There's an old adage that knowledge is power, and this is nowhere as
true as with the law. Probably every reader has heard that the person
who represents himself has a fool for a client. The reason is the knowledge
involved, and the ability to remain objective, something that comes to
attorneys in time and that comes to everyone with experience. There are
two aspects that make up a good attorney's knowledge, and they are
knowledge of the law and knowledge of the parties involved.
To begin, there are two common misconceptions that should be cleared up.
First, what people who are not attorneys frequently misunderstand is that
law school really does not prepare an attorney to practice law. Frequently,
the legal principles that attorneys studied in law school have real nuances
and complexities in the real world. Secondly, people frequently think
that an attorney can just study what the law is. Certainly, an attorney
can study to find out something that he or she does not know, but, just
as with law school, studying something is far different than practicing it.
When it comes to an attorney's knowledge, there are two important elements.
The first is that it is essential that any attorney know the law. No one
wants to be represented by an attorney unaware of what the law is on a
particular subject. As was discussed above, not everything learned in
law school is really the case in practice. This is the difference between
the academic study of law and the actual practice of law. For example,
it would seem from the studying the law that when a police dog, or K-9,
sniffs and finds drugs, that the search is good, but there are several
nuances and complexities in the real world, such as how long it took the
dog to arrive, and so on, that can play into whether or not the dog sniff
was actually valid or not. Being able to spot the difference between,
for example, a legal search and an illegal one, can make or break a criminal
case, and has real-life consequences for people's lives. You don't
want to depend on an attorney studying something when someone's liberty
is in the balance. Being familiar with these nuances and complexities,
means that an attorney can protect your liberty.
The second important element to an attorney's knowledge is that attorney's
knowledge of the parties involved in a case. When I speak here of parties,
I refer to everyone involved from the police officer, who arrested someone,
to the state, who prosecutes someone, to even the judge, who will rule
on motions and objections at trial. Knowing the particular parties, how
they will handle issues that come up, and, most importantly, being able
to predict how they will react under particular circumstances, can often
mean making the right or wrong decision in your case. Any attorney representing
someone needs to know with whom he or she is dealing. Police do not always
exercise their authority correctly within the confines of the Constitution,
prosecutors do not always seek justice instead of convictions, and judges
do not always enforce the law the way you or I think they should. Knowing
and being able to predict how a particular party will react under specific
circumstances only comes with knowledge, and whenever seeking an attorney,
knowledge should be a key consideration.
Knowledge is essential at Johnson Law Group. We work together, putting
our more than 100 years of experience to work on our clients' cases.
Our attorneys make sure they stay on top of new law, whether it be an
upcoming change in a statute or a new appellate ruling on existing law.
The reason is simple: knowledge
is power. We empower our clients, and get them results.
Copyright © 2017 by Brendan Bukalski
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