Can you describe the way you handle a case? In other words, once a client hires you, how do you go about building his or her defense?
The first thing we do is get the facts from our client. And that’s why it’s important that we establish a good relationship, and I think that’s something we pride ourselves on doing is setting a tone and building a relationship where the client feels comfortable with us and lays out all the facts, good and bad. The second thing we do is start our investigation process: getting facts outside the client, determining from any source we can what facts are relevant to the case.
Once we do that, then we can really shape our defense to see what affirmative defenses the client may have, see what our strategy needs to be. And sometimes our strategy is very aggressive and we want to go against the state’s evidence or we want to directly challenge what the state has and it is very adversarial. Sometimes we want to cooperate and try to work out something with the state in a less adversarial setting. So once we have the facts and once we have a good picture of what the evidence will be, that’s when we shape the case and go into what our strategies will be in dealing with the state.