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On the other hand, if you have been paying attention, the smart client wants an attorney who has accumulated the necessary skill and experience, that can accurately assess the client’s legal situation, formulate a thoughtful and comprehensive theory of the case (or defense) in terms of an executable plan, and has the savvy and the moxie to execute the plan for the client with the client’s goals and best interests at heart. The attorney must also be able to manage expectations and have the courage to tell a paying client the truth when the chances are all spent and their might better to pursue other options.
I was able to help a client close the book on an attorney’s mistake from twenty years ago. It is helping these clients find some peace from their past that makes the practice of law tolerable, even enjoyable nowadays. It is rectifying an injustice such as hers that drives the best criminal defense attorneys to fight the good fight. It is standing up for those who cannot or do not know how to stand up for themselves that truly defines the exceptional criminal defense attorney.
a direct criminal appeal is completely useless without the trial attorney making doubly sure that any appellate issues were properly preserved for the appeal or beyond. In this sense, what you don’t know can hurt you, badly. And you must have lost and been convicted (otherwise, an appeal has no purpose).