When facing criminal charges, hiring a Missouri criminal defense attorney is an investment in your future. To make the most of that investment, you should view it as a partnership. Position yourself to optimize your attorney-client relationship by following these ten tips.
Trust Your Attorney
Trust is the basis of an effective attorney-client relationship. Trusting your attorney has your best interests in mind will help him or her achieve an outcome you find favorable.
Follow Your Attorney’s Advice
Listen to what your attorney tells you to do, and follow their advice. Your attorney is relying on you to be a proactive criminal defendant. If you don’t fulfill your end of the bargain and follow his or her advice, you could easily sabotage your case.
Do Your Homework
Your attorney might instruct you to gather specific documents or get information. Do so promptly. Your attorney can only do so much without your involvement.
Tell Your Attorney Everything
No matter the situation, never lie to your attorney. Even if it’s information you think will spell disaster for your case, it’s essential for your attorney to have that information ASAP so he or she can take the steps needed to strategize effectively with all the facts at hand.
Stay in Communication
It’s vital you make yourself available for your attorney, especially at important junctures in your case. Find the communication method that is best for you, and respond within a reasonable timeframe.
Invest in the Outcome of Your Case
Staying abreast of your case developments and being prepared for court dates requires you be an active participant in your case. Remember, this is your future at stake.
Consider Your Options
Your attorney may present you with some options for handling your case and advise you on the pros and cons of each one. Chances are your attorney knows what the best course of action is to minimize the negative consequences you face, but consider each option and make sure you are comfortable with the one you pursue.
Many defendants facing criminal charges plead guilty to “get it over with.” While pleading guilty will indeed “resolve” your case, it will usher in the next phase: sentencing and punishment. Your attorney might have better options. For example, don’t write off a trial or other aggressive tactics before you thoroughly discuss them with your attorney.
Learn From the Experience
While your case is pending, it’s wise to reflect on your actions and situation. Understanding why you’re facing criminal charges can demonstrate you might deserve leniency. Being thoughtful won’t get you out of trouble, but it can make this experience more worthwhile.
Don’t Give Up Hope
Facing criminal charges is stressful for anyone. But don’t give up hope. A good criminal defense attorney can sometimes achieve a surprising result, but that takes trusting your attorney and following the tips we’ve listed above.
Facing criminal charges is much less stressful with an attorney who will fight for your rights by your side. If you need trusted legal guidance in Cass County, Kansas City or the surrounding areas, the Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center at the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC can help. The attorneys at Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center have the skills and experience needed to guide Missouri residents through some of life’s most challenging moments. Trained at the nationally renowned Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and mentored under award-winning trial attorney and firm founder Kim Benjamin, you can trust our attorneys will fight with determination to get you the best outcome possible. Call our office at 816-322-8008, email us at email@example.com or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with one of our fierce legal advocates today.