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 and future.
The following are common reasons why former prosecutors make the best defense attorneys:
- 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 can anticipate how prosecutors will approach your case – A former prosecutor will be familiar with how the prosecution gathers related evidence, files charges against the defendant, and develops their case strategy to go to trial. This allows the lawyer to know the weaknesses of the prosecution's case and prepare an effective counter attack.
- They have a thorough understanding of local courts and judges – Each judge and court has their own unique characteristics and tendencies based on their track record. By having strong relationships with local courts, judges, and even law enforcement authorities, a former prosecutor can determine the best legal strategy for your case.
- They have earned their peers' respect – Former prosecutors are respected by the local legal community. 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 Wilfert Law P.C. 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.