How do I get my lawyer to believe in me?
Be on time.Whether the lawyer is private or a public defender their limit is as limited as your time is. The difference in their time and your time is that you need them to help you with the defense of your case. Also, for lawyers (at least in private practice) time really is money. Wasting their time by being late doesn't help your situation. With public defenders the money is not the issue by the crushing case loads. When you are late or blow off an appointment someone else could have made good use of that time.
Be prepared to answer your lawyers questions (truthfully).Other than your mother the people you should never lie to are your attorney and your bail bondsman. One gets you out of jail and the other can get you out of trouble.
When you lie to your attorney a lot of time and effort is wasted that could be better spent on trying to get a good result on your case. It especially does not help when your attorney takes what you says and presents a great sounding argument to the prosecutor only to have it blow up in his face.
We really love hearing that a "friend" told you the case is a slam dunk and even a "truck" should get it dismissed.If the friend is your co-defendant you should give thought to who you were with when you got in trouble. If the friend is a "cellie" then consider how much he knows. If he were that smart he wouldn't be sitting in jail with you. "My case was just like that and my lawyer got me off" is rarely ever as realistic as it sounds. No two case are ever exactly alike unless they are from the same alleged offense.
If your friend was another lawyer, then why haven't you hired them to handle your case? Did they have the police report? Did they have access to the evidence? Do they know how the prosecutor feels about this particular case?
Being "clean and sober" would help when you show up.This one pretty much explains itself.