Attorney Michael J. Vergis is known for his aggressive and highly successful representation of those accused of major felonies. He is well-renowned for his history of winning at trial. Clients are certain to receive personal attention and availability. With an excellent reputation among judges, prosecutors, and court personnel, you’re in good hands with him on your side.

If you’ve been accused of a crime in the Shreveport or Bossier area, you need Michael J. Vergis to represent you. To schedule your consultation, call 318-698-3724 today. 

What Is A Criminal Defense Attorney?

A criminal defense attorney is a legal professional who represents individuals accused of crimes. They’re job is to defend this person in a court of law and work to receive the best outcome possible for their client. 

The job of a criminal defense attorney depends on what level the case falls under. Federal prosecutions get handled differently from criminal cases in state courts. Michael J. Vergis handles all Federal, State, and City cases. These include:


  • Manufacture, Distribution, Possession with Intent
  • Possession
  • Obtaining by Fraud


  • 1st Degree Murder
  • 2nd Degree Murder
  • Attempted 1st and 2nd Degree Murder
  • Armed Robbery, Robbery
  • Kidnapping, Assault
  • Burglary, Theft, Home Invasion


  • DWI, DUS
  • Hit and Run, Negligent Injury
  • Careless Operation, Speeding


  • Fraud, Forgery
  • Worthless Checks, Embezzlement
  • Insurance Fraud


  • Rape, Molestation 
  • Failure to Register 


Louisiana laws allow a person to “expunge” or “clear” his or her record of arrests, criminal charges, or criminal convictions in certain limited situations.

What Does A Criminal Defense Attorney Do?

Defending a person accused of a crime can be a very difficult job. Every case is going to be different from the last and will require extensive work in investigation, preparation, and litigation. 

Before taking on a new case, a criminal defense attorney will schedule a consultation to speak with the potential client. At this consultation, they will discuss the specifics of your case. 

You’re able to ask any questions relating to your case and receive an educated guess on what will likely happen should you choose to hire them. The consultation is a time for you, the client, to meet your attorney and see if they are the right fit for the job.

From there, your attorney will dive into your case headfirst. They will need to do some investigating of their own to build up your case. Your attorney’s workload will most likely resemble the following:

  • Going to the scene of the crime
  • Reading police reports
  • Examining physical evidence
  • Interviewing eyewitnesses
  • Selecting eyewitnesses to bring to court
  • Researching similar cases and defense strategies
  • Gathering evidence in your favor
  • Developing your defense theory
  • Holding meetings to discuss your case details
  • Providing legal advice

Your attorney will have a hand in choosing the jury and will then argue on your behalf. If you choose to plead guilty, your criminal defense attorney will work to get you the best plea deal for your situation. 

Should I Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney?

If you’ve been accused of a crime, you should certainly hire a criminal defense attorney. It is vital to get expert legal advice as quickly as possible. This ensures the best possible outcome from the start. You need an aggressive defense. Your defense will work tirelessly to prove your innocence or lessen your charge. 

The court will provide you with a public defender if you cannot afford a private attorney. These public defenders are reserved for those who can prove they don’t have the financial means to pay for their own attorney. With a public defender, you are dealing with someone who likely has several other cases outside of your own. Hiring a defense attorney like Michael J. Vergis can help ensure your case is top priority. 

How Do You Win A Criminal Case?

There is no way to go into a case with the certainty that you will win. However, you can increase your chances by hiring an experienced defense lawyer. The majority of the case will depend on your lawyer’s ability to defend you. However, there are some things you can do to help make your attorney’s job easier. The first and most important thing is to be honest with your attorney. To properly defend you, they will need to know all the details of your case. 

You must also understand the gravity of the situation. Being accused of a crime can alter your life forever. You want to choose someone to represent you who you truly believe can get you the best outcome for your situation. It is important that you put your trust in the attorney you choose to represent you.

Criminal Defense in Shreveport/Bossier City

Michael J. Vergis has represented clients for over 23 years on all criminal matters from DWI to 1st Degree Murder cases to even large Drug Conspiracy cases in the Federal Court. If you are facing criminal charges, having someone with this kind of experience can be crucial to your future. If you have been accused of a crime in the Shreveport/Bossier area, call 318-698-3724 to speak with Attorney at Law Michael J. Vergis today.