You are not your case

05 Aug

You are not your case.
One of the most important things to remember when you get into criminal legal trouble is to try to not let it consume you. In all likelihood, this is your first brush with the law, the end result of some combination of bad decision making and bad luck. But unless you are a member of the Gotti family, chances are you are not a career criminal.
You can feel bad, guilt, embarrassment, or just plain dumb after an arrest, but what you did (or are alleged to have done) doesn’t define who you are. Look around you; look at your friends, family accomplishments in life and everything else that makes up the majority of your day, week, month, and even year. Don’t focus only on those few brief moments where there was a lapse in judgment or simple twist of fate that brought you face to face with the criminal justice system.
At the end of the day, this too will end one way or another and you will be free to carry on with your life as usual. In the meantime, there is some value in letting a professional carry the burden of dealing with your criminal case for you. Let your lawyer handle the day in and day out rigors of dealing with the law, the complex rules, the technicalities, negotiation and preparation. Find the right one, and they will lay it all out for you and give you all the risks and rewards so you can make an informed decision knowing that the nebulous world of “what ifs” when you try to go it alone no longer exists. Let your lawyer handle the problems, let them deal with the daily stresses, and get back to being you. After all, they don’t call us “counselor” for no reason.

-Ryan K. Lee


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