Attorney experience is not simply being in practice for a number of years. Experience is what an attorney has done in regard to legal work--An attorney might have been in practice for 50 years but may never have seen the inside of a courtroom. Paying a fee to belong to some legal organization does not equate to experience or competency.
When looking for an experienced criminal attorney, you want an attorney that has vast experience in the courtroom because that is where your case may end up and you definitely don’t want an attorney with limited experience because you can bet that the DA prosecuting the case against you has a lot of trial experience. Don’t handicap your chances of winning by having an attorney that is learning at your expense.
An experienced criminal attorney must know the criminal law inside and out because he will start your case by reviewing the facts and then applying those facts to the law. If the attorney is not well versed in the law, you are in trouble. This is a critical part of the case because the evaluation will determine what direction the case will go: If the facts and law are not favorable for you and you might be convicted, then negotiations with the DA might be in order to work out a favorable solution--This is where experience is most important because the attorney must know what is a reasonable solution based upon the law and facts--The attorney must exercise his knowledge and experience to negotiate a reduced charge, a program to keep you out of jail, or numerous other options that are available; but at times the case must go to trial and you don’t want an attorney with limited or no trial experience anymore than you would play a fourth string quarterback on the most important play of the game.
An experience criminal attorney must be an expert in search and seizure law and know when the police have violated your Miranda Rights ( your right to remain silent) because a police violation of these legal doctrine might cause the case against you to be dismissed.
My teaching Criminal Law and Evidence to law students and advanced studies of Criminal Law at USC has contributed greatly to my experience.
During my 43 years plus, I have represented more than 29,000 criminal clients. I have been retained in criminal matters to represent Judges, Attorneys, World champion Boxers, Olympic Champions, Physicians, Dentists, police officers, firemen, Accounts, College Students, and a large variety of other occupations.
I have won numerous motions to suppress evidence resulting in my clients case being dismissed. For example, I won a motion to suppress evidence involving a ship load of kilos of marijuana; another involving a house with four hundred kilos of marijuana and another involving three pounds of cocaine in a car--in that case a Judge refused to suppress the evidence but I appealed the case to the Court of Appeals and won. Additionally, I have had many favorable results challenging Miranda Rights violations.
I have tried hundreds of cases and obtained not guilty verdicts for my clients that were charged with murder, attempted murder, assault, assault upon a police officer, rape, robbery, burglary, indecent exposure, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of prescription drugs, statutory rape, molestation, forgery, petty theft, domestic violence and many more. All cases are different and most cases are resolved by dismissal or negotiated disposition. I have told of my large number of not guilty verdicts so that you would know I have the ability to “knock the ball out of the park”. It doesn’t mean that happens all the time but it is nice to know that the ability is there.
I have won several appeals before the Court of Appeals. I have brought and won writs before the dmv and my first case out of law school, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals appointed me represent an Client who was doing a long stretch in the Federal Prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. I brought a Writ of Habeas Corpus and sprung him.