Another important question which must be accounted for when hiring a defense attorney is, “What is their reputation amongst their colleagues, clients, and the court staff?” David P. Shapiro has both the years and volume of experience which makes him one of San Diego’s best and brightest criminal defense attorneys. Far more valuable than any store bought award, David has earned, and maintains, an excellent reputation among judges, prosecutors, and court staff. More often than not, his clients reap the benefits of that reputation.
Trial Experience Matters
Unfortunately, many people get caught up on how many years an attorney has been in practice, without much regard for how many times these so-called “criminal trial attorneys” have actually gone to trial for their clients, or effectively argued a defense motion, or even conducted a Felony Preliminary Hearing. These are essential questions to ask when interviewing a defense attorney. Some criminal attorneys will talk a big game about going to trial in order to gain your money and misplaced trust, but then urge you to plead to a mediocre settlement when it comes time to “put twelve in the box.” Unfortunately, this might be done out of fear, inexperience, or outright laziness.