Many criminal defense lawyers can only guess what might be going on in a prosecutor's mind.Fort Myers Criminal Defense Attorney Jose Luis Calvo, however, is much closer to knowing how prosecutors think, strategize and act—he himself was a prosecutor once. The attorney started his career by prosecuting criminal cases for the Office of the State Attorney, handling various types of criminal cases. During that time, he even handled serious felony cases, including those that involved drugs and firearms. A few years later, he transitioned to private practice criminal defense and now helps defendants throughout Fort Myers, Florida and the surrounding areas in challenging their accusers. He provides services to clients through his law firm, Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law.
Having served on both ends of the criminal justice system, Attorney Calvo has a unique advantage in handling criminal defense cases. His double-edged background allows him to think like both a criminal defense attorney and as a prosecutor. This enables him to better anticipate the strategies and attacks of the opposition, the prosecution. Learn more about how Attorney Calvo's background can provide an important advantage in your case by reading further.
There are many areas in which it can be highly beneficial to have a former prosecutor handling your criminal defense. Here are just a few of them.
Case Investigation—When Attorney Calvo takes you on as a client, he can provide an in-depth investigation into the facts surrounding your case, which includes a search for any potential errors made by law enforcement before, during or after the arrest. Mr. Calvo's former experience as a prosecutor gives him a keener sense of what types of evidence the opposing side might try to use against a client, whether that involves intoxication test results, forensic evidence or witness testimony. He is also more aware of weaknesses in the prosecution's case, such as when there is a lack of strong evidence needed to convict a defendant or when there are other problems with evidence.
Pre-Trial Negotiation—Prosecutors are sometimes out to get maximum punishment for defendants, meaning they are more likely to go through with the trial process. Other times, such as when their evidence is not particularly strong, they are willing to settle for plea deals and reduced charges. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Calvo is able to better recognize when prosecuting attorneys are likely to give in to such deals. Furthermore, because he was in their shoes before, he knows what types of negotiation tactics are needed to sway their thinking about going after the highest level of conviction and punishment.
Trial Experience—Mr. Calvo's previous prosecution experience is an additional assurance that he knows how to handle cases in court and in trial. Throughout his career, the lawyer has had more than 100 criminal trials tried to verdict. Because he knows how the trial process works from both angles, he can better anticipate prosecutors' courtroom strategies, such as the types of questioning they might resort to when cross-examining the defendant or witnesses.
The attorney you choose to represent you can have a major impact on the outcome of your case. By working with Attorney Calvo, you can have the assurance that you are working with a highly knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney who can tackle your defense from multiple perspectives. Calvo & Calvo takes on various types of cases, including the most serious and complex types. Our law firm provide aggressive defense for everything ranging from traffic tickets to manslaughter and murder charges. Attorney Calvo, who has been included in the 2012 Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list, can handle criminal cases at both the state and federal levels in Florida. He is also a fluent Spanish speaker. Call Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law to learn more about Attorney Calvo and how he can help you build a strong defense plan.