Cedaredge Criminal Lawyers

Compare top rated Colorado attorneys serving Cedaredge.
Glenwood Springs, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
109 Eighth
Ste 308
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Criminal
The University of Texas School of Law
Glenwood Springs, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(970) 947-3863 109 8th St
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Criminal, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
Glenwood Springs, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(970) 945-0494 201 8th St
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Criminal, Business, DUI and Legal Malpractice
Gunnison, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(970) 641-1334 234 N Main St
Gunnison, CO 81230
Criminal, DUI and Real Estate
Avon, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(970) 688-5267 48 East Beaver Creek Boulevard
Suite 208
Avon, CO 81620
Criminal
Glenwood Springs, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(970) 945-1000 302 8th St
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Aspen, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 51 years experience
(970) 925-5996 1280 Ute Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Meeker, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(970) 878-4783 613 Park Ave
Meeker, CO 81641
Criminal, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Aspen, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(970) 925-9190 323 W Main St
Aspen, CO 81611
Criminal, Business, DUI and Estate Planning
Snowmass Village, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 57 years experience
(970) 923-5797 P O Box 6940
Snowmass Village, CO 81615
Criminal, DUI, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Aspen, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(303) 920-2310 450 S Galena St
Aspen, CO 81611
Criminal, Business, Civil Rights and DUI
Glenwood Springs, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 48 years experience
(970) 945-2361 801 Colorado Ave
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Criminal, DUI and Real Estate
Telluride, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(970) 728-9477 662 Fox Farm Rd
Telluride, CO 81435
Criminal, Divorce, Family and Immigration
Edwards, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(970) 766-5272 175 Main Street, Suite C-104
Edwards, CO 81632
Criminal
Douglas T. Cohen
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(720) 445-9779 600 Grant St.
Ste. 206
Denver, CO 80203
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Missouri - Columbia
I am here to listen and help you with your criminal and family law issues.

I take pride in getting to know about my clients and their lives, so the prosecution and courts don't just treat them like a number. I don't shuffle my clients off to younger associates. I personally handle all my cases. I am a zealous and passionate advocate for all my clients, many of whom stay in contact with me after their cases are completed.

After graduating college, I worked as an investigative reporting covering police and courts, including major criminal and civil cases...
Michael Becker
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(303) 222-0330 4047 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Miami School of Law
Mike leads a 7-lawyer "dream team" that was awarded the gold medal for the LVRJ's "Best of Vegas" best criminal defense firm for 2017 and 2018. Known as one of the premier criminal and DUI defense lawyers in the nation, Mike has been helping clients fight--and beat--their criminal and DUI charges for 22 years.

Attorney Michael Becker has taken more than 90 criminal cases to trial, securing dozens of "not guilty" verdicts and hung juries. He has achieved acquittals and/or dismissals in numerous serious felony cases, including murder, child abuse, rape, drugs and prostitution.

Even the police turn to...
Andrew John Contiguglia
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(855) 976-3783 138 W 5th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
Free ConsultationCriminal and Business
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
WHAT I DO: I counsel and advise small and medium sized businesses and influencers to gain legal advantages and protection by providing original, success-focused strategies and legal know-how. I help protect business owners from making legal mistakes by educating them with knowledge about the legal issues that affect them in business. Business that thrive include a lawyer as part of their success team.

WHO I WORK WITH: Since 1996 I have helped small, medium, and large businesses, local and online influencers navigate and avoid legal mistakes.

WHY IT WORKS: By providing original, success-focused strategies to help businesses grow, I educate business...
Russell Hebets
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(303) 756-3231 1777 S. Harrison St., Ste. 310
Denver, CO 80210
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
Russell graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000 with an undergraduate degree in economics. In 2000 Russell attended the Indiana University School of Law, graduating in 2003 with a Juris Doctrorate degree. Russell began his legal career working at the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office in Michigan. Upon arriving in Colorado, he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with the Arapahoe County D.A.’s office. During his time with Arapahoe County, he handled DUIs, domestic violence cases, assaults, thefts, and a variety of misdemeanor trials. He left the D.A.’s office in 2001 to join the law firm of Fossum, Mastro, Barnes...
Tara Jorfald
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(303) 232-5160 215 Union Boulevard, Suite 305
Lakewood, CO 80228
Free ConsultationLakewood, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
Criminal, Appeals and Juvenile
University of Denver
Tara has represented juveniles and adults in the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and district courts and county courts in the state of Colorado. She also provides advice and guidance to trial attorneys representing juveniles, and she recently argued a juvenile sentencing issue before the Colorado Supreme Court.

Tara has an expertise in litigation of cases involving children charged as adults. Tara is a member of the Colorado Graham and Miller litigation committee and is working on a number of cases involving the resentencing of juveniles originally sentenced to life without parole. Tara also works...
Walker Fults
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Boulder, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(303) 818-6011 1942 Broadway
Ste. 314
Boulder, CO 80302
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Virginia
Walker Fults represents a select clientele of individuals who have been charged with crimes in Boulder, Denver, and the surrounding areas. He treats every case as if it will go to trial. Taking an aggressive approach at the outset allows him to uncover every detail that could contribute to a positive outcome for his clients’ cases. Where some lawyers settle on the prosecutor’s terms, Walker Fults has successfully obtained Not Guilty verdicts at trial and had cases dismissed outright. Walker Fults doesn’t stop working for his client until he’s gotten the absolute best result.

Before opening his own law practice, Mr....
Brynne Gant
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(970) 368-5687 1140 38th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80634
Greeley, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
Criminal, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
Brigham Young University
When you’re grieving a family loss, dealing with a life-altering medical diagnosis, or working through any other significant change in your family dynamics, navigating the legal system can be overwhelming. I am here to help. I have several years of litigation experience and have completed over 40 jury trials, but I am also intent on finding the best resolution for my clients--financially, mentally, and emotionally--even if that means settlement without trial.
Tracy Jones
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Evergreen, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(303) 674-1117 1202 Bergen Parkway
Suite 206
Evergreen, CO 80439
Offers Video ChatCriminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Family
Northern Illinois University and Lawrence University
Focusing my practice in the areas of Criminal Law, Estate Law and Family Law. I was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1970 and was raised in Galesburg, Illinois. I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Lawrence University in 1992. I earned my Juris Doctorate degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Northern Illinois University in 1998, where I was a member of the Northern Illinois University Moot Court Team and editor of the Northern Illinois law Review. I am admitted to Colorado and Illinois State Bars and a member of...
Keith Douglas Vance
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Monte Vista, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(719) 587-1992 15 Washington Street
Monte Vista, CO 81144
Free ConsultationCriminal, Nursing Home, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, University of Nebraska - Lincoln and Adams State College
The lawyers at the Vance & Larson law firm are committed to helping the injured, downtrodden and accused. With over 25 years of combined litigation experience, let us help you!
Janene McCabe
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(720) 996-2422 4999 Pearl East Circle
Boulder, CO 80301
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatBoulder, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
University of Denver
I am a determined and aggressive attorney with a proven record as a skilled courtroom litigator taking nearly 100 cases to trial. I began my training in criminal law as a Colorado State Public Defender where I practiced for 18 years. I have a dedicated practice of criminal defense and represent individuals who are charged or pending charges in municipal, county and district court.
Brian J. Bagley
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(720) 730-9326 215 S Wadsworth Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80226
Free ConsultationLakewood, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Colorado - Boulder
Brian J. Bagley, J.D., M.B.A.,
Chief Executive Officer & Senior Counsel

Brian Bagley, founder of the Bagley Law Firm, LLC in Longmont and Lakewood, Colorado, is a family law, criminal defense, and personal injury attorney, an 8 year member of the Longmont City Council, and the Mayor of Longmont, Colorado. Brian Bagley is resourceful and aggressive, fluent in Spanish, and determined to win for his clients.

Prior to law, Brian Bagley was the senior analyst that assisted Jim Collins in writing the New York Times Bestseller, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t. Good to...
Elaine Esther Lukic
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Frisco, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(970) 668-3222 307 Main St
Frisco, CO 80443
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Former Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Prosecutor; 17 years experience in criminal law; “high rate of acquittals/dismissals” for domestic violence cases. Nationally recognized for her work in domestic violence defense, and has obtained acquittals/dismissals in several high profile sex assault cases.

Listed in: Who’s Who in Top U.S. Criminal Defense Attorneys; Who’s Who in American Criminal Lawyers. Book award, Trial Workshop, (Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Dec. 1996); book award, Advanced Trial Workshop, (Thomas M. Cooley Law School, May 1997). Referenced by SEC in development of new regulations, “Money Laundering in the Securities Industry,”. Published dissertation Georgetown...
Melissa Garscin
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Golden, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(303) 205-8495 2801 Youngfield St. Ste. 300
Golden, CO 80401
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Melissa Garscin is a criminal defense attorney with more than 20 years of experience defending DUI and criminal cases in Colorado. Melissa Garscin is a Colorado native and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1998.

Melissa began her law career as a trial attorney with the Colorado State Public Defender's Office. Melissa's criminal defense experience ranges from murder, assault, organized crime, sex crimes, DUI, domestic violence, drug cases and traffic violations. Melissa is an experienced litigator and trial attorney having tried more than 100 cases in different jurisdictions throughout Colorado.

In addition...
Paul Fisher
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(303) 779-5300 3900 E Mexico Ave Suite 950
Denver, CO 80210
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
I founded Fisher & Associates P.C. in order to provide the highest quality legal services to my community and ensure that everyone has access to justice. My practice includes all aspects of personal injury law, including car accidents, slip and falls, wrongful death, and insurance bad faith. My job is to get victims compensated for their injuries, no matter how difficult the fight.I am passionate about victims’ rights, so I only represent plaintiffs. The vast majority of my clients are taken in on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless I recover a settlement or judgment in...
Shazam Kianpour
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(303) 825-1075 190 E. 9th Avenue
Suite 420
Denver, CO 80203
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
California Western School of Law
My name is Shazam Kianpour and I am am Managing Partner and Owner of Shazam Kianpour & Associates PC in Denver. We are a traffic and criminal defense law firm servicing the metro denver area and ALL of Colorado from corner to corner. We ONLY practice Criminal, DUI, and Traffic defense and we pride ourselves in not being distracted by other types of law. There are multiple attorneys and staff at the firm and while we all practice general criminal and traffic defense, each attorney specializes in certain areas so it helps our clients immensely when they need a...
Laurie Ann Schmidt
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(303) 747-4686 600 Grant Street Suite 201
Denver, CO 80203
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Whittier Coll School of Law and Harvard Law School
We strive to provide high quality representation for clients experiencing family law issues or who faces criminal charges. I have developed this firm to be a resource and ally in navigating a very complex legal system. I started my courtroom career as a deputy district attorney representing the county of Riverside, California. When I made the decision to leave the district attorney's office I had the knowledge of an insider on how a district attorney would view and consider cases. I have represented and tried many different types of cases from DUI-aclohol, DUI-drugs, marijuana impairment, domestic...
Brian K. McHugh
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Littleton, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(720) 280-3929 26 W. Dry Creek Circle
Suite 600
Littleton, CO 80120
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
I have focused on criminal law and procedure for over 32 years, 22 of those years as a Deputy District Attorney and Chief Deputy District Attorney in the 18th Judicial District - Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln Counties.

Over the years, I have handled a wide variety of cases, from 1st Degree Murder, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Robbery, Kidnapping, Vehicular Assault and Criminal Impersonation to misdemeanor Assault, Domestic Violence, Harassment, Disturbing the Peace, DUI, DUID, Misdemeanor Traffic Offenses and most everything in between.

While with the District Attorney's Office I was a member of the Critical Incident Team, responding to officer...
Mr.  H. Michael Steinberg
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Greenwood Village, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(303) 627-7777 5445 DTC Pkwy Penthouse 4
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Oregon School of Law
Former Career Senior Deputy District Attorney - Prosecutor for Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, the largest jurisdiction in Colorado. 13 years as a Colorado Arapahoe - Douglas County Senior Career Trial District Attorney - the last 22 years as a Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer. I have specialized in Colorado Criminal Law for over 35 years. I have been in a courtroom nearly every one of those days - almost every single day.

I have handled tens of thousands of cases over the last three plus decades and I love what I do. Whether you need a heart surgeon,...
Brandon Ceglian
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Highlands Ranch, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(866) 967-9330 1745 Shea Center Drive, Suite 400
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Criminal, DUI, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Brandon Ceglian practices primarily in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Law, Real Estate and Landlord Tenant, and Civil Litigation. Mr. Ceglian is dedicated to helping individuals, professionals, and businesses through our complex legal system. He enjoys taking on everything for his clients from small projects and general advice to complex litigation matters and appeals. His practice includes a focus on landlord and tenant representation and evictions and assistance to property managers.
V. Iyer
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Englewood, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(303) 337-0473 3333 South Bannock Street,
Suite 840
Englewood, CO 80110
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Washburn University School of Law
WHEN YOUR LIFE IS AT RISK YOU NEED THE BEST DEFENSE. WE WORK TO WIN YOUR CASE BY GETTING THE CASE DISMISSED OR GET "NOT GUILTY" VERDICTS. Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer V Iyer (Former Successful Prosecutor and CPA) As a young person I had the desire to defend the weaker persons in society. I saw how my father was treated by lawyers. I did not like what I saw. At that time I made a solemn promise that I would be candid and forthright with my clients when I practice law. I have and continue to keep that...
Clifton Black
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Colorado Springs, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(719) 328-1616 2 N Cascade Ave
11th Floor
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Clifton Black is a veteran attorney and life-long Colorado Springs resident. Cliff began his career as a sole practitioner in 2000, when he discovered a passion in practicing criminal defense while representing a family friend in a DUI matter. For much of his career he practiced as a criminal defense attorney and assisted thousands of clients in this area of law. Cliff has always advocated for his clients and has their best interest when fighting for them. With the legalization of medical marijuana, Cliff began practicing in this area representing the marijuana industry in 2009. At that time...
Elisa Marie Overall
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(303) 232-5160 215 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, CO 80228
Free ConsultationLakewood, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 2 years experience
Criminal and Appeals
University of Denver
I help people challenge their criminal convictions. Whether wrongfully convicted or unjustly prosecuted, my clients need someone to look at their potential claims, help them identify what form of relief they need, and give them honest, practical advice. My area of practice includes helping clients get a new trial, a new hearing, a sentence reduced, a guilty plea withdrawn, a conviction vacated, or an adverse judgment remanded.

I practice criminal defense because I deeply enjoy fighting for people who have been unfairly judged, marginalized, and swept up by our criminal justice system. The law is a...
Ethan Ice
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(303) 222-0330 4047 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Denver
Denver criminal defense attorney Ethan Ice is an exceptional negotiator. He can often achieve charge reductions or dismissals without a trial, sparing his clients added stress and expenses. But if necessary, he is an effective courtroom litigator and fights strategically in pursuit of full acquittals.

Ethan began his career as a Colorado Springs deputy public defender, accruing a depth and breadth of experience unavailable anywhere else. He now uses his skills to help our clients achieve the best results available as quickly as possible. Ethan earned his J.D. from the University of Denver.
Dalia Labrador
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Golden, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
(720) 530-0646 2801 Youngfield
Suite 300
Golden, CO 80401
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
SE HABLA ESPANOL! Dalia Labrador is a devoted criminal defense trial attorney who brings a wealth of experience to the Garscin Law firm.

Prior to joining Garscin Law, Ms. Labrador worked for the Ryley Carlock & Applewhite law group. In a span of her law career, Ms. Labrador has settled numerous cases for clients involving felonies and misdemeanor charges. Such as felony theft, DUI's, DWAI's, internet luring, sex assaults, hit & runs, careless driving, child abuse, reckless driving, etc.

Ms. Labrador has experience both on the State and Defense side. Ms. Labrador learned how prosecutors bring charges from...
Kenneth Eichner
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(303) 837-9800 3773 Cherry Creek North Drive
West Tower, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80209
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Antioch School of Law
Kenneth F. Eichner, one of Colorado's premier criminal defense lawyers, has practiced in the county, state, and federal courts for more than 25 years. Ken has tried 140 jury trials to verdict, earning him recognition as one of the American Trial Lawyers Association's Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Regardless of the severity of the charge from a DUI in county court to fraud in federal court, Ken provides the expertise his clients need to make the best choice in deciding whether to go to trial or make a deal. For Ken and his team of relentless investigators, determined legal researchers, and...
John Palmer Waters
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(303) 210-4556 Dominion Towers
600 17th Street, Suite 2800 South
Denver, CO 80202
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce and Family
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Member of Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, Juvenile Law Section and Criminal Law Section; Law Office of John Waters is rated "A+" by the Better Business Bureau. Mr. Waters is rated "Superb (9.4)" by Avvo in family law. Mr. Waters is one of top 100 trial lawyers in Colorado in criminal defense by The National Trial Lawyers. Mr. Waters is the Nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
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Cedaredge Criminal Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Delta County Bar Association Pro Bono Program
(970) 243-7940
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.