Why hire a board certified criminal defense lawyer?
The legal profession covers a vast expanse of information and procedures which differ in various areas. No one person can be familiar with all of those areas. If you are charged with a criminal offense, you dont want an attorney who is trying to get "up to speed" in criminal law. Not only will it probably cost more for him to spend the research time, but his representation will very likely be inferior to an attorney who practices in this area every day. It's like asking a house painter to paint your portrait. He has the paint. He can get the tools, but the results probably wont justify the fee.