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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Oregon

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Oregon. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Oregon, 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 Oregon. 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).
Damien S. Donnelly-Cole
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Portland, OR
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Joshua C Gibbs
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Cave Junction, OR
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John Henry Hingson III
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Oregon City, OR
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Ronald H Hoevet
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Portland, OR
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James Jensen
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Hillsboro, OR
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Graham Fisher
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Portland, OR
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Michael Hughes
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Bend, OR
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Michael George Romano
Criminal Defense and Divorce Lawyer
Beaverton, OR
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Joshua Pond
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Portland, OR
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T Conor Sullivan
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Hood River, OR
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Paul T Loney
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Portland, OR
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Jordon Huppert
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Eugene, OR
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Oregon 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.
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA) - The Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA) is both a professional organization for Oregon criminal defense lawyers and an advocacy group seeking appropriate criminal justice reforms in the Oregon Legislature. The Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA) was founded in 1979. The OCDLA is an affiliate of the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Find an Oregon criminal defense lawyer 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.

Oregon Government and Court Resources

Office of Public Defense Services of Oregon

Office of Public Defense Services of Oregon - The Office of Public Defense Services (OPDS) in Oregon is a state agency. OPDS includes the Appellate Division and Business Services. Business Services manages public defense contracts for trial-level and appellate representation. The Appellate Division provides mandated representation in appellate courts. The mission is to offer competent representation for eligible individuals, aiming for a statewide system ensuring quality representation and equitable justice.

Office of the Attorney General of Oregon

Office of the Attorney General of Oregon - The Office of the Attorney General of Oregon, headed by the Attorney General elected by the people, serves as the state's chief legal officer. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Oregon 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 diverse range of legal issues, including consumer protection, civil rights, and environmental concerns.

Oregon Judicial Department

Oregon Judicial Department - The Oregon Judicial Department is entrusted with the vital role of administering 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 like divorce and child custody. The Oregon judiciary also plays a significant role in addressing legal issues specific to the state, including matters related to its natural resources and maritime industry.

Oregon State Legislature

Oregon State Legislature - The Oregon State Legislature operates as a bicameral body, composed of the Oregon Senate and the Oregon House of Representatives. The Senate has 30 members serving four-year terms, while the House consists of 60 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 environmental regulations.

Oregon Supreme Court

Oregon Supreme Court - The Oregon Supreme Court serves as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application 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 Oregon. Additionally, the Oregon 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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