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AttorneyAfter an arrest, finding the right criminal defense lawyer or law firm can be a difficult task.  Many people ask how to find the best criminal defense firm.  In reality, it’s difficult to point out one lawyer or law firm and designate them the “best.”  The most important thing to do is find a lawyer or law firm that practices regularly in the courthouse you are charged in.  You also want an attorney who specializes in the charge you are facing.  Lastly and most importantly, you should find a lawyer or law firm you are comfortable with.

Many people seek out referrals while others look online for the best criminal defense firm.  Referrals are always a good option because when someone makes a referral they are typically saying that they vouch for the person.  In any industry, referrals are always a good option.

On the other hand, online search results can provide significant information about the lawyer and law firm.  Searching terms like “DC criminal defense lawyer” or “DC DUI lawyer” will lead to a myriad of firms, advertisements, review sites, and directories.  Sifting through everything on the web can be a daunting task.  So, hopefully this post provides some insights of what to look for when trying to find the best criminal defense firm in DC.

Searching Google

When you search for the best criminal defense firm in Washington, DC, the first set of results that comes up will be the google ads.  These are advertisements where law firms and lawyers spend a lot of money to come up first when the consumer enters particular key words.  These results are best known as pay per click.

Below the pay per click ads, the google local listings come up.  These are the listings that come up next to the google map.  Local listings provide good information about the law firm and usually have reviews listed and links to the criminal defense law firm’s website.

Organic searches come up on the google search underneath the local listings.  Organic listings usually include sites with high quality content.  Searching for a particular issue in your criminal case like “what is a normal punishment for a first offense DUI” might lead you to a legal blog or other law firm site with informative content.  Sites with good content often reflect that the lawyers in the firm know what they are talking about.  You certainly want to hire a criminal defense firm that knows how to defend your criminal charge.

Reading Reviews

Reading reviews for criminal defense firms can be a valuable tool in searching for a criminal defense firm to handle your case.  Reviews often come from former clients who speak based on first hand experience about the quality of legal services they received.  Its important to pay attention to the quality of reviews—not just the quantity.  Some lawyers or firms may have friends or colleagues endorse them because they know good things about the person but have not actually used their services.

Directory websites like Yelp and AVVO are good resources for finding reviews for criminal defense lawyers and law firms.  However, again, its important to read the reviews rather than just look to see that the firm or lawyer has reviews.  Quality often trumps quantity.


As mentioned above, finding a referral for a criminal defense attorney or law firm is an excellent way to find an attorney for any practice area.  Criminal defense, however, can be tricky for referrals.  Often time, folks are embarrassed about getting arrested and not exactly anxious to let all their friends and family know they need a criminal defense lawyer.  If you can get a referral and can talk to someone you trust who might know a criminal defense attorney, its also a good idea to do some online research.  Once you have the lawyer or law firm name, google it.  Doing so gives you the opportunity to vet and research someone who a friend or loved one recommended.

If you or a loved one have been arrested or are under investigation, contact Jay P. Mykytiuk today for a full case evaluation.