Experience Matters – Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County attorneys
Many will assume that most Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County attorneys do trials, the opposite is true. Most attorneys, even some who handle Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County criminal matters, have never done a jury trial. The practice of criminal law requires the experience to know what can and what cannot potentially be won at trial and this requires actual trial experience.
I recall one case that everyone was telling me to plea or my client would spend the next five years in prison, even the Judge and the District Attorney were pushing for a plea to a felony. I explained to my client that even though he stabbed someone over 10 times that the man who broke into his house and attacked him and his family had no right to do so and he had an excellent defense for self-defense. I took that case to trial, the jury agreed and my client walked free with no criminal conviction.
Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County criminal defense sometimes requires the client to make tough choices and they need an experienced attorney to advise them which direction would be best to go with their case. A less experienced attorney who did not have the feel or confidence in the court room may have provided different advice, pled the client and he would have gone to prison and had a felony conviction on his permanent record.
Ask the Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County attorney you are hiring how many jury trials they have done because should you choose to have a trial on your case, experience does matter!