What if your lawyer told you and your family that he or she wants to do the appeal but, basically, nothing can be done?
Should I believe the trial lawyer?
When should I consider a second opinion?
as you would seek a second opinion before your are operated on, you
can’t give up and “do your time” just because one lawyer saw no hope for
you or hadn’t thought efficiently and creatively.
you are lamenting: I am in trouble and I need honest, straightforward,
sophisticated legal representation now for myself or my loved one.
far I have seen primarily lawyers who seem like they were selling me a
used car and assuring me that they know best about strategy, law, what can happen.
I want a lawyer who collaborates with me but brings her sophisticated, experienced knowledge and experience to me.
What to watch out and run for the hills when a lawyer utters the following words:
can guarantee…. Serious lawyers can only guarantee that they know
their job and will work tirelessly, together with you, with experts and
- I used to be your prosecutor’s supervisor when I
was a prosecutor, so I can…. Does this mean that the current
prosecutor is stupid or corrupt? , No, he is a professional and will
represent his client, the government, to the best of his abilities.
want to go to trial because I won’t even think about anything but a
trial (even if it is better for you) because I can get them in closing
argument like I always do…
- If the potential lawyer tells you
that she can get records or reports about the case and makes you think
that you don’t have the same public access. All federal cases
nationwide are on PACER at minimal cost–ten cents per page–using a
- If your trial lawyer states that a professional
investigator is a waste of your money…. For instance, my thorough and
sophisticated investigator–after the case had been tried, appealed, and
the first layer of post-conviction litigation was completed–found
records showing that the chief informant-co-defendant-state witness–had
lied to the court when giving his name and received a great deal for his
- Experts like you see on tv are prohibitively expensive and
I can win on my closing argument (or cross examination, or deposition
skills, and the like). I have engaged psychologists, psychiatrists,
linguists, coerced confession experts, accident reconstructionists and
many more. Frequently, they turn the tide in your favor because they
don’t let the slick prosecution evidence go unchallenged. After your
expert testifies, the jury may recognize that the government was trying
to give them half of the story.
- If the potential or current
attorney seems in a terrible hurry, doesn’t apologize for the rush, and
leaves you more confused than when you entered the office, you may need
to be in different hands. Did his impatience only show up after the fee
- If your lawyer won’t give you his or her cell number
or email contact information, it speaks to the attention which you will
receive after the lawyer is paid.
are the client and you may choose the counsel that you have the most
faith in and can afford. Don’t ever think that it will make the lawyer
mad if you don’t pick him or her and they can hurt your chances in court
because the lawyer knows the judge or the prosecutor