Todd Kernal has worked as a criminal defense attorney for nearly 20 years. Todd has extensive experience helping his clients navigate through the complex civil and criminal law issues surrounding a DUI arrest. He also has a long history of defending his clients against drug, sex and general felony charges.
Todd started his law career after a run-in with an unfair landlord while in college. The landlord refused to refund his damage deposit. So Todd went to the law library — after having to ask for directions — and started doing research. He wrote the landlord a letter, explaining the law and why he was legally entitled to the deposit. Two days later, the deposit was returned. That’s when Todd decided to go to law school. While in law school, Todd interned in a criminal law practice and it was a perfect fit. Todd enjoys being in the courtroom and fighting for his clients every day, and he prides himself on his ethics and his ability to research and prepare a case for the best possible outcome for the client. Many lawyers do not like to practice criminal law because they feel it is beneath them. Todd believes that all defendants deserve the full protection of the United States and Oklahoma Constitutions. If he does not stand up for his clients and protect their constitutional rights, then everyone loses.
Todd is originally from Artesia, New Mexico, and was a rugby player at New Mexico State University. Todd’s wife, Erin, is a certified public accountant. Todd and Erin have two daughters, Katie and Abby.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Defense
- Driving Under the Influence/Driving While Impaired
- Marijuana Defense
- Meth Defense
- Auto Accidents
- 100 percent of practice devoted to litigation
- Oklahoma, 1997
- U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 1997
- University of Oklahoma College of Law, juris doctorate, 1997
- New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, N.M.), bachelor’s degree, 1993
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Cleveland County Bar Association
- Oklahoma County Bar Association
- Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association
- Oklahoma City office