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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Vermont

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Vermont. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Vermont, 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 Vermont. 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).
Rosanna Chase
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Barre, VT
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Stephen L Saltonstall
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Manchester Center, VT
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Stephanie M Greenlees
Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Burlington, VT
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Elizabeth Kruska
Criminal Defense and Juvenile Defense Lawyer
Woodstock, VT
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Maggie Vincent
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Barre, VT
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Vermont 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.
Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VTACDL) - The Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VTACDL) provides state-wide support, training and networking opportunities to attorneys who defend those accused of crimes in state and federal courts. The organization advocates for the proper administration of criminal justice by presenting a unified and credible voice. It is an affiliate of the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (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.

Vermont Government and Court Resources

Office of the Defender General of Vermont

Office of the Defender General of Vermont - Established in 1972, the Office of the Defender General of Vermont provides mandated legal representation for individuals facing serious charges, along with children in juvenile proceedings, parties in various juvenile cases, individuals in custody of corrections and child welfare agencies, and those in need during extradition or probation/parole revocation proceedings. The office has grown into a complex system with two programs, Public Defense and Assigned Counsel.

Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Office of the Vermont Attorney General - The Office of the Vermont Attorney General, led by the Attorney General appointed by the Governor, serves as the chief legal advisor for the state. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Vermont 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, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Vermont Judiciary

Vermont Judiciary - The Vermont Judiciary is tasked with administering justice within the state, encompassing a range of responsibilities aimed at upholding the law. Its duties include interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, protecting individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters. Through its various courts, including the Vermont Supreme Court and the Vermont Superior Court, the judiciary plays a crucial role in maintaining the rule of law.

Vermont Legislature

Vermont Legislature - The Vermont Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the Vermont Senate and the Vermont House of Representatives. The Senate has 30 members serving two-year terms, while the House comprises 150 members also 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. Members of the Vermont Legislature work collaboratively to represent the interests and concerns of the state's citizens, ensuring the effective functioning of Vermont's government.

Vermont Supreme Court

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

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