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Am I going to go to jail?

When a person’s guilt is not at issue, “damage control” if you will, is top priority. Often times a criminal matter takes weeks, if not months, to move thru the court system. Cases can sometimes be expedited or postponed depending on the clients needs. Of course, all courts are reluctant to upset or delay their dockets, however, skilled lawyers can navigate around these predispositions to accommodate their client’s needs and they can do so without ruffling feathers. How the lawyer proceeds regarding handling the case is determined at the first meeting between attorney and client and is re-evaluated throughout the case.

How to put the client in the best possible light or posture a case for the best possible outcome can be accomplished by employing any number of tactics such as meetings, motions, evaluations, rehabilitation/counseling programs (sometimes inpatient), restitution, etc., all depending upon the situation. The clients past record (if any) and the current criminal charge along with a myriad of other considerations such as the County involved, the prosecutor we’re dealing with, the judge and whether or not he/she has any type of what is commonly referred to as “policy cases” where everybody gets the same treatment regardless, and more, dictates the approach that should be taken. An effective use of any number of “tactics” I deem appropriate has as the end result, a great percentage of the time, of my clients not going to jail. Of course, I demand the client to be highly motivated, and willing to be proactive.The reason for this is simple, while I can refer the client here and there, it’s the client that actually has to go, it’s the client that has to get the time off work, etc… so client motivation is imperative. And believe me when I say I don’t like telling my clients what to do and where to go any more than they want to hear it but it is all done with the calculated effect and expectation of keeping the client out of jail.

Family support and input is always encouraged and it is my belief that judges love to see family members in court. If family can attend all hearings “great”, but if not, that’s understandable and I always make it clear which hearings are more important to attend.

Judges notice and appreciate a proactive client. They want to see hope that the client can take charge of their lives and do it on their own (that's why we do things before being ordered). The client that can go into court and serve that up on a platter is the client that has put himself in the best possible position to walk out of court rather than getting handcuffed and hauled off to jail or prison.


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