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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Maryland

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Maryland. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Maryland, 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).
David E. Kindermann
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Lancaster, PA
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Beau August Noonan
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Cumberland, MD
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Terry S. Lavenstein
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Towson, MD
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Michael A Noonan
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Cumberland, MD
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Kevin Joseph McDevitt
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Leonardtown, MD
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Andrew Vladimir Jezic
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Wheaton, MD
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Thomas C Morrow
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Hunt Valley, MD
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Rene Esteban Bliss Tywang
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Towson, MD
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Charles B. Bailey
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Hagerstown, MD
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David Daniel Nowak
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Towson, MD
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Oleg Fastovsky
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Annapolis, MD
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Rebecca Nitkin
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Rockville, MD
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Maryland 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.
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association (MCDAA) - The Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association (MCDAA) was formed to promote the study and research of criminal defense law, encourage the education of criminal defense attorneys, and promote the fair administration of criminal justice. Membership in the MCDAA includes networking opportunities, seminars, Continuing Legal Education (CLEs), and more. Find a criminal defense attorney in Maryland through their membership directory.

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.

Maryland Government and Court Resources

Maryland Attorney General

Maryland Attorney General - The Maryland Attorney General serves as the chief legal officer for the state and is appointed by the Governor. The Attorney General's office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Maryland 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 wide range of legal issues, such as consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Maryland Courts

Maryland Courts - The Maryland Courts are entrusted with the essential duty of administering justice within the state. Their responsibilities include interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, protecting individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters like divorce and child custody. Maryland's judiciary also plays a crucial role in addressing legal issues specific to the state, including those related to its urban centers and diverse population.

Maryland General Assembly

Maryland General Assembly - The Maryland General Assembly operates as the state's legislative branch, employing a bicameral system comprising the Maryland Senate and the Maryland House of Delegates. The Senate consists of 47 members serving four-year terms, while the House has 141 members serving two-year terms. The General Assembly is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing a wide range of policy issues, such as education, healthcare, and public safety.

Office of Public Defender of Maryland

Office of Public Defender of Maryland - The Office of the Public Defender of Maryland (OPD) is a state agency that provides legal representation to indigent adults and juveniles who cannot afford legal representation. The OPD has at least one district office and each county. The office provides criminal defense, parental defense, appeals and post conviction representation. The office's mission is to provide effective representation to ensure the protection of due process rights for its clients at all stages of a criminal proceeding.

Supreme Court of Maryland

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

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