Q: How can I find a criminal lawyer that deals with felonies and not just misdemeanors?
Attempted murder of a police officer
A: That is a serious charge. You will want to consult with a criminal law attorney in the jurisdiction where the charge is.
A: If the charge is attempted murder of a police officer, the defendant is almost certainly locked up. He should probably ask for a court appointed attorney first, as any good criminal defense attorney is going to have to charge a LOT of money to defend that charge properly. If he likes and has confidence in the attorney the court appoints, great! If not, you can then start looking for an attorney for him.
You can start by asking other attorneys you or your friends or family may have dealt with in the past for other types of legal work. Even if they don't do serious felony work, most attorneys have their finger on the pulse of the legal community enough to know who the good criminal defense attorneys are. Strange as is seems, if you are friendly with any police officers in the area, you might also ask them which attorneys they have come across who they respect. However, I certainly wouldn't tell them it would be for an attempted murder of a police officer. You might end up with a recommendation for Bozo the Lawyer.
Lastly, it seems from your question that you (or the person arrested) have some familiarity with lawyers who do misdemeanor cases. Ask those lawyers. Even if it is out of that lawyer's realm of confidence, he will be able to tell you who the good felony lawyers are in the area.
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