The key component of successful criminal litigation is experience. Not only in the subject matter, but courtroom experience and knowledge of how prosecutors and law enforcement officers operate. When the government brings a criminal case against an individual, it starts from a position of advantage. The government has the power and luxury of charging cases it believes it can win, and rejects what the government perceives as a weak case. However, a defense attorney who knows the system well, can level the playing field for a person accused of a crime and can use this knowledge to a client’s advantage.
A criminal defense attorney must be familiar with the judges he or she will appear before. The attorney must be an expert in the production and flow of the paper work associated with criminal proceedings. Most importantly, the criminal attorney must be able to assess a criminal case, and to advise a client on the most advantageous course of action to pursue, from plea bargaining to a jury trial.
Let me make you a promise! If you require my services, I will always be totally candid with you regarding every aspect of your case, even if those facts are not pleasant or what you hoped to hear. There are attorneys who tell their clients what they believe the client wants to hear and later watch as they are escorted to jail.
I will always be prepared, know all the facts of your case, and be able to discuss what the evidence does and does not establish. Knowing all of these things will enable me to counsel you as to what is the best option for you. Ultimately, it is the client’s decision on how to proceed in any legal matter, but I will give you the best guidance based on my 25 years of experience.