Centerbase | Practice Areas | Criminal Law Software

Criminal Law Software

You handle a wide spectrum of different criminal cases, and your clients’ futures rest in the outcome of their criminal cases. With Centerbase, you can keep your clients’ documents organized, stay a step ahead of critical deadlines, and bill more efficiently.

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Ease the Burden of Managing a Busy Calendar

Never lose track of critical deadlines for your ongoing criminal cases and always have a pulse on the bandwidth of the rest of your team.

With the impending charges of your criminal cases, you’ll have to juggle tons of court dates. Centerbase’s calendar keeps you prepared well ahead of each deposition.

Accessing your personal, team, or firm-wide calendar has never been easier with simple filters. You can always keep tabs on your team’s priorities and bandwidth.

Continue calendaring the way your firm is used to but with the added benefit of the Office 365 integration. The 2-way connection ensures you’re always up to date.

Use Workflows to Start Representing Your Clients On Day 1

Your client can’t afford to lose a moment when it comes to their impending charges. They need you to onboard them and begin representing them immediately.

Leverage automated conflict checks to ensure your attorneys are able to take on their case.

Collect the relevant information you need to begin building the case for your PNC, all automatically from the intake form on your website.

Deliver a Premium Experience to Your Clients

Provide a high level of organization and close communication to make your clients feel more at ease during this stressful time.

Choose which documents, court dates, and billing details to share in the Client Portal, a secure hub that your clients can access 24/7.

Communicate directly with clients in the method that works best for them. Text is often the preferred method to communicate, particularly when working with individuals. And with Automated Time Capture, you can keep your clients in the loop and record the time you spend doing so.

Streamline Your Matter Management

To be best prepared in court, it’s imperative you have a way to organize the matter details so you can make your client’s defense the strongest it can be.

Coordinate your trial strategy with your team by communicating with CaseChat or assigning tasks to your staff so no detail gets missed.

Whether you have to keep track of a criminal complaint, information, or charging document, ease the burden of trying to organize it yourself. Associate it with the matter in Centerbase and easily pull it up when needed.

Using NetDocuments? No need to change your processes for managing documents. Centerbase has a complete integration, which means you can access the full functionality of NetDocuments all from your Centerbase workspace.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I’ve been wanting to switch to Centerbase, but my staff doesn’t like change. How can Centerbase make the change easy for my whole firm?

    Change is hard - no matter what solution you choose. 

    Your staff has differing opinions, workflows they’re used to, etc. And even if a change makes their lives easier in the long run, learning a new system can feel overwhelming. 

    But the best way to bridge the gap between a good purchase and the reality of a successful integration is proper training. 

    That’s why we make sure your staff gets optimal training from our expert Centerbase Trainers. Before your Centerbase site goes live, you’ll be offered 7 different training sessions (and any extras you may need). Plus, you’ll be walked through your entire site and have it configured to you and your staff’s wishes. So you’ll already be familiar with your site before your first log in. And with our NetDocuments and Microsoft Office integrations, you’ll be using tools your staff already knows and loves. We even walk you through your first round of bills within Centerbase, so your firm won’t miss a beat during the switch.  

    But most of our clients say using Centerbase is as easy as online shopping. So if your staff has that mastered, they can intuitively navigate Centerbase in just a few minutes. 

    Change may still seem daunting simply because it’s different and new. But after a few days, you’ll feel like you’ve been using the system forever.

    "Training in Centerbase is so much easier than what it would have been if I had to train somebody new in Time Matters. I really believe the system is very user-friendly. Anyone who has some semblance of an idea of working with computers, even if it's online shopping. Just being able to navigate tabs and engage filters to get to what you want is so much easier to train a new person on than our old system." - A Centerbase User

  • I’ve heard firms in other practice areas are loving Centerbase, but most criminal law practices in my area use legacy solutions. Why would a criminal law practice migrate to Centerbase?

    While solutions for criminal law practices like e-billing and matter management have been around for decades, many firms using legacy platforms are finding they don’t have the tools to keep their finances and documents straight. Centerbase helps criminal law practices track client and firm financials, so you can keep tabs on trusts, allocations, and accruals all in one place. And more importantly, pass audits easily and demonstrate that your firm is a fiscally responsible business unit. Plus, our NetDocuments integration with our proprietary document management and storage system means every document is easily findable, bait stamped, and stored securely to the appropriate client or matter. So you’re never having to chase down documents again. 

    Another reason criminal law firms stay with legacy systems is fear of implementation and data migration. You’ll love that Centerbase has a structured and repeatable implementation process we’ve completed with 100% success every time. As well as an expert data migration team and a clear implementation outline you can find here. Plus, we configure Centerbase for your criminal law practice during implementation. So you’re hands-on with us every step of the way to make sure your new platform is perfect for your firm. 

  • I love the idea of having my firm in the cloud because my team can work from anywhere. But is it the safest option?

    It’s normal to feel hesitant about storing your data somewhere you can’t see or touch! You made a promise to your clients to keep their personal information safe, secure, and confidential. And we’re here to help you keep that promise.


    With over 16 years of incident-free experience hosting clients in our secure Cloud infrastructure, we create a safe environment for both you and your client’s information. Your site will stay up and running continuously because we run 24/7 high availability VMWARE clusters. And with a 99.999% uptime, your site will only have < 5 minutes of downtime a year.


    The truth is, we want you to be skeptical because we know you’ll be pleased at all the answers you find. That’s why you should keep reading, and check out our security information.

  • I’ve been holding off on switching legal tech platforms because I’m overwhelmed with all the options on the market. Why do criminal law practices choose Centerbase over other practice management solutions?

    Most legal software is just that - software. 

    Whereas Centerbase is an entire platform. We aren’t just billing, timekeeping, or accounting. We’re an entirely configurable solution that houses everything you need to run your criminal law firm in one central place. This means when you’re building and running reports, our platform already knows what data you need and where to find it since our system is 100% interconnected. 

    And while most legal tech shares similar features, we always take it one step further. Don’t settle for simple trust accounting. Manage as many trusts and retainers as you need for even just one client or matter. Don’t choose software that handles matter management well but can’t track production and origination. You deserve a platform like Centerbase that goes beyond just covering the basics and digs deep to give you solutions other software hasn’t even thought to create yet. Click here to see a detailed view of how we stack up against competitors.

  • I’m looking for a solution to end all the extra clicking I do on my current platform. How does Centerbase help automate workflows for criminal law practices?

    The extra clicks between one tool to the next are a major time suck for you.

    We automate everything in your criminal law firm from intake to pre-billing to sending out reminders. Your matters are automatically updated with new billing and client information, and your clients are sent automated updates when there’s a change in their case or an appointment has moved. You can automate your entire intake process from the time your client enters their information on your website to conflict check. Even setting up a scoping call with your new client and opening a matter can be automated based on what your criminal law practice needs. So you can finally do multiple tasks at once without feeling overwhelmed.

  • My law firm only has 20 staff members. Can Centerbase still work for us?

    Of course! We work with midsize firms that have anywhere between 20 to 100 staff members.

  • I’m ready to change my legal tech platform, but I’m worried the implementation process will slow down my firm. Will we be able to run normally during the switch?

    Absolutely! Time is quite literally money at your firm. 

    With our implementation process, you’ll have a smooth transition from your previous system to Centerbase without stalling your firm’s operations for even a second. We complete multiple rounds of test migrations and training to make sure that when your site goes live - it’s 100% ready for you.

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