- Current or Former Co-Worker/Colleague
I am a criminal defense attorney. I knew David Ridings when he was a police officer. I have known since he began practicing law. I have had many occasions to view him in court, arguing pre-trial motions, handling sentencing hearings, and in other matters. But most often, I have seen him announcing plea agreements to the court, and I have thought to myself, How did he get his client such a good deal?
- Different Client, Same Side of Case
Mr. Ridings and I both practice criminal defense.
I have worked with David Ridings on several occasions over the last 20 years.
David is an excellent criminal defense attorney. He is intelligent. He works hard on behalf of his clients. He is always the best prepared lawyer in the courtroom. He isn't afraid of a fight. What he offers that few other criminal defense attorneys offer is this: he is a former police officer. He knows what officers should do. He knows that they shouldn't do. He knows how detectives should investigate different types of cases. He can tell a jury what police should have done and failed to do.
Q. Please rate this lawyer on the following:
Mr. Ridings uses technology well. He always had a laptop or tablet with him in court. When the court is in recess, he is reading cases. Most other lawyers talk with each other or court personnel. Many other lawyers surf the internet. Mr. Ridings works. All the time.
Mr. Ridings is innovative. When he takes a case, he doesn't just do what other lawyers have done with similar cases. He thinks deeply about each case, trying to find a new and novel legal argument, trying to find a successful defense.
Mr. Ridings is articulate. He is generous with his time. His clients are never confused about what is happening with their cases. He explains to each client, what that client is charged with, what the State has to prove into order to obtain a conviction, what possible defenses are are available to the client, what the evidence against the client is, if convicted, what the likely punishment is, and most importantly, what the likelihood of obtaining an acquittal at trial is.
Mr. Ridings is an ethical and honest man. This has been true throughout his career.
criminal defense, DUI defense, criminal citations, criminal investigations, sexual assault allegations
- Client Relations
- Emotional Intelligence
- Legal Research
- Legal Writing
- Oral Argument
- Use of Technology