A Criminal Defendant Needs Every Advantage in Court
A reputable, respected defense attorney can give a criminal defendant the advantage in court they need to turn the tables to their advantage.
How can a reputable criminal defense attorney help you?
The only thing that precedes a lawyer into the courtroom is their reputation. Judges and prosecutors exercise considerable discretion, and a lawyer’s ability to be persuasive is critical. A reputation for being a solid and ethical advocate is often the single thing that leads to an extraordinary outcome. A reputable criminal defense attorney can make things happen in a case that a lesser lawyer could not accomplish.
A Great Lawyer Has Renowned Integrity and Character
“Judges look to lawyers for guidance and insight into the law and facts of a case. A lawyer known for their high character and integrity will rule the day.” — Loren Dickstein
Judges have an enormous responsibility in criminal cases. Their rulings and orders profoundly impact the lives of defendants, victims, and each of their family members. While there are some ill-tempered and unreasonable judges, most are responsible, knowledgeable, and at least attempt to make rulings consistent with the law and based on the facts of a case.
So, what happens when there is a disagreement about the law or the facts? Appropriate decisions on legal issues and factual disputes hinge on a judge’s accurate understanding of the facts and the law. The lawyer who can most persuasively argue a case usually wins. Being persuasive depends upon a lawyer having complete knowledge of the facts and the current state of the law concerning any given case. With so much at stake in a criminal case, a criminal defense lawyer must always know the facts and law better than anyone else in the courtroom. Only then will a defense attorney have the edge needed to know what interpretation of the facts and legalities to emphasize to a judge, jury, or prosecutor to achieve the best result for the client.
How Criminal Charges Get Dismissed
Few lawyers achieve outright dismissals for clients in criminal cases. Why do some lawyers consistently achieve extraordinary results? In addition to preparation and mastery of the facts and law of a case, a respectable and esteemed reputation of a lawyer is critical to a favorable resolution of any case.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers spend significant time and energy bargaining and negotiating potential resolutions to cases. Most criminal charges are resolved with plea bargains or dismissals instead of jury trials. In any negotiation, an advocate’s persuasiveness depends on their credibility. For example, lawyers who routinely manipulate clients into entering pleas or are notorious for making exaggerated representations of potential evidence have low credibility. On the other hand, attorneys known for fighting with honor and integrity make the most powerful and effective advocates.
Why is having a reputable attorney for criminal defense best for the client?
In addition to being the most likely to achieve a favorable outcome, the client is best served by an honorable and loyal attorney who puts the client’s interests first. When someone is charged with a crime, they are highly vulnerable and genuinely need the help of an honest and loyal attorney. A dishonest, disloyal, and disreputable attorney will view this moment in a client’s life as an opportunity to take advantage of the emotional vulnerability and the fear and dread the client. A set of ethical rules governs the conduct of lawyers in Michigan called the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct.
These rules prohibit improper conduct, including charging exorbitant legal fees or making false or exaggerated promises and guarantees. If a lawyer makes a promise or guarantee regarding getting charges dismissed or avoiding jail time, these assertions are strictly unethical and, in fact, fraudulent. The truth is that no lawyer can truthfully guarantee any particular outcome. If a lawyer does guarantee any particular outcome, it is a clear sign that they are not indeed in your corner because, to put it plainly, they are willing to lie to you.
Lawyers with a Reputation for being Reputable and Effective
The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has spent decades cultivating highly respected standing throughout Michigan with prosecutors, judges, and fellow criminal defense lawyers. We believe our reputation as fearless, tireless, and zealous advocates has been integral to our unparalleled success. Contact us for a free consultation. After discussing your case and answering your questions, we will be able to determine how our team can best help you.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete a Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.