The ultimate weapon in a criminal defense lawyer’s toolkit is the threat of taking your case to a jury. Ultimately, the vast majority of all cases are resolved without trial. However, only a lawyer with enough trial experience to convince a prosecutor to reconsider his case can credibly use this threat to your advantage.
The savvy consumer should ask any lawyer he or she is considering how many cases that lawyer has taken to jury trial. How often your lawyer is actually in trial often translates directly into how credible a threat to try an individual case is.
Keep in mind that all of my trial experience is in DEFENDING those accused of crime–I have never been a prosecutor whose role in trial is to CONVICT. Clearly a prosecutor’s role in trial is entirely different than that of a DEFENDER.