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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Louisiana

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Louisiana. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Louisiana, 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 Louisiana. 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).
Robert Stephen Toale
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Gretna, LA
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Andre Robert Belanger
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Baton Rouge, LA
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C. Frank Holthaus
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Baton Rouge, LA
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Gregory Q Carter
Criminal Defense Lawyer
New Orleans, LA
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Jarrett Ambeau
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Baton Rouge, LA
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Vincent A Miceli Jr
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Hammond, LA
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S Christie Smith IV
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Leesville, LA
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Stephen David Hebert
Criminal Defense Lawyer
New Orleans, LA
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Jerome Weldon Matthews Jr
Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Lawyer
New Orleans, LA
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Stephen Joseph Haedicke
Criminal Defense and Police Misconduct Lawyer
New Orleans, LA
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James Heath Dillon
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Leesville, LA
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Hallye Casey Braud
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Baton Rouge, LA
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Louisiana 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.
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (LACDL) - The Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (LACDL), founded in 1985 promotes excellence in the practice of criminal law, lobbies the legislature, and protects the rights of the accused. LACDL is the leading statewide association serving the comprehensive needs of the criminal defense bar. Louisiana criminal defense lawyers who join LACDL enjoy a sense of community, networking opportunities, publications focused on criminal justice issues and discounts on quality CLE seminars.

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.

Louisiana Government and Court Resources

Louisiana Attorney General

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

Louisiana Judicial Branch

Louisiana Judicial Branch - The Louisiana Judicial Branch holds a fundamental role in ensuring justice and upholding the law within the state. Its duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, With a legal system influenced by its civil law heritage and unique legal traditions, the Louisiana judiciary also plays a vital role in addressing legal issues specific to the state. Committed to fairness and accessibility, it protects the rights of all residents and maintain the rule of law throughout the Pelican State.

Louisiana Public Defender Board

Louisiana Public Defender Board - The Louisiana Public Defender Board (LPDB) is a crucial entity tasked with providing legal representation to individuals unable to afford private attorneys. Established to uphold the right to counsel, LPDB oversees and funds public defense services. It ensures fair access to competent defense, assigns counsel, and sets standards for quality representation. Through its efforts, LPDB contributes to equal justice and integrity within Louisiana's legal system.

Louisiana State Legislature

Louisiana State Legislature - The Louisiana State Legislature operates as a bicameral body, comprising the Louisiana Senate and the Louisiana House of Representatives. The Senate consists of 39 members serving four-year terms, while the House has 105 members serving four-year terms as well. The 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 criminal justice.

Louisiana Supreme Court

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

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