When you’re seeking legal representation for your criminal case,
the best person for the job is a
criminal defense lawyer with experience as a former prosecutor. A prosecutor is an attorney
that legally represents the government in cases where criminal charges
have been brought on a person or a business entity due to an alleged crime.
It is the prosecutor’s duty to collect and present all the factual
evidence in a case in order to convince a jury or judge that a defendant
is guilty. The only responsibility a defense attorney has is to present
the best defense on behalf of their client. Therefore, a lawyer with both
prosecution and criminal defense experience can provide the most knowledgeable
The following are several benefits of having a former prosecutor as your
criminal defense attorney:
Extensive litigation experience – Did you know that the majority of all legal cases are settled outside
of a courtroom, meaning that only extremely difficult cases go to trial.
Most lawyers spend most of their legal career negotiating plea deals,
not litigating in front of a judge and jury for the rights of their client.
An experienced prosecutor has spent much of his or her career litigating
cases in court.
Can negotiate better plea deals – A criminal defense attorney who has worked with a prosecution
may also negotiate better plea bargains, as he or she knows how far the
D.A. may be pushed. A former prosecutor can use his or her knowledge of
the other side to be more effective and successful at negotiating on your behalf.
Experience with local courts – An experienced prosecutor will have tried a number of cases in local court,
and will typically develop close relationships with various courtroom
personnel, such as the judge, bailiff, and other courtroom staff. A former
prosecutor often understands the biases of a particular judge and how
that judge has typically ruled in previous cases similar to yours.
Appel & Morse, both of our Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyers are former deputy
district attorneys who have prosecuted all types of cases, ranging from
felonies. Since our legal team possesses a comprehensive understanding of both
sides of the courtroom, we can often anticipate how the prosecution will
approach your case.
If you have been arrested in Southern California,
contact us and schedule a
free consultation today.