When it comes to hiring a defense attorney, you may be looking for someone who has a bit of extra experience on both sides of the courtroom. A defense attorney who was a former prosecutor can offer support that other defense attorneys can’t. All the attorneys at Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC are former prosecutors in Tarrant County, Texas.
Consider working with a Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer at Hoeller McLaughlin, PLLC. We can help you navigate the courtroom with experience from all fields.
Using Prosecutor Experience in the Courtroom
A prosecutor, also known as an Assistant District Attorney, is a legal representative of the State of Texas, who conducts cases against the criminal defendant in the courtroom. They are seen as the antithesis of a defense attorney, who serves as the defense of the subject charged with criminal activity.
By working with a defense attorney who is a former prosecutor, you will be able to use their experience and training to gain a further understanding of the court and trial process from both parties. In addition, they will likely have more courtroom experience than many defense lawyers, as a prosecutor devotes the majority of their time to being in the courtroom on a regular basis (they typically have a much higher case count than defense attorneys). Prosecutors also undergo intense training to develop legal knowledge and trial skills.
Lawyers with experience in both aspects of the courtroom will likely also have more experience when it comes to building and balancing caseloads. While defense attorneys may only have a few cases at a time, prosecutors often are tasked with multiple cases at once. They must learn to carefully devote time to each one.
Anticipating the prosecutor’s moves are also a crucial part of being a defense attorney. Former prosecutors can use their previous experience to determine what the prosecutor will do next. This also helps when it comes to negotiating terms and plea bargains. With a former prosecutor’s experience, they may help you to negotiate a better outcome.
Other Advantages of a Former Prosecutor
While the defense attorney mainly works with their client, a prosecutor tends to work more closely with judges. Each judge has a particular way of thinking. Thanks to a prosecutor’s work with other judges in the past, they may have a better understanding of a judge’s previous rulings and how what type of punishment they may assess given a specific fact pattern.
This extra bit of information may help the attorney to determine whether or not a client should go to trial, go in front of the judge, or do a plea deal. When you’re seeking out the best option for your case, a lawyer who understands both sides of a criminal case can help you get the answers you need.
Get Extra Experience on Your Side with Our Team
If you or a family member were charged with a crime, you will want to have the best possible representation on your side both in and out of court. To get this, you may want to consider the use of a former prosecutor as your defense attorney.
A Fort Worth defense attorney at Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC will help you stay afloat during your trial process, and guarantee the best outcome possible. All of our attorneys are former prosecutors, with extensive legal and court room experience. To learn more, call 817-334-7900 or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.