Yodit Tewolde is a nationally renowned criminal defense attorney and legal analyst. She has built a practice focused on providing client-centered, aggressive legal representation of individuals facing criminal prosecution. Yodit’s legal expertise has also been an asset for media outlets, appearing on networks such as CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.
Fighting for the underdog.
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I want to meet with my clients and gather as much information as I can about them and their pending matter. It is important for me to get to know who my clients are and understand their needs in order to better advocate on their behalf.
I started my legal career as a law clerk for a state criminal judge. I then transitioned over to the district attorney's office in Dallas, working as a prosecutor for several years before opening my own criminal defense firm. One year into my solo practice, I was appearing on national news providing legal analysis on various legal issues, thus establishing myself as a legal analyst.
The factors considered when assessing the retainer fee are the following: 1) County where charge is pending; 2) Severity of charge; 3) Number of pending charges; 4) How old the case is.
I only work with individuals who are facing criminal prosecution.
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What areas of law does the attorney practice in? How long? And how many trials have they had where they were sitting first chair?