Understanding the Criminal and Civil Justice Systems

should be notified of all court dates and settlement discussions. • Your lawyer should discuss with you laws relevant to your case and show you why ideas you may have fit or do not fit within the framework of the law or court procedure. • They should provide you with all the evidence they have obtained about your case and then follow your direction in how you want to proceed. Your Responsibilities Your attorney also has the right to expect certain things of you: information that may hurt your case. No one can require your attorney to disclose the information unless you tell them you are planning to commit a criminal act. • Understand that while your attorney is working for you, they are also working on other cases. Just as you demand respect and attention when they are working on your case, you must respect their time with other clients. • Your attorney is not your therapist or best friend. If you feel that you need to call them just because you are angry or depressed, call a therapist instead. If you need advice on other legal matters, ask your attorney for a referral. Firing Your Attorney If you interviewed thoroughly and if the contract you signed was complete, you will probably be satisfied with your attorney. However, even in the best of situations, problems can arise. • Share new information with your attorney immediately, including


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