When you are charged with a criminal offense, one of the most important things you must do is hire an experienced criminal defense attorney for your case. However, you may not know what to look for in a lawyer. Although there are many who have an excellent track record of success in defending criminal cases, an attorney with prosecution experience can provide you with the biggest advantage.
A prosecutor is an attorney who decides what charges to file against a person accused of a crime and then proceeds to try the case in front of a judge or grand jury. Having a lawyer who is familiar with both sides of a criminal trial is better equipped to defend you if you are facing criminal charges.
The following are several advantages of having a former prosecutor as your criminal defense lawyer:
- A former prosecutor has plenty of experience in courtroom litigation – Did you know that there are many lawyers who practice law without having to step foot inside of a courtroom. Many cases are actually settled without a trial. So in the event that your case reaches trial, having a former prosecutor on your side can be better equipped to defend you.
- A former prosecutor has a thorough understanding of the criminal trial process – A jury trial consists of pretrial motions, jury selection, cross-examination of prosecution witnesses, determining what witnesses to call in your defense, deciding whether you should testify, as well as preparing and arguing your case.
- A former prosecutor understands strategies for a successful outcome – He or she will be familiar with how the prosecution will approach your case in order to develop an effective and personalized defense strategy on your behalf.
- A former prosecutor knows how to work with a heavy case load – Most criminal defense lawyers only have as many cases as clients that come to them for defense. By contrast, prosecutors typically have a larger case load since there is a constant stream of cases from the state. Due to this fact, they have to learn how to adequately handle their cases.
At Foley Griffin, LLP, our Nassau County criminal defense attorney, Mr. Brian J. Griffin, has had a long career as a prosecutor. He first started out handling misdemeanor crimes, but was then promoted to handle a wide range of felony cases. He was also appointed as Special Prosecutor for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and handled a variety of prosecutions in Suffolk County.
If you have been arrested for a crime in New York, request a free consultation with our Nassau County criminal defense lawyer at Foley Griffin, LLP today.