Stopping the Train Before It Leaves the Station: Convincing Prosecutors Not to Charge Your Client

There are two kinds of overtures made to prosecutors pre-indictment. The first is: “Ok, you got my client, but this is what he can do for you,” and its cousin: “She didn’t do exactly what you think she did … but this is what she can do for you.” The second is: “I know you and your agents are convinced my client is guilty, but I want to show you why I believe a jury would acquit.” Skill is involved in advancing either message, and the difference between an artful presentation and an inartful one can determine whether the client avoids prison entirely or spends the rest of his life behind bars.