Many criminal defense attorneys boast of their “years of experience.” However, of even greater significance is the familiarity with the type of charges, and the knowledge and practical experience the lawyer has within the courts in which the case will be prosecuted. How many times has this self-proclaimed “experienced” attorney gone to trial, litigated a suppression motion, handle a felony preliminary hearing, et al.? These are essential questions to ask when interviewing a defense attorney. Some criminal attorneys will talk a big game about going to trial in order to gain your money and misplaced trust, but then urge you to plead to a mediocre settlement when it comes time to “put twelve in the box.” Unfortunately, this might be done out of fear, inexperience, or outright laziness. Each of our attorneys has gone to trial on a murder case since the summer of 2019. Read more about one of them here.