How would you like to be paying for your lawyer to get the necessary experience
to properly defend your case? Every Attorney's website claims to have
experience regarding their chosen area of law. I always find it curious
when a lawyer claims to have all this knowledge when they have been practicing
law for less than five years or when they fail to mention in their website
that they recently graduated from law school.
The reality is that law school does not do a very good job in preparing
a lawyer to become a criminal defense attorney. A legal education is mainly
about abstract concepts and theory. Rarely, does a student get the practical
experience of handling a case from start to finish with a mentor or instructor.
Unlike the medical field the legal field does not have a residency program
to start working on cases. Once a lawyer passes the bar they can start
working on cases. I have always felt like my three years as a prosecutor
served as residency in criminal defense.
If major corporations are not willing to pay law firms to
train their new attorneys why should you hire a novice to defend you in a criminal case like
sexual assault when facing the possibility of going to prison. While I understand that
a "baby lawyer" may be less expensive I would think your freedom
is worth spending the extra money to get the defense you deserve.