It is best to hire an attorney who regularly practices before the Judge that your case is going to be heard before. No attorney should imply that they are going to get a better deal because they "know" the Judge or because they are a former prosecutor with "connections", but practicing regularly before the judge will enable the attorney to offer candid advice as to the likely outcome of your case and the attorney will be familiar with certain local practices that may affect the way that your case is handled.
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There are no lawyers that exclusively practice in Rochester Hills District Court. Generally, criminal defense attorneys practice in a variety of courts. Because the criminal law area is so tight knit, many defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges get to know one another fairly well. I agree that it is really important to hire an attorney who is familiar with the judges, the prosecutors and the court staff; however, there are many lawyer in Oakland County who are very familiar with the 52-3 District Court.
As far as whether someone is going to be honest with you, that is difficult to say. I hope that someone will not lie to you about his or her familiarity with the court but there are dishonest people in every profession.
I can tell you from extensive persional experience in handling cases in Rochester Hills, that the judges there can be very tough and the prosecutors tend to be very aggressive. On the other hand, we've had great success in that court on a variety of different types of cases. Based upon my experience, I can tell you that so long as you hire a good, honest and zealous attorney, you should be fine.
If you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney in Oakland County, they are likely to have handled matters before Judge Nicholson, Judge Asadoorian, and Judge Carniak. An experienced Oakland County criminal defense attorney will have had many dealings with the Oakland County Prosecutors office, and the different law firms representing the various cities handled by the 52-3rd Division District Court.
It is important that you have a good lawyer in this particular Court because the Judges (Judge Nicholson and Judge Asadoorian in particular) are not the easiest Judges to deal with. If the matter is handled by the Oakland County Prosecutor's office, they are also very aggressive.
Before you hire a lawyer to represent you, ask questions. Does this lawyer regularly practice criminal law? Does the lawyer regularly appear at the 52-3rd Division District Court. Does the attorney have a good reputation? Does the lawyer take the time to explain things in a way that I can understand? Does the lawyer's advice make sense?
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