A fee does not correlate with the quality of counsel you get because you need to know who you are hiring as a person. I can give you an example with professional sports. Tom Brady is widely considered to be the best quarterback that has ever played the game. The question is, is he the highest paid? Most people will know that he is absolutely not. When you are hiring an attorney, I think you need to look for a Tom Brady. You need to look for the person who is willing to accept a lower fee because they care about their clients and meticulously prepares for their case, instead of worrying about being the highest-priced or flashiest player in the league.
A person needs to look for an attorney who prepares their mind and their body and reads other things to the point where they are prepared like a Tom Brady in the courtroom. When seeking an attorney, seek work ethic, not a fee. When hiring a firm, analyze the person working specifically with you because they will be the significant player, not the firm.
Is It Ever Advisable To Go For A Public Defender In A Criminal Case?
I have met many public defenders who are good lawyers and who work hard. I think the biggest problem with the public defender is their caseload. It’s not unusual to hear of a public defender with anywhere between 50 and 70 cases. It is not a slight to them, but it isn’t easy to handle that many cases at one time and to provide the best defense possible. Typically, they become worn down and don’t get to know their clients very well over the years. One of the things I think is helpful is getting to know who my clients are to understand their character, what makes them tick, and what is important to them. If somebody is accusing one of my clients of something wrongfully, I can better understand how to ask that person if I knew who my client is.
A public defender often only meets their clients on the days that they have court hearings. I would often go into court when I worked as a prosecutor and see a criminal defendant come in and meet their public defender for the first time, only a few minutes before their trial began. My phone is always on for my clients. I want them to call me to get to know me, and I want their input on my case. I demand a lot from my clients. I will often ask you to write things, read over a motion and correct it for the facts, and tell me what arguments they believe to be more or less effective. I want you to be involved in your case too. I look at it like it’s not me handling your case; it’s us handling your case. Obviously, I will be representing you in court, but it’s still a team effort, and I think it’s through that team effort that we create a better synergistic defense for the client.
What Is A Criminal Defendant Not Going To Be Able To Do On His Or Her Own?
Technically, a defendant can do everything on their own, but it’s never a good idea. I’ll give you an example. I knew somebody who attempted to represent herself in court, and she didn’t know how to present evidence, as simple as it may seem. Of course, you can read in a book, but it’s different reading a book and doing it in well real life. Since she couldn’t figure out how to admit a piece of evidence, she lost her case. So those are the simple things that a defendant thinks they can do, but when they get into court, under the pressure of getting questioned, they fold, and the case does not go well.
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