Criminal law, as opposed to civil law, is the body of law that relates to crime. Criminal law is distinctive for the uniquely serious potential consequences or sanctions for failure to abide by its rules. Many laws are enforced by threat of criminal punishment, and their particulars may vary widely from place to place.
With an overwhelming amount of criminal attorneys to choose from, where do you start, how do you narrow down your choices?
One option is find out the types of cases an attorney frequently defends or specializes in, so you can feel confident in your attorney's knowlegde and performance. Attorney's can specialize in a broad range of areas, from your simple DUI specialty, as an example, to your more complex multi-specializing attorney who would have cases that involve many of the attorney's specialties or areas of expertise. For example, an attorney specializing in gangs, drugs, RICO act and wire fraud, and can do both federal and state cases is in high demand for those cases involving an alleged wire transfer from one street gang member, who is a known drug dealer, to another out of state street gang member versus an attorney that is not familar with those areas of law. Other specialties are juvenille cases, international criminal cases and white collar criminal charges, just to name a few.
Whether you face felony charges or simply a misdemeanor the courthouse is no place to find yourself without an attorney.