In recent months, it seems that more folks keep asking me whether they should hire a former prosecutor to help them with a case. It is obvoius to me that this stems from marketing materials being distributed by the former prosecutors. However, when I am asked this question the first thing that comes to mind for me is "Why would you want a prosecutor when you are accused of violating the law?".
Then, I am reminded of an item that has been on my home page for years. Here, I offer some insight into this question. Prosecutors are great if you want to prosecute somebody, and former prosecutors are helpful if you want to cooperate with the police and government to work out a deal where you send your friends or family up the river. Otherwise, this passage from my home page sums up my thoughts on the subject:
For the past 25+ years, Paul McGlone has only represented defendants. Mr. McGlone is proud of the fact that he is NOT a former prosecutor. There are dozens of former prosecutors out in private practice. They all have years of experience working with police officers and they often have the best luck in making a deal for folks who want to become confidential informants for the state in exchange for a favorable result in a criminal case. However, many of those former prosecutors also spent years automatically believing almost everything that came in from their police officers. A good defense attorney will automatically question every piece of evidence offered by the police, especially if their client gives a different version of the facts.