Why should I hire a Certified Criminal Law Specialist?

Joshua Mulligan is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. While over 9,200 attorneys in California list criminal law as a practice area on Avvo.com, under four hundred are Certified Specialists.

Before achieving this distinction an applicant must pass several difficult and important milestones:

  1. Pass a 6 hour examination. The exam is similar to the bar exam, but is focused entirely on the subject of criminal law.
  2. Demonstrate a broad range of criminal law experience. A specialist must have proven experience trying cases to juries, filing motions, and pursuing writs and appeals.
  3. Receive positive referrals from dozens of judges, defense attorneys, and prosecutors familiar with his work. The Board of Legal Specialization seeks these referrals and the results are kept confidential from the applicant.
  4. Complete 45 hours of classes specifically approved for criminal law.

Any attorney may represent a person facing criminal charges with potential prison or jail time, whatever his or her education or experience. Hiring a Certified Specialist guarantees an attorney with knowledge and experience in criminal law and recognition in the local legal community.