After working hard for a client on a case over an extended period of time, you may not be the best advocate for that client should a new matter arise.
Criminal practice involves psychologically demanding work. The stakes are high and the outcomes are uncertain. Providing zealous representation exacts a mental toll that is never confined to regular office hours when you have empathy for a client’s predicament.
When a former client calls in relation to a new matter, you have to ask yourself whether you are the best person for the job.
Sometimes the tank is running low and time is required for replenishment.
Sometimes the client may benefit from engaging new counsel, with a fresh perspective, to fight the next battle.