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Gael Gilles is the founding attorney of Gilles Law, PLLC in Charlotte, NC. Gael is licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina. Gael is also admitted to practice in all Federal Courts in North Carolina and South... Read More »
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Robert J. Reeves
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Fort Mill, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(803) 554-4157 1012 Market Street
Suite 205
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of South Carolina School of Law
At Robert J. Reeves P.C., our attorneys focus on serious personal injury accidents (automobile, motorcycle, tractor trailer), workers' compensation, DUI and DWI, and divorce cases. We can help clients in both South Carolina and North Carolina. We are experienced trial lawyers who are willing to do whatever it takes for our clients. In addition, every client has our personal cell phone number and direct email address. As a result, you can reach us directly when you need answers, even after hours or on the weekend.

-Robert J. Reeves is a seasoned trial attorney with over 29 years of litigation experience in...
Zac Fry
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Fort Mill, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(803) 250-9424 1012 Market Street, suite 205
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Charlotte School of Law
Bill Powers
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(877) 462-3841 331 E Main St
#200
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Free ConsultationRock Hill, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Campbell University
Charlotte NC "Lawyer of the Year - Criminal Defense: General Practice"
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Matthew Burgess
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Rock Hill, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(803) 909-9415 331 E. Main St., Suite 200
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Free ConsultationCriminal, Animal, DUI and Personal Injury
Charleston School of Law
Matt Burgess is a South Carolina attorney and has represented clients across the state in matters involving Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, General Civil & Appellate Litigation. Matt has been chosen a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Top 40 Under 40; selected by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as a member of their “10 Best Attorneys”; by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the State of South Carolina; and has been recognized by...
Megan Powell
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Rock Hill, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
(877) 462-3841 331 E Main St
#200
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Charlotte School of Law
Christopher Wellborn
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(803) 746-4302 142 Oakland Avenue Suite C
ROCK HILL, SC 29730
ROCK HILL, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
University of California - San Diego
Robert A. Bruce
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Rock Hill, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(803) 366-4411 452 Lakeshore Parkway
Suite 110
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Criminal, Business, DUI and White Collar Crime
University of South Carolina School of Law
Robert A. Bruce is an experienced, compassionate and caring attorney with a diverse and unique professional background. He considers it an honor and a privilege to be able to serve as your legal representative and advocate. He wants to get to know the client, understand the matter from the client's perspective and strives to deliver client focused guidance and legal advocacy. He provides zealous and dedicated representation to his clients.

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Served as a Criminal Prosecutor for two Solicitor's Offices during which time he prosecuted misdemeanors and felonies that included juvenile cases, DUI, Burglary, Armed Roobery and Murder.
Served as a...
Richard D'Agostino
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Rock Hill, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
1339 Ebenezer Road
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Pace Law School and Pace Law School
My practice areas primarily include domestic litigation and criminal defense law. Domestic litigation includes divorces, child custody, visitation and support issues, equitable distribution, step-parent adoptions and relocation cases. Criminal law includes defending felonies and misdemeanors ranging from Kidnapping to Driving Under the Influence to Traffic Citations in State, County, City and Municipal Courts.
D. Nichole Davis
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Rock Hill, SC Criminal Law Lawyer
(803) 325-2280 1339 Ebenezer Road, Suite 102
Rock Hill, SC 29732
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Rock Hill, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(803) 366-0405 242 Oakland Ave
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Rock Hill, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
1544 Ebenezer Rd
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Criminal and DUI
Rock Hill, SC Criminal Law Attorney
(803) 329-4200 1169 Ebenezer Road
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Criminal, Arbitration & Mediation, Civil Rights and DUI
Rock Hill, SC Criminal Law Attorney
(803) 324-2800 200 Oakland Avenue, Suite B
Rock Hill, SC 29730
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Anna-Karina Parker
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Gaffney, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(864) 489-8128 221 E. Floyd Baker Blvd.
Gaffney, SC 29340
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
Charlotte School of law
Mrs. Parker is a native of the State of Michigan, born and raised in Grand Rapids. Mrs. Parker graduated from New York Military Academy in 1992 and received her bachelors in 1996 and her Masters in 1999. After graduating with her Masters, Mrs. Parker worked with area churches in youth ministry and began a non-profit organization for inner city youth in Grand Rapids called Home of Agape. This organization worked with youth in the juvenile system between the ages of 16 - 21. After which Weed & Seed took over much of the outreach. Mrs. Parker spent sometime in...
Union, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(864) 429-1635 210 West Main Street
Union, SC 29379
Criminal, Personal Injury and Real Estate
University of South Carolina School of Law
Union, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(864) 427-9700 PO Box 731
Union, SC 29379
Criminal, DUI and Real Estate
Union, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(864) 427-5657 PO Box 643
Union, SC 29379
Criminal and Arbitration & Mediation
Andrew 'Andy' Potter
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Anderson, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(864) 214-6233 500 East Calhoun Street
Post Office Box 2722
Anderson, SC 29622
Criminal, DUI, Education and Juvenile
Capital University Law School
EMPOWERING PARENTS. Personal Attention. Proven Results. 24 years experience. Effective, zealous and tenacious representation for clients. Superior reputation with Judges, opposing counsel and prosecutors.
I represent parents in their fight to ensure that their children are provided a free and appropriate public education as guaranteed by Federal law. IEP plans, 504 plans, expulsions and suspensions. Certified by the William and Mary Law School Institute for Special Education Advocacy.
I have worked as a criminal defense attorney since my admission to the Ohio Bar in 1993 and the South Carolina Bar in 1997. I...
Freddy Woods
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Columbia , SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(803) 233-1828 3501 N Main Street, #200
Columbia , SC 29203
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Personal Injury
Howard University School of Law
I am the Senior Partner at the The Woods Law Firm. I have been practicing for over 24 years. Our law firm's areas of practice are Criminal Defense, DUI Defense, Military Criminal Defense (Worldwide Representation) and Personal Injury Law. Our logo is "Justice On Your Side" and our stated mission is to defend the defenseless and help you get your life back. We represent the people against the powerful. Call, Click or Text us today at 864-810-0384 or call us at 864-298-8111 and see how we fight to win for you and your family!
Allison Brandt Blackwelder
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Greenville, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(910) 489-2178 819 E. North Street
Greenville, SC 29601
Free ConsultationCriminal and Traffic Tickets
University of North Carolina School of Law
Allison (Alli) Blackwelder was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina where she learned the value of working hard to serve others in her community. She attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and minor in Religion in 2010. Alli attended the University of North Carolina School of Law and graduated with her Juris Doctor in 2013. While in law school, she served as the Executive Editor of the First Amendment Law Review and received the Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy. Upon graduation from law school, Alli...
Dayne C. Phillips
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Columbia, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(803) 272-4503 1614 Taylor Street
Suite D
Columbia, SC 29201
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of South Carolina School of Law
ATTORNEY DAYNE PHILLIPS has dedicated his life to defending those who are wrongfully accused or who have made an unfortunate mistake and need help. He is a trained and experienced South Carolina criminal defense attorney and appellate litigator. He has successfully defended citizens in felony jury trials and has successfully argued before the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

Dayne is the 2018 President of the South CarolinHa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a former circuit representative on that organization's Board of Directors. He is also a graduate of the National Criminal Defense...
Travis A. Newton
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Anderson, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(864) 965-9148 111 Sharpe Street
Anderson, SC 29621
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
Appalachian School of Law
ravis Newton is from Anderson, S.C. and is a proud graduate of T.L. Hanna High School and Clemson University. Travis earned his Juris Doctor from the Appalachian School of Law located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Appalachian School of Law is a rigorous program for the professional training of lawyers that emphasizes professional responsibility, dispute resolution, and practice skills for becoming a successful and ethical lawyer.

Travis was admitted to the South Carolina State Bar in 2006 a few days before he began work as an associate attorney at The Cogdill Law Firm in Greenville. Travis was...
Christopher Brough
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Spartanburg, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(888) 427-6844 275 E. Henry Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Syracuse University College of Law
Attorney Christopher D. Brough founded The Brough Law Firm in 2005. Prior to founding The Brough Law Firm, he had spent two years working for the Spartanburg County Public Defender's Office. Mr. Brough was admitted to practice in the State of South Carolina in 2003 and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court of South Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Mr. Brough graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in 2003. During his time at Syracuse, Mr. Brough served as the managing editor for the...
Linda Vallar Whisenhunt
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Anderson, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(864) 225-3125 213 South Main St.
Anderson, SC 29624
Criminal and Personal Injury
University of South Carolina School of Law
Seasoned Criminal Defense Attorney. Former Prosecutor. Big Firm Experience. I have been practicing law in the Upstate for almost 30 years. I have worked in a large law firm and have prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases. Now, I defend those accused of crimes in South Carolina state, county and city courts. My office is across the street from the Anderson County Courthouse. Let me put my experience to work for you.

I also handle personal injury cases. If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence, you need an experienced lawyer to help you navigate the complicated justice system and...
James Thomas
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Spartanburg, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(864) 398-4656 PO Box 201
Spartanburg, SC 29304
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Emory University School of Law
Defense is all I do. My law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of my clients who are charged with criminal and DUI offenses and working toward the best possible result in their cases. My office is in Spartanburg, and I represent people in various courts throughout Upstate South Carolina. I'm also licensed in Georgia and North Carolina and will take on cases in those states on a select basis. My office address is 184 N. Daniel Morgan Ave., Spartanburg, SC 29306-2321. Call (864) 398-4656 or email jt@attorneyjamesthomas.com to set up an appointment for a free consultation about your...
John Belton White Jr.
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Spartanburg, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(864) 585-5100 178 W. Main St.
Spartanburg, SC 29304
Criminal, Business, DUI and Personal Injury
Managing Shareholder John B. White Jr.’s legal career spans 40 years and has resulted in hundreds of jury trials with numerous verdicts and successful settlements, including a $327-million jury verdict against Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals in 2011. John was appointed by Governor Henry McMaster as Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank. John has been named a Best Lawyer in America since 2007 and a South Carolina Super Lawyer for the past 10 years. He serves on the state’s chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American Association for Justice, as well as in leadership...
Mary Alice Hubbard Godfrey
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Greenville, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(864) 467-9196 10 East Ave
Greenville, SC 29601
Free ConsultationCriminal, Arbitration & Mediation, DUI and Divorce
University of South Carolina School of Law
C. Austin McDaniel
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Anderson, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(864) 540-8135 103 West Calhoun Street
Anderson, SC 29625
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Appalachian School of Law
I have dedicated the majority of my professional career to learning the "science" behind the Standardized Field Sobreity Tests as created by the NHTSA and used by all officers in South Carolina when conducting DUI investigations.
Pete Strom
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Columbia, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(803) 252-4800 2110 N Beltline Blvd
Columbia, SC 29204
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, DUI and Personal Injury
University of South Carolina School of Law
Joseph Preston “Pete” Strom, Jr., the managing partner at Strom Law Firm, LLC, has been fighting for justice since 1984. Born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1959, Pete attended the University of South Carolina and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts. While attending the University of South Carolina, Pete served as President of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Pete attended the University of South Carolina School of Law where he graduated with a J.D. in 1984. After graduating from law school, Pete served as law clerk to the Honorable...
James Ross Snell
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Columbia, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(803) 932-6117 1735 St. Julian Place
Suite 302
Columbia, SC 29204
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of South Carolina School of Law
Lexington Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Attorney
Charles Griffin
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Anderson, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(864) 231-8870 210 North McDuffie Street
Ste 103
Anderson, SC 29621
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
Practice Includes: Notable Experience in Sewer System Back Up/Overflow Litigation, Criminal Defense, DUI, DUS, Traffic, Serious Personal Injury, Serious Auto Accidents, Wrongful Death, Family Law Divorce, Custody, Adoption, Probate, Estates, Foreclosures and other litigation. Over 30 Years Experience

Also: South Carolina Forestry Commisson, Anderson County Board Member
Lacey Thompson
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Columbia, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(803) 724-8916 1430 Blanding St
Columbia, SC 29201
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
University of South Carolina School of Law
Criminal defense attorney Lacey Thompson has dedicated her practice to representing those who have been accused of a crime, with offices in Myrtle Beach and Columbia, S.C.

Lacey Thompson is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

In her spare time, she enjoys going to sporting events with her husband and her son.
Eric Christopher Hale
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Columbia, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(803) 250-5252 1300 Pickens Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Criminal, Business, Collections and DUI
University of South Carolina School of Law and Florida Coastal School of Law
General legal practitioner. I have represented businesses and citizens throughout the State of SC in: business law matters, civil litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, appeals. I am SC certified Civil Mediator and presently serve as the Town Attorney for the Town of Irmo.
John O'Leary
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Columbia, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 49 years experience
(803) 779-5556 714 Calhoun St
Columbia, SC 29201
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Products Liability and Traffic Tickets
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
John is a 1966 History graduate of The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina; earning his J.D. in 1969 from the University of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan. In addition, John attended graduate school at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois (1970). He is a member of the State Bar Associations of South Carolina, Florida, and Michigan. Currently, John has offices in Columbia and Edisto Beach, South Carolina handling primarily DUI, drug cases, and criminal matters. He often testifies as an expert witness in police procedures, high speed chases, and other law enforcement practices. John serves as Counsel for the South Carolina Trooper's Association,...
Andrew Blaine Farley
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Lexington, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(803) 359-0428 137 East Butler Street
Lexington, SC 29072
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western New England University School of Law
Divorce is a long and tedious process. If you are in the middle of a divorce and wondering where you can turn to receive the help and support your case requires, look no further than The Farley Law Firm, LLC. A divorce attorney in Lexington is prepared to take on your case and fight for you. When you come to this office, you will receive the help you need for matters pertaining to spousal support and child support. If you are dealing with child custody complications of any kind, it is critical that you have a comprehensive understanding of the...
John Charles Bateman
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Spartanburg, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(864) 402-2556 104 North Daniel Morgan Avenue
Suite 104
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Criminal and DUI
University of Richmond School of Law
William James LaLima
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West Columbia, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(803) 807-6292 1635 Sunset Blvd.
West Columbia, SC 29169
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce and Personal Injury
Daniel Coble
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Columbia, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(803) 576-2300 2500 Decker Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29206
Criminal, Arbitration & Mediation, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of South Carolina School of Law
Daniel Coble is the Associate Chief Magistrate Judge for Richland County. He serves full time in Central Court located on Decker Boulevard. He handles criminal and civil trials, mediation, preliminary hearings, traffic court, domestic violence court, and landlord tenant court.

Daniel previously worked as a prosecutor with the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office. He handled a wide range of cases, including burglary, robbery, DUI & DUAC, and drug cases. As a prosecutor, he worked with Nelson Mullins, the Public Defender's Office, and Chief Municipal Judge Dana Turner in establishing South Carolina's first homeless court. In 2014, Daniel...
Hal Roach
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Greenville, SC Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(864) 991-8500 11 N Irvine St.
Suite 1
Greenville, SC 29601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability
University of Kentucky College of Law
After graduating from law school in 1987, Hal Roach was assigned as a member of the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) at the Charleston Naval Base. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1991, he moved to Greenville, South Carolina where he began working as an Assistant Solicitor in the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Greenville, South Carolina. In the years since opening his own law firm, Hal has focused on representing people whose lives have been affected by circumstances beyond their control. Some have been injured by traffic accidents...
Mark Foster
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Greenville, SC Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(864) 360-3090 105 E North Street
Suite 100
Greenville, SC 29601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of South Carolina School of Law
Mark attended the University of South Carolina where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology in 2008. He graduated from the USC School of Law in 2011, where he was a member of the Health Law Society as well as a participant in mock trial competitions. Upon graduation, Mark clerked within the the legal division of The Greenville Hospital System. In February 2012, he joined the Steve Sumner Law Firm as an associate attorney. A firm believer that education should be a lifelong endeavor, Mark completed the National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute and the Advanced...
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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.

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