Everyone just assumes that when you hire a lawyer, you can just wash your
hands of the problems, and they will take care of everything. Nothing
could be further from the truth. Representation is a partnership between
an attorney and his client. The better the partnership, the stronger the
likelihood of a successful outcome. Today we explore how to be a better
client for your criminal defense attorney so that your
Phoenix criminal defense attorney can do the best job possible.
Communication Is King
There is no question that the biggest gripe of both lawyers and clients
is a lack of communication. Clients feel that they don't know what's
going on in their case, and the lawyer feels that the client just doesn't
care. Some very simple rules can remedy the problem on both sides.
Check your email regularly
Very few criminal defense lawyers communicate via snail mail. We all know
that the quickest, most direct, and most efficient means of communication
is via email. When your lawyer emails you a request for information or
has a question, answer it quickly. Usually, when a lawyer emails a client
a request for information, it means that they are at a point that they
can go no further without the client's input or assistance. Your failure
to check email regularly, and to respond quickly, means that progress
on your case may be slowed or halted.
Be honest with your attorney
It's bad enough that criminal defense attorneys need to put up with
half-truths and games from prosecutors and police. Because the information
you share with your attorney is confidential under the attorney-client
privilege, you should be 100% honest and candid with your lawyer.
Perhaps the most difficult thing a criminal defense lawyer has to deal
with is a client who lies to them or just doesn't tell them the truth.
It damages the relationship and forces the lawyer to scrutinize everything
the client says in the future. Think about it, if your spouse or significant
other lies to you, it is difficult and sometimes impossible to regain
that trust. When your freedom is on the line, this is the last problem
you want to have with your criminal defense attorney.
Don't be shy if you have questions or concerns
As I always tell my clients, the only dumb question is the one that you
don't ask. If you have a question and don't ask it, your attorney
won't know there's a problem. It may be something simple and easy
to fix or clarify, but if they don't know about the problem, they
can't help answer the question and put you at ease.
A simple email to your attorney will usually do the trick. Be concise
and direct and you will get a similarly formed response that should answer
your questions or concerns.
Larger more complicated issues can require a face to face meeting. Realize
that you will almost always get a quicker response via email compared
to an in-person meeting. Meetings can address frustrations in the attorney-client
relationship and give both the attorney and client the opportunity hash
things out and get things back on track.
Happy Clients Make a Happy Criminal Defense Lawyer
Over the past 21 years, I have represented people charged with
drug trafficking offenses,
white collar crimes, and other serious felony offenses. Our recent reviews tell us that we
are doing something right and that, frankly, makes us happy. We strive
to get great results for good people in bad situations.
No two cases are alike. We craft a customized strategy to get the absolute
best results possible for our clients. If you or someone close to you
is in need of a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix, or for that matter,
anywhere in Arizona,
contact us at (602) 663-9100 to set up a private and