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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Nebraska

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Nebraska. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Nebraska, 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 Nebraska. 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).
John Stevens Berry Jr
Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes Lawyer
Lincoln, NE
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John Stevens Berry Sr
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Lincoln, NE
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Thomas M. Petersen
Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Omaha, NE
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Timothy S. Noerrlinger
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Lincoln, NE
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Mark E. Rappl
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Lincoln, NE
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Megan R. Theesen
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Lincoln, NE
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Seth William Morris
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Lincoln, NE
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Matthew John Knipe
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Lincoln, NE
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Nebraska 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.
Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association (NCDAA) - The Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association (NCDAA) was established in 1985 to promote the proper and fair administration of criminal justice in the state of Nebraska. The Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association (NCDAA) serves the needs of criminal defense attorneys through conducting numerous CLE seminars, providing networking opportunities, publishing a newsletter, and maintaining a brief bank.

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.

Nebraska Government and Court Resources

Nebraska Attorney General

Nebraska Attorney General - The Nebraska Attorney General, elected by the people, is the state's chief legal officer, overseeing the legal affairs of Nebraska. The Attorney General's duties include providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing the state in legal matters, and ensuring the fair enforcement of laws. The office is instrumental in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of Nebraska, issuing legal opinions, and addressing various legal issues, such as consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy

Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy - The Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy (Commission), established in 1995, offers property tax relief to counties providing legal representation for indigent defendants facing severe felonies. It assists public defenders, court-appointed attorneys, and provides tax relief as counties don't pay for these services. It appoints a chief counsel overseeing divisions including capital litigation, violent crime and drug defense, appellate, DNA testing, and major case resource center.

Nebraska Judicial Branch

Nebraska Judicial Branch - The Nebraska Judicial Branch, established upon statehood in 1867, holds a rich historical legacy and plays a pivotal role in the state's legal system. Its duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, safeguarding individual rights, and overseeing family law matters like divorce and child custody. Nebraska's judiciary also addresses unique legal challenges specific to the state, including agricultural and rural issues.

Nebraska Legislature

Nebraska Legislature - The Nebraska Legislature operates as a unicameral body, making it the only one-chamber state legislature in the United States. It consists of 49 members, known as senators, serving four-year terms without term limits. 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 infrastructure.

Nebraska Supreme Court

Nebraska Supreme Court - The Nebraska Supreme Court serves 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 the correct application and interpretation of state laws and the constitution. The court hears a diverse range of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners statewide. Additionally, the Nebraska Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers across Nebraska.

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