I am not a lawyer who bluffs. Criminal defenense is not a game. Your life is at stake, and I take it seriously.
You need an experienced attorney who has extensive motion, trial, and courtroom experience.
I am not a lawyer who begs for a plea to reach the same mediocre agreements over and over again, never going to trial or filing any legal motions.
You’ve heard this before: “I am known as an experienced criminal defense litigator.”
Most lawyers have never tried even one felony jury trial, or, if they have, they have tried only a few. They are reliant on making compromises and making deals. Some turn out good, some turn out bad. Their limited skill set stops them right there in their tracks, and greatly limits that type of lawyer’s ability, and, ultimately, limits the options available to the client.
I am a litigator, not a compromiser. The key word in plea bargain is bargain. Make sure you are the one who is getting the bargain.
For it to be a successful plea, the client should be getting something real and beneficial in exchange for his plea. You should not have to fight your own lawyer, or sell yourself out to help your lawyer’s next client.
Nothing gets in the middle of me and my client. What is good for me is good for my client and what is good for my client is good for me.
I am not a plea lawyer. A plea lawyer is a lawyer who begs the prosecutor time and time again for the same mediocre plea bargain over and over again, without ever going to trial, and without ever filing a single legal motion attacking and chopping down the state’s case in chief.
A truly great plea bargain is achieved through the attorney’s workup of the case for trial, coupled with his past results. Believe me, all prosecutors know which attorneys regularly work hard and go the extra distance for their clients.
A lawyer’s prior results will always influence a good plea bargain, because opposing counsel will give him the benefit of the doubt – the same goes for prosecutors and judges.
I am independent, not connected to any one group, or dependent on anyone for my success.
Some attorneys and firms need to pay back favors to outside interests, like running for office, campaigns, committees, outside conflicting business interests, or social relationships.
Nothing gets in between my practice of law and what is best for my client.
Ask for samples of the attorney’s own research and writing. You’d be surprised to find that many attorneys do not write even a single legal brief, motion, or memorandum of law, or they get someone else to do it for them.
There are lawyers who actually will fail to file all relevant motions on all of the substantive and procedural issues in your case. There are lawyers who never, or rarely, go before a jury for trial.