Creating a Relationship With Your Lawyer
As you’re working closely with your criminal defense attorney, here are some things to consider that will help make each step of the process as efficient as possible.
From the first consultation with your criminal defense attorney, it is essential that you communicate all of the details of your situation, whether you think they are important to the case or not. When your lawyer has all of the details of the case, they will be better able to represent you.
A note on attorney-client privilege: the attorney-client relationship generally begins when both the lawyer and the client agree to it. However, in the case of consultations, when someone is seeking legal advice, that communication is confidential. This is true even when the client hasn’t paid any fees or hired the lawyer. It is important, however, to ask a potential attorney if and when communication will be kept confidential.
At any time, when an issue arises, it’s important that you feel comfortable talking the matter over with your lawyer, and this begins with having a relationship based on trust. Keep in mind that trust goes both ways as well. Your lawyer will do their best to make decisions as quickly as possible, to respect your opinions, and your time, and they will try to set clear expectations from the beginning so that everyone is on the same page throughout the case.
Communication and trust are the foundation of any successful relationship, and this is no different for your relationship with your criminal defense attorney. When there is a mutual respect for each other’s time, opinions, and needs, honest and clear communication, and an unwavering trust, this is the basis for a successful case.
At Donahue Law Firm, our team is dedicated to the success of each of our clients. While it’s important to realize that not all cases are successful, we believe that we have what it takes to create strong relationships with our clients, and various people involved with the case, in order to create a solid defense.
If you’re in need of a criminal defense attorney, contact the team at Donahue Law Firm today. From your initial consultation, we can assure you that we have your best interests at heart.