How do I find a criminal lawyer in Virginia?
Thomas Soldan: There are numerous ways to find a criminal lawyer in Virginia. Many people who find themselves charged with a criminal offense and have no experience with the criminal justice system do research by looking online, looking in the local phonebook, or talking to friends, family, and co-workers for referrals. Personal referrals don’t happen quite as often in the criminal lawyer context as they may in other areas of law like trusts and estates or family law because sometimes people want to keep a criminal charge confidential. Because they want to keep it a secret and maintain their privacy, they oftentimes go on the Internet and do online research to find a criminal lawyer. There are some really good online tools out there. Avvo, Google places, and Martindale-Hubbell are all resources where prospective clients can put in their geographic area to look for attorneys that practice criminal defense and see reviews and more information about that attorney.