Criminal defense lawyers are a rare breed of professionals who are high in demand and need to be carefully selected from a hoard of others. To be a successful criminal defense lawyer you need to be knowledgeable, along with several other traits that will make you more approachable as well as more professional.

The fundamental trait of a successful criminal defense lawyer is that he should familiarize himself with the specifics of the client’s case and life. This involves extensive research and study. Several times judges sympathize with the client on the basis of some significant suffering they endured in the past, thus leaning the judgment in their favor. While doing background research the lawyer can come across evidence in his client’s favor that even the client might have missed. Research like this does not just limit itself to textbooks. It involves going around the place, seeking interviews with the client’s family, friends and acquaintances, verifying his reputation among peers and having a wholesome understanding of his life.


Honesty is an asset for a criminal defense lawyer, but it has to be combined with patient restraint. Provide the client with a reality check periodically, but not in a way that will discourage them. Lawyers must keep their objective goal in sight and work towards it without letting their judgment to be clouded by involving themselves emotionally with the case. Objectivity and honesty give a clear insight into the reality of success in a case.


As a criminal lawyer you have to be able to navigate through the law in the easiest way, without the slightest problem or glitch. Knowledge about the law and its various provisions, along with updates and renewals are essential for success as a lawyer. Special knowledge of all exceptions to the case are necessary when trying to wiggle their way out a sticky situation or buying more time for the client.

A successful criminal lawyer handles their case personally, and gives adequate time to the client, instead of handing them off to the team of assistants or subordinates. When the lawyer acts inaccessible the client begins to feel distanced and feels less confident of a successful outcome. Without the lawyer’s personal involvement, the client might even change lawyers.


The lawyer must be an expert conversationalist and should be able to make the witnesses divulge information that will yield to a success. They should be able to gather more witnesses and question and counter-question the witnesses so as to strengthen their line of argument. Asking the right questions in the right manner and debating with the wrong answers are crucial qualities.

Maintain exhaustive records of the cases you and your competitors handle and get an industry insight into the clients coming to you and how you can increase the outreach of your services. That is crucial to building business and relationship in the corporate world. Learn to socialize without giving too much away about your methods and practices.


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