. In practice, the more serious the crime you are charged with, the riskier this strategy becomes. Not only do you risk not understanding the law involved, you may also fail to understand the procedural issues. Even if you do have a full grasp of what’s involved, you would probably suffer from a lack of experience, especially at trial, where you most likely do not have the skills to question or cross-examine witnesses or to eloquently provide your own defense.

Ultimately the decision is yours, but you are very strongly advised to use a criminal defense attorney, especially if you are facing potential incarceration. 

 

2 - Can I change my criminal defense attorney if I’m not happy?

If you have hired your own criminal defense lawyer, then yes, you can usually change lawyers if you wish. However, doing so may prove expensive, as your new criminal defense attorney will need to start from scratch.

If your defense counsel is court-appointed, you would need to demonstrate either a serious breakdown in the relationship or incompetence on the part of your lawyer in order for the court to approve your request to change attorneys.

In either case, the court can intervene to prevent a change of attorney in some cases, for example, if they feel the defendant is just playing for time and trying to delay the trial by seeking a new attorney.

 

3 - Do I need a criminal defense attorney if I’m going to plead guilty?

It’s always advisable to seek representation from an experienced defense attorney, even if you wish to plead guilty. The best criminal defense lawyers may be able to help you in several ways - perhaps by getting the charges against you reduced or by getting your sentence reduced. If the case against you is weak or flawed, your criminal defense attorney may even be able to get the charges dismissed completely. The key is to remember that prosecutors do not have your best interests in mind - that’s not their job. The only professional who will protect your interests first and foremost is your criminal defense attorney - so even if you wish to plead guilty, it is still worth relying on a defense counsel to get you through the process as unscathed as possible.

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