When facing a criminal charge, your good reputation and your freedom are at stake. It is therefore understandable if you find it difficult to put your trust in another person to safeguard your interests. An experienced criminal defense lawyer like Robert A. Dodell, Attorney At Law, knows this only too well. After all, Attorney Dodell has personally been defending criminal cases in the state of Arizona for over 3 decades now. Cooperation and mutual trust between you and your lawyer are crucial in order to build a solid defense for your criminal case.
Importance of Trust between a Lawyer and His ClientTrust is among the most important elements of a good lawyer-client working relationship. After all, your defense strategy, no matter how solid, may not work if you don’t trust the advice given by your lawyer. In a lot of instances, your lawyer may need to say something to you that he knows you don’t want to hear. Bear in mind that one of the hardest parts of being a lawyer is to be the bearer of bad news to their clients. These may include situations when facing incarceration or that you need to accept a plea bargain to a specific charge. If you trust your lawyer, and the trust has been forged over the time you have been working together, then you are likely to be more receptive to his legal advice.
Honesty from Your LawyerYou will find it easier to trust your lawyer if he is honest and upfront about your case. It should raise a red flag if your lawyer is making a lot of promises that seem too good to be true. Who would not be turned off if they heard their attorney bragging that he could make this or that charge go away, or that you will get a not guilty verdict on every charge – right in your first consultation meeting! To avoid this grave mistake in hiring a lawyer, it is important that you make sure that you consider only a lawyer who is straightforward with his clients. If he says that he will let you know everything he knows about the case, and when it is decision-making time, he will make sure that you can come up with an educated and informed decision, and that decision will be the basis for your future actions together – then you have found a trustworthy lawyer. Just as important to the need for you to have a trustworthy lawyer to listen to is the need for your lawyer to listen to you and your concerns. The attorney-client relationship is a two-way street. The lawyer must listen to you. The case is about you, not your lawyer. If your lawyer advises you to accept a plea, but you want a trial, the lawyer will take the matter to trial and work hard on your behalf. It’s enough that you know your attorney has laid down all your options, and he allows you to make a well-informed choice. At the end of the day, it is your decision as to the client that will prevail. The job of your lawyer is to review everything with you. This way, you can be sure that whatever choice you make, you are making it in an informed one, and that you have considered everything. If you don’t trust your lawyer, you will tend to communicate less. This can compromise your successful defense.
Following are some tips that may help forge trust between you and your lawyer:
- Ask the lawyer about his experience, specifically in cases like yours.
- Ask him the number of cases he has won and lost.
- Ask how he prepares for a defense, and how he conducts an investigation to gather details about your case.
- Be open with your concerns about your case.
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