The Advantages of Hiring a Former Prosecutor for Your Criminal Case
If you have been arrested for or charged with a criminal offense, you want to enlist the help of a criminal defense attorney with experience. Although a lawyer who has an excellent track record in defending criminal cases is important, think about the advantages of also having one with experience as a prosecutor.
A prosecutor is the state attorney that decides what charges to file against a person accused of a crime and then proceeds to try the case in front of a grand jury or judge. The District Attorney, who is elected by the residents of his/her respective district, is responsible for overseeing all the lawyers that prosecute criminal cases.
The following are the benefits of having a former prosecutor on your side:
- Knowledge of both sides of the courtroom – A former prosecutor has a comprehensive understanding of the trial process. He or she will understand how the prosecution collected related evidence, determines the charges to file, and builds their case to go to trial, allowing the lawyer to expose the weaknesses in the prosecution’s argument and, thus, strengthening your case.
- Extensive courtroom litigation experience – An experienced prosecutor spends a majority of his or her career litigating cases in court. Most people do not know that there are many lawyers practicing law who never step foot inside a courtroom. Even for attorneys who specialize in litigation, most cases that are filed end up being settled without a trial. A former prosecutor will be better prepared to protect your rights and future if your case reaches trial.
- Strong ties with local courts and judges – Courts and judges each have a unique track record regarding certain types of cases. A former prosecutor will have tired numerous cases in local court, often becoming familiar with biases of a particular judge and how that judge has often ruled in previous cases, which helps him or her determine whether you should accept a plea deal or go to trial. Additionally, former prosecutors—especially successful ones—often earn the respect of their peers, which can result in more favorable outcomes for their clients.
While you may find it beneficial to have one former prosecutor representing you, our legal team at Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh is comprised of three former District Attorneys who have been recognized by our peers in the legal community. With more than five decades of collective experience, our Raleigh criminal defense attorneys possess the extensive knowledge of North Carolina law to guide you through the criminal justice system while protecting your rights and freedom.
We can investigate your case, analyze the evidence against you, hire expert witnesses, and build an effective defense strategy just for you. We understand how the prosecution will approach your case, giving you a clear advantage in the courtroom.
For more information, contact us and request a free consultation today.