By: Attorney Alex Merritt, DeWoskin Law Firm, LLC
As a former Assistant District Attorney in the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, I give my clients the benefit of being represented by an attorney with an insider’s perspective on defending criminal cases. I prosecuted hundreds of felony cases during my time in the D.A.’s Office. I was the lead attorney in numerous trials in which defendants were charged with serious crimes, including murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, and theft, among other charges.
Being familiar with how the prosecutor’s office will investigate and ultimately prosecute your case is essential to your defense. As a former prosecutor, I know how the prosecutor will attempt to build a case against you. Rather than merely reacting to decisions made by prosecutors in your case, my experience allows me to anticipate their decisions and to take action that, in some cases, might prevent the prosecutor from filing charges against you in the first place. This is one reason why it is important to hire an attorney as quickly as possible if you have been charged with a crime, or reasonably suspect that you may be charged with a crime in the near future. The longer you wait to hire an attorney, the farther ahead the prosecutor will be in the battle for your liberty.
As a former prosecutor, I know how the prosecutor will attempt to build a case against you. Rather than merely reacting to decisions made by prosecutors in your case, my experience allows me to anticipate their decisions and to take action that, in some cases, might prevent the prosecutor from filing charges against you in the first place.
— Alex Merritt
Additionally, I understand what motivates prosecutors to make the decisions they do. Although the vast majority of prosecutors are honest, hard-working people performing their jobs to the best of their abilities, they are still human, which means they are prone to making mistakes or perhaps even making decisions which are self-serving rather than serving the interests of justice.
Let me give you one example of how this can play out in real life. Every prosecuting attorney’s office attempts to investigate, charge, and complete prosecution of each case as swiftly as possible. The interest of justice attached to this goal is often summarized with this familiar phrase: Justice delayed is justice denied. While prosecuting cases as quickly as possible is a noble objective that serves all parties involved, including the person accused of a crime, the pressure on prosecutors to “move their cases” leads some prosecutors to take shortcuts that can have devastating effects on you. For example, rather than speaking to all the witnesses in a case to verify information prior to indicting a case, a prosecutor may indict a case relying solely on a police report that has faulty information in it. A prosecutor would do this because reading a police report only takes a few short minutes, whereas it usually takes a great deal more time and effort to track down witnesses and interview them. In this example, someone may be falsely charged with a crime simply because the prosecutor did not make a few phone calls. That is just one simple example of how “the system” can fail you.
When I was prosecuting cases, I had to anticipate every possible defense in every single one of my cases. This experience puts me in the ideal position to exhaust every defense available to you in your case.
— Alex Merritt
On the other hand, perhaps you are prepared to admit to having committed a crime but simply desire to get the best outcome possible under the circumstances. Again, it is best to have an attorney defending you who knows what will motivate the prosecutor and the judge in your case to give you as much leniency as possible. It is also possible that, even though you think you have no way of defending yourself against a criminal charge, you actually do have some options. Many criminal charges carry technical legal defenses. When I was prosecuting cases, I had to anticipate every possible defense in every single one of my cases. This experience puts me in the ideal position to exhaust every defense available to you in your case.
If your case should proceed to trial, you will want a seasoned trial attorney advocating on your behalf. I have an insider’s perspective of how the prosecuting attorney’s office will prepare for trial, and how it will ultimately present its case to a jury.
If you need legal representation in a criminal case, I encourage you to hire an attorney as quickly as possible. Call the DeWoskin Law Firm at 404-987-0026 and ask for me, Alex Merritt, or send me an email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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