If you have been arrested for or accused of a criminal offense, it is imperative to seek legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. However, you may be wondering what type of lawyer you should hire to protect your rights, reputation, and future.
While it is obvious you should choose an attorney who has an exceptional track record of success, especially when it comes to the charges you face, consider the advantages of also consider one with previous experience as a prosecutor.
Prosecutors are attorneys who work for the federal, state, or local government and represent the interests of the public’s safety. They review the report and evidence collected by the arresting police officers, determine what charges to file against the defendant, and attempt to convince a jury or judge that the defendant is guilty.
The following are the common advantages of having a former prosecutor on your side when facing criminal charges:
- Extensive understanding of both sides of the courtroom – A former prosecutor has tried cases for plaintiffs and defendants alike, which means he/she has a thorough knowledge of the criminal justice system. He/she knows how the prosecution obtains and analyzes evidence, chooses what charges to file against the defendant, and develops their case strategy for trial. A lawyer with prosecution experience can anticipate how the prosecutor will approach your case and build a strong defense strategy to obtain the best results possible.
- Experience going to trial – Did you know that the majority of criminal defense lawyers help their clients by settling a case without going inside a courtroom? If your case happens to reach trial, you want an attorney who is prepared to defend you in court.
- Better plea deals – A former prosecutor can use their experience on the other side of the courtroom to obtain better plea bargains. He/she knows how far the D.A. may be pushed to obtain the most favorable outcome possible for his/her clients.
- Handles a heavy caseload – Criminal defense lawyers can typically handle only a handful of cases at a time. On the other hand, prosecutors have a larger caseload since there is a constant flow of cases coming from the state. Those with former prosecution experience know how to effectively handle a heavy caseload, as well as commit their time to each of their clients.
Before starting his own firm, Attorney David A. Webster worked as an Assistant State Attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit in Seminole County. In addition to prosecuting countless misdemeanor and felony cases, he received the MADD Award of Excellence given to prosecutors who are successful in the legal field of DUI litigation. With decades of experience as a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, he can help you obtain the best results possible.
For more information about our Seminole County criminal defense attorney, contact us and schedule a free consultation today.