Integrity. Compassion.
I represent and fight for the rights of individuals in Lafayette and other
parishes of Acadia who are facing criminal charges.
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Criminal Defense Attorney Fighting For The Accused

The people accused of a crime in this country face difficult times and the process is a strain on the individual and his or her family. Fortunately, we have laws in place to protect you and give you an opportunity to defend yourself against the purported allegations. If you find yourself accused of a crime, you need a lawyer who cares about the outcome of your case and can fight for your future.

I know the importance of quality criminal defense; in fact, I became an attorney and opened my own law firm to help individuals and their families through the difficult legal process when a loved one has been accused of a crime. From my office in Lafayette, Louisiana, I stand beside the accused and fight for their future.

You Are More Than Just A Case To Me

My clients are consistently happy with the quality of my legal representation, because I provide my clients:

  • Respect: I know that there is much more to you than the crime for which you are accused. I treat you like a person, and I take the time to learn about your needs and goals for your representation.
  • Help: If you are facing repeat charges for drugs, theft, DUI or violent crimes, I can help you find the resources and turn your life around.
  • Professionalism: I will take the time to work with you, helping you through your problems and fighting vigorously in your defense. I am fighting for more than just lenient sentences and smaller fines — I am fighting for you and your family’s future.

Fighting For The American Ideals

I still believe that you are innocent until proven guilty, whether you are charged with a drug crime, OWI, DWI, DUI or something far more severe. The fact is, however, sometimes in this country we need to fight for that ideal. Many people will judge you guilty before your criminal trial has even started, and I am here to be an advocate for you, making sure you are judged fairly.

Meet Criminal Defense Attorney Donald D. Cleveland

Donald D. Cleveland was born in 1976 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He graduated magna cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1999 and received his Juris Doctorate as a cum laude graduate of Southern University Law Center in 2002. He is admitted to all state courts in Louisiana and the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

From 2013-2020, Mr. Cleveland was recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as one among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. In 2014, the American Society of Legal Advocates named him in the Top 40 Lawyers under 40 list, and in 2014 and 2015 by The National Trial Lawyers in the Top 40 under 40 list.

In 2017, Mr. Cleveland received a lifetime achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys.

In 2016, Mr. Cleveland was selected by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC, as one among the Top 100 DUI attorneys in Louisiana and was also recognized by The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys as a Top Ten Attorney in the state of Louisiana for criminal law.

After earning his Juris Doctorate, Donald D. Cleveland spent a year as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Frank McGee in Opelousas, Louisiana. Since that time, he has spent his time as a criminal defense attorney serving clients in Lafayette Parish and the surrounding parishes. His objective has always been to provide quality criminal defense.

Donald D. Cleveland is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Lafayette Parish Bar Association, the National College for DUI Defense and Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also certified as a practitioner in standardized field sobriety testing.

In 2019 and 2020, Donald was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Acadiana.

In 2020, he was selected as a member of America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Talk To Me About Your Legal Defense

I believe you deserve quality representation, and that includes a personal concern for you and your family’s future. Contact me online today for a consultation with a lawyer at 337-205-0319.