Is it important that my lawyer has written articles or books in the criminal law field?
I think it’s very important that your lawyer be known and respected by his or her peers. Writing articles, writing books in the area of criminal law in my view is essential. I’ll give you an example. We have handled many cases and lectured all over the country on a lot of topics. One topic that I have spent a lot of time in is on police K9 searches. This is the lead article in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers magazine called “The Champion.” This is the lead article in the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s magazine.
In addition, books. This is the 6th edition of this book called Federal Criminal Rules and Codes Plus. I’m one of the coauthors of this book. It’s known by many as the Bible in federal court. It’s got every single federal code, federal law and the most recent authoritative cases interpreting them.
When we go into court and say, “Your Honor, look in my book on page such and such, this is the latest law on this case” it establishes credibility. It’s important, especially when prosecutors are using the same book and the judge is using the same book. Or the judge has read articles that your lawyer has written. It really matters. It establishes the lawyer’s reputation and expertise in an area, and judges tend to rely upon that. Because judges don’t want to be reversed. Most judges want to do the right thing, and if they know the land commands them to do something, they’ll almost always follow it.