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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Oklahoma

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Oklahoma. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Oklahoma, 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 Oklahoma. 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).
Mack Kelly Martin
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Oklahoma City, OK
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Dustin Scott Phillips
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Oklahoma City, OK
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Josh Dean Lee
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Vinita, OK
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Douglas J. Smith
Criminal Defense and Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawyer
Norman, OK
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Jacqui Ford
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Oklahoma City, OK
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Stephen Cale
Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Tulsa, OK
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Bruce Edge
DUI / DWI Lawyer
Tulsa, OK
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Keegan Kelley Harroz
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Oklahoma City, OK
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Adam R. Banner
Criminal Defense and Sex Crimes Lawyer
Oklahoma City, OK
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E W Childers II
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Norman, OK
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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.
Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA) - Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA) was formed in 1976 to provide training and support to Oklahoma's criminal defense bar. Through its esteemed membership program, the OCDLA continues supporting the defense of accused individuals in the state. In addition to serving the defense bar by offering educational and networking opportunities, the organization also lobbies the Oklahoma Legislature on criminal justice issues.

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.

Oklahoma Government and Court Resources

Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

Oklahoma Attorney General's Office - The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office, led by the Attorney General elected by the people, serves as the chief legal advisor for the state. The office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Oklahoma in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a pivotal role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a broad spectrum of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Oklahoma Indigent Defense System

Oklahoma Indigent Defense System - The Oklahoma Indigent Defense System follows the Indigent Defense Act to offer trial, appellate, and post-conviction criminal defense services to those who cannot afford legal representation. Their goal is to provide representation for indigent individuals comparable to those with resources, doing so efficiently. The system, created in 1991, represents indigents in 75 counties for felonies, misdemeanors, and certain traffic cases. They handle death penalty cases and post-conviction proceedings

Oklahoma Judiciary

Oklahoma Judiciary - The Oklahoma Judiciary is tasked with administering justice within the state, ensuring the fair and impartial resolution of legal disputes. Its duties include interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters like divorce and child custody. The judiciary plays a vital role in upholding the rule of law, protecting the rights of all residents, and maintaining the legal system in the state.

Oklahoma Legislature

Oklahoma Legislature - The Oklahoma Legislature operates as a bicameral body, comprising the Oklahoma Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives. The Senate has 48 members serving staggered four-year terms, while the House consists of 101 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 public safety.

Oklahoma Supreme Court

Oklahoma Supreme Court - The Oklahoma Supreme Court stands 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 interpretation and application 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 Oklahoma Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers across the state.

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