The Client's Responsibility

 

This information will help you successfully manage your case:
  1. KEEP IN CONTACT WITH YOUR ATTORNEY AT ALL TIMES.
    • Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Greenville phone number is 864-467-8522. The Pickens phone number is 864-898-5577.
    • Keep your phone number and address up to date. If we cannot contact you, we cannot defend you.
      • Court notices are sent to the address on file.
      • If you move, and do not notify us of an address change you may receive a bench warrant for failure to appear.
      • Failing to receive the court notice is not an excuse for missing court.
    • If your attorney is not available, leave a voice message. Or your attorney's assistant may be able to provide you with basic information; such as a court date, or updating a phone number or address. HOWEVER, they are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice.
  2. DO NOT MAKE YOUR SITUATION WORSE.
    • A client should not talk to anyone–-including friends or relatives—about the facts of the case. They may be called to testify against you.
    • Don't drink or use drugs. If you need help, seek out local resources. Ask your attorney.
    • Comply with the terms of your bond.
    • Do not contact a victim. The solicitor may revoke your bond, and put you back in jail if you have contact with a victim.
  3. MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION FOR COURT.
    • Dress in neat and clean clothes: No shorts, tank tops or other casual attire. Body jewelry should be kept to a minimum.
    • Be respectful. When you are before a judge respond "Your Honor", or "Sir", or "Ma'am."
    • Be honest.
    • Do not slouch, wear hats, or chew gum in court.
  4. THE CLIENT SHOULD BE A PARTNER TO HIS LAWYER AND HELP MAKE DECISIONS.
    • The client decides:
      • Whether to go to trial or take a plea agreement.
      • Whether or not to testify.
    • The lawyer is responsible for making strategic decisions:
      • What motions to file.
      • Whether to object to a question in court.
      • What witnesses to call to the witness stand for testimony in court.