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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Kansas

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Kansas. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Kansas, 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 Kansas. 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).
Daniel E Monnat
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Wichita, KS
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Christopher M Joseph
Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Lawyer
Topeka, KS
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Leslie F Hulnick
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Wichita, KS
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John E Stang
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Wichita, KS
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Brian Lowell Leininger
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Overland Park, KS
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Michael Duma
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Olathe, KS
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C Ryan Gering
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Wichita, KS
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John Matthew Leavitt
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Wichita, KS
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Roger L Falk
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Wichita, KS
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Christopher A. Rohr
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Colby, KS
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Robert Christopher Gigstad
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Overland Park, KS
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Jacquelyn Rokusek
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Shawnee, KS
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Kansas 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.
Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL) - Founded in 1988, the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL) includes many of the top criminal defense attorneys in Kansas. Its mission is to support the criminal defense bar and fight for the rights of accused citizens. Through training and advocacy they are able to influence legislation and practice in favor of a better criminal justice system. The KACDL is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

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.

Kansas Government and Court Resources

Kansas Attorney General's Office

Kansas Attorney General's Office - The Kansas Attorney General's Office, led by the Attorney General, who is elected by the people, serves as the state's chief legal advisor. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Kansas in legal matters, both civil and criminal. The Attorney General's 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, it addresses various legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Kansas Judicial Branch

Kansas Judicial Branch - The Kansas Judicial Branch serves as the guardian of justice within the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its duties encompass adjudicating civil and criminal cases, protecting individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters. Kansas' judiciary also plays a critical role in addressing legal issues unique to the state, including agricultural and rural concerns. The Kansas Judicial Branch maintains the rule of law throughout the Sunflower State.

Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services

Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services - The Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services (KBIDS) was established to ensure legal representation for indigent individuals. Formed in response to the constitutional requirement for adequate defense, KBIDS offers defense services through public defenders and private attorneys. It maintains quality standards, assigns counsel, and provides resources for a fair legal process. KBIDS's history is rooted in the recognition of the need for equitable access to legal representation

Kansas State Legislature

Kansas State Legislature - The Kansas State Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the Kansas Senate and the Kansas House of Representatives. The Senate has 40 members serving staggered four-year terms, while the House comprises 125 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state, including the formulation of the state budget, tax legislation, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and public safety.

Kansas Supreme Court

Kansas Supreme Court - The Kansas Supreme Court stands as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and administering the law. 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 diverse cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Kansas. Additionally, the Kansas 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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