Criminal tax cases are different than most other kind of cases. The taxpayer is given series of procedural rights that don't apply to most other defendants. It is important to know how to utilize those rights, there are various levels of review. Plus, criminal tax cases, it's not an armed robbery, it's not a normal theft, it's very specific. Over the years, I've had lawyers reach out to me who wanted to take a criminal tax case, and say if I can give them any advice. One of the questions that I will ask is, do you know the 3 standard methods of proof that the government uses to prove an underpayment of tax in a criminal case?
Unfortunately, many times, I get an answer that says, "No, I don't know what you are talking about." I think common sense will tell you. If you are going to bet your liberty down the trial, you would want someone representing you, who has experience in this specialized area of criminal tax defense.