Attorneys assigned to felony caseloads typically have had at least 1 to 2 years of experience in other practice areas. Attorneys are responsible for all aspects of each case assigned to them, including preliminary hearings, motions, plea negotiations, and jury trials. Attorneys also file writs and interlocutory appeals from decisions in the Superior Court, and occasionally argue before the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court.
Because the case is assigned at an early stage, the attorney is able to develop a positive relationship with the client. The attorney also develops a thorough understanding of the factual and legal issues involved in each case. Attorneys are assisted by a staff of investigators, law clerks and paralegals.