“Can the expert get the best possible results for his or her clients?”
When you are charged with a crime, the results of your case will be directly linked to who you hire. Experience, reputation, and respect from colleagues will equal sound advice and acceptable results.
For most people, including some attorneys, the Criminal Justice System and Criminal Courts are unfamiliar territory. You are retaining an attorney to guide you through technical rules, procedures, and laws. Just as important, your lawyer will be dealing with personalities within the system also.
Other lawyers, police officers, prosecutors, and judges all play a role in your case. Results require navigation through all components of the Criminal Justice System. Your lawyer should not only know the law, the prosecutors, and the judges, but also be known by the prosecutors and judges.
As previously stated, you should always trust your lawyer and his or her knowledge of the law, but you should also trust that he or she is respected in the courts, by the prosecutors, and by the judges. Other players in the field define an expert as much as their resume does.
For example, if you’ve noticed a lawyer’s name from the news media as often being associated with tough cases, you can assume that the judges whom assign the attorney, or those who retained him, knew something. Good lawyers are on the tough cases. A familiar face from the news is more important than an advertisement.
Respect facilitates results in plea negotiation, trial rulings, and sentencing. You should feel comfortable that your lawyer knows where to turn and how to work you through the law and the personalities within the Criminal Justice System. You should trust him or her to give you his or her best effort and advice, even if it disappoints. You can be assured that respect from peers and expertise go farther than promises, bragging, discounted fees, or advertisements.
Results are always specific to each individual case and person's background. The key is being comfortable that your attorney is a respected expert in his or her field and who:
• Is in the best position to get an acceptable result; and
• Will do what is possible to get an acceptable result.