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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Idaho

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Idaho. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Idaho, 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 Idaho. 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).
Michael Jay Wood
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Twin Falls, ID
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Nicolas Vernon Vieth
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Coeur d' Alene, ID
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John Elbert Cutler
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Idaho Falls, ID
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Leo N. Griffard Jr
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Boise, ID
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Bryce W Powell
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Sandpoint, ID
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Michael David Waldrup
DUI / DWI and Marijuana Lawyer
Sandpoint, ID
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D. Leavitt
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Boise, ID
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Lauren E. McConnell
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Boise, ID
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Idaho 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.
Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) - The Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) is a non profit organization for criminal defense attorneys practicing in Idaho. IACDL works to improve the quality of criminal defense legal services through training and advocacy for important criminal justice issues. Its members have access to continuing legal education (CLEs), networking opportunities, and support to enhance their practice.

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.

Idaho Government and Court Resources

Idaho Judicial Branch

Idaho Judicial Branch - The Idaho Judicial Branch is tasked with upholding the rule of law and ensuring justice in the state. Its duties include interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters like divorce and child custody. Idaho's judiciary also plays a significant role in addressing legal issues unique to the state, such as those related to its rural communities and natural resources.

Idaho Office of Attorney General

Idaho Office of Attorney General - The Idaho Office of the Attorney General is led by the Attorney General, who is elected by the people. As the chief legal officer of the state, the office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials. The Attorney General represents Idaho in legal matters, both civil and criminal, and is integral to prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state. The office issues legal opinions, oversees the enforcement of laws, and addresses various legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Idaho Public Defense Commission

Idaho Public Defense Commission - The Idaho Public Defense Commission is responsible for overseeing and improving the quality of legal representation provided to individuals who cannot afford their own attorneys. Established to uphold constitutional rights, the commission collaborates with local agencies to set standards, and ensure equitable access to competent defense services. By enhancing the quality of public defense, the Idaho Public Defense Commission contributes to fairness and justice within the state's legal system.

Idaho State Legislature

Idaho State Legislature - The Idaho State Legislature operates under a bicameral system, consisting of the Idaho Senate and the Idaho House of Representatives. The Senate has 35 members serving staggered two-year terms, while the House comprises 70 members also serving two-year terms. As the state's legislative body, the Idaho Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues, such as education, healthcare, and natural resources management.

Idaho Supreme Court

Idaho Supreme Court - The Idaho Supreme Court acts as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and upholding the law. Its primary duty involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court's responsibilities encompass hearing various cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners across Idaho. Additionally, the Idaho Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and disciplining lawyers to maintain professionalism and uphold ethical conduct within the legal profession statewide.

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