When choosing a legal representative for your criminal case, you may be
wondering what type of experience or credentials you should be looking for in a
criminal defense attorney. While an excellent track record of success in defending clients
in cases similar to yours is obvious, you should also consider someone
with prosecution experience.
A prosecutor typically represents the government and presses criminal charges
against an accused person or entity. A lawyer who is familiar with both
sides of a criminal trial may be better suited to protect your rights
The following are common reasons why former prosecutors make the best defense
They have a thorough understanding of the criminal justice process – An experienced prosecutor has spent his or her career litigating
cases in the courtroom. Most cases that are filed are never contested
in a court of law, which means that many lawyers settle cases without
a trial. Former prosecutors have an extensive knowledge of the legal process
to help you navigate the complexities of your case.
They understand how prosecutors will approach your case – A former prosecutor will be familiar with how the prosecution gathers
related evidence, decides the charges to file, and develops their case
strategy to go to trial. This allows the lawyer to know the weaknesses
of the prosecution’s case, strengthening your case and giving you
an upper hand in the courtroom.
They know the local courts and judges – Courts and judges each have a certain track record regarding specific
kinds of cases. By having strong relationships with local courts, judges,
and even law enforcement authorities, a former prosecutor can better anticipate
what defense will work best for your charge.
They have earned their peers’ respect – Former prosecutors, especially those who were successful, often
leave the field with the respect of their peers. This can typically result
in more favorable outcomes.
As a former police officer, former prosecutor, and certified drug recognition
expert, our Ventura criminal defense attorney at
The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert has a unique understanding of the criminal justice system. Our firm can
utilize our knowledge in order to build an effective and personalized
defense strategy on your behalf.
Contact us and request a
free consultation today.