Cold Feet on the Morning of Trial
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.