What Defense Attorneys Do Outside the Courtroom
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Speak softly, but carry a big stick.” What he meant was that reputation is important. This applies perfectly in the context of criminal defense, where a defense lawyer’s reputation for competence and zealousness in the courtroom can often go a long way toward keeping his or her clients out of court. Prosecutors have large caseloads, limited resources, and are often loathe to actually try cases unless they have a fairly high probability of winning.
In this way, a good Berks County criminal defense attorney can often win a case without ever seeing the inside of a courtroom. Pretrial maneuvering and motions can greatly weaken the prosecution’s case before it ever sees a jury. Well-formed pre-trial motions can exclude crucial evidence. Thorough research and investigation can expose flaws in the prosecution’s case. And aggressive and informed negotiation can allow a prosecutor to save resources—and face—by offering a reduced charge or sentence, or even dismissing weak cases. Such results, however, are much less likely for unrepresented criminal defendants.
To have this advantage, however, a criminal defense attorney must have a proven and well-known record of accomplishment for effectiveness in the courtroom—the kind of reputation that one builds over nearly 40 years of aiding accused individuals in Berks County and surrounding areas. A well-established criminal defender has earned respect among prosecutors, law enforcement, and judges. Moreover, such respect can be a criminal defense attorney’s most powerful tool in the service of clients.