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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in South Dakota

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in South Dakota. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in South 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 South 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).
Ellery Russell Grey
Drug Crimes and Federal Crimes Lawyer
Rapid City, SD
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Matthew J Kinney
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Spearfish, SD
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Timothy J Rensch
Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Lawyer
Rapid City, SD
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Brett Waltner
Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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Paul Lewis
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Rapid City, SD
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Bill Sims
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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Amanda Engle
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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Drew Duncan
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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South 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.
South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer (SDACDL) - The South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer (SDACDL) serves the needs of the criminal defense bar in South Dakota. The SDACDL provides a unified of voices within the criminal defense community to communicate, collaborate, exchange information, and enhance the practice of criminal defense in the state. The SDACDL is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

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.

South Dakota Government and Court Resources

South Dakota Attorney General

South Dakota Attorney General - The South Dakota Attorney General, elected by the people, serves as the chief legal officer for the state. The Attorney General's office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing South 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.

South Dakota Indigent Legal Task Force

South Dakota Indigent Legal Task Force - The South Dakota Indigent Legal Task Force is a state agency that provides representation to indigent citizens. The goals of this agency include Identifying how legal services are delivered in South Dakota to indigent parties in criminal, juvenile and child abuse and neglect proceedings statewide, Recommending ways to improve the delivery of legal services to indigent parties and Recommending methods to provide services for conflict cases where local public defenders may be unable to take cases.

South Dakota Legislature

South Dakota Legislature - The South Dakota Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the South Dakota Senate and the South Dakota House of Representatives. The Senate has 35 members serving four-year terms, while the House comprises 70 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 infrastructure.

South Dakota Supreme Court

South Dakota Supreme Court - The South Dakota Supreme Court serves as 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 accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court handles various cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout South Dakota. Additionally, the South Dakota Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

South Dakota Unified Judicial System

South Dakota Unified Judicial System - The South Dakota Unified Judicial System serves as the cornerstone of justice in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, safeguarding individual rights, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. The Unified Judicial System provides a framework for resolving legal disputes, maintaining the rule of law, and upholding the rights of all residents in the Mount Rushmore State.

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