Posted by a Criminal Defense client
Disclaimer: I am a retired lawyer--I now teach English--and so I know some things about what make lawyers effective that the general public might not know. In a trial, a lawyer's likability rubs off on the accused. His (or her) charisma makes the jury view you as a better person. Is that rational? No. Is it true of Debus? Oh my goodness, yes.
Aside from knowing all the right people, being owed favors from all the right people, and having a steel-trap mind, Debus is tall, handsome, well-spoken, and charismatic. These are key qualities in a trial attorney. The best-reasoned case in the world makes no difference if the jury doesn't like the lawyer making the case. On the other hand, an affable, congenial lawyer, a "regular guy - plus," can rub his or her shine on you to such an extent that a jury will like you--and it is hard for juries to grit their teeth and convict someone they like.
Debus worked with his incredible partner, Tracey Westerhausen, to get the prosecution to clear me of some bogus charges arising from a domestic dispute I had with my ex. I'm not at all surprised that I got such a great outcome. Debus and Westerhausen's charisma and likability strike fear into the heart of prosecutors. Think about it: The prosecutor's job is to be a professional punisher. They play the role of the school principal: "You're a *bad* girl (or boy)." But everyone, every juror, has been in that position, and Debus is excellent at radiating humor, likability and charisma. Pretty soon, the jury is going to start to identify with you--because Debus turns you from being "the accused" into being a real person, someone the jury would like to know better. It's very hard for juries to convict someone they believe is "a good guy" or "a good gal." Debus is a terrific lawyer, of course, but it's his ability to draw you with a halo over your head that makes him so very effective. Prosecutors want nothing to do with a defendant whom they know is just going to glow with congeniality and that "good guy" aura. I'm sure that's why they just fold their hands when they know that Debus (or Kazan, or Westerhausen) is the power in your corner.
It would be nice if he returned phone calls a little more promptly, and he's unbelieveably expensive. Beg, borrow, or steal the money for Debus, Kazan, and Westerhausen's fee. It will be money very, very well spent.