When you are arrested for a criminal offense, a prosecutor—who is an attorney who represents the government—will press charges against you. The prosecution is responsible for obtaining a conviction for the state by presenting convincing evidence to a grand jury.
On the other hand, a criminal defense lawyer helps defendants avoid conviction by providing one or more potential defenses that present reasonable doubt. Although there are many criminal defense attorneys with years of legal experience, there are some who also have experience as prosecutors before starting their own firm.
Here are several advantages to hiring a former prosecutor to protect your rights, reputation, and future:
- Comprehensive understanding of both sides of the courtroom – If your lawyer is a former prosecutor, he/she can anticipate how the prosecution will collect evidence, determine what charges to file, and otherwise handle your case. This will enable your attorney to develop a solid counterattack to the prosecutor’s arguments, giving you an upper hand at trial.
- Took many cases to trial – There are many experienced criminal defense attorneys who settle most of their cases outside of court—without ever stepping foot inside a courtroom. In addition, former prosecutors know how to balance a massive caseload since there is a steady influx of cases from the state, making them learn how to effectively handles their cases.
- Familiar with local courts – Since former prosecutors have tried many cases in the local court, they have developed strong relationships with judges and other courtroom personnel. They may know how a particular judge decides on similar cases their client's faces. This can help you figure out whether you should go to trial or take a plea deal. If the latter is the best option, former prosecutors can negotiate better plea deals after working with the District Attorney for several years.
Attorney L. Patrick Mulligan has more than three decades of legal experience in the criminal justice field—including time spent as a former prosecutor. In addition, he is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, which is only held about only 23 other lawyers in Ohio. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony, our legal team is equipped to help you get the most favorable outcome possible.
For more information about our legal services, contact L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC today at (937) 685-7006 and schedule a free case evaluation.