Avg. Base Salary (USD)
The average salary for a Criminal Defense Lawyer is $80,904
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Criminal Defense Lawyers?
An entry-level Criminal Defense Lawyer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $63,513 based on 34 salaries. An early career Criminal Defense Lawyer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $74,798 based on 103 …Read more
What Do Criminal Defense Lawyers Do?
Criminal defense lawyers are tasked with representing their clients in court. After conducting legal research, they must argue their client's case in front of a judge, prosecutors, and/or jury, and aspiring criminal defense lawyers must be members of the Bar in their states of employment. Employers prefer those who graduated from a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Some employers may promote interns from within an organization to become criminal defense …Read more
- Present cases in court representing the local, state or federal government.
- Review reports, evidence, and conduct research.
- Question witnesses, victims or others involved in the case.