Who understands defense better: a Dallas Cowboys' quarterback who has led the attack or someone who has watched tons of games on TV? Obviously, a quarterback has to understand defense at least a well as opposing defenders do.
An understanding of what the other side is up to is also helpful in criminal law. A defense attorney who has been a prosecutor understands the tactics, goals and strategies of prosecution. That's part of what makes our law firm unique: Collin County criminal defense attorney Phillip A. Linder was at one time in the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. A former prosecutor, Linder is now devoted to helping people defend themselves from the harsh penalties Texas imposes on those convicted of drug trafficking offenses.
It's clear that Texas drug trafficking penalties are some of the most severe in the country. Life is never the same after a conviction, which is why it makes sense to fight conviction as hard as you can in order to avoid the possibility of long prison terms and heavy fines.
Those who face state or federal allegations involving the dealing of marijuana, heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine or prescription drugs should begin their defense as soon as possible. In that way, their attorney can begin gathering evidence, weighing defenses and protecting rights.
In some cases involving trafficking or conspiracy, a client wants the attorney to explore negotiations with prosecutors as well. A former prosecutor understands both sides of the negotiation process, including the nuances of offers and counteroffers.
One of the most important things to remember is this: do not discuss the drug charges you face with police or prosecutors until you exercise your right to legal counsel.