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Criminal Lawyer job description

A Criminal Lawyer is a professional who prosecutes or defends individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. 

Use this Criminal Lawyer job description to advertise your vacancies and find qualified candidates. Feel free to modify responsibilities and requirements based on your needs.

Criminal Lawyer responsibilities include:

  • Conducting research and analyzing cases to determine a probable outcome and devise an effective strategy to defend clients in court
  • Interpreting laws for clients and helping them to understand their legal options
  • Aiming to resolve cases as quickly and favorably as possible

Job brief

We are looking for a Criminal Lawyer to join our team and provide legal aid to individuals who have been accused of committing criminal activities. 

Criminal Lawyer responsibilities include interpreting laws, advising clients on their legal options, and presenting evidence in court. 

Ultimately, you will work to prosecute or defend individuals who have been accused of conducting criminal activities. 


  • Represent clients at arraignments, hearings, and court trials
  • Present evidence to a judge and/or jury should the case go to trial
  • Prepare and draft legal documents, including legal briefs and appeals
  • Negotiate plea negotiations, punishments, and settlements
  • Undergo ongoing training to stay updated about changes and new developments in the legal field
  • Conduct yourself in an ethical and professional manner at all times

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as a Criminal Lawyer or similar role
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong critical thinking and research skills
  • Excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and with a team of attorneys
  • Relevant training and/or certifications as a Criminal Lawyer

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