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As crime escalates and prisons reach capacity, there is a growing call for criminal defense jobs to represent clients accused of a crime. Criminal defense jobs may include being an attorney or a paralegal who specializes in interpreting laws and preparing cases to defend their clients.

Clients can be either indiviudals or groups and can be defended against a wide range of crimes to theft, traffic violations, assault, embezzlement or fraud, to name a few options.

A criminal attorney will be expected to defend their client in court by reviewing the accusations, interpreting the law, researching similar cases and precedents, interviewing witnesses, negotiating plea agreements if necessary, creating motions and appeals if a case is lost and is appealed to a higher court.

A criminal defense attorney is required to complete the necessary educational requirements: graduating from a four-year college with a BA, followed by a JD from an accredited three year law school. The attorney will also need to pass the bar exam for the state they want to work in.

A paralegal acts in a supportive role for the attorney, helping in the background preparations for a trial, including helping to locate and interview witnesses and review applicable court cases and preparing briefs to assist the attorney. There are paralegal degrees and certificate courses available, but it is not an absolute necessity in some law firms.

Attorneys and paralegals can work in private practices specializing in criminal law, in a district attorney's office or for a public defender, who works with clients that cannot afford their own legal counsel. They will need to be prepared to defend their client in many different courts including federal, appellate or district courses, depending on the nature of the crime.

Because of the variety of laws that can be broken, a criminal attorney or paralegal has to be aware of how these laws apply to their client and work to defend their clients rights after they are accused of these crimes.

There are many opportunities for people to work in the criminal law niche as criminal activity continues to increase. However, there is a wide salary range for criminal lawyers ranging from a modest public defendant salary to attorneys who have high profile clients and cases. Criminal defense jobs are available across the country for the right candidates.
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Aug 22,14 USA - KY Louisville

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Aug 06, 14 USA - TX Austin

In-House, General Counsel Consulting Min 10 yrs required
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legal representation of indigent criminal defendant in Travis County.... J.D./LLB from an accredited law school and 10 years... prosecution or defense of criminal offense. 1st Assistant requires... prosecution or defense of criminal offenses is required. Both... current license to practice law is needed. Closing date:......
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Aug 30, 14 USA - CA Berkeley

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in the area of criminal Defense law Should have... experience as a prosecutor or criminal defense attorney. Should have... ability to write in an authoritative, neutral tone. Ability to translate legal concepts into articles and FAQs that can be easily...
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Aug 20, 14 USA - WI De Pere

In-House, General Counsel Consulting Min 2 yrs required
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investigative teams. Testify in criminal and civil matters as... government agencies, corporate investigations law firm, accounting firm). Desirable... MBA, J.D., Masters in criminal Justice, Masters in Forensic... healthcare fraud investigations experience. Familiarity with Federal, state, and local law enforcement processes....
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Aug 29, 14 USA - CA Brea

In-House, General Counsel Consulting Min 4 yrs required
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training. Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in criminal Justice Business or related... institution regulatory agency or law enforcement agency. MA MS... MBA J.D. CPA certification and CAMS or CFE certification are favorably considered. Proficient with various third party data providers internet resources bank...
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Aug 29, 14 USA - AZ Tempe

In-House, General Counsel Consulting Min 4 yrs required
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a Bachelors Degree in criminal Justice, Business or related... institution, regulatory agency or law enforcement agency. MA, MS,... MBA, J.D., CPA certification, and CAMS or CFE certification are considered. Proficient with various third party data providers, internet resources, bank applications...
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Aug 26, 14 USA - WA Marysville

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through the civil and criminal legal systems. Asses the... safety plan for the victim and children. Refer to other agencies as needed. Provide support in court proceedings, immigration programs if needed, and coordinate services through law enforcement, prosecution and courts.......
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Aug 20, 14 USA - FL Tampa

In-House, General Counsel Consulting Min 3 yrs required
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Work closely with the law department and outside counsel... high-risk investigations. Testify in criminal and civil matters as... experience. (State or local law enforcement, FBI, CIA, DEA,... corporate investigations, insurance company law firm, accounting firm). 1-3... MBA, J.D., Masters in criminal Justice, Masters in Forensic......
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Aug 20, 14 USA - GA Atlanta

In-House, General Counsel Consulting Min 3 yrs required
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Work closely with the law department and outside counsel... high-risk investigations. Testify in criminal and civil matters as... experience. (State or local law enforcement, FBI, CIA, DEA,... corporate investigations, insurance company law firm, accounting firm). 1-3... MBA, J.D., Masters in criminal Justice, Masters in Forensic......
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Aug 20, 14 USA - WI Green Bay

In-House, General Counsel Consulting Min 3 yrs required
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Work closely with the law department and outside counsel... high-risk investigations. Testify in criminal and civil matters as... experience. (State or local law enforcement, FBI, CIA, DEA,... corporate investigations, insurance company law firm, accounting firm). 1-3... MBA, J.D., Masters in criminal Justice, Masters in Forensic......
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Work closely with the law department and outside counsel... high-risk investigations. Testify in criminal and civil matters as... experience. (State or local law enforcement, FBI, CIA, DEA,... corporate investigations, insurance company law firm, accounting firm). 1-3... MBA, J.D., Masters in criminal Justice, Masters in Forensic......
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Job Opportunities in Criminal Law

Criminal attorneys are one of several different types of attorneys. These lawyers work in criminal and penal law either as a district attorney (DA) or as a defense attorney. The types of cases taken on by these criminal attorneys may include everything from misdemeanors to felony crimes like homicide and drug dealing. The criminal law industry is one of the most popular law fields to go into, because it offers such a wide variety of different case types that each attorney can specialize in as they choose. Law is a very competitive industry. About 27% of all criminal attorneys are self-employed.

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Criminal jobs are becoming increasingly available, as the struggling economy has made people resort to committing crimes that they otherwise would not. While this certainly does not reflect well upon society, it is great news for those interested in criminal employment, as there is more work than there are available workers. Jobs in this industry include police officers, investigators, prosecutors, and forensic examiners, so people with all types of backgrounds are eligible for this criminal work. If this is a field that you would be interested in, make sure that you follow these steps and find yourself the perfect job as soon as possible.

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