The Importance of Communication for Criminal Defense

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The complexity of criminal defense requires that all involved are willing to communicate openly and truthfully to achieve the client's optimum objective.


Honest, Open and Direct Communication between Attorney and Client is Essential

The criminal defendant presents himself to his attorney and relies on his attorney to achieve the best possible result. Often the objective is freedom while other cases require lessening the punishment that the client is facing.


Without Open Communication and Some Modicum of Trust the Best Result May not be Accomplished

An attorney in the criminal arena is many times an advocate for someone that is facing serious consequences. An attorney must be willing to have an open dialogue to get all the facts and once that is established then the advocate can truly do magic. Where the defendant is resistant and keeping you at arms length, the lack of discourse can prove detrimental.


Difficult, Destructive and Determined Clients Sometimes Need to be Protected from Themselves

A client that refuses to accept responsibility for his actions in a situation where the facts and the law require punishment may call for drastic measures. In those situations, it is necessary to find a friend or family member that "speaks the same language" and is able to communicate rationally. This often opens up the lines of communication and once again allow the attorney to achieve optimum results for his client.

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"A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive, but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness. " Proverbs 15:1-2.



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