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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in North Dakota

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in North Dakota. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in North Dakota, 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 North Dakota. 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).
Alexander F Reichert
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Grand Forks, ND
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Kevin J Chapman
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Williston, ND
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Rick Sand
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Williston, ND
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Thomas F Murtha IV
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Dickinson, ND
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Peter Welte
Criminal Defense and Real Estate Lawyer
Grand Forks, ND
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North Dakota 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.
North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NDACDL) - The North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NDACDL) was founded to unite state and federal public defenders and private criminal defense lawyers in North Dakota to learn from one another and to act as a cohesive whole on issues of common concern. In 2010, the NDACDL was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation. Membership in the NDACDL gives the criminal defense bar a more unified voice before the North Dakota legislature. NDACDL has several Official Licensed Lobbyists.

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.

North Dakota Government and Court Resources

Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents of North Dakota

Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents of North Dakota - The Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents (CLCI) was established in 2005 in North Dakota, directing indigent service delivery. It replaced the Supreme Court's administration of the service, aiming to avoid conflicts. The CLCI is an executive branch agency. It meets regularly, with an office in Valley City and public defender offices across cities. It has set standards, policies, and forms, submitting biennial budgets to the Governor and the Office of Budget and Management.

North Dakota Attorney General

North Dakota Attorney General - The North Dakota Attorney General, elected by the people, serves as the chief legal officer for the state. This office is tasked with providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing North Dakota in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a crucial role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a range of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

North Dakota Court System

North Dakota Court System - The North Dakota Court System, established upon statehood in 1889, is responsible for interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, protecting individual rights, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. North Dakota's judiciary plays a significant role in addressing legal issues unique to the state, including matters related to its rural communities and natural resources.

North Dakota Legislative Branch

North Dakota Legislative Branch - The North Dakota Legislative Branch operates as a bicameral system, comprising the North Dakota Senate and the North Dakota House of Representatives. The Senate has 47 members serving four-year terms, while the House consists of 94 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 infrastructure.

North Dakota Supreme Court

North Dakota Supreme Court - The North Dakota Supreme Court acts as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and administering the law. Its primary responsibility involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct application and interpretation of state laws and the constitution. The court hears various cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout North Dakota. Additionally, the North Dakota Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

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