You may not have always had an interest in the law. Many kids might consider legal matters to be unimportant. And if you are not yet a legal adult, you might think you do not have to truly take responsibility for your actions. However, that is not necessarily the case.
If you have a criminal record, you likely understand the obstacles you might face as a result. Depending on your circumstances, you may have already paid fines and restitution, served time and fulfilled community service requirements. But after meeting the terms of your sentencing, you could still face problems related to getting into college, making housing arrangements and finding employment offers.
The first question most people ask when meeting with a prospective attorney, is something along the lines of "what is going to happen to me?" or "what can I do?". For anyone in a situation requiring legal representation, it can be a stressful process, with many uncertainties. In my experience, as both a Prosecutor and a Criminal Defense Attorney, I've noticed that the hardest pill to swallow for most clients, is the fact that their fate and the ultimate outcome of their case must be placed in the hands of their attorney. When faced with the question, "what can I do?", the simplest answer is trust the lawyer you have chosen to be your representative. If you are not willing to follow the instructions of your attorney, then you are essentially throwing away the money spent on their services. Would you make a doctor's appointment for an illness, pay for an appointment and pay for medication, and then dump all the pills down the drain? Your Attorney's role is to be both an advisor and a representative in the court room. Your attorney's job is to look out for your best interests. That being said, not all attorneys are created equal. If your lawyer tells you to do something that seems wrong or illegal, get a second opinion. If your lawyer tells you to get treatment for your addiction, or stay away from a protected party...listen. The only way to have some semblance of control over the outcome of your case is to cooperate with your lawyer. In the hopes of facilitating a constructive attorney client relationship, I have assembled a quick easy to read top ten list.
These days, it seems like every day there is another news story that makes it look like the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution means less with each passing year. However, the law is still the law, and according to the law, there are specific circumstances under which law enforcement may search your vehicle.