Trial attorneys do not deal simply with trials. Rather, there are real human beings involved who must be shepherded through a frightening gauntlet of accusation, evidence, motions, and trial, all the while facing the sickening potential for loss of freedom and incarceration.
Too often trial counsel loses sight of the client in favor of some esoteric principle of law. More often, however, trial counsel loses sight of the fear that pervades the client’s outlook on his case and life. Neglecting to deal with that aspect of the client can be fatal to the relationship necessary for effective representation.
The majority of clients are scared before we ever meet them. Compounding these fears, unethical lawyers prey on that weakness for their personal gain by overcharging fees and over-promising end results. This has led many clients to question whether prison may not be a better outcome than retaining counsel. To those who experienced that type of conduct, attorneys represent the worst of professions. And while those accused of serious offenses may be crying out for assistance, the unethical lawyer sees opportunity for personal gain.
If you or anyone you know has experienced that type of unethical behavior, please report it to your state bar association. A criminal accusation is frightening enough – it need not be exacerbated by those who hold themselves out as miracle workers.
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