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Legal Help in Uncertain TimesJuly 17, 2020
As a criminal defense attorney (serving the people of Lexington, Kentucky and the surrounding area),it is important that I don’t internalize my client’s problems. Like most other defense lawyers, I deal every day with the emotional aspects of each client’s case, and I have a responsibility to remain as emotionally detached as possible. That may sound cold or callous to some, but I’d like to explain why this is so important.
Many of my clients are facing what could be years in jail or prison. Of course, that means they would be separated from their families and and loved ones. Missing their children’s birthdays, school activities, graduations and other important milestones would be extremely painful for anyone.
The emotional toll on these clients is real. Imagine for just a moment how you would feel if you were told you could no longer watch your little boy or girl play tee-ball. Or if you missed your baby’s first steps. Or couldn’t attend your daughter’s wedding. It would be gut-wrenching, to say the least.
But my job as a lawyer is to represent my clients to the best of my ability, and to achieve the very best result I can for each client. If I am to do my job effectively, I can’t allow myself to get upset or internalize my client’s emotions and fears. If I did that, I could no longer be objective in representing my client. My decisions and strategy would be affected by my emotions rather than a clear reading of and strategic interpretation of the law, followed by the presentation of a clear, logical and reasonable argument on their behalf.
As you might expect, I occasionally have clients who get angry with me because I stay calm and don’t get upset about their situation. I always try to explain that I can’t do my job well if I internalize their anger and fears. I can’t get caught up in emotions, especially when someone’s freedom is in a judge’s or jury’s hands. My single priority is to focus on the case and on getting myclient the best possible outcome in a bad situation. That’s my commitment to each client.
If you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime, give me a call at 859-231-1560. I’ll give you my best with one goal in mind: Getting you the best possible outcome.