The credentials of a prospective criminal defense lawyer to handle your
case is important. One of the best qualifications is being a former prosecutor.
Representing the government, a prosecutor brings criminal charges to a
defendant for alleged violations of law. Prosecutors must prove a defendant
is guilty by presenting evidence.
The following are several benefits of having a former prosecutor as your
criminal defense attorney:
Extensive litigation experience – Did you know that most cases do not make it to trial. Most lawyers
spend most of their time in practice negotiating plea deals, rather than
going up again a judge or jury to fight for their clients 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.