FAQs - Client Involvement 

1. Should I Expect My Lawyer To Involve Me In Important Decisions?

Absolutely. The lawyers’ ethical responsibilities require that they involve clients in the decision-making. The Rules of Professional Conduct all lawyers are required to abide by state, “A lawyer shall explain a matter to the extent necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation.” Moreover, Standard 4-5.2 of the ABA Standards for Criminal Justice lists a number of decisions that “are to be made by the accused after full consultation with counsel.” Don’t be fooled by movie and TV defense attorneys who often say things to clients like, “Do it my way or else.” The lawyers’ ethical codes recognize, cases belong to clients, not their attorneys. It is always the client, not the attorney, who pays a fine or serves the time.