Being accused of a crime can be devastating for your reputation. It can cause you to lose job opportunities, ruin your relationships with friends and family, and make you feel as if no one is on your side.
If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney – one who will be on your side, whether you have some guilt in the crime, or are being falsely accused. But how can you be sure you have secured the right counsel for your particular situation?
Oftentimes, criminal defense attorneys have a wide variety of experience, both in prosecuting and defending criminal cases, and attorneys who were once prosecutors are a valuable asset to a criminal defense.
Using the knowledge gained as a former prosecutor, a criminal defense lawyer is able to identify the weaknesses in your case, and anticipate what strategies the prosecution will likely use to make his or her case in front of a judge and jury.
Types of Cases Handled
Criminal defense attorneys may specialize in different types of cases. Some attorneys may handle mostly what are called ‘white collar crimes’, which include:
- Fraud, such as credit card fraud, insurance fraud, mail fraud, and government fraud
- Tax evasion
There is also ‘blue collar crime,’ though the term is used less often these days. These crimes include:
- Property crimes
- Drug crimes
- Theft crimes
- Sex crimes
In selecting your defense attorney, it’s wise to choose one who has experience in successfully defending the type of crime with which you have been charged.
Because you will be working closely with your criminal defense attorney, it is essential that you feel comfortable with him or her. You will need to discuss many details with your lawyer, including some things that you may have difficulty sharing. If you do not feel at ease speaking with your lawyer, or if you do not feel as if you can tell him or her all of the facts surrounding your case, then it may not be the right match.
David S. Kestenbaum is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has demonstrated successful outcomes in a wide variety of cases. He takes the time to understand your situation, and is able to construct a case that will uphold your rights and achieve the best possible outcome.