For most people legal proceedings are a mystery. Even with the number of court dramas there have been in both movies and television. There are a number of items that some people get wrong, and others that simply do not make any sense. While this is hardly a surprise to lawyers who need to constantly explain that to their clients, it can nonetheless make it hard for a lawyer who needs to explain the process to someone who thinks that watching a decade of police procedurals has prepared them for court. Those people are in for some interesting times.
A criminal defense lawyer Houston starts by looking at the evidence and determining whether or not there is an actual case for a “not guilty” plea. Contrary to a lot of popular culture depictions the court will not determine if the person is innocent or guilty but whether or not the person is guilty or not; the lawyer needs to determine what the possibility of a non-guilty working in court is. This is usually the first problem between lawyer and client as the lawyer needs to explain that he is not there to get the person off but to provide the best defense and that can mean having to enter a guilty plea. The lawyer is there to ensure merely that the person gets the best possible defense, and that can mean a possible plea of guilty.
The next major step is to obey the dates by which paperwork needs to be files, evidence shared, and motions filed. These need to be filed and shared by the dates listed. There should also be several meetings between the lawyer and his client. At this stage there needs to be communication between the two, and there are some easy signs that it may be time to switch lawyers. Once it actually goes to court the legal proceedings should be similar to what people expect, so things should get easier at that point. The client should listen to his lawyer; depending on television for directions is rarely a good idea. However, by working together they can see each other through the trial to its completion, hopefully towards a good ending.