Around 15 years ago I decided to adopt the strategy of over-informing my clients.Â It seems like a simple and obvious idea, but itâ€™s not.Â There are drawbacks.
First, having a detailed discussion of sentencing guideline punishments can make the client worry that his lawyer assumes heâ€™s guilty.Â I donâ€™t.Â But Iâ€™ve learned, especially in federal cases, that the client really needs to understand what sheâ€™s up against.
Second, the client may become discouraged.Â I give my client what I call …
The Roller-Coaster speech:Â Defending a criminal investigation will be a long and scary ride.Â Some days will have good developments, and weâ€™ll feel at the top of the ride, and some days bad things will occur, and weâ€™ll feel down at the bottom.Â Itâ€™s important to try like hell to keep an even keel.
Defending a criminal case requires making many decisions along the way, and the client and I need to keep a level head at each decision point.
Iâ€™ve found the strategy of keeping my client very informed of the law, the process, and the facts helps us reach the best result.