I have been a practicing lawyer for 18 years and have specialized in criminal law for 13 years as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense lawyer. I only take criminal defense cases or consult on criminal matters from the defense side. I have extensive trial experience as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney.It is imperative to hire a criminal defense lawyer immediately when you are charged with a crime or under investigation for a crime. Evidence can be located and witnesses interviewed while memories are fresh. You also have protection from police and prosecutors taking unfair advantage of you.