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.