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Choosing an attorney: Prosecutors turned defense attorneys

You know that you want to find an attorney for your domestic violence charges. The charges are largely false, but with an alleged victim rallying against you, you know you need as much help as you can get.

It's important to consider working with someone who understands domestic violence laws but who also understands what the prosecution plans to do. Who would that be? Consider working with an attorney who used to be a prosecutor but who now defends those accused of crimes.

With an attorney who used to be a prosecutor, you know that he or she is aware of the tactics used to get someone to give in to a plea deal or to make a jury pity an alleged victim. The one-time prosecutor knows what it takes to get a conviction and can help you understand if the other side has a strong case against you. If not, then you have a better chance of defending yourself and walking away without significant penalties.

By understanding the prosecution's plans and how the prosecution may put together a case, your defense attorney has the experience needed to create a solid defense strategy. Your attorney knows how to investigate the case, the right questions to ask and how to approach the case.

When you talk to your attorney, make sure you ask what his or her experience level is. Understand if he or she is familiar with negotiating, creating settlements and developing defenses. A good attorney can help fight the charges against you and possibly mitigate the potential penalties.

Source: Trial Theory, "Why it matters if your defense lawyer used to be a prosecutor," Bobby G. Frederick, accessed Feb. 27, 2018

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