Every case begins with a thorough client interview and consultation during which case goals, expectations, and rapport is established. The next step is the investigation stage as the best defense is a great offense. Every possible document, video, note, report, and recording is reviewed to look for possible defenses and prosecutorial weaknesses. Furthermore, the firm utilizes a number of experienced experts to assist in creation of a defense theory; these experts range from private investigators, to psychologists, to polygraph experts. It is during this stage that a more formal strategy is developed.
In many cases the next phase involves “motions” to the Court to suppress, for example, illegally obtained evidence or statements made in violation of a client’s Miranda rights. Some motions may be reserved for right before trial for tactical advantage while others are filed early. Often winning an important motion will prevent the prosecutor from utilizing a critical piece of evidence and result in either a dismissal or substantial reduction in the charge.
Next is the negotiation stage with the prosecutor’s office. The negotiation stage often will disclose the prosecutor’s strategies and thoughts on the case. Typically, prosecutors will relay several plea offers to settle the case; it is at that point that additional client consultation and case valuation is discussed to determine if the best result is a plea agreement or trial.
A case proceeding to trial is tenaciously prepped. Witnesses are subpoenaed and prepared to testify, cross examination of the prosecutor’s witnesses is developed, and jury presentation arguments are crafted. Trial is truly the culmination of months of hard work and attention to detail as it all comes down to that final moment, after all the witnesses have testified, after all the evidence is in, and after the breaths of silence which precede each and every jury verdict. Guilty or Not Guilty. That is where a trial attorney earns his keep.