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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored criminal defense lawyers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best criminal defense lawyers in Des Moines, IA.

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  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Berger Law Firm P.C.

Des Moines Attorney Peter Berger has more than 37 years of experience as a trial attorney. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Berger uses his courtroom knowledge to defend those accused of drug, sex crime, Internet, DUI, domestic violence, and other charges. Mr. Berger also practices personal injury law, with over $10 million of settlements and jury verdicts achieved, and civil rights law, winning the largest monetary civil settlement in the area in a federal civil rights case. Mr. Berger provides free initial consultations.

Urbandale, IA 50322 (515) 288-8888


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Culp, Doran, & Genest P.L.C.

The attorneys of Culp, Doran, and Genest, P.L.C., practice in criminal, family, and personal injury law. Placing a high value on client communication, the attorneys of the firm are available for evening and weekend appointments and pride themselves on returning phone calls promptly. The firm, located in Des Moines, provides free consultations for prospective clients.

Des Moines, IA 50309 (515) 288-3333


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Dickey & Campbell Law Firm P.L.C.

Dickey & Campbell Law Firm, P.L.C. is a full-service legal firm in Des Moines. The attorneys of Dickey & Campbell handle matters related to criminal defense, post-conviction relief, real estate law, animal law, government relations, and other areas. Gary Dickey, one of the founding partners of the firm and life-long Des Moines resident, is an appellate attorney practicing in both criminal and civil cases. Founding partner Angela Campbell is experienced in criminal appellate work and won a case that she argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Des Moines, IA 50309 (515) 288-5008


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Feitelson Law Firm

Feitelson Law LLC is a Des Moines law firm established in 2004. Attorney Jeremy Feitelson handles matters including employment law, criminal defense, civil litigation, family law, and personal injury law. Clients say that he is a good communicator, that his rates are fair, and that he helped them achieve successful outcomes for multiple different types of matters.

West Des Moines, IA 50265 (515) 267-1265


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Gourley, Rehkemper & Lindholm PLC

The criminal defense firm of Gourley, Rehkemper & Lindholm PLC has offices in West Des Moines and Mason City. The firm primarily handles wrongful death actions, drunk driving defense, criminal defense, and family law. Members of the firm belong to the American and Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National College of DUI Defense. Many of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers or named as Rising Stars. The firm offers a free consultation as well as off-hours appointments.

440 Fairway Dr Ste 210
West Des Moines, IA 50266
(515) 226-0500


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Higgins Law Firm PLLC

Attorney Stuart Higgins, a lifelong Iowan, formed Higgins Law Firm in Des Moines in 2011. Mr. Higgins studied at Drake Law School and practices employment law, personal injury law, and criminal defense law. In 2015, Mr. Higgins was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a Premier 100 Trial Attorney by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys, and a Great Plains Super Lawyers Rising Star. Mr. Higgins provides free confidential consultations.

West Des Moines, IA 50265 (515) 619-9148


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J. Keith Rigg, Attorney

Attorney J. Keith Rigg has practiced criminal law in Des Moines since 1982. Mr. Rigg has extensive litigation experience and represents clients in both federal and state court. Mr. Rigg handles all kinds of criminal law matters including white collar crime as well as fraud, conspiracy, and drug charges. Mr. Rigg has practiced before the U.S. Supreme Court, won an American Jurisprudence Award in Remedies and Civil Procedure, is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Lawyers, and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Des Moines, IA 50309 (515) 284-7930


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James Nelsen P.L.C.

Attorney James Nelsen has been practicing criminal defense law for over twelve years. Handling both state and federal matters, Mr. Nelsen represents clients in cases ranging from traffic offenses and DUI charges to serious violent crimes. Mr. Nelsen’s office is located in West Des Moines. The firm offers flat fee representation for certain types of matters.

Des Moines, IA 50266 (800) 697-8512


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Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje, P.C.

Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje, P.C. was formed in Ankeny in 1995. As a general practice firm, attorneys at Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje handle matters including general business representation, estate planning and probate issues, family law matters and general litigation. The five person firm emphasizes integrity, professionalism, and strong relationships with clients. Founding partner Jeff Lamberti served in the Iowa Legislature for more than ten years.

Ankeny, IA 50021 (515) 964-8777


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Mathias Law Offices

Des Moines criminal defense attorney Jeff Mathias began practicing law in Iowa in 1998. He also practices bankruptcy law and can handle uncontested divorces. Mathias, a former police officer, also studied criminal justice. Clients praise his professionalism, responsiveness, and knowledge of his subject areas. Mr. Mathias will provide a free online consultation to prospective clients.

West Des Moines, IA 50265 (515) 261-7526


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McCarthy & Hamrock P.C.

The criminal defense firm of McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. is located in West Des Moines. Attorneys Tim McCarthy and Aaron Hamrock, both members of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, have more than four decades of combined experience representing clients accused of charges such as drug crimes, financial crimes, federal crimes, and DWI. The firm free initial consultations as well as after-hours line for emergencies.

West Des Moines, IA 50266 (515) 279-9700


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McEnroe, Gotsdiner, Brewer, Steinbach & Rothman P.C.

The attorneys of McEnroe, Gotsdiner, Brewer, Steinbach & Rothman, P.C., have been practicing in West Des Moines since 1998. The law firm handles cases from many different practice areas including family law, personal injury, trusts and estates, and criminal law. With regard to criminal law, attorneys Dan Rothman, Frank Steinbach, and William Brewer have over 75 total years of combined experience in practicing criminal law and represent clients both state and federal court. Martindale Hubbard has given the firm an AV Preeminent rating.

West Des Moines, IA 50266 (515) 267-9000


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Parrish Kruidenier

For more than forty years, Parrish Kruidenier has served clients in Des Moines and throughout Iowa in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, criminal defense, employment and labor law, civil rights, administrative law, family law, and appellate law. Founding partner Alfredo Parrish has represented clients in over 200 jury trials, has argued before the United States Supreme Court, and has been listed in Super Lawyers for several years. Another of the firm’s partners, Benjamin Bergmann, is fluent in Spanish and frequently represents Spanish-speaking clients.

Des Moines, IA 50312 (515) 284-5737


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Rouse Law PC

Attorney Sam Rouse has been practicing law in Iowa since 1990. From his office in Des Moines, Mr. Rouse practices personal injury and criminal defense law, and often handles cases involving vehicular injury, wrongful death, workers compensation claims, DWI defense, and drug charges. Mr. Rouse has received an AV Rating from Martindale Hubbard and was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Iowa in 2014 by the American Society of Legal Advocates.

West Des Moines, IA 50266 (800) 858-6174


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Spellman Law, P.C.

Attorneys Sean Spellman and Mary Spellman of Spellman Law, P.C. practice criminal defense law and handle felony-level matters in West Des Moines and the surrounding area. The team of attorneys handles matters such as OWI/DWI, drug crimes, federal criminal offenses, white collar crimes, and traffic violations. Spellman Law, P.C. offers free consultations and can schedule evening, weekend, or in-home visits as necessary.

West Des Moines, IA 50266 (515) 222-4330


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Stowers & Sarcone PLC

The criminal defense team of Nick Sarcone and Dean Stowers practices in Des Moines. The firm frequently handles cases involving federal drug charges and property seizure and forfeiture. Mr. Sarcone previously worked as a public defender and has handled cases for thousands of clients. Mr. Sarcone has handled many jury and bench trials and has argued before the Iowa Supreme Court. Mr. Stowers has tried dozens of jury trials, many in federal court, and has obtained not-guilty verdicts in 70% of those cases. He is one of few lawyers certified to try death penalty cases in Iowa. The firm offers an after-hours emergency line.

West Des Moines, IA 50266 (515) 224-7446


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