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Criminal Defense Lawyers in Alabama

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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Alabama

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Alabama. To rank Alabama lawyers, including the best criminal defense and DUI lawyers, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Alabama. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
Jeffrey Drew Bramer
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Birmingham, AL
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Mitchell John Howie
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Huntsville, AL
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Ron D Thrasher
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Birmingham, AL
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Michael J Upton
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Tuscaloosa, AL
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Joshua G. Kesling
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Orange Beach, AL
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Steven Douglas Eversole
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Birmingham, AL
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Russell W. Crumbley
Criminal Defense and Estate and Probate Lawyer
Huntsville, AL
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Howard Hube Dodd Jr
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Birmingham, AL
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Andrew John Segal
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Huntsville, AL
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Shannon Matthew Moore
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Huntsville, AL
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Alabama Legal Resources

Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA) - The Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA) was formed in 1981. ACDLA serves as the unified voice of the state’s criminal defense community. Its primary mission is to promote excellence in the practice of criminal law and to protect the rights of the accused in the state of Alabama. The ACDLA also lobbies and supports efforts for a fair criminal justice system through dedicated member influence.

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

Alabama Government and Court Resources

Alabama Attorney General

Alabama Attorney General - The Attorney General of Alabama is the state's chief legal officer and head of the Department of Legal Affairs. Appointed by the Governor, the Attorney General is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies, representing the state in legal matters, and enforcing laws to uphold public interest. Duties include prosecuting criminal cases, defending the state in legal challenges, advising state officials on legal issues, and overseeing the implementation of legal policies.

Alabama Judicial system

Alabama Judicial system - The Alabama judicial system has a rich history and plays a crucial role in the state's legal landscape. Its duties include Interpreting and Applying the Law, Adjudicating Disputes, Ensuring Due Process, Overseeing Family Matters, Appellate Review, Administering Probate and Estates, Protecting Individual Rights and Juvenile Justice. Overall, the Alabama judicial system serves as a critical component of the state's government, responsible for upholding the rule of law.

Alabama Legislature

Alabama Legislature - The Alabama Legislature is the state's legislative body, consisting of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House comprises 105 members serving four-year terms, while the Senate consists of 35 members with staggered, four-year terms. The Legislature's primary responsibilities include creating and passing laws that govern the state, levying taxes, allocating state funds, and regulating public policies. Additionally, the Legislature is instrumental in the state's budgetary process, determining how state funds are distributed among various programs and initiatives.

Alabama Supreme Court

Alabama Supreme Court - The Alabama Supreme Court serves as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting the law and ensuring the proper administration of justice within Alabama. It functions as an appellate court, reviewing decisions made by lower courts to ensure they align with state laws and constitutional provisions. The court's duties encompass hearing appeals on civil and criminal cases, resolving disputes, and providing legal interpretations that guide lower courts and state agencies. Additionally, the Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, maintaining ethical standards and professional conduct within the legal profession.

Office of Indigent Defense Services of Alabama

Office of Indigent Defense Services of Alabama - The Office of Indigent Defense Services (OIDS) in the Department of Finance administers primary and conflict defense, excluding municipal courts. OIDS Director appointed by Finance Director for a three-year term from Alabama State Bar nominees. OIDS sets standards for fiscal responsibility, attorney qualifications, caseloads, and more. Each circuit has a diverse five-member advisory board. State Indigent Defense Review Panel resolves disputes. Review board decisions are final.

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