How to vet a criminal defense attorney? What questions do you think prospective clients should ask? Does it make a difference if criminal defense attorney has public defender experience? Appreciate any thoughts about this.

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Very important to make sure that attorney has extensive experience in the type of case you have. It’s terrible when fed drug conspiracy defendants hire DUI attorneys. Also ask how many trials if you think your case may go to trial - so many attorneys are dumptrucks who plead everyone and will pressure clients bc they don’t want trial. I think PD experience is usually good. Prosecutor experience makes me suspicious. I personally wouldn’t hire anyone with less than 5 years experience if I were facing a felony charge.

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