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Criminal Defense Lawyers in Connecticut

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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Connecticut

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Connecticut. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Connecticut, 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 Connecticut. 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).
Aaron Josef Romano
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Bloomfield, CT
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Stephan Erich Seeger
Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Lawyer
Stamford, CT
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Emily S Lucibello
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Milford, CT
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Salvatore Bonanno
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Hartford, CT
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Jonathan Sills
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Hartford, CT
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Jessica A. Coderre
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Waterbury, CT
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Audrey Felsen
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Stamford, CT
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George W Ganim Jr
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Milford, CT
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Kieran J Costello
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Fairfield, CT
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Felice Duffy
Criminal Defense Lawyer
New Haven, CT
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Andrew John Cates
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Hartford, CT
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Mark Daniel Sherman
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Stamford, CT
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Connecticut 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.
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (CCDLA) - Founded in 1988, the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (CCDLA) is the only statewide criminal defense lawyer's organization. Its mission centers around the defense of persons accused of criminal and motor vehicle offenses throughout the state. Headquartered in Waterbury, Connecticut, CCDLA's includes criminal defense attorneys from both private practices and public defender offices.

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.

Connecticut Government and Court Resources

Connecticut General Assembly

Connecticut General Assembly - The Connecticut General Assembly functions as the legislative body of the state, operating under a bicameral system composed of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House has 151 members serving two-year terms, while the Senate comprises 36 members serving two-year terms as well. As the primary legislative body, the General Assembly is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that impact the state. This includes formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues ranging from education and healthcare to public safety and infrastructure.

Connecticut Judicial Branch

Connecticut Judicial Branch - The Connecticut Judicial Branch serves as the state's primary legal authority, responsible for interpreting and enforcing the law. Its duties encompass the resolution of civil and criminal cases, including matters such as contract disputes, criminal trials, and family law issues like divorce and child custody. Additionally, the Connecticut judiciary ensures the protection of individual rights, upholds the principles of due process, and oversees the fair administration of justice in the state.

Connecticut Office of the Attorney General

Connecticut Office of the Attorney General - The Connecticut Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal advisor for the state, led by the Attorney General who is elected by the people. This office is tasked with providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Connecticut in legal proceedings, and ensuring the fair enforcement of laws. The Attorney General plays a key role in prosecuting and defending the state in legal actions, issuing legal opinions, and addressing various matters such as consumer protection, civil rights, and environmental concerns.

Connecticut Public Defender Services

Connecticut Public Defender Services - Connecticut Public Defender Services (CPDS) was established to offer legal representation to individuals who cannot afford private attorneys. The primary mission of Connecticut Public Defender Services is to ensure that all individuals facing criminal charges receive competent legal representation, promoting fairness and justice in the legal process. The agency assigns public defenders to indigent defendants and strives to uphold their constitutional rights to counsel.

Connecticut Supreme Court

Connecticut Supreme Court - The Connecticut Supreme Court serves as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law in Connecticut. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court's duties encompass hearing a diverse range of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners across Connecticut. Additionally, the Connecticut Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, handling attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and disciplining lawyers to uphold the integrity of the legal profession in the state.

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