Criminal defendants and their loved ones often seek the protection of a criminal defense attorney. Most of the time, they find attorneys through television ads or through referrals from others.
Zoukis Prisoner Resources will quickly and competently research and locate a suitable federal criminal defense attorney who fulfills your needs. This includes areas of expertise, cost, and availability. In doing so we’ll utilize both commercial attorney rating and specialization services, along with personal referrals from attorneys we know and trust.
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How to Find A Criminal Defense Attorney
Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney
Finding a quality federal criminal defense attorney can be difficult, especially when time is of the essence. The best option is usually to speak with a criminal defense attorney in the area — ideally one that you know and trust — and ask them for a referral. Specifically, this referral should be to a federal criminal defense attorney in the area who specializes in the type of case at hand.
If you don’t know any attorneys, it can be smart to look for best rated attorneys online. Here are a few good attorney databases to start your search:
- West’s Legal Directory
A call to the local federal public defender’s office can also result in quality referrals. Even a simple Google search for an attorney can open up some leads.
How to Choose a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
When looking at an attorney’s website you should look for the following criteria:
- What areas they specialize in (e.g., drug conspiracy, child pornography, wire fraud, etc.)
- Where they received their law degree from (e.g., Harvard, Yale, Columbia, etc.)
- If they have held any positions of particular importance in relevant organizations (e.g., the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, are a former Assistant United States Attorney, etc.)
Quality is hard to evaluate because most lawyers are professional and, as such, most look the part. The easiest way to determine quality is to see how long they have been in practice, where they received their law degree, and any impressive professional affiliations or published works. In most cases, a referral from a peer is often the best answer. ZCG has a list of recommended attorneys we trust.
Listing the top federal criminal defense attorneys in the United States is subjective. In the United States you have good local, regional, and national attorneys. This isn’t so much about their practice area, but of how well they are known and how successful they are. Since this is such a daunting task with so much on the line, we strongly recommend that you contact us at the Zoukis Consulting Group for help.
How Much Does a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Cost?
About Federal Public Defenders and Appointed Attorneys
What are the Chances I’ll Win My Case?
Results will depend on the case in question. Once the United State’s Attorney’s Office secures a federal indictment, the case probably won’t go away. Most federal defendants end up electing to plea bargain as opposed to go to trial. Most who go to trial will be found guilty. Either way you slice it, due to the draconian federal sentencing guidelines and the almost unlimited resources of federal law enforcement, most people who are charged with a federal crime will be sentenced to a term of federal incarceration.
While a federal criminal defense attorney can handle most of your needs, it can sometimes be helpful to bring on experts, especially at the points of trial and sentencing. At trial the attorney will locate reliable experts to help with specialized issues (e.g., computer forensics, firearm experts, forensic accountants, etc.). Unlike at trial, it can sometimes be helpful to suggest to your attorney to bring on a sentencing expert. This is because most federal criminal defense attorneys handle this themselves and don’t realize that experts are available. Alan Ellis is one such federal sentencing expert, along with a noted federal criminal defense attorney, who has had a lot of success in this arena.