The average pay for a Criminal Defense Lawyer is $70,000 per year.
Criminal Defense Lawyer Total Pay (?
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$39,911 - $140,939
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$39,911 - $140,939  
   
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$-0.50 - $48,479  
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$40,547 - $207,128  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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Job Description for Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
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Gender
Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 33%
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