Criminal Defense

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Criminal lawyers, also known as criminal defense lawyers and public defenders, defend individuals, organizations and entities that have been charged with a crime. Criminal lawyers handle a diverse spectrum of criminal cases, ranging from domestic violence crimes, sex crimes, violent crimes and drug crimes to driving under the influence (DUI), theft, embezzlement and fraud.


Criminal Defense Attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico Crowley & Gribble P.C.

Criminal lawyers must have excellent oral and written advocacy
skills in order to argue a client's case before a judge and persuade a jury.
Investigative and research skills are also important in building a client's
case and establishing a strong defense. Criminal lawyers must also have strong
creative thinking and analytical skills to develop a legal strategy, analyze
case law and litigate complex cases.

Criminal lawyers must also have an in-depth understanding of
state, federal and local rules, court procedures, evidentiary laws and local
judges to navigate the criminal justice system efficiently and competently. In
addition, excellent interpersonal skills are necessary to build a strong
client-attorney relationship. Criminal defendants are a finicky group who
sometimes go through many lawyers before settling on one they like. Therefore,
the ability to attract and retain clients is essential to a thriving criminal
defense practice.