In a recent episode of Legal Insights podcast, Jerry H. Summers, partner at Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers in Chattanooga, TN, elaborated on why it's crucial to find an attorney who is a straight shooter. —
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When asked to comment, Summers alluded to the fact that retaining a lawyer who can provide complete honesty and transparency with a client is often just as important as the outcome of the case.
According to Summers, it's easy for people in legal trouble to fall victim to law firms that often sugarcoat and gloss over the reality of the situation.
“Most people are not familiar with the legal system, and they’re scared of it. There’s always something at stake: either their freedom in a criminal case or their assets in a personal injury case. It’s a stressful time, and they’re confused. And that’s where deceptive advertising comes into play where law firms make promises that they cannot keep - and we don’t do that. We try to be as straightforward as possible,” he said.
Summers further added that overpromising something to a client does greater harm than good, which is why it's paramount to set the right expectations at the beginning.
When asked to elaborate, he said, "Clients coming into my office are already aware of the fact that they might go to jail. I try to convey to them that there's an opportunity to help them out and maybe get the case dismissed or get the case reduced down to a lower level. For example, if the case is a multiple DUI offense where you have escalating punishments, you might not be able to get it thrown out entirely. If you can't, then the next best thing to do is to try to get it reduced down to a lower level, resulting in less incarceration time."
According to Summers, anyone facing charges should speak with several lawyers to select honest legal representation.
“I suggest you talk to more than one lawyer. You can come see me first and listen to what I have to say. If you like it, that’s fine, but I suggest talking to someone else. Talk to one of the lawyers who have glitzy TV advertisements, and you’ll see that they’re looking to settle quickly and are not willing to take a case to trial,” he said.
Simple getting sound legal advice from a qualified attorney - even if that attorney is not retained - can go a long way. The Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers Law firm offers free legal consultation to anyone who needs it.
Summers finished by saying, “I think it’s important to make people feel more comfortable. What they’re going through is not the end of the world, but it’s a tough situation, and we can help you. And that’s what lawyers are supposed to do. That’s what we take an oath to do .”
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