If you are in trouble with the police you need to hire the best lawyer you can find. The State Bar of California has established a system that recognizes experts in the various fields of the law. If the police come knocking at your door, you had better have someone you can count on as an expert in criminal law. The certification from the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Criminal Law is your guarantee you are getting the best representation possible.
The police have all the power of the government behind them. The prosecutor can call on unlimited resources to get a conviction against you. It is the prosecutor’s only job is to go after people, trying to convict them of the crimes with which they are charged.
Make no mistake, the prosecutors don’t have anything better to do than to prosecute you. Many clients will say, “Will they really spend the time and money to prosecute me for this? Aren’t there more serious crimes they should be going after? Why won’t they just let me go? I’m not a criminal.”
Well, to the prosecutors, you are a criminal. It’s their job to attack you and convict you. The only person who stands between you and those prosecutors is the best lawyer you can find. If that lawyer is a State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, then you have an extra level of assurance that when he says he’s an expert in defending people charged with a crime, he really is.
If you had cancer would you go to a doctor who did general medicine? That doctor is licensed to practice medicine, but he isn’t as likely to be the expert you need to treat your cancer as one who has devoted his life to studying that specialty. But, just like in medicine, all lawyers can practice criminal defense but few are recognized experts in it. Only ½ of 1 percent of all lawyers in California are Certified as Experts in Criminal Law. A State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law knows what the defenses are, how to present them, when to present them, and how to best use them to get you the best possible result.
Don’t be fooled by those who say they “specialize” in an area of criminal law. Ask them if they are State Bar Certified Specialists in the area they say they “specialize” in. If they aren’t, then they haven’t gone through the testing, proof of experience, and peer review that makes it so difficult to be a State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law.
Don’t go into court without being fully protected. Don’t go into court unless you are represented by a State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law like Rudolph E. Loewenstein, State Bar recognized as a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law since 1991.