Jordan B. Rickards, a former criminal prosecutor, has handled hundreds of criminal and juvenile cases, a boast that few attorneys can make.
If you’re charged with a committing a crime, the last thing you need is to be represented by some amateur who doesn’t know what he’s doing, and who is taking your case to learn on the job. What might be a great learning experience for him could result in disaster for you, because at the end of the day he’ll be going home, but you might not. Criminal law is a highly specialized field, and it is not for every attorney.
Unfortunately, a lot of attorneys who really do not know much about criminal law will nevertheless advertise their services as criminal defense attorneys, attracted by the prospect of potentially large up front fees. These are called “read and plead attorneys.” They do little more than read the discovery, and then try to convince their client to plead, and the sooner the better so they can move on and collect another fee from the next unsuspecting client. Too often, their clients do not know better until it’s too late.
That’s not to say that pleading to a reduced charge can never be the best option. Perhaps more often than not, if your attorney can work out an agreeable resolution it might be better to take that route than risk a greater loss at trial. And sometimes it makes more sense to go to trial. Every case is unique. But inexperienced attorneys do not know which cases are strong for the prosecutors, and which plea offers are unreasonable, and which clients have good defenses, and which motions should be filed, because they don’t know the law and/or they simply have not been involved in enough cases to know how their case should resolve. As such, they are not able to put their clients in strong positions to negotiate, and they’re not able to defend them at trial when they have to.
That’s why it is critical that you do your research ahead of time and select an attorney experienced in criminal law with a record of high achievement. The dumbest thing any defendant can do is hire an attorney just because he or she is known to the family, or is related to the defendant, or has a nice website, or has an office either close to the defendant’s house, or close to the courthouse, or because they only charge a small fee. None of that tells you anything about that attorney’s acumen or ability.
Jordan B. Rickards prosecuted nearly 2,000 cases in the Superior Court,and has handled hundreds of others as a defense attorney. He graduated from a top-20 law school with honors, has worked for the Attorney General of New Jersey, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the State Superior Court, and now owns and operates his own practice. In addition, once a week he performs a public service by acting as the public defender in East Brunswick, New Jersey.
Hiring a good defense attorney is not inexpensive. Even lower felonies can cost thousands of dollars, and more serious ones can cost in the tens of thousands. But think about how much more costly it would be to go to court with anything less than the best. There are times to be frugal, but not when your life and reputation are at stake.
To schedule an initial consultation with defense attorney Jordan B. Rickards, call 732-297-8200, or use the contact form to email the firm.
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