Of all the legal issues, fighting criminal lawsuits are probably the most difficult ones. From the very step of taking over the case to driving it to the judgement, it is everything except a smooth journey. Both the client as well as the lawyer have to work out the best strategies and work together to defend themselves. And it’s often a tough call to decide if the client is innocent, or if they should accept the case. They have to put aside their personal beliefs and judgement, so that the defendant can get a fair trial and everyone’s rights are equally represented.
Here are some secrets about criminal lawyers and defense attorneys you might not know about.
- They profile the jurors before jury selection
Before any trial, jury selection is an essential process to ensure that both parties get a fair judgement. It helps identify biased jurors and get them removed from the jury. So, the lawyers often research and profile the jury members before going in for jury selection. This gives them a better understanding of the members and pick-out the jurors who would be unfavourable for their defence strategy.
- They work on their client’s image and profile
Experienced lawyers say that a person’s appearance and profile can have a great impact on how they are perceived. So, their clients must be properly dressed and groomed. It is not intended to create a false image or to mislead the panel, rather, it is to show that they respect the court and its members.
- They are focused on the jury and their body language
In court, the jury panel is one of the most important elements. Their behaviour and view on the case can influence or drive the outcome of the trial. So, the lawyers pay close attention to each of the jury members and their responses. It is mostly about convincing the panel that their client is innocent. So, for each of their arguments and oppositions counteractions, the lawyers notice the behaviour of the jury.
- Everybody loves a challenge
Attorneys are on the watch for tough and challenging cases. As such cases can be a game changer and give them a career boost. But the same cases can also ruin their reputation. So, they are quite selective and careful about the challenges they pick. And apart from the reputation boost, they do it for the thrill and high that comes with working on such challenging cases.
- Be indifferent to the client’s actions
Criminal cases can be really messy and it is difficult to work with it. As the attorney’s job is to defend their clients, irrespective of the fact if they are guilty or not. And often our personal feelings cloud our judgement, so the attorneys train themselves to set aside any prejudice or feelings that interfere with their professional obligation.
The movies and television series exaggerate and glorify the scenes of a criminal trial. But, it is not as dramatic as it is showcased. Criminal cases can stretch over a long time period and the attorneys work with a team across various components of the case. So, now you know some internal secrets of what happens in the courtrooms and how these lawyers make a difference.