Value of Local Experience in Criminal Cases

Virginia criminal defense lawyer discusses the importance of local experience when defending clients. Call today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

Experience plays a tremendous role in handling a criminal case. Local experience is almost as important as general experience because each jurisdiction and each courthouse operates differently. For example, Arlington operates slightly differently than Alexandria, which operates slightly differently than Fairfax even though the same laws are being applied. Merely understanding the state law without knowing local practice will put someone at a disadvantage. Obviously the prosecutors will be familiar with the jurisdiction and if they sense that your attorney isn’t, they may use local rules to put your attorney at a disadvantage.  So, knowing someone who knows the local practice is extremely important and can help your defense in numerous ways.