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Criminal Defense Lawyer Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Criminal Defense Lawyer is $71,216 per year.
Criminal Defense Lawyer Salary (?
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$30,767 - $147,949
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MEDIAN: $71,215
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
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$30,767 - $147,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $37,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,863 - $182,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 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
63%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 23%