What is going to happen to me, in court?
WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME, NOW THAT I HAVE BEEN ARRESTED?
You want your attorney to tell you it is all going to be alright? The honest answer is that no attorney can predict the case outcome, nor even give a useful opinion, without reviewing and knowing about all the specific violations and charges filed by the prosecutor, the defendant’s [your] Priors record on your ‘rap sheet’, the prosecutor’s evidence including police reports, expected testimony of various witnesses and parties, defenses available, sympathy issues, etc. Without all that, we would be pulling answers out of thin air, as they say.
The best that can be offered to the client in the beginning of the case is a general guideline based upon the attorney’s experience in the court system with similar cases and fact situations. It is up to the attorney to make sure the client has a realistic understanding of the problems and risks he faces, as well as realistic expectations of what the attorney can do for the client.
This is the first of the series that explains the process. See the index to jump ahead or around in the series.