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Criminal law covers everything; from small misdemeanours, to big heinous crimes, fraud and white-collar crime.
It can also involve international relations and multiple jurisdictional rules, particularly concerning issues such as extradition, money-laundering, cross-border crimes and terrorism.
Typically, work is of a contentious nature.
What makes a good criminal lawyer?
To be a criminal lawyer, you should be street-smart, quick on your feet and have a thorough understanding of criminal law, procedures and the functioning of the judicial system.
You should also be able to handle large volumes of work and perform well under pressure, whilst retaining a meticulous attention to detail.
Your communication and negotiation skills need to be top-notch and you should be good at dealing with different kinds of people. You will need to get accustomed to working long and unconventional hours.
Many clients a criminal lawyer might deal with could be dangerous, mentally unstable, drug addicts, or chronic offenders; it’s crucial to set aside personal prejudices and judgment, taking an objective and clinical approach in handling people.
Crime, by its very nature, carries a lot of notoriety and ill-will, so it’s important for a lawyer to maintain absolute discretion when it comes to dealing with their clients.
Honesty and trustworthiness are of paramount importance and the same goes for anyone else who works within this area of law, from reporters and court clerks to legal secretaries and administrators.