The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL) was created to provide a more cohesive and credible voice for criminal defense attorneys practicing in the state of Ohio. The 800-plus members of the include both private criminal defense attorneys and public defenders who share a passion for justice in the operation of the criminal justice system.
THE OACDL represents the needs of the criminal defense bar through legislative actions. Year-round seminars provide members with an update as to the OACDL's involvement and action on current government issues and the criminal defense administration.
The OACDL strives to enhance the practice of criminal defense lawyers in the state. OACDL sponsors continuing legal education (CLE) seminars and courses, including the annual Death Penalty and Superstar Seminars, for Ohio criminal defense attorneys.
OACDL is an affiliate member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
The OACDL Lawyer of the year award is an award given by you to one of you. It is an annual award that is given by you to a member in good standing who best lives up to the ideals and values of this association. Its recipient receives an award that means more than any other because it comes from his colleagues who appreciate the quality of his work and contributions to our profession.
Membership in OACDL is available to all attorneys in good standing who have an interest in criminal defense. Additionally, an associate member category is available to other professionals in the criminal justice system such as paralegals, investigators and expert witnesses. A law firm practicing criminal defense in Ohio can join on behalf of the lawyers in the firm. Even law school students can join OACDL with a student membership.
The benefits of becoming a member of OCADL include:
Many criminal defense attorneys in Ohio also belong to associations organized at the county level including the Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (CCDLA) and the Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (COACDL).
Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Ohio which includes both OACDL members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the OACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for OACDL past presidents and OACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the OACDL.
Use this directory to find an Ohio criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.