Building a Strong Attorney- Client Relationship

When hiring a criminal defense attorney to represent you it’s important to know what you are getting for your money. For this reason it’s important to schedule a consultation with an Ocean City criminal lawyer as soon as possible to see if they are the right legal fit for your situation.

Below, criminal lawyer Angie DiPietro dicusses how she is able to build strong relationships with each of her clients. To learn more about Ms. DiPietro or to seek experienced legal representation call and schedule a free consultation today.

What Factors Are Involved in Building Trust Between An Attorney and a Client?

I think the most important factor as a criminal defense attorney  is gaining the client’s trust, it’s important to let the client know that you are listening and that you are paying attention to what the client is saying. There is information that they could be giving that if you’re not paying attention and you’re not engaged you’re going to miss it.

And I think that that develops a large amount of trust, if the client knows that you’re listening to what they’re saying and that you are working for their best interest to get the outcome that they are asking for.

Additionally, I think it’s very important to be honest with the client and say here are several options, here is what I think might happen in your case based on my review of the police reports, etc.  I think you should never make a promise that you can’t keep to a client because then you lose that client’s trust and you lose credibility with the client, too.

How Do You Strive to Build a Strong Attorney-Client Relationship?

I like to have that initial conversation with the client where we go over everything, we go over what they’re charged with, we go over the reports. I also emphasize that  before they have to make any decisions they will know everything that I know, every possible choice will have been discussed in advance because the last thing that I want is at some point in the process for them to turn and look at me and say, well, Ms. DiPietro you didn’t say that this could happen. You didn’t tell me that this might occur.

And the way to avoid being in that situation is having a lot of communication with the client, going over all of the evidence with the client and explaining what the different options are, so that at the end of the day they know everything that I know and they feel like they are making the best and most informed decision about what to do with their case.