It can be very stressful getting charged with a crime, especially if you have never experienced criminal proceedings before. That's why at the Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates, one of our primary focuses when working with a client involves helping them deal with their fears and stress relating to the criminal law process.
One thing we do, which has a way of calming our clients' nerves, is something that is not that common at other defense firms. We ask our clients to draft a brief history of their lives, along with any kind of life-related issues that may have resulted in their arrests. Not only does this kind of reflection have a good effect on our clients, but it helps us know our client better so that we can present a solid, compassionate and very real case to the prosecution on behalf of our clients.
Our clients are human, the prosecution is human, the jury is human and the judge is human, too. It is always important to remember this fact during any kind of criminal proceedings. When a defendant can successfully appeal to the humanity of those who are involved in their trial, and those who are deciding the case, it might result in getting the charges dismissed and/or getting any resulting punishments reduced.
By illuminating the reasoning behind the alleged crime and/or the circumstances under which it occurred, a defendant can try to tap into the human compassion of the prosecution and those deciding his or her case. While the end result of your criminal proceedings cannot be predicted until it is settled, dismissed or decided, this kind of personalized approach is certainly preferred during the litigation of any criminal matter.