What do you recommend people do when they realize they might need an attorney?
Stop and get a hold of an attorney and hire them! Many people make the mistake of waiting until
they get into trouble before they call an attorney. That’s a bad idea!
For example, I had a guy who got wind that he might be charged with sexual assault and wisely he
contacted me before he spoke to the police. I spoke with him and recommended a strategic
approach to letting the police know that we would speak with them when it was the right time.
I let the detective know that my client would not be available to speak now but would be at some
point. I asked them if they had the information they needed and that I would provide that. After a
little bit the police detective called me back up and let me know they were dismissing the case.
How can a client help to win the case?
Speak to an attorney first. At the beginning of any case, keep your mouth shut and follow the advice
of your attorney before taking any actions that may hurt the ability to win the case. It is not required
to speak with police, you may at any point state that you would like to council with your attorney
first before speaking with authorities.
It’s a 5th amendment right to not self incriminate. People think that they need to self explain
something and that will help but words can be twisted and often are by authorities looking to fit a
certain narrative. Officers and detectives are trained interrogators who want to close cases and find
a solution to crimes. Beyond that, stop posting stuff on social media that can be damming. Don't
post a picture of you handling firearms when you are a convicted felon or post a picture of you in
another state when you aren’t supposed to leave.
Be honest with your attorney. Know that you can have full confidentiality with an attorney like me.
If I am not asking for specific information, it’s sometimes for a reason and it is best to ask if the
information would be helpful or not before divulging.
How should a client prepare for court?
Talk to your attorney and know what is going to happen. I can guide the client through the process
on what to expect and what to prepare for. Being prepared for court means knowing what your
attorney wants you to do and what they want you to say. Don’t go into court thinking you’re going to
be winging it. Preparation is everything and success is based off of it.
Dress in appropriate clothing and be well groomed. It’s important to present yourself in the best
possible light in the court room. This also includes taking classes, volunteering, employment and
other ways of showing the judge that you are a benefit to society and working on yourself.