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.
Because of increasingly lax cultural attitudes about marijuana and a state-wide legal shift toward decriminalization of marijuana, many in Illinois believe that they are no longer at risk for prosecution if a law enforcement agent discovers that they are in possession of marijuana. This, unfortunately, is not true.