Promises and Guarantees are Unethical
If you consider retaining a criminal defense lawyer and he or she guarantees or promises you a particular outcome, you can be assured that you are getting swindled.
It is Unethical to Give a Promise or Guarantee
It is unethical for a lawyer to promise a client certain results. In Michigan, the Rules of Professional Conduct govern a lawyer’s conduct. Making promises and/or guarantees with the purpose of fraudulently inducing a client to make a decision to hire a lawyer is strictly prohibited. These tactics are unethical and dishonest. Even giving specific odds is considered to be an unethical guarantee.
The defense attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. often consult with prospective clients and our view of the case may be much brighter and more optimistic than they anticipated. But when a Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney makes a promise, it is unethical, greedy, and harmful to the client. Unfortunately, criminal lawyers sometimes promise dismissals, acquittals, lenient sentences, no jail, or other specific results for the purpose of manipulating a potential client to hire that lawyer. Unfortunately, this type of deceptive practice is more common than it should be.
“But, another criminal defense lawyer guaranteed they would win!”
Many potential clients come to meet with us and express that another lawyer made a promise or a guarantee of a particular result. When this happens, they will ask whether we can match the promise or guarantee. For example, the client may ask, “If I hire you do you guarantee a dismissal?” This practice of making such promises is unethical and the sign that the lawyer is either dishonest or just plain greedy. The fact is that anything can happen in a case and even the best lawyer can only maximize a client’s chances of obtaining a great result. Facts often develop during the course of representation that makes achieving a particular result more or less likely. A great, highly experienced lawyer will have the ability to size up a case and give a reliable range of probable results; however, no lawyer has a crystal ball or can predict the future. Making promises or guarantees of particular results is strictly prohibited and any lawyer that engages in this behavior should be avoided at all costs.
Why are probabilities so unreliable?
The fact is that every single case – drunk driving (DUI or OWI), marijuana possession, felonies, misdemeanors, domestic violence, or any other type of offense is unique. No two situations are identical. Each alleged crime has a set of facts and has its own unique nuances. There’s also the unpredictability of humans such as prosecutors, judges, complainants, witnesses, and not least of all – jurors. When you consider the individual facts of cases with the multitude of different prosecutors, judges, witnesses, etc…, no case will ever be exactly like another.
A doctor also can’t predict how the human body will react to treatment with 100% certainty – and a lawyer can’t predict how the human judicial process will react with 100% certainty. If a particular medicine will work with 95% of patients, 5% will not benefit or will have an adverse reaction. Good Michigan criminal defense lawyers recognize the variables and do their best to put those variables in perspective. The most informed potential client will know that the lawyer to hire is the one that is smart, fearless, zealous, and will fight for them no matter how the case progresses or what challenges develop.
The only guarantee should be to tirelessly and fearlessly fight for you!
Lawyers take an oath to zealously represent their clients. Any lawyer you hire should be willing to fight for you and defend your case aggressively and to the best of that person’s ability. A guarantee isn’t part of the equation and is a reason to seek another attorney.
Another thing to consider about a lawyer that promises results – is that it’s not smart from the lawyer’s perspective! Even if that lawyer can deliver on their guarantee often – they’re breaking their pledge probably just as often. These tactics are frequently used by lawyers in Oakland County, Wayne County, and Macomb County. If a lawyer does something unethical in order to convince you to hire him or her, how can you trust anything that person tells you? Find a lawyer who guarantees he or she will do everything possible to fight for the best possible outcome in your case but shy away from someone who promises something for the sole purpose of manipulating you into hiring them.
Trustworthy, Fearless and Zealous Criminal Defense
The lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience successfully defending clients and have an unparalleled track record for success. We will not make false promises to get your money and you can count on us to be straight with you for both good news and bad.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation, or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.