Is it important that my lawyer be part of legal organizations?
… is very important that your attorney not be an island, in other words, not just practice law by himself or herself. One of the greatest honors I’ve had is being president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and also being president of the Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. I was elected by my peers to these incredible honors where we work together with lawyers throughout the nation and throughout the state of Florida and also to the issues affecting people who are charged with crimes. It’s not a lawyer’s interest group, it’s an interest group to protect and defend the constitution and the bill of rights.
By being involved in these organizations and having been a past president, I have friends, colleagues all over the state and all over the nation who are the top criminal defense lawyers. These are the lawyers that we work with on matters, whether it’s in state or out of state and we know we’re dealing with ethical, very confident, superb criminal defense lawyers. It benefits our clients immeasurably. When we have a case out of state, I call my colleagues who were in the city or the state where I’m going to be and I get the scoop on the prosecutor on the judges. I often get introductions. Yes, your lawyer must be involved, must give back, must be involved in Criminal Defense Organizations or else I think you should think twice about retaining him or her.