Nov 28, 2019 Courthouse ways addressed by Fairfax DUI lawyer
Courthouse ways must be reckoned with in pursuing the best possible outcome, says Fairfax DUI lawyer
Courthouse ways stem from centuries-old developments in legal practice. As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, I know that court procedures may at first blush seem alien, but every battlefield has strange and challenging terrain to reckon with and transcend in pursuing victory. Today’s article continues where we left off here on dealing with court procedure.
The necessity of going to court fully prepared for trial and knowing courthouse ways
For each court date, I assure that my client and I are fully prepared for what might happen in court and that my client knows the courthouse ways. This includes preparing for possible testimony, and preparing my DUI or criminal defense client for all remaining stages of trial, including the best way for us to communicate during trial.
Following my lead in the DUI courtroom
I will prepare my client for courthouse ways, including showing my client where to sit in the courtroom, and where to proceed when the judge or courtroom clerk calls their case. If the judge addresses my client, I do not want him or her to respond verbally nor non-verbally unless I do not first interrupt when the judge asks a question. DUI and other criminal defendants maintain the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent at all times in court.
The DUI and criminal trial is pitched battle
As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, I know that your criminal trial is pitched battle that needs to transcend any seeming limitations from courthouse ways. This is our only chance to win absent appealing a loss, which we do not want in the first place. I am paying attention to all essential items during the trial, not only with what is being said from the witness stand, but also the witness’s demeanor, the judge’s reaction and attitude during testimony, and the prosecutor’s demeanor. The ideal way for my clients to communicate with me during trial is neatly to write one idea or question on one piece of paper, and to pass that note to me to see before the particular stage of the trial has completed.
With victory we celebrate and with defeat we plan the next move
When my DUI or criminal client wins at trial, we savor the victory. When we do not win, we plan the next move, including our appeal options and knowing the courthouse ways for doing so. Getting charged with DUI or another crime puts the defendant at risk, no matter how innocent or not s/he is. Our only choice is to fully battle for the best possible outcome.
This is the second part of a two-part series on courthouse ways in DUI and criminal cases. Part one is here.
Fairfax DUI lawyer Jonathan L. Katz pursues your best defense against felony, misdemeanor, and DWI prosecutions. Jon Katz will be delighted to discuss your case with you, through a confidential consultation scheduled through his staff at 703-383-1100.