The law is not always black or white and the grey area provides a lot of room for judicial discretion. Retaining counsel that is competent and experienced with your assigned Judge , may provide you an edge over representation by other counsel, because he or she will know how the judge has reacted on similar evidentiary and factual issues and probable sentences and can advise you accordingly. In addition, that attorney will have built up a reputation (good or bad) with each judge he or she regularly practices in front of----which if positive can result in a certain amount of mutual trust and respect which could be another advantage on close issues. As a former President of the Rochester Bar association I was able to observe that all three judges (who are also former Presidents's of the bar association) enjoyed actively participating in the bar events and inter acting with the attorneys outside of the courtroom who regularly appear before them. This is no guarantee that you are going to win your case in the courtroom, but again allowed for the development of a mutual respect and credibility would might be helpful on close issues. Judge's are human too.