Candace C. Garrett is a distinguished criminal defense attorney based in Jefferson, Ohio. With over fifteen years of experience, Ms. Garrett is the founder of Garrett Stern, LLC, where she is known for her legal prowess and aggressive client advocacy.
As she tells it, Ms. Garrett has wanted to be a lawyer for as long as she can remember:
I have memories of playing with two of my best friends growing up. We would sit down and pretend that we had a law firm and would see clients throughout the day. We even came up with our firm name. Over the years, I never lost that dream.
After graduating from the Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, Ms. Garrett began her career as a prosecutor for Champaign County, Ohio, where she practiced under a highly influential mentor for several years. Working in prosecution allowed her to hone her litigation skills and gave her first-hand exposure to the way criminal cases are approached from a prosecutor’s perspective.
Now leading her own practice, Ms. Garrett has an in-depth understanding of all sides of the criminal justice system and uses this knowledge to build strong defense strategies. From drug crimes to homicide charges, Ms. Garrett puts her extensive jury trial experience and formidable litigation skills to use getting the most favorable outcome for clients.
As a leader in her field, Ms. Garrett has unique insight into the nature of criminal law in the United States. In particular, she noted that the criminal justice system is not always as impartial as it purports to be, which has created a rising distrust of law enforcement among minority groups:
The scales of justice are supposed to be blind, but that is not really the case, whether it be in court or out on the front lines. Unfortunately, this has a lot of unfair consequences for individuals, especially in African American communities. I think a big part of the problem is that there is not a cohesive approach to how laws in a community are enforced, and I think if we started there we could make significant improvements to our system.
Beyond her thriving practice, Ms. Garrett maintains memberships in numerous legal organizations. She is active in the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ashtabula and Trumbull County Bar Associations, and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
With a decade and a half of successful practice behind her, Ms. Garrett is looking toward a bright future. Moving forward, she plans to expand her practice and continue delivering excellent legal representation in the hopes of becoming the leading criminal defense attorney in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Additionally, she hopes to begin practicing federal criminal defense in the coming years.