The five foundational pillars of legal service clients can expect with the lawyers of Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC:
Our intake process is a thorough one. We begin by ensuring that we have no conflicts of interest that might prevent our representation of you on the charges. Our goal at the start of the case is to find out as much as possible about you and the claims against you. Everything you tell us about the facts of the case is confidential. We take the confidentiality of our relationship with our clients, even at the initial stage, very seriously.
It’s important to be honest with us, because if the prosecutor is aware of facts that we weren’t told about, the effectiveness of our defense could be diminished. Our clients trust us not to judge them, whatever the facts may be. That’s not our job. We defend every client zealously and in their best interests, regardless of guilt or innocence.
We believe that fruitful communication between lawyer and client leads to the best defense strategy. There are a variety of options in defending a federal case. Sometimes, the best approach involves filing motions to dismiss, or taking the case to trial. In other cases, there can be benefits to arranging a meeting with the prosecution under a set of rules in which the statements made cannot be used against the defendant. Choosing the right course for each unique case requires excellent communication between the lawyer and the client. We will discuss your goals and ideal outcomes to shape our negotiation with the prosecution and law enforcement.
Negotiation is the process by which most federal criminal cases are resolved. Well over 90% of federal criminal cases are resolved by some level of agreement between the prosecution and the defense. A great defense lawyer will engage in successful negotiations to obtain the best outcome possible. Negotiation is an art. The key is to identify what’s most important to the client and build a strategy around those values. However, even a fully negotiated and bargained-for plea deal may have issues of sentence yet to be resolved.
Ultimately, defending a federal criminal case is about advocacy. Advocacy begins in the very first contact with the prosecutor, and typically carries through right up to the end of the trial or the sentencing hearing. There’s advocacy to be directed at the prosecutors, and there’s advocacy to be directed at the judge. The most effective advocacy is aggressive, but respectful.
We will communicate openly and straightforwardly with you every step of the way, and you can trust that we will put our experience to use for your benefit. We will communicate with you to keep you informed throughout the process. Our experience serving as former prosecutors helps us toward negotiating a resolution to your case. But whether your case is resolved by a settlement or a jury verdict after trial, we will zealously advocate for you every single step of the way.
Choosing Rick Collins for my legal defense was the best decision I could have made.