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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Indiana

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Indiana. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Indiana, 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 Indiana. 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).
Andrew Joseph Baldwin
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Noblesville, IN
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Brad L Banks
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Indianapolis, IN
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Patrick Justin Arata
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Fort Wayne, IN
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Jacob T. Rigney
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Indianapolis, IN
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Mary Zahn
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Indianapolis, IN
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Rock Lee
Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Indianapolis, IN
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John Stephen Alt
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Indianapolis, IN
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Christopher Michael Eskew
Drug Crimes and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Indianapolis, IN
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Susannah Hall-Justice
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Lafayette, IN
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Paul Stanko
Drug Crimes and Marijuana Lawyer
Plymouth, IN
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Indiana 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.

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.

Indiana Government and Court Resources

Indiana Attorney General

Indiana Attorney General - The Indiana Attorney General, elected by the people, serves as the chief legal officer for the state. The Attorney General's office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Indiana in legal matters, both civil and criminal. The office plays a crucial role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and overseeing the enforcement of laws. Additionally, the Attorney General addresses various legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Indiana General Assembly

Indiana General Assembly - The Indiana General Assembly functions as the legislative branch of the state government, operating under a bicameral system comprising the Indiana Senate and the Indiana House of Representatives. The Senate has 50 members serving four-year terms, while the House consists of 100 members serving two-year terms. The General Assembly is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state, as well as formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues, including education, healthcare, and economic development.

Indiana Judicial Branch

Indiana Judicial Branch - The Indiana Judicial Branch serves as the cornerstone of justice within the state, responsible for interpreting and upholding the law. Its duties encompass the resolution of civil and criminal cases, protection of individual rights, assurance of due process, and oversight of family law matters. The Indiana judiciary plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the state's constitution, ensuring the fair and impartial administration of justice, and addressing legal challenges unique to Indiana.

Indiana Public Defender's Office

Indiana Public Defender's Office - The Indiana Public Defender's Office is committed to providing legal representation for individuals who cannot afford private attorneys. Established to uphold constitutional rights, the office operates within the state's legal framework, ensuring fair access to competent defense. By offering skilled legal services, the Indiana Public Defender's Office contributes to the fairness and integrity of the criminal justice system in the state.

Indiana Supreme Court

Indiana Supreme Court - The Indiana Supreme Court is the highest judicial body in the state, entrusted with interpreting and administering the law. Its primary responsibility involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct application of state laws and the constitution. The court's duties encompass hearing a wide range of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and setting legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners statewide. Moreover, the Indiana Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and disciplining lawyers to maintain professionalism and ethical conduct within the legal profession statewide.

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