criminal lawyer


: a lawyer who specializes in criminal law
especially : a lawyer who represents defendants in criminal cases

Examples of criminal lawyer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The elite criminal lawyer handles cases for defendants as well as victims and has worked with clients including Hammer and Darren Sharper. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Sep. 2023 The first, in 1972, in which criminal lawyer F. Lee Bailey defended Mr. Phillips, ended in a mistrial, with the jury deadlocked 10-2 for acquittal. Robert D. McFadden,, 10 Sep. 2023 Trailer | Better Call Saul Watch on A spin-off of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul is a prequel series focusing on Saul Goodman, a criminal lawyer who puts aside his morals to work alongside various drug lords. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 13 Aug. 2023 But independent privacy and criminal lawyers, as well as the police, advised her against doing so due to the implications that could come from waiving her anonymity. Dory Jackson, Peoplemag, 17 July 2023 Gene Rossi, a 30-year civil and criminal lawyer at the Justice Department, said the case is much stronger than the indictment suggests, especially when reading between the lines of the Statement of Facts. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2023 Costello, a longtime Manhattan criminal lawyer and partner at Davidhoff, Hutcher and Citron, has represented a string of high-profile clients, including key figures in Trump’s orbit. Sara Dorn, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 Hospitals have malpractice lawyers but do not typically employ criminal lawyers. Kavitha Surana, ProPublica, 14 Mar. 2023 James’ case required a criminal lawyer. Curtis Bunn, NBC News, 26 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of criminal lawyer was in 1753

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“Criminal lawyer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

criminal lawyer

: a lawyer who specializes in criminal law

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