Cold Feet on the Morning of Trial
by Jamison Koehler on June 22, 2012
It must be pretty intimidating to arrive at the courthouse for trial to find five police officers, an eyewitness, and a complaining witness all sitting in the hallway, laughing and joking with each other and then growing silent as you pass by – all of them there for the sole purpose of testifying against you, their bond a common interest in seeing you convicted. This might help explain your last minute decision to plead guilty, despite a strong defense and a lawyer, mother and investigator all advising you to exercise your constitutional right to trial. As they say, if you plead guilty, there is 100% chance you will be found guilty.
Your lawyer’s lesson from the day: Make sure to incorporate a better warning about cold feet on the day of trial into your standard preparation. And do a better job of listening to your client.
P.S. to co-counsel: Your client is sitting outside in the hallway. He is the one with the white T-shirt and tattoos. He is sitting next to the complaining witness. Apparently, they do not recognize each other. I am thinking this might have some bearing on your client’s defense.