What Makes the Law Offices of David Knecht Different From Other Vacaville Lawyers

If you are looking for a firm that understands the legal system in Vacaville and the surrounding areas, who is committed to our clients’ success, who has the experience and knowledge to represent you effectively and vigorously, then look no further than the Law Offices of David Knecht.   We have a focused practice to serve you in family law, criminal defense or estate planning, and we have a track record of successful outcomes for our clients.  Please learn more about the services we can offer you:

  1. Vacaville Is Home.  Our office is located in the heart of Vacaville at 500 Main. We serve clients in Vacaville, Fairfield, Dixon, Suisun City, Winters and the Solano County Superior Courts. We are familiar with the law enforcement agencies, judges, and legal community in this area.  We understand the system and will help you navigate it wisely.
  2. We Are Committed to the Long-Term Satisfaction of Our Clients.  Since this is our home, we are not just looking for a quick buck, but we are committed to the long-term satisfaction of our clients and to building the community with excellent legal representation of each individual one. Mr. Knecht was born and raised in California, and he has been serving and protecting Californian’s for over 30 years.   He worked as a police officer and detective in Fullerton, Santa Rosa and Vacaville for over 13 years.  He has continued the tradition of service in his legal practice, focusing on family, wills and trusts, probate and trust administration for over a decade.
  3. Experience, experience, and more experience.   Mr. Knecht has extensive legal experience to represent you with confidence in all the roles that an attorney plays as an advisor, advocate, negotiator, and litigator.  Having been a police officer, a law clerk for judges, and for many years a partner in his own firm, he has represented thousands of clients in estate planning, family law, trust and will litigation, criminal defense, restraining orders and other matters.  He has been the recipient of many awards, achievements and memberships, including the Distinguished Service Award from the City of Santa Rosa for leadership and sustained excellence and admission into the Member of Barristers for the Solano County Criminal Defense Bar Association.
  4. Focused Practice.  At the Law Offices of David Knecht, we don’t try to be jack of all trades, but master of none.  We have focused our practice and honed our experience to understand and serve clients in the specific areas of family law, wills and trusts, probate and trust administration.  
  5. Our Results Speak for Themselves.  Mr. Knecht has had a long history of obtaining successful outcomes for his clients.  Just a few of the past achievements include a family law trial where Mr. Knecht’s client was awarded retroactive child support and over $50,000 in attorney’s fees, a DUI where the charge was reduced to a Wet Reckless with no license suspension, and a Felony Assault Case where the crimes were reduced to a misdemeanor.  While the facts of each case are unique and no one can guarantee the results, the track record of the Law Offices of David Knecht show a consistent pattern of passion, hard work, expertise and diligence in providing legal representation.

 

 

 

How to Help Yourself When Dealing with an Ugly Divorce

Whether you were married a short time or for forever, whether you have kids or no kids, there is no easy divorce.  The end of a marriage is emotionally challenging for all parties involved.  If you have a spiteful spouse or a challenging custody situation, then the emotional toll can be even greater.  This article will give 5 tips on how to help yourself handle the emotional, financial, and physical trauma of an ugly divorce:

  1. Focus on Yourself.  When you are going through a separation or divorce, you need to give yourself permission to focus on you and what can best meet your needs.  This means something different for each individual.  For some, it may mean taking time to get outside and reconnect with nature.  For others, spending the time and money on massage or manicure may be therapeutic.  You may be in a place where you just want to lie in bed and be sad and do nothing.  You need to allow yourself to grieve in your own way.
  2. Take One Day At a Time.  Facing a big life change can be overwhelming.  You may be wondering what will happen with children, finances, property, other assets, common friends, relatives, etc.  Remember that those things will sort themselves out as things evolve and progress.  If you focus on taking one day at a time, trying to accomplish what is necessary to succeed in just that one day, and facing the problems and challenges that arise in just that day, then you’ll be better able to manage the stress of separation or divorce.
  3. Reach Out to Family and Friends.  One emotion many people struggle with in separation or divorce is a feeling of failure or shame, and consequently it’s common for people to shy away from family and friends during the separation or divorce process.  A different perspective may help you overcome those negative emotions.  Consider how many friends and associates you know that are divorced.  Look online to see the statistics on the success rates of relationships.  Take steps to reassure yourself that you are in good company if your marriage did not work out as hoped.  Reach out to family and friends because they love you and will support you through this difficult time.
  4. Talk About Your Feelings.  Throughout the separation or divorce period, you will likely be on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.  Anger, sadness, disappointment, relief, happiness, fear and every other emotion are likely to overcome you at different times in the process.  Take the time to open up to a trusted friend or family member to talk about how you feel.  Try to find someone who is not affiliated with your former spouse, so that you can feel that the person is entirely on your side.  You may want to be cautious of posting your feelings on social media or other public forums, but don’t miss the chance to discuss with a therapist, group, good friend, or family member.

 

  • Focus on a Bright Future.  Although seeing a bright future may be challenging right now, when you are grieving over what was lost, you may find benefit in sitting down and making a list of positive thoughts, goals, and feelings.  Consider a new hobby to take up. Think about dreams that were previously unfulfilled that may be an available opportunity now. Realize that the growth that you will experience through this challenge will make you a stronger, more empathetic person.

Separation and divorce are tough, but if you concentrate on taking care of yourself, living one day at a time, reaching out to family and friends, sharing feelings and focusing on a bright future, you will find that you can achieve greatness in this difficult time.

5 Things Most People Do Wrong When Selecting an Attorney

You know that your decision about legal representation is very important not only for the outcome of your case, but for your emotional and mental well-being in the process.  In your quest to find the best person for the best price, make sure that you don’t fall into these 5 pitfalls of mistakes people often make when selecting an attorney:

 

  • Not asking Enough Questions

 

People often fall into one of two categories:  Either they are a little intimidated by the legal system and afraid to ask questions, or they want to appear confident and knowledgeable, and so they don’t reach out with questions.  Don’t fall into this trap.  You need to ask questions, take notes, and make sure you understand every aspect of your legal representation.  Remember to ask:

  • Who will be handling my case?
    • The partner or an associate?
  • What experience does this attorney have in this particular case?
  • Would you consider it a complex or simple case?
  • How will I be billed?
  • Can you estimate the cost of this matter?
  • What is the most effective and cost efficient way to communicate with my attorney?
    • Phone calls, emails, coordinating with staff?
  • What evidence will need to be preserved and how should I preserve it?  

 

 

  • Failing to Examine Other Clients’ Results

 

Each case is unique, and a good outcome for another client doesn’t necessarily guarantee a great outcome for you because the facts and circumstances are different.  However, it is important to see what results other clients had to give you an idea of the level of experience an attorney has, and how satisfied other clients were with the representation.  A great firm will often post these results on their own website.  (See for example, http://www.davidknechtlaw.com/results/).  

  1. Not researching the practice areas of the potential attorney.  

In medicine, people are generally aware that you should find the right specialist – for example, you wouldn’t go to a podiatrist for brain surgery. You should certainly consider the practice areas of the attorneys you are considering.  Many attorneys will list their practice areas on their website.  (See for example, http://www.davidknechtlaw.com/practice-areas/).  If an attorney doesn’t list practice areas, you should ask how many cases of your type that attorney has handled.  You should be wary of attorney who is reluctant to identify practice areas because their reluctance may indicate a lack of experience in any one area.

  1. Skipping over the references.

It is surprising how many people hire an attorney without checking references.  You can use social media to crowd source the answer.  Some people post on Facebook asking for recommendations.  Others contact friends directly who have faced similar legal issues for advice.  If you are reluctant to make your search for an attorney public, another good sources of reference is the attorney himself/herself.  You can check the website.  (See for example, http://www.davidknechtlaw.com/testimonials/).  You can also ask the attorney if they would feel comfortable having you talk to a previous client.  Do your homework, and don’t forget references.

 

  • Choosing based only on cost.

 

While cost is a factor in your decision-making process, it should not be the only factor.  Some people are tempted to go with the cheapest attorney, only to find out that the bill adds up.  Others go with the most expensive attorney, assuming that cost correlates with successful outcomes.  The reality is that cost should be a consideration, but the attorney’s reputation, references, and experience should all weigh into your final determination as to who is best for you.

 

Looking for the Right Vacaville Attorney?  3 Reasons to Give Us a Call

At the Law Offices of David W. Knecht, we focus our practice on Family Law (including Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support), Criminal Law (including Juvenile Court, DUI), and Estate Planning (including Wills, Living Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Advance Health Care Directives).  Why choose us for your most important legal needs?

1. Your family is important to us. Born and raised in California, David. W. Knecht has been serving and protecting Californian’s for over thirty years. He is invested in the community and cares about each individual client. You will not be lost in the hands of a brand new associate or paralegal staff. You can expect a meeting with an experienced attorney personally to discuss the possible outcomes of your case. In developing legal strategy, we are mindful of offering cost-effective legal solutions. We maintain close communication with clients concerning legal expensive and counsel clients on less costly alternative means. Our mission is clear:  fight for you, be available to you, seek the most efficient course of action, and serve you.                                                                                                                              

2. We know the system. Mr. Knecht has a background that gives him unique insight into the legal system.  

  • We know the law enforcement system:  Mr. Knecht worked as a police officer and detective for the cities of Fullerton, Santa Rosa and Vacaville for 13 years.  
  • We know the judicial system: While still in law school, Mr. Knecht worked as a law clerk for attorney Robert C. Fracchia in Vacaville and attorney Daniel J. Healy in Vallejo. Both Judge Fracchia and Judge Healy are now sitting judges in the Solano County Superior Court. After graduating from law school and passing the bar exam, Mr. Knecht worked for attorney E. Bradley Nelson in Vacaville. Judge Nelson is now a sitting judge in the Solano County Superior Court.
  • We know the legal system. Mr. Knecht has been in practice for over 10 years, and has represented thousands of clients in estate planning, family law, trust and will litigation, criminal defense, restraining orders, and other matters since opening his own office in Vacaville, California in 2007.

3. Experience matters.  You’ll want an attorney who has the experience to answer your questions and guide you to a favorable outcome:

  • Family Law. We understand the stress that family law matters can place on your loved ones and finances. We conduct ourselves professionally to minimize conflict, we seek solutions that are in the best interest of the children, and we help our clients set appropriate but firm boundaries. We remain focused on practical matters and advise you based on our experience of helping hundreds of other families.
  • Criminal Law. Mr. Knecht defends juveniles and adults accused in the Solano County, Napa County, and Yolo County Superior Courts of all felony, misdemeanor, DUI and other criminal offenses. He has represented over 400 criminal defendants in the last three years alone. He has an excellent record of success and is focused on getting the results you need. You can depend on him to fight for you every step of the way.
  • Estate Planning. We understand that you’ve worked a lifetime to acquire wealth and protecting and preserving your assets is important for you and your family. Mr. Knecht helps trustees and executors administer trusts and probates, and he will spend time with you explaining the process and tasks involved in successfully administering a trust or probate estate. For wills and revocable trusts, Mr. Knecht will meet with you to discuss your situation and whether or not a revocable or living trust is right for you to achieve goals including probate avoidance, federal estate tax minimization, and greater flexibility in creating distribution plans for specific beneficiaries.   

Give us a call today to find out how we can help you with your divorce, DUI, estate planning, or other legal needs.  We will listen to you, answer your questions, and provide high quality, experienced representation for your case.

 

How To Win Your DUI Case

When preparing to fight a DUI charge, remember that you are presumed innocent and you have a right to question any evidence, testimony, test results, or assumptions that is presented by the prosecution against you.  This article will address some of the areas of the prosecution’s case against you that may be susceptible to attach.  This isn’t an all-inclusive list, but it will give you a good start in developing a strategy to identify reasonable doubt and win your DUI case.

  1. The Stop.  In order to pull you over, and officer must have reasonable suspicion that you are violating the law.  If the officer pulls you over based on your race or just a “hunch,” then you can file a Motion to Suppress.  In a nutshell, a Motion to Suppress is where you argue that the stop itself violated your Constitutional rights, and therefore the evidence against you should be thrown out.  Police officers are trained to document facts that lead to reasonable suspicion in their reports, so a Motion to Suppress is often an uphill battle, but sometimes officers make mistakes.  It’s worth looking at the stop because if you win on the Motion, that typically means victory on the whole DUI case.
  1. Challenge the BAC.  If your breath or blood tests show a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, you will need to find a way to call into question the results of these tests.
  • Rising Blood Alcohol Defense – The key point here is that the .08 level has to be at the time you were driving.  The theory of this defense is that alcohol takes time to absorb into the blood stream.  The results of a breath or blood test could be higher during the test than during the operation of the vehicle, based on a variety of factors:
    • How much food has the person eaten?  (Food tends to slow down absorption)
    • Is the driver male or female? (A woman’s BAC may rise higher than a man’s)
  • Medical Problem Defense.  The key point here is whether you have a medical problem that would render the results inaccurate.
  • Do you have a medical condition such as asthma or emphysema that affects your lung capacity and ability to blow into a machine?
  • Question the reliability of the testing procedures.
  • Was the testing device calibrated and tested?
  • Was the person giving the test trained on the device?
  • How many times did you “blow” and were the results consistent or varied from each other?
  • Were you observed prior to the DUI?
  • Eating, drinking, smoking, vomiting, burping, etc. can all impact test results.

 

  1. Fight the Officer’s Observations and Field Sobriety Tests.
  • Speech impediment or Injury.  Do you have a speech impediment or other condition that could account for an officer’s observation of slurred speech?  Do you have a health condition that would prevent you from understanding or complying with the tests?
  • Weather conditions.  Was there wind, rain, snow, etc. that could have affected your ability to hear the officer’s instructions and comply with them?
  • Look at the National Highway Traffic Administration’s procedures to see whether the tests were administered properly.  If the officer did not properly conduct the tests, or if correct instructions were not given, then you can question the reliability of the conclusions drawn from the tests.

Your defense will be as specific as your facts, as each DUI case is unique, but this guide will assist you in finding and taking advantage of the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you.

Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

If you are facing criminal charges, you may be looking at your bills and wondering if you can afford an attorney or if it’s worth hiring one.  A criminal conviction can come with a heavy financial impact, which can include fines imposed by the court, fees for counseling or treatment, the burden of lost wages if jail time is involved, and higher auto insurance costs if the offense was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  This article cites studies and surveys for the proposition that

  • Attorney vs. Self-Representation – In a famous case, Gideon v. Wainwright, Justice Black reasoned:  “fair trials before impartial tribunals  in which ever defendant stands equal before the law . . . cannot be realized if the poor man charged with crime has to face his accusers without a lawyer to assist him.”  This quote emphasizes the importance of an attorney in a criminal case.

 

Survey Responses Show Better Outcomes with an Attorney than Pro Se

  • Respondents in a survey published at the site below indicated a high DUI conviction rate for defendants who represented themselves.  See  http://criminal.lawyers.com/dui-dwi/does-using-a-dui-lawyer-give-you-a-better-outcome.html
  • Private Attorneys vs. Public Defenders – If you at an income level to qualify for a public defender, but you have family or others who are willing to contribute to you defense, you may be wondering if a private attorney would be more effective in representing you.  According to at least a few studies, the answer to that question is yes, private attorneys — statistically speaking – obtain much better outcomes for their clients than public defenders.

 

Studies Show Better Outcomes with Private Attorneys

  • Results indicate that defendants with public defenders are more likely to be detained pretrial, more likely to be convicted, and less likely to have their cases dismissed.”

(Excerpt from a study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice, a summary of which can be found here, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047235213000366)

  • …studies suggest that having appointed counsel negatively affects case outcomes, such as conviction and sentencing, in that those with appointed counsel are more likely to be convicted and/or sentenced to longer incarceration terms.”

(Excerpt from a study about the effect of attorney type on bail hearings, which can be found at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0887403414562603)

  • Other Considerations –There are many other considerations that you will need to weigh to decide whether to hire an attorney, whether to request a public defender, or whether to represent yourself.  A safe approach to take is to at least consult with an attorney initially, and then to decide the best course of action from there.  Some factors you might consider include:

 

  • How serious is the offense?
  • Am I innocent?
  • Would I prefer to go to trial, or would I be more comfortable with a plea deal?
  • What will be the financial burden of a guilty plea or conviction?
  • What resources, side income, or family to help defray the cost of an attorney?

The decision about whether to seek representation is a very important one, and your selection of an attorney is also critical to your success, and this resource can help you think through some of the initial steps of preparing your criminal defense.

Identifying high-end and low-end products is easy, but how do you separate a good attorney from one that isn’t as skilled?  How do you find someone excellent, when you aren’t familiar with the legal system?  Even though you likely haven’t had a chance to observe your potential attorney in a courtroom or in a negotiation, you can look for personal qualities and ask candidates you are considering about their expertise in these areas:  

 

  • Connections

 

Connections are extremely important, and you can ask your attorney about his or her professional contacts.  For example, if you case is criminal, you may benefit from an attorney who knows the prosecutor and who has appeared in front of your judge before.  Although those connections may not directly impact the outcome, as both prosecutor and judge are under obligation to be impartial, a personal relationship and experience with those people can help your attorney know the best approach and arguments to make to be compelling to those individuals.  Similarly, in a civil case, your attorney may be able to negotiate more effectively for you if he or she has a good professional relationship with the attorney on the other side.

 

  • Experience

 

With the exception of patent law, attorneys don’t get a license to practice in a specific area.  Their state license entitles them to practice any type of law.  Because they aren’t segregated into specialties by licensure, the differentiator between different types of attorneys when it comes to specialties is experience. An attorney who is fresh out of law school may have a lot of enthusiasm, but often you will be better served by someone who has practiced for many years.  You can’t underestimate the knowledge that can only be derived from years of doing something.

 

  • Research Abilities

 

Research skills are a hallmark of great attorneys.  Find someone who exhibits a genuine interest in all the aspects of your case.  You need someone who will listen and take careful notes as you explain the facts.  A good attorney will look to all the sources of information, whether that includes other witnesses, documents, emails, etc.  You will want someone who will have the tools and know-how to research any legal questions.  Most of all, you’ll want someone who can listen carefully and ask the right questions to fully vet your case.

 

  • Organizational Skills

 

You may be surprised to discover that organization skills are one of the most important attributes for an attorney to have, but planning and calendaring are actually essential.  Courts have specific hearing dates and deadlines which must be observed, so you will want someone who has a system to keep track of these dates and who will not procrastinate working on meeting those deadlines.  Some attorneys will request information from their clients at the last minute, which can be problematic.  In some cases, you will be providing your attorney with a variety of types of information and documents, and you need an attorney who is capable of organizing this disparate information into a cohesive defense.

 

  • Communication

 

An excellent attorney will be a great communicator.  He or she will be your mouthpiece to a judge, jury, or opposing party.  Your attorney will be the one to help create and tell your story.  You need someone who not only represents you well to others, but who also takes the time to communicate with you as often and as needed.  A common problem that crops up between attorneys and their clients is a breakdown in communication, so make sure you and your attorney speak up front about expectations on both sides for calls and emails and also the cost that will be anticipated with that level of communication.

If you look for an attorney with connections, experience, research abilities, organizational skills, and communication talents, you will likely be in good hands.

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Three Lies Bad Attorneys Tell Their Clients

Your decision about who will represent you is one of the most important choices you will make for either a civil or a criminal case.  As you evaluate who will be the best attorney for you, you’ll likely consider important factors, such as each attorney’s reputation and experience as well recommendations from friends.  You will want to be sure when you consult as you weigh your options, and meet with potential counsel, you watch out for these misconceptions:

  1. False:  The truth doesn’t matter.

In some cases, a defendant may not choose to testify, but that doesn’t mean that the truth doesn’t matter.  What really happened is often essential information for your attorney to know in your case, particularly if you are facing criminal charges.  Often the best way for your attorney to assist you is for you to be forthcoming with him or her about  everything that was said and done not just on the day in question, but also leading up to and after the event that is in issue.  With that knowledge, you attorney can more effectively prepare your case strategy and anticipate the actions of the opposing party.

  1. False: You don’t need to make decisions about your case.

Your attorney’s role is to guide, assist, educate, defend and help you, but the role of the attorney is not necessarily to make all the decisions for you.  You will initially know the facts better than anyone, because you experienced them first hand.  You will ultimately be the person to pay the price of any result, whether that relates to your finances or your freedom. You should certainly listen to everything your attorney tells you with careful consideration, but don’t be afraid to ask a question or share an opinion.  A good attorney will be willing to help you weigh all the options and will let you make the best decision for you.

  1. False:  You should be as unfair and uncooperative as possible with your opponent.

There are times to fight, there are times to negotiate, and there are times to cooperate. The best attorneys utilize all the tools at their disposal, and will advise you on the best tactic to achieve your desired outcome.  Don’t just assume that an aggressive approach from your counsel is always the best approach.  Avoid attorneys who only know how to fight.  A skillful negotiator can be a very powerful advocate for you, so don’t buy into the common misperception that an attorney’s only role is to fight hard for you.   

You have many good options to choose from when it comes to finding an attorney, but with these tips you will have extra tools to sort the good from the bad and make a great choice.

How To Take Charge of Your DUI Hearing

If you are facing a DUI hearing, you may be feeling overwhelmed and scared, you are not alone.  Most people anticipating a DUI hearing are stressed and concerned.  There are easy steps you can take to be more prepared to have a successful outcome:

  • Bring Someone With You.  If you have the means to hire an attorney, call him or her before your first hearing.  Having an experienced, competent attorney by your side will give you confidence and often streamline the process.  You’re attorney will take the lead in discussing your case with the prosecutor, explain your options, and be by your side as you enter a plea or set it for another hearing or trial.  If you don’t bring an attorney, then you may want to bring a family member or friend for moral support.
  • Look Up Information Beforehand. If you are going to be asking to be represented by a public defender, you may be asked verbally by the judge about your income or you may proffer that information in a form.  Look up the numbers so that you will be accurate and confident in presenting the facts.
  • Dress Appropriately.  Appearance is always important, regardless of whether you are talking about a job interview or a court hearing.  Come to court clean, well-groomed, and appropriately dressed.  Judges strive to be impartial, so you appearance may not impact the outcome in obvious ways, but a judge will likely appreciate a professional, neat appearance, which may have a subtle positive effect on your case.
  • Be On Time.  It seems obvious to be on time to your court hearing, but being punctual can be challenging for many people.  A rights video may be shown at the beginning of the calendar or instructions may be given out.  You can’t go wrong with being on time, so make your hearing a priority.
  • Know the Dates of Your Priors.  If you have prior DUI offenses, you will want to check the dates because how old the prior convictions are will impact how you are treated for the DUI in question.
  • Don’t Drive Yourself.  Typically, you’re license will be suspended on your court date due to the DUI arrest, and it’s just not work the risk to illegally drive.  In some courts, the staff is instructed to watch for defendants who drive, or if you are entering a plea or being sentenced, the judge may ask you how you got to court.  Don’t take chances with driving on a suspended license to the courthouse.

5 Signs You Picked The Wrong Attorney

Whether you are facing criminal charges or a party to a civil case, you need a good lawyer by your side to help you navigate the legal proceedings. If things are not going well at court, you may have hired the wrong lawyer. Here are five signs that indicate that you might need to find new legal representation.

1. Your Attorney Does Not Pick Up the Phone

An attorney who doesn’t answer your phone calls or emails is simply not paying attention. Frankly speaking, if getting hold of your attorney is getting increasingly difficult, this indicates that your case may not at the top of your attorney’s priority list, or that he/she may be avoiding you or possibly uncertain how to handle your case. Whether your case is large or small, you deserve to have an attorney who is responsive to you.

2. Your Attorney is Usually Late

“Justice delayed is justice denied.” This is a common slogan competent lawyers live by. If your lawyer is missing court deadlines, this will damage your case, and by the time your case is decided, it might be too late. The legal system takes time to reach a verdict as the judge has to consider each and every aspect of the case to ensure that everyone’s rights are upheld. If your lawyer misses deadlines or hearings, your case will be decided in a much longer time span. This will also increase your over-all litigation costs.

3. Your Attorney is Difficult to Work With

If your lawyer is difficult to work with due to a negative attitude, this is a major red flag, as your case depends on how well you communicate your situation to your attorney. If your attorney uses a condescending tone, you need to find new legal representation.

4. You Hear Negative Feedback from Previous Clients

Ask people if they have ever heard about your attorney, as this will give you an idea about his or her reputation. Also check you can check online resources such as the BBB.org to see whether your attorney has any negative reviews.    

5. You’re Attorney’s Promises Seem Too Good To Be True

Your attorney should advise you of the pros and cons of your case, and the risks and benefits of decisions.  If your attorney is telling you things that don’t seem to line up with what is actually happening in the case, then you should question what you are being told. A professional attorney will welcome the opportunity to explain considerations to you and to obtain your feedback on important strategy decisions for your case.