Choosing the Best Criminal Defense Attorney for You
Frequently, individuals looking for an attorney pose the following questions to me: “Who is the best attorney in Marietta?” or “Who is the best attorney in Cobb County?” Choosing an attorney who is the best and most qualified to handle your legal issue is very similar to choosing a doctor. Attorneys, like doctors, specialize in particular areas of the practice of law. If you have a heart condition, you would probably not seek the services of an orthopedic surgeon. You want to see a specialist, someone who specializes in the particular ailment or affliction from which you are suffering. The best attorney in defending criminal cases will most likely not be the best attorney to handle your bankruptcy case. The best attorney in Cobb County concerning workers’ compensation matters may not be the best attorney to handle your divorce. You should seek the services of an attorney who specializes in the area in which you require legal assistance.
Most attorneys will specialize in one or two areas of the law. If you hope to retain the best attorney to meet your legal needs, you should make sure that your legal issue is one of the areas in which the attorney specializes. To discover how experienced an attorney is in a particular area, you should inquire about the attorney’s experience. When choosing a criminal defense attorney, it is always wise to choose an attorney who is a former prosecutor in the jurisdiction where your charges are pending. The three partners at Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan, Schnatmeier & Collins, L.L.P. who handle criminal cases are all former prosecutors. As a result, we possess unique insight and perspective about criminal cases that other attorneys without prosecutorial experience simply cannot offer. Since we have formerly handled such cases for the state, we know exactly what the prosecutor in your case must prove in order to carry the state’s burden of having to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. We will hold the prosecutor to the letter of the law.
There are many special requirements and procedures that law enforcement and prosecutors must adhere to in order to achieve a criminal conviction. The attorneys at our firm specializing in criminal defense litigation have been integrally involved in specialized training as well as officer training. We are all former graduates of the Basic Litigation Course for Prosecutors at the Georgia State Police Academy in Forsyth, Georgia. This seven-day fifty-six hour intensive course was designed by the Prosecuting Attorneys Counsel of Georgia, otherwise known as “PAC.” Its mission statement is “to develop aggressive, professional and effective trial prosecutors who will persuade by establishing credibility and trust.” Not only are our attorneys graduates of the course but we later became instructors of prosecutors and police officers as well. The criminal defense attorneys at our firm are all former instructors of police officers at the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy and the Cobb County Public Safety and Police Training Academy, serving to make us the best criminal defense attorneys to meet your legal needs.
Please contact us or call our office today for a free consultation at 770-771-5097. Please ask us about our criminal defense experience and specifically how we can assist you with your case.