How much does a Criminal Defense Lawyer make hourly in the United States? The average hourly wage for a Criminal Defense Lawyer in the United States is $45 as of April 26, 2022, but the salary range typically falls between $38 and $51. Hourly rate can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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What is a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

A Criminal Defense Lawyer is a lawyer (mostly barristers) specializing in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity. Some criminal defense lawyers are privately retained, while others are employed by the various jurisdictions with criminal courts for appointment to represent indigent persons; the latter are generally called public defenders. The terminology is imprecise because each jurisdiction may have different practices with various levels of input from state and federal law or consent decrees. Some jurisdictions use a rotating system of appointments, with ju...

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Right Path Law Group, PLLC - Fairfax , VA
Seeking a Virginia-Licensed Attorney for the position of Criminal Defense Associate in Fairfax, Virginia Do you want to defend the rights of people charged with a crime? We are seeking a dedicated ...
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Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney's Office - Fairfax , VA
... to criminal cases. Represents the Office of the Commonwealth attorney in meetings with the judiciary, court personnel, police departments, defense bar, and citizens of Fairfax County.Required ...
LawCrossing - 37 days ago
Price Benowitz LLP - Fairfax , VA
... attorneys throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia ... The firm handles many areas of law including criminal defense, personal injury, medical malpractice ...
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Pentagon Force Protection Agency - Falls Church , VA
Oversees the planning and operations of the protection of the Secretary of Defense, Deputy ... Attorneys and local prosecutors for determination of prosecutor's merit. Requirements Conditions of ...
Upward.net - 38 days ago
National Policing Institute - Arlington , VA
... defense attorneys, and victim advocates, to develop research, comprehensive reports, policy briefs ... A priority objective of INL's Mexico Police Professionalization Program is to build criminal ...
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National Policing Institute - Arlington , VA
... defense attorneys, and victim advocates to develop research, comprehensive reports, policy briefs ... policing, criminal justice policy, training and technical assistance, or other social policy to ...
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