FAQs - Client Involvement 

2. How Do I Know Which Decisions Are Important Ones?

The American Bar Association Standards for Criminal Justice identifies decisions that are for clients to make after consultation with their attorneys. They include most basic and important decisions include:

What plea to enter (usually, guilty or not guilty);
Whether to accept a plea bargain;
Whether to waive a jury trial;
Whether to personally testify at trial; and
Whether to appeal.

Consultation is the key. Before making any decision, clients should insist on meeting with their attorney to review their options and the likely consequences of each.