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1. You have actually come up with the best general arguments: employed; first arrest; member of community; lack of knowledge of the felony conviction.
2. If the lawyer isn't forceful or creative enough, change lawyers yesterday. He has that right.
3. I don't mean to avoid the question, but as a trial attorney for 30+ years, part of effective representation of a client in any kind of case is knowing the temperament of the judges in the court and the kinds of arguments that most appeal to each of them. Therefore, the best person to help your friend is a local attorney and who knows this info. I can get you to a directory we lawyers use for legal specialists nationwide if you like.
This is information only, NOT legal advice. No attorney-client relationship has been created. Consult an attorney in your state for legal advice regarding your issue.
I can only offer what I have already said. If you are not satisfied, you don't have to accept the answer. That's the beauty part of JA!
I will opt out of the question and see if one of my legal colleagues has any other thoughts.