You might wonder, if you are searching for a lawyer to defend you or one of your loved ones in a criminal case, why you might prefer to hire a Board Certified crimnal defense attorney. A Board Certified criminal attorney (prosecutors may also become board certified) means that the lawyer has more experience in criminal law–usuallly that means that he or she has handled more cases, been involved in more trials, has handled more appeals, or has a more in-depth background in criminal law and has passed a rigorous examination in order to become board certified. In my case, I have been both a misdemeanor and felony prosecutor, starting ing 1984, handling cases from DWI’s all the way up to 1st degree murder cases. I have also handled these cases as a criminal defense attorney going back to 1988 when I worked for the Public Defender in Santa Fe, New Mexico, writing appellate briefs on a daily basis. I have also prosecuted, in Austin, TX, white collar crime, motor fuels tax fraud, and every type of serious felony crime. I have also defended persons charged with numerous types of misdemeanor and felony charges, both in State and Federal courts.
So, if you want a solid, informed defense of a criminal case, you should look for a lawyer who has a broad background in criminal law. And that usually means that you should start by looking for a Board Certified criminal defense attorney. It is always a good idea to talk to more than one lawyer, and get a feel for that person’s understanding of your situation and ability to get you where you need to be with your case. Good luck with your search and your case!