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- Criminal Attorney
- A popular term for an attorney who specializes in representing people charged with crimes, at the trial or appellate level. Many lawyers handle criminal defense and also have other clients. In some states, the licensing agency that regulates the practice of law certifies lawyers as "criminal law specialists" based on experience and extra training in that field.