When facing criminal charges in Ventura County, picking a solid, competent criminal defense attorney is a vital first step in your defense. There are many factors to take in account when attempting to determine the best criminal defense attorney for you. Two factors in particular are very important in jurisdiction. These factors include experience practicing within Ventura County where your case will be prosecuted and the attorney's background and familiarity with the Ventura County District's office and procedures.
There are many different attorneys practicing law in Ventura County and a large quantity of these do at least some criminal defense work. The first and most important factor in choosing a good defense attorney is that you want someone who practices either exclusively or nearly exclusively in Ventura County. This county is a unique entity with how crimes are prosecuted and in how penalties are handed out. Many times, out-of-town attorneys come into the court house not understanding basic court procedure or how to properly represent their clients. For example, if an attorney claims to be able to get a "wet reckless," he or she obviously does not understand that the Ventura County District Attorney's office does not charge or give these out here in exchange for a plea to a DUI like in other counties. Ventura County has its own individual policies and procedures in how things are handled and unfortunately for outsiders, there is limited time for catch up when trying to get the best possible results for their clients.
At Wilfert Law P.C., we practice almost exclusively in Ventura County precisely because we understand that this focused effort is necessary to provide our clients with the very best defense. I began my career practicing law in this county, was a sworn police officer in this jurisdiction, and prosecuted cases on behalf of this district attorney's office. I understand the way each individual department prepares their cases and exactly what the Ventura District Attorney's office is focused on when they decide to prosecute.
Another factor worth considering is the attorney's background. Many attorneys come into private practice directly from law school and learn over time. Some come from the Ventura County Public Defender's office and have been tutored by more experienced attorneys during their development. Still some others began their careers at the Ventura County District Attorney's office and received extensive training at how cases are put together and what needs to be present in order to successfully prosecute. These attorneys in particular have extensive trial work and a firm "inside" understanding of the prosecutor's position on charging and prosecuting a case because they have walked in the prosecutor's shoes. They understand exactly what steps a young prosecutor needs to undertake to get a case dismissed and can help a prosecutor get there.
As a young prosecutor at the Ventura County District Attorney's office, I received extensive training on evaluating cases and prosecuting criminal matters to verdict. I was blessed to be trained by some of the best legal minds in this county, many of whom later went on to serve their community by accepting a position on the bench as a judge or commissioner. I firmly believe there is no better way to begin your legal career then at the Ventura County District Attorney's office. Former prosecutors have many advantages because of their training that other attorneys do not and can often look at a criminal matter with a perspective that benefits their client in a unique and novel manner.
In short, there are many factors to consider when deciding which attorney to entrust with your defense. In this particular county, two factors carry more importance than any others. These two factors, experience practicing within Ventura County and familiarity with the Ventura County District Attorney's office, are by far the most significant in evaluating an attorney and his ability to properly defend you and get the best possible results for you. Contact our firm if you have further questions about how our Ventura criminal defense lawyers can defend your charges!