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Changing Times in Wilson County Criminal Representation

Changing Times in Wilson County Criminal Representation

I have been practicing law for 20 years here in Wilson County, and as most of us do, I tend to see our world not exactly as it is, but as I remember it. I still see myself at times as being one of the “new attorneys” practicing here in Wilson County.  As I look around with some exceptions, a good number of the attorneys that were practicing when I started are now retired or deceased—yikes! There are numerous new attorneys in this area and, whether I like it or not, I am now one of the “old attorneys.”

A host of these attorneys are from Nashville, are very young, and lack significant experience. I have always been conscious of the location of the cases I take. Clients get a “home field” advantage when choosing an attorney who practices in their area regularly. If handled by an established and experienced attorney, your matter tends to proceed much more smoothly and, in most cases, you obtain better results.

Many young attorneys tend to gravitate to the criminal defense field when beginning his or her career. Unfortunately, I have noticed many of these beginners have never had a criminal jury trial. Although many believe that new attorneys charge less than experienced attorneys, I have found this not to be the case. Like most practice areas, criminal defense law is a specialty that improves with age and experience. With a new attorney, you run the risk of encountering a lack of experience of how to operate within the justice system.

To be fair, all attorneys were new at some point and had to gain experience, but this should not be accomplished with premium prices at the expense of the client. Many times, I have witnessed less-than-acceptable actions by some of these new attorneys, and often, the client has no idea of what just happened. Thus, here is a seasoned attorney’s advice: hire an experienced attorney who has actually tried criminal cases, and is familiar with the Court in which you will appear. Finding these attorneys may take a bit more time and effort, but your freedom and future are at stake.

Should you find yourself in a position needing an experienced criminal defense attorney, please give me a call at 615-443-8771.

–L. Alan Poindexter, Criminal Attorney

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