Criminal Defense Lawyers

Why hire a Criminal Defense attorney?

A competent criminal defense lawyer can negotiate a plea bargain, prepare your case for trial, and craft the best strategy for your defense. If you're facing a criminal charge, you should hire a criminal defense lawyer to help you understand the nature of the charges filed, any available defenses, plea bargain deals, and the consequences a criminal conviction will mean for you.

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Criminal defense
For the last decade, cases involving immigration, drugs, fraud, or firearms have been the most common federal criminal cases and make up the vast majority of federal felonies and Class A misdemeanors. In fiscal year 2012, these crimes accounted for 82.7 percent of all cases reported to the Commission.
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Getting out of a traffic ticket, especially a speeding ticket, is very difficult without the services of a traffic ticket lawyer (sometimes called a speeding ticket lawyer) to help you through traffic court. Traffic ticket lawyers know which people to talk to at court, the kind of deals they can make, and the specific types of proof the police officer must submit to the court.

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