Persuading by diffusion and mirroring and calmness – Fairfax trial lawyer
Persuading is an essential art in criminal defense. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that the courthouse battle can include clients, opposing witnesses, prosecutors and judges who are stressed, angry or even off their rocker (hopefully only as to the first three). Criminal defense...
Judges and jurors – Police are not immune from lying
Judges and jurors must know that police are not immune from lying. Consider Michael Picard's plight. State trooper(s) from my natal state of Connecticut in September 2015 told Picard he was unlawfully filming them. Picard insisted he had the legal right to film them while...
Criminal defense- Preparing clients for a trial roller coaster ride
Recently in a criminal trial that I won, my client seemed concerned when the judge was overruling some of my objections, while he also sustained a number of my objections in between. It is always important for a criminal defense lawyer to prepare his or...
Keep eyes on the prize rather than on the prosecutor’s strengths and weaknesses
Many prosecutors talk tough in the courtroom hallway or on the phone, but deliver seemingly lackluster, cookbook, tepid or even timid performance at trial or at hearings. The strength or weakness of an opponent' performance is a distraction
How to persuade a hard-line judge or jury to see the case on its own merits
It can be scary for a criminal defense lawyer to place the fate of his or her client in the hands of the judge and jury. However, the effective criminal defense lawyer does not simply hand the defendant to the jury.