Hiring a criminal defense attorney is just the start of an often long an arduous process. The retainer of counsel is just the beginning, the next step is to mount a defense. In doing so, it is important for the client to cooperate and lend assistance to the effort if there is any hope of obtaining a dismissal. The biggest thing a client can do is provide as much favorable information to the lawyer such as character letters and awards, achievements and any other positive accolades. These materials will allow counsel to present a picture that puts the client in the best light. Some other things that a client should do are: 1) Stay in touch with the law office, make sure the firm knows how to get ahold of you in a moment’s notice. 2) Do not discuss the case with anyone, these conversations can leak out to others who may not share the same interests as you and can hurt the case. 3) Always dress appropriately when going to Court, dress as if you are going to a job interview. Your attire will show the Court you respect the proceedings and will cast a favorable light on any possible disposition.
Although these things may seem inconsequential, it is the little things in a case which will often make the difference between a mediocre outcome and a great resolution.