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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Mississippi

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Mississippi. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Mississippi, 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 Mississippi. 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).
Merrida P. Coxwell
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Jackson, MS
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Kevin Thomas Stewart
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Flowood, MS
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Kerry Bryson
Criminal Defense and Drug Crimes Lawyer
Tupelo, MS
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Amanda Glover Evans
Family Law and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Biloxi, MS
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James E Smith
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Carthage, MS
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Wayne Housley
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Tupelo, MS
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Corban Gunn
Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Biloxi, MS
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Lee Abraham
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Greenwood, MS
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Mississippi 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.

Mississippi Government and Court Resources

Attorney General of Mississippi

Attorney General of Mississippi - The Attorney General of Mississippi, elected by the people, serves as the chief legal officer for the state. The Attorney General's duties include providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Mississippi in legal matters, and overseeing the enforcement of laws. This office plays a crucial role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a spectrum of legal issues such as consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Mississippi Department of Human Services - Family and Children Services

Mississippi Department of Human Services - Family and Children Services - The Mississippi Department of Human Services - Family and Children Services (MDHS-FCS) is responsible for overseeing programs focused on the welfare and safety of children and families across the state. MDHS-FCS manages child welfare services, including investigations into reports of child abuse or neglect, provision of supportive services to at-risk families, and foster care and adoption services. The department works to ensure the well-being and stability of children by facilitating safe and permanent homes through adoption or reunification with families when possible. The department's primary goal is to protect children, strengthen families, and promote their self-sufficiency and stability in Mississippi communities.

Mississippi Legislature

Mississippi Legislature - The Mississippi Legislature operates under a bicameral system, consisting of the Mississippi Senate and the Mississippi House of Representatives. The Senate has 52 members serving four-year terms, while the House comprises 122 members serving two-year terms. 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 economic development.

Mississippi Supreme Court

Mississippi Supreme Court - The Mississippi Supreme Court is 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 a broad range of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Mississippi. Additionally, the Mississippi Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

Office of State Public Defender of Mississippi

Office of State Public Defender of Mississippi - The Office of State Public Defender of Mississippi emerged from SB 2563 (2011), merging Capital Defense Counsel, Indigent Appeals, and Public Defender Training. It manages new divisions, statistical data, and plans for a public defender system. It oversees training, certification, and appeals. Capital Defense handles death penalty cases and training. Indigent Appeals handles felony appeals, Youth Court Appeals, and offers training. Training assists public defenders and informs legislation.

State of Mississippi Judiciary

State of Mississippi Judiciary - The State of Mississippi Judiciary is responsible for the fair and equitable administration of justice within the state. Its duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters. Mississippi's judiciary also plays a vital role in addressing legal issues specific to the state, including those related to its rural communities and historical context.

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