What is Board Certification?
Board certified lawyers have met the Florida Bar’s highest standards for special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. No matter how much experience a lawyer may have in criminal trials, only board certified criminal trial lawyers are allowed to identify themselves as specialists or experts in this area of law. The Supreme Court of Florida approved the Board Certification program as a way to help consumers make informed decisions when selecting lawyers. Board Certification’s stringent requirements for legal expertise and professional conduct give the public objective standards by which to evaluate attorneys. Criminal trial lawyers deal with investigation, evaluation, pleading, discovery, taking of testimony, presentation of evidence, and argument of jury and non-jury cases.
When you hire a board certified criminal trial lawyer, you are represented by a lawyer who has:
– practiced law for at least 5 years
– actively participated in the specialty of criminal trial law
– handled 25 criminal cases with at least 20 jury trials tried to verdict, at least 15 of which involved a felony
– been evaluated for competency and professionalism by judges and peers
– completed 45 hours of continuing legal education within the 3 years immediately preceding application
– passed a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills, and proficiency in the field of criminal trial law to justify the representation of special competence in this area of law to the legal profession and to the public.